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All-year-round cover

Converting your cabrio to a campervan should soon be a possibility. Now, a New York startup has developed a versatile machine to keep your house and garden shipshape all year round. The cordless robot can be turned into a lawn mower, leaf-blower or snow plough by attaching one of three different modules. The area to be cleaned is defined...

Healthy home

In hospitals a good night’s sleep is key to recovery. In order to keep bees healthy meanwhile, a US startup has developed a smart home for up to 24 colonies. The solar-powered apiary is equipped with a camera, sensor technology and a robot arm. It controls the climate inside, monitors and removes pests without chemicals and provides food. Predictive...

Moving dexterity

New beers seem to be on tap at the touch of a button. Now, a US research team is using artificial intelligence to make products of various shapes easier to pick up during manufacturing. Allowing existing production lines to be adapted and automated at low cost. Their system is fed with a 3D model of the object in order...

Full control

Plants can be automatically cultivated in the desert. Robot boats are freeing oceans of plastic waste. And a North American startup is developing a smart system to remove waste from commercial buildings sustainably. Sensors on the bins’ upper edge monitor the filling level. If reached, a robot vehicle removes the inner container and makes for the collection point. Once...

Reductive scoop

Enzymes break down plastics, while seaweed helps us avoid them altogether. Now, a local startup is using a weather-proof robot boat to help keep Hong Kong waters clear. Taking a predetermined route, the 3-metre-long vessel autonomously collects waste, with a conveyor belt offloading it into a 200kg capacity container. An AI camera system identifies the type of rubbish and...

Flexible insight

Windscreen-wipers aren’t just useful in cars. For doctors examining lungs, it’s equally important to have a clear view. During a feasibility study, a research team at Leeds University developed a mini-robot that can reach the lungs’ smallest bronchial tubes. Manually-operated instruments currently used in lung examinations are either too wide in diameter, or too difficult to control. The robot,...

Cultivated control

This gripping arm can lift goods just like an elephant’s trunk. Now, a Danish research team has developed a robot to oversee the quality control of a local dairy’s cheeses, with monitoring taking place at the start of the process. Typically, it’s at a late stage. The robot inserts two thin metal tubes into the cheese curd; these, in...

Self-sufficient oasis

We’ve seen how this schoolgirl’s invention could stimulate crop growth. Cultivating plants in the desert is a different ball game - but this robot might just help. Developed by students at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, the 20cm long device moves autonomously through the desert on legs from a 3D printer. Spurred on by a battery powered...

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