Electronics Research News

Robots cope with unforeseen injuries

Robots can pre-learn strategies for future unpredicted injuries, claims a French-US team, and cope even when the nature of the damage is unknown. The process is two-step, and dubbed ‘intelligent trial and error’. Step one is performed once for each type of robot: Computer modelling techniques are…

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Phone apps could equal conventional eye tests for remote communities

UK researchers have used a phone app for eye tests in Kenyan homes, and found it as good as conventional eye chart test in a clinic. The test – called Peek (portable eye examination kit) Acuity – has been developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of…

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Nanotech researchers come to Birmingham event

Nanotech researchers from around the world will gather at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus next month for a two-day conference. Called “Advances in nanotechnology 2015″, the conference and workshops will discuss the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale in medicine and healthcare, nanomechanics…

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Southampton University takes optical fibre research to market

Southampton University, in its Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), is making its next-generation optical fibre available for purchase. Until now, access to the technology was limited to commercial or academic collaborations. The new optical fibre will be used in high-power lasers, high bandwidth communications and visible and infrared sensing…

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LPRS sponsors Warwick's next CubeSat

Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS) is to join the sponsors of Warwickshire University satellite programme, whose second WUSat CubeSat recently impressed the European Space Agency by maintaining communication throughout re-entry after a ‘Rexus’ launch from Sweden. “This was the first occasion that an ESA/Rexus launch device had successfully…

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More on: University of Warwick CubeSat triumph

Somewhere in northern Sweden there is a small crater, and at the bottom of that crater are the remains of triumph of student engineering: WUSat2. It was designed to free-fall from space at up to twice the speed of sound, gathering atmospheric data on its 100km journey, sending it…

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Robot arm controlled by quadriplegic's intentions

Californian researchers have linked a robot arm to the brain of a quadriplegic man, giving him smooth control over the arm. The electrodes are not in the motor cortex or attached to muscle nerves, but are in a part of the brain associated with planning muscle activity: the posterior parietal…

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