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The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) (the name’s words can be translated in english as “Italian Institute of Technology”) is a foundation established jointly by the “Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca” (Ministry of the Italian government for the national education system, the Italian universities and research) and the “Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze” ((Ministry of the Italian government for the Economy and the Finances) to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to contribute to the economic development of Italy.

Building a fleet of autonomous robotic boats that could transport goods and people, collect trash, or self-assemble

Fleet of “roboats” could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals. The city of Amsterdam envisions a future where fleets of autonomous boats cruise its many canals to transport goods and people, collect trash, or self-assemble into floating stages and bridges. To further that vision, MIT researchers have given new capabilities

Building a fleet of autonomous robotic boats that could transport goods and people, collect trash, or self-assemble

A tendril-like soft robot able to climb

Researchers at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia obtained the first artificial plant tendrils: it is a soft robot able to curl and climb, using the same physical principles of water transport in plants; results are in Nature Communications Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia obtained the first soft robot mimicking plant tendrils: it is able to curl and

A tendril-like soft robot able to climb

A ‘hybrid tree’ made of natural and artificial leaves can act as an innovative ‘green’ electric generator producing 150 volts

In Advanced Functional Materials, the study shows that single plant leaves can generate more than 150 volts; a ‘hybrid tree’ made of natural and artificial leaves can act as an innovative ‘green’ electric generator. Sustainable energy sources, which are pollution free and environmentally friendly, are one of the key challenges of world’s future society. The

A ‘hybrid tree’ made of natural and artificial leaves can act as an innovative ‘green’ electric generator producing 150 volts

Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand

US, Italian researchers test ‘proprioceptive’ feedback with skin-stretch device Engineers working to add “muscle sense” to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand. The results will be presented next month in Germany

Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand

Milestones in Human-Machine Cooperation

Just a little over a year has passed since BBC News ranked the Robo-Mate exoskeleton at No. 2,right after the announcement of the new iPhone, and major technical progress has been made on several fronts. A key focus of the initial twelve months of the EU-funded Robo-Mate project was to define the various production processes

Milestones in Human-Machine Cooperation

PLANTOID: Robotic solutions inspired by plants

EU-funded researchers are demonstrating revolutionary robotic techniques inspired by plants, featuring a 3D-printed ‘trunk’, ‘leaves’ that sense the environment and ‘roots’ that grow and change direction Humans naturally understand problems and solutions from an animal’s perspective, tending to see plants as passive organisms that don’t ‘do’ much of anything, but plants do move, and they

PLANTOID: Robotic solutions inspired by plants

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules. Athanassia Athanassiou,

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around But Stays on Its Feet

Most humanoid robots developed over the past few decades have had stiff joints, and that’s a problem if they’re ever going to interact with people. Their unyielding arms and legs could injury a person if they accidentally whack someone, or if they lose balance and fall down. Lately there’s been a growing interest in developing robotic joints

This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around But Stays on Its Feet

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