Package delivery may be going to the dogs.In the race to automate the delivery of packages and food in urban areas, most companies have been focusing on wheeled robots. But the German automotive company Continental has another idea. At the consumer Electronics in Las Vegas last week, it showed off a four-legged delivery robot designed to walk packages right to customers’ front doors. In demonstrations at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the battery-powered ANYmal Robot — made by Swiss robotics manufacturer ANYbotics — hopped out of Continental’s CUbE autonomous vehicle, stepped…Read More
US student’s app offers roadmap to Singapore contact tracing tech !!
Singapore kicked off a global rush to develop a contact tracing apps for the novel covid-19 when the city-state launched an apparently new system in March. But the project actually drew inspiration from a 2014 U.S. high school project that won an international prize but found no backers – until now. It all started when Rohan Suri created an app at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, to tell his mom to leave home for the bus stop when he was seven minutes away. As the Ebola epidemic ravaged western Africa at…Read More
L&T Heavy Engineering delivers 1,250 MT-Cryostat to French Nuclear Fusion Project Amid Lockdown !!
L&T Heavy Engineering has announced that its 1,250 MT-Cryostat base, the single largest section of the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor, was successfully lifted and placed into a reactor building in France, accomplishing a major milestone in the nuclear engineering world. Assembly tools of cryostat were delivered during the lockdown by Larsen & Toubro. The cryostat forms the vacuum-tight container surrounding the reactor vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets and acts essentially as a very large refrigerator. The reactor base, the single largest and heaviest Tokamak component of the world’s largest…Read More
Apple patents socially-distant selfies !!
Apple has been granted a patent for software that creates socially-distant group selfies.Synthetic Group Selfies, as patent No. 10,672,167 describes them, it would allow users to generate selfies with numerous family members and friends residing at distant, separate locations. The selfie would be created using live or stored still photos and videos. The software would remove backgrounds, resize images and accommodate positioning in front or in back of other individuals as needed to arrange realistic group photos. Users would be able to modify the selfie at any time with stored video…Read More
Next-generation cockroach-inspired robot is small but mighty !!
This itsy-bitsy robot can’t climb up the waterspout yet but it can run, jump, carry heavy payloads and turn on a dime. Dubbed HAMR-JR, this microrobot developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is a half-scale version of the cockroach-inspired Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot or HAMR. About the size of a penny, HAMR-JR can perform almost all of the feats of its larger-scale predecessor, making it one of the most dexterous microrobots to…Read More
Inspired By Cheetahs, Researchers Build Fastest Soft Robots Yet !!
Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on a solid surfaces or in the water than previous generations of soft robots. The new soft robotics are also capable of grabbing objects delicately — or with sufficient strength to lift heavy objects. “Cheetahs are the fastest creatures on land, and they derive their speed and power from the flexing of their spines,” says Jie Yin, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina…Read More
A worldwide hackathon’: Hospitals turn to crowdsourcing and 3D printing amid equipment shortages !!
Earlier this month, the CEO of an Italian 3D-printing startup learned that a hospital near the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy was running short on a small but crucial component: the valves that connect respirators to oxygen masks. The company that makes the valves couldn’t keep up with the demand, and doctors were in search of a solution. “When we heard about the shortage, we got in touch with the hospital immediately. We printed some prototypes. The hospital tested them and told us they worked,” the CEO,Cristain…Read More
First look of PM Modi’s new plane, Indian version of ‘Air Force 1’ !!
Unlike the President of the United States, who has a special plane designated called ‘Air Force One’, the Prime Minister and President of India travel in a commercial Air India plane code-named ‘Air India One’. However, this is to set the change soon as aircraft manufacturing company Boeing soon will be delivering two special aircrafts for India that will be used for international travel of the Prime Minister, President, and Vice President. Watch the first look and know about the special features of this plane.Read More
New Made-In-India Fighter Cleared For Development, First Flight In 6 Years !!
New Delhi: By the success trial of landings of the Tejas-N fighter on board the Navy aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has given to go ahead for the development of a twin engine made-in-India fighter jet. The development phase is expected to cost between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 crore. NDTV has learnt that the development of this aircraft was discussed on May 22 at ADA’s Annual General Body meet, its highest governing body. The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by the…Read More
A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail !!
One Robot makes cocktails from 25 bottles hanging upside-down from the ceiling, another carves perfect ice balls in the fraction of the time it takes a human with a knife and an ice pick. Robo-bartenders are shaking up South Korea’s cafe and bar culture as the country transitions from intensive to make social distancing to what the government calls “distancing in daily life.” And they look snazzy doing it too. In a tailored vest and bow tie, six-foot-tall Cabo narrates his actions as he carves ice for a whisky on…Read More