From robotic muscles, to bricklaying robots and handheld printers, here are six technology advancements that will have “huge impacts” on our future.
Precious Plastic is “global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution.” They have created a DIY machine that allows anyone to shred plastic within minutes. The machine even has different output sizes, which means that the flakes of plastic can create different patterns and processes. This means that you can use it to create bright and colourful objects.
Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have created a robot that has almost the same number of muscles as a human. The robotic muscles connect joints and expand or contract just like a real muscle would. However, they are not as strong, fast or finely-controlled.
Robots are often built with rigid plastic and metal, however, new squishy robots are being developed like organic creatures. They are softer, squishier and friendlier, making them much safer to work with in certain industries.
Robots with Exoskeletons
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a cube-shaped robot that can be controlled via magnets. The robot known as “Primer” performs different actions depending on the exoskeleton it is wearing. It can walk, roll, sail and glide. After a task is finished, the robot will even shed its “skin” by sitting in water, a process that will dissolve the exoskeleton.
Your next home could be built by robots. Bricklaying robots are so good that they could take over the construction industry. Construction Robotics develop affordable “leading-edge robotics and automation equipment.” They designed robot SAM100 to work with the mason and assist with laborious task of lifting and placing each brick. SAM can place between 300 and 400 bricks an hour, whilst a human can only lay 60 to 75 bricks an hour. Hadrian lays 1,000 bricks per hour.
The Handjet EBS-260 is a mobile printer that can autonomously print without a computer. Instead it can be edited and configured via a touch screen LCD. The device can print on concrete, from left to right, as well as right to left, and can even print upside down.
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