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Category: Electrical Engineering

Synthetic ‘brainy skin’ with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding

Credit: University of Glasgow A robotic hand covered in ‘brainy skin’ that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists.  University of Glasgow’s Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that ‘thinks for itself’. The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to build robots with a sense of touch. Brainy Skin reacts like human skin, which has its own neurons that…

Building the future, one RoboBoat at a time

The team from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITSN) located in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, launch their autonomous robotic boat during the finals of the 2018 International RoboBoat Competition held at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona, Fla. ITSN completed all tasks and took first place in the competition. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the behaviors demonstrated during the competition mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations. Credit: U.S.…

Electronic wool to take wearable tech from the catwalk to your wardrobe

Sandwiching doped zine sulphide between graphene in textiles can create glowing clothes. Credit: Dr Elias Torres Alonso, University of Exeter Engineers are threading circuitry into clothes to create comfortable devices that could make electronic fashion the future of the textiles industry. Smart textiles, where electronics are incorporated into fabrics, have been around for some time, from sensor-laden shirts that keep you cool, to dresses packed with LEDs. Despite these innovations, even the most determined shopper would struggle to find this…

Engineering gets boost from Inclusive Excellence plan

High School Summer Camp was one of several initiatives to receive support as part of the UM System and MU Inclusive Excellence plan. The College of Engineering recently received grants totaling $355,770 as part of the UM System and MU Inclusive Excellence plan to support a variety of inclusivity efforts within the College. “Inclusive Excellence is a framework designed to help the University of Missouri integrate diversity and quality efforts. As a model, Inclusive Excellence assimilates diversity efforts into the…

Building a serverless Slack bot using Cloudflare Workers

Our Workers platform can be used for a ton of useful purposes: for A/B (multivariate) testing, storage bucket authentication, coalescing responses from multiple APIs, and more. But Workers can also be put to use beyond “HTTP middleware”: a Worker can effectively be a web application in its own right. Given the rise of ‘chatbots’, we can also build a Slack app using Cloudflare Workers, with no servers required (well, at least not yours!). What are we Building? We’re going to…

How to print a building—the science behind 3-D printing in construction

Building sites are going to look a bit different, in the future. Credit: Shutterstock It’s often claimed that 3-D printing – known in the trade as “additive manufacturing” – will change the way we live. Most recently, a team from Eindhoven University of Technology announced plans to build the “world’s first” habitable 3-D printed houses. But it’s one thing to build small, prototype homes in a park – it’s quite another to successfully use additive manufacturing for large scale projects…

Entrepreneurs seek to quantify pressure applied during manual therapy

IUPUI entrepreneurs are developing prototypes of force-sensing instruments to be used during manual therapy. The patent-pending instruments are being commercialized by Health Smart Technologies.  Credit: Liz Kaye, IU Communications Physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, veterinarians, and other medical professionals could improve the outcomes of manual therapy to treat soft-tissue injuries by using patent-pending, handheld instruments being developed by IUPUI entrepreneurs. Health Smart Technologies Inc., a medical device startup, is developing a force-sensing instrument system called Quantifiable Soft Tissue…

Why being left-handed matters for mental health treatment — ScienceDaily

Treatment for the most common mental health problems could be ineffective or even detrimental to about 50 percent of the population, according to a radical new model of emotion in the brain. Since the 1970s, hundreds of studies have suggested that each hemisphere of the brain is home to a specific type of emotion. Emotions linked to approaching and engaging with the world — like happiness, pride and anger — lives in the left side of the brain, while emotions…

Transforming Agriculture Through The Use Of Robots

Gone are the days when agriculture was an activity of the farm-hands. This is becoming a business and investment that is exciting and one that has attracted professionals and people from all walks of life. Not only has it become a well-paying profession but also one that employs the use of the latest technologies. Among the technologies that have stood out is the automation technology with a keen focus on robots and robotics. Part of these trends and changes have…

New report highlights how drones can be used for good of society

Credit: University of Sheffield A new report demonstrating how drones can come to the rescue in natural disasters, help starving people in conflict and provide emergency medicine has been published today (7 June 2018) by one of the UK’s leading robotics experts. The report, unveiled by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, which is led by Professor Noel Sharkey from the University of Sheffield, outlines five key areas in which drones can be used to benefit humanity. Aside from industrial…