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Swiss Robotics Industry Day 2017 – extra seats added!

Thank you for your great interest in this year’s Swiss Robotics Industry Day organized in conjunction with digitalswitzerland and supported by the Canton of Vaud! We are happy to announce that some more seats are available at:  http://swissroboticsindustry.ch/register/ Please kindly note that applications for tickets are treated on a first-come, first-served basis and that the overall …

Harshal Sonar wins Best Poster Award at IROS 2017

During the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) which happened recently in Vancouver, Canada, Harshal Sonar, Doctoral Assistant for the Paik Lab, has won the Best Poster Award for his presentation on “Interactive SPA skin”. For more information, please visit the RRL website. For a short Youtube video on Interactive Soft Pneumatic Actuator Skin for Tactile …

Drones can almost see in the dark

(credit: UZH/Davide Scaramuzza) UZH researchers have taught drones how to fly using an eye-inspired camera, opening the door to them performing fast, agile maneuvers and flying in low-light environments. Possible applications could include supporting rescue teams with search missions at dusk or dawn. To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation …

A foldable cargo drone

The field of drone delivery is currently very much in the public eye. However, the reason that your internet shopping doesn’t yet arrive via drone is that current flying robots are difficult to transport and store and can prove a safety risk to people. A team from Floreano Lab, NCCR Robotics and EPFL presents a new type of cargo drone …

New soft robots really suck!

Recent advances in soft robotics have seen the development of soft pneumatic actuators (SPAs) to ensure that all parts of the robot are soft, including the functional parts. These SPAs have traditionally used increased pressure in parts of the actuator to initiate movement, but today a team from NCCR Robotics and RRL, EPFL publish a …

Control of Motor-Imagery BCI by a User with Locked-In Syndrome

Using Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) as a way to give people with locked-in syndrome back reliable communication and control capabilities has long been a futuristic trope of medical dramas and sci fi. A team from NCCR Robotics and CNBI, EPFL have recently published a paper detailing work as a step towards taking this technique into everyday lives …

Swiss Robotics Industry Day 2017 Announced

Taking place at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland, on 2nd November 2017, the Swiss Robotics Industry Day is an exclusive event for industry professionals to come and meet the labs of NCCR Robotics and the SMEs of the Swiss Robotics ecosystem. The event features talks from invited speakers from both industry and academia, with time for …

Multi-directional gravity assist helps rehabilitation training

When training to regain movement after stroke or spinal cord injury (SCI), patients must once again learn how to keep their balance during walking movements. Current clinical methods mean supporting the weight of the patient during movement, setting the body off balance and meaning that when patients are ready to begin to walk without mechanical …