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…

Scientists developing robots to clean train carriages

Robots that can clean train carriages and drones that can inspect railway bridge arches are being developed by scientists in two new research projects. The Heriot-Watt University researchers are working on robotised mobile inspection platforms that can operate in hard-to-reach areas such as between and under the seats of a train carriage. The robot platforms will detect…