the robotician Festo has built an image of innovation thanks to bio-inspired robots present each year to the media. Seagull, Ant, dragonfly, trunk of an elephant, Kangaroo, its engineers face a new challenge every year. This time it’s a new “Gripper”, a clip, they were copied on the tentacle of the Octopus. Coupled with the trunk of an elephant, this OctopusGripper has a surprisingly animal operation. A new show of force on the German robotics engineers.
in June 2022, the European Space Agency will launch a probe bound for Jupiter, or rather to destination of its moons. This one, called JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer), must explore the volcanic moon Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto Ice Moon. It takes 3.5 years to probe to reach Jupiter and it’s based on the gravity of the Earth, Venus, then March to reach its target.
Airbus and its partner Italdesign created the surprise at the Geneva auto show with their concept Pop.Up. Half drone, half autonomous car, this concept is still an exercise in style, but offers an interesting approach which separates living, running gear and air propulsion module. Pop.Up is therefore more than a drone, but a totally robotic transport system as passengers will not take orders the drone or even the car.
the American robotician has finally released an official video of his new robot. Baptized Handle, this one has no vocation commercial nor a useful, it is an exercise in style. It is a robot that can be called Biped mounted on wheels, a sort of roller skate that defies any notion of balance.
This robot, which measures nearly 2 metres is both electric and hydraulic, allowing him to move at the speed of 14 km/h, but also jump 1.20 m high. Its unique travel mode of Boston Robotics engineers to announce autonomy more than 24 km. They have designed a robots to amazing movement with only 10 degrees of freedom, proof of their proficiency both the balance and the robots movements. What a pity that Google not to confine its subsidiary Robotics in the design of demonstrators and don’t try to design their trading robots.
UPS comes to proof of delivery by drone from one of its famous Brown vans. The operation took place in Lithia, small town in Florida. This demonstration is done through the truck/drone system developed by the company Workhorse, a manufacturer of hybrid and electric truck. This system must be able to operate in stand-alone mode, without the driver have to fly the drone Horsefly. This one is loaded via a trap door then flies out of the roof of the van to steal until the recipient of the parcel and then return to land on the van. The idea is to robotics last km of delivery, one that is more costly for the carrier.