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; […]

RoundAround dynamic “bridge” is made of autonomous boats

Carlo Ratti and his team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab have come up with a “bridge” made of continuously circling autonomous boats for a tricky patch of Amsterdam‘s waterway. The robot boats, appropriately known as Roboats, use cameras, lidar  – a detection system that uses laser –and algorithms to operate without human drivers. They communicate […]

Olafur Eliasson and Carlo Ratti collaborate on robot that charts the sun

Artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Carlo Ratti have collaborated on a celestial mapping robot that brings together their hit design brands Little Sun and Scribit. The product of the collaboration by the two creatives is a small robot that produces an illustration inspired by Eliasson’s social enterprise, Little Sun. Scribit is a drawing robot that […]

Movie shows soft robotic muscles that are three times stronger than humans’

[embedded content] Our latest captioned movie shows how researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed 3D-printed synthetic soft muscles for robots that are three times stronger than human muscle. The self-contained mechanisms mimic the movement of human muscles, without the need for bulky external compressors or pressure-regulating equipment. The muscles are 3D-printed using a combination of […]

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 […]

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 […]

CounterBug is a digital self-defence device that eases cyber paranoia

Glasgow School of Art graduate Erlend Prendergast has designed a modular robotic device that talks back to Amazon‘s virtual assistant Alexa in order to protect users from digital surveillance. Prendergast developed the CounterBug project during his final year of study on the Scottish school’s Product Design course. The self-initiated project explores some of the widespread […]

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