Robots that inspect the insides of water pipes usually use rubber wheels and treads to grip the pipe, which ends up dislodging rust particles that end up in peoples’ taps.
To combat this problem, the European Union TRACT project is developing a propeller-driven robot that keeps the pipe-touching to a minimum. Developed by Norway’s SINTEF research group, the current 3D-printed prototype has a segmented body, with propellers at each end and spring-loaded fins to lightly brush against the pipe. It also uses ultrasound transducers the pick up on how much of the pipe has been eroded.
The robot can get through pipes as small as 10cm (3.9 inches) and can make 90 degree turns, and can travel up to 150 meters.
It’s official: bipedal robots have now surpassed the capabilities of us, bipedal humans.
Designed by scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, this bipedal robot, designed after the velociraptor, can reach speeds of up to 46 kilometers per hour(28.6 miles per hour) on a treadmill. And while “Raptor” is not yet faster than Boston Dynamic’s “Cheetah”, the world’s reigning fastest legged robot, it is already faster than Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, whose top speed is estimated to be 43.92 km/hr.
“What?”, you ask. But it’s true! Scientists have transplanted a worm’s (Caenorhabditis elegans) nervous system into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.
“Why?”, you ask again. OpenWorm, an organization that wants to create the first virtual organism in a computer, hopes to further understand the human brain. Understanding a simple worm’s brain is just the first step in the enormous ladder that is understanding the human brain.
The scientists reverse-engineered the worm’s neural networks using software and sensors. Apparently, the robot does act a lot like the worm: stimulation of the nose made it stop moving, and touching another sensor made it move forward.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and standard techniques for treating and performing large skin grafts takes weeks, even months. Patients who do die from these procedures die because of infection while waiting for the skin to heal. If you could treat skin in, let’s say, a week, that number of deaths from these procedures would be drastically lower.
Check out this cool video about the Skin Gun.