Two robotic fabrication methods entwine to make Tongji University bridge

Thin carbon fibres wind over a 3D-printed metal frame to form this hybrid bridge, made by university students in Shanghai using two emerging robotic fabrication techniques. Students participating in the DigitalFUTURES International 2019 summer workshop at Tongji University worked with local research studio Fab-Union to design the bridge, which can hold more than 20 people. […]

V&A Dundee curator selects five designs that map the evolution of robotics

An exhibition at the V&A Dundee explores the evolving relationship between humans and robots. From 1920s sci-fi films to brain-controlled exoskeletons, curator Kirsty Hassard picks five highlights. Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine looks at how we have perceived and interacted with robots, both in the past and present. It also examines how they […]

Daan Roosegaarde partners with Scribit to bring space waste into people’s living rooms

Designer Daan Roosegaarde is the latest creative to collaborate with Carlo Ratti‘s Scribit project, creating a robot-drawn illustration based on his ongoing research into space waste. Launched via a kickstarter campaign in 2018, Scribit is a small robot that draws erasable images on vertical surfaces in marker pens, effectively turning any wall into an automated […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

3D printing meets felt in new additive manufacturing technique

Acoustic panels and other architectural elements can be made in complex 3D forms using a robotic needle felting process developed by researchers at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in the US. Wes McGee, Tsz Yan Ng and Asa Peller liken their process to 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, because it also involves […]

Danish designers propose using roaming 3D-printing robots to repair environments

Buildings and coastlines could be monitored by fleets of autonomous repair robots, according to a Danish initiative that advocates “freeing” 3D printers to fix global problems. Called Break the Grid, the initiative is a collaboration between three future-focused Danish companies — GXN Innovation, the research arm of architects 3XN; additive manufacturing platform The Danish AM Hub; […]

Students’ 3D-printed Concrete Choreography pillars provide a stage for dancers

Dancers at the Origen Festival in the Swiss Alps will perform around nine unique columns 3D-printed in concrete by students from ETH Zurich. The masters students produced the columns using a new process, developed at the technology school, that allows for the fast 3D-printing of concrete structures completely without formwork or any other kind of […]

Elon Musk’s Neuralink implant will “merge” humans with AI

Tesla founder Elon Musk has launched tech startup Neuralink to build implants that connect human brains with computer interfaces via artificial intelligence. The approaching technology would see groups of minuscule, flexible electrode “threads” implanted into the human brain by a neurosurgical robot. These threads detect and record the electrical signals in the brain, and transmit […]

Ultravioletto’s Neural Mirror shows audiences an AI reflection of themselves

Visitors to a former church in the Italian city of Spoleto will encounter a mirror that uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to build an otherworldly image of themselves. Italian design studio Ultravioletto created the Neural Mirror installation to give audiences a chance to contemplate the controversial technologies in an artistic setting. The ghostly, rainbow-coloured […]

AI robot Ai-Da presents her original artworks in University of Oxford exhibition

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK. Ai-Da, who is named after pioneering scientist Ada Lovelace, was revealed along with her creations at St John’s College at the University of Oxford. Ai-Da’s drawings are fed into AI […]

Watch our talk with Liam Young exploring how drones will change cities live from London

Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak to speculative architect Liam Young about drones, the topic of Dezeen’s short film Elevation, in a talk at the Building Centre in London tonight. Watch live here from 6:30pm UK time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page […]

Sony explores robot-human relationships with Affinity in Autonomy exhibition

Sony has staged an artificial intelligence-themed exhibition, featuring a field of white spheres that move as if they have their own personalities. The Japanese electronics company took over Spazio Zegna during Milan design week with the Affinity in Autonomy exhibition, which explored the future of robot-human relations. The exhibition was partly inspired by Aibo, Sony‘s […]

IKEA and Ori collaborate on robotic furniture for small-space living

IKEA has partnered with American start-up Ori on Rognan, a shape-shifting furniture system that moves robotically to create more flexible living areas in compact homes. Unveiled this week at Democratic Design Days, IKEA’s annual conference, the system is a combination of Ori’s robotic platform and IKEA’s existing Platsa storage solution. By touching a button, the […]

The Barbican dives deep into artificial intelligence with More Than Human exhibition

Chatbots, facial recognition tech, deep-fake videos and newly commissioned installations by Es Devlin and Lawrence Lek are on display at The Barbican‘s sprawling AI: More Than Human exhibition. The exhibition takes a wide-ranging approach to the topic of artificial intelligence, with immersive and interactive displays spread throughout the brutalist cultural centre. Alter by Hiroshi Ishiguro […]

University of Stuttgart creates biomimetic pavilions based on sea urchins and beetle wings

The University of Stuttgart has continued its experiments into biomimicry and robotic construction with two pavilions at the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany. Both of the pavilions are built by robots and take the their forms from animals – a sweeping wooden pavilion has a shape based on sea urchins, while a fibre-composite pavilion takes its […]

Ford makes Self-Braking Trolley that can’t be crashed

Automobile maker Ford has borrowed anti-collision technology from its cars to build a supermarket trolley that children can’t crash. The Self-Braking Trolley is designed to stop automatically before hitting a person, shelf or any other obstacle. The feature could prevent many uncomfortable rogue trolley scenarios, but Ford designed it with children in mind. The US company […]

Bryte smart bed adjusts throughout the night to help users stay asleep

Tech startup Bryte has designed a robotic bed that can automatically adjust the temperature, customise support for different parts of the body and even rock a person to sleep. The Bryte Bed is said to be the world’s first to sense the body’s weight distribution and temperature and adjust its settings throughout the night in […]

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