Build your own best friend! Students design $3,000 kit robo-dog that can jump, flip and dance

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robotic dog that can dance, do flips and jump has been created by a team of students - and they are encouraging people to build their own. The robo-dog senses when it is out of position and uses'virtual springs' to pop upright with precision. It has been created with the goal of being reproduced by anyone and the team has published their designs and blueprints online to encourage people to make their own robots. Doggo's creators wanted to share their joy so much they have made the plans, code and a supply list all freely available on GitHub, a specialist platform for developers to share computer code. On the Stanford Doggo Project Github blog, the students describe themselves as undergraduate and graduate students in the Stanford Student Robotics club and part of the club's'Extreme Mobility team'.

Scientists create robot JELLYFISH that could be the real-life 'guardians of the oceans'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have built robot jellyfish that could one day be used to track and monitor fragile marine ecosystems. The soft robots can swim through openings narrower than their bodies and are powered by hydraulic silicon tentacles. Several of the bots have already been tested squeezing through holes cut into a plexiglass plate. In future, these so-called'jellybots' could be sent into delicate environments, such as coral reefs, without risking collision and damage. Creators of the artificial animal believe they could act as'guardians of the oceans' without interfering with the delicate wildlife.

'Virtually indestructible' four-legged cheetah robot can perform 360-degree backflips

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robot the size of a small dog can perform a back-flip with same the agility of a champion gymnast. Dubbed the'mini cheetah', the four-legged automaton is virtually indestructible, according to its creators. The robot walks at double the speed of an average person and can easily run through bumpy, uneven terrain. Its has flexible metal limbs that provide stability and flexibility and it can quickly pull itself up with a swing of its'elbows' if it ever falls over. A new mini-robot the size of a small dog has the agility of a champion gymnast and can perform a 360-degree backflip.

Japanese engineer sees evolution guiding next wave in robotics

The Japan Times

What could be the next big thing in technology after the digital revolution? According to Chuo University engineering professor, the answer could come from Mother Nature. "Traditionally, people wanted industrial robots to be able to work precisely to help with mass production. But today, demand is high for robots that can live together with people or that can operate in situations where people cannot," said Taro Nakamura, who has developed several robots modeled on living organisms. "People are now looking for new knowledge to bring about innovation.

Robotics Gone Wild: 8 Animal-Inspired Machines - InformationWeek


Among programmers, there's a principle called DRY, which stands for "Don't repeat yourself." It's an attempt to avoid writing code that duplicates the function of other code. DRY embodies the same resistance to needless repetition as the more common idiom, "Don't reinvent the wheel." Among those making robots, a group that includes software and hardware engineers attempts to adhere to these principles, as can be seen in designs that borrow from nature, from the evolved forms of life on Earth. Biomimicry and bioinspired design provide a way to avoid reinventing the wheel.