CES 2021: Moorebot launches $179 Scout robot

Moorebot, which brought us the Hubble HUGO Baby Cam and the ZEUS fighting robot, today announced the new $179 Scout robot at CES 2021. Moorebot’s capabilities include Smart Home integration with either Amazon Alexa or Google Home, monocular SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), and audio and visual intelligence that enables Scout to recognize, follow and…

Scientists develop robot inspectors for offshore wind farms

Scientists have developed fully autonomous robots which are able to inspect wind farms for damage. Unlike many drones, these do not require a human operator and can assess the integrity of offshore wind turbines. Those behind the devices believe they could help prevent technicians having to undergo the “dangerous and expensive” process of abseiling down…

Life-like robots closer to reality

Life-like robots that can make decisions, adapt to their environment and learn, are one step closer to becoming reality. Researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new way of embedding computation into soft robotic materials. This advance could create new robotic possibilities to environmental monitoring, pollution clean-up, drug delivery, prosthetic devices, wearable biosensing…