28.3 miles per hour – that’s how fast this four legged robot can run.
The “Cheetah,” developed by Boston Dynamics, had already set the world record for the fastest legged robot earlier this year, reaching a solid 18 miles per hour, compared to the earlier record of 13.1. And somehow, in the matter of months, Boston Dynamics has managed to not only shatter its own record, but increase the speed of this robot by 57% — a feat that’s incredible in itself.
Remember BigDog? You know, the robot that stumbled around and could navigate rough terrain like a living creature. Well, the newest version of the dog robot incorporates yet another aspect of a dog: behavior.
Made by Boston Dynamics, funded by DARPA, and called AlphaDog, the latest version can actually follow a person around, like a loyal pet. And it’s also a much better version: it can walk 20 miles without resting, carry 400 pounds, and it’s 20 times quieter than the BigDog, making it more efficient as a military tool.
The robot is connected to a Tactical Robot Controller which allows a person to control it. Also, the AlphaDog is sensitive and can provide its status through the controller.
In the future, the Marines want to be able to connect the AlphaDog to their radios, so that possibly, the AlphaDog can even communicate back to soldiers. Maybe it’ll even be able to obey orders, like “sit,” or “stay,” in the future. Whatever the improvements, the distance between biorobots and real animals is getting smaller and smaller. Just look at all the cool things that robots can do already.
It’s a squid, it’s an octopus, it’s… it’s a robot tentacle.
This Robot Tentacle is unique in that it can grasp things softly without breaking them. It’s a soft robot, so it is able to move very flexibly and easily. This newest soft robot tentacle can curl around a flower and not damage it.
The soft robot has three air channels that can inflate and deflate to change the pressure and direction, allowing it to curl around with a delicate grasp. Also, this new kind of soft robot allows the tentacle curl in all three dimensions, whereas past robots have been restricted to only single dimensional curves.
The robot was made at Harvard University, and they’re currently trying putting different things on the end of the tentacle, including a camera, suction cups, or syringe, making the range of possibilities for a robot tentacle nearly endless.
This video is of the launching of one of the newest scientific research robots.
Although the Wave Glider has been around for a while, the newest version is being used to track electronically tagged marine animals. It is especially renowned for its launch during Shark Week, and it is now tracking Great White sharks as well.
The Wave Glider is an autonomously functioning robot, powered with solar panels and swimming in the water fluently and tracking the depths of the ocean below it. In fact, the Wave Glider’s data can be viewed on an iOS app called the Shark Net, giving data, biographies, and history of a variety of tagged sharks.
Some people find the responsibility of watering plants to sometimes be difficult to manage. So what can you do when your plant is running out of water?
Meet the self-watering plant. It consists of four parts. There is the actual plant, sensors in the soil, the robot that receives data, and the container used to store the water. Made using Arduino, the robot senses when the water is dry, so it will only water the plant with its life essence when it needs it.
The versatility of this concept is amazing. The tool could be used on a large scale, watering multiple plants, or make a bigger one for larger plants or trees. Whatever the use, it means that humans will have one less thing to worry about.