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IoT enters world of robotics

Posted: 26 May 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:manufacturing  sensors  wearables 

Soft robots

Working out of Otherlabs robotics, a team at Pneubotics and Orthotics is creating lightweight lower-cost robots for medical devices, safety equipment, prostheses, and human-augmentation. The manual arms and devices on display were made with "ballistic nylon"—the same material in Jansport backpacks. Otherlab's Tim Swift said the average robot requires a 30kg arm to lift a 6kg load; Pneubotics' bots can lift the same load with a tenth of the arm weight.

Pneubotics' bots can lift a 6kg load with a 3kg arm.

Hardcore bots

Boston Dynamics, which builds advanced and agile robots, drove one of its older models around the show floor.

RHex is a six-legged robot with independently controlled legs for specialised gaits, including tough terrain in Afghanistan. RHex is controlled remotely from an operator control unit at distances up to 700m. Visible/IR cameras and illuminators provide front and rear views.

- Jessica Lipsky
  EE Times


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