Autopilot, Synthetic Touch Experiences, and Moldable Circuits For Robotics – Into Robotics


Innovating and developing new technologies that can be used in a wide range of applications is the main task for researchers over the world. While some technologies are used in different fields, few of these can be used especially in robotics aiming to build the next generation of super robots.

In this article, we make an overview of three innovative technologies aiming to build smart and powerful robots.

Below is available a mini-autopilot device that can be integrated in micro aerial vehicle for safety and rescue missions. The second technology presented is a synthetic material designed to reproduce the recording and replay human touch system. The third technology is a super circuit built from carbon and very flexible.

Lisa/S Autopilot

Small, open-source device capable of controlling micro aerial vehicle.
Lisa/S is an open-source project aiming to build the most powerful autopilot on the market. The first version developed in the labs of Micro Aerial Vehicle Laboratory at the TU Delft faculty of Aerospace Engineering is already available on the market and can be used in real safety and rescue applications.

It is small, has a low-weight, and can be integrated into different micro aerial vehicles. Since it is lighter, the flying robot can stay more in the air while it has attached many more cameras and sensors.

Inside, Lisa/S runs software called Superbitrf designed to keep connected the autopilot with the RC transmitter located at the ground.

Synthetic Touch Experiences

Revolutionary technology that reinvents the sense of touch in robotics.
The robots could be directly affected by this revolutionary technology developed by researchers from the University of California, a technology that replay the human touch. A primitive form of this recording and replay human touch technology is integrated into the displays designed to react at the touch.

This user interface technology aiming to change the communications being able to reproduce audio and video information in the sense of touch.

Moldable Carbon Circuits

Carbon-based electronics with high degrees of flexibility.
Metals used in electronics limited the flexibility of device and this is on the list of improvements in robotics. Researchers build prototypes of flexible electronics using metal electrodes and other materials like polymers and ionic liquids, but even these electronics have limits. A new material built from carbon-based materials is very flexible and can be molded like plastic products. This new totally flexible circuits can be easily integrated into robotics for a more flexibility and without design limits.

Integrating these carbon-based electronics in plastic components and then build robots could be a big step in functionality that leads to the new design for robots.

A molding technique used to build plastic products it is available in the manufacturing process of passive elements such as resistors, inductors, capacitors, or active elements.


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