Newly released KCL Metamorphic Robot Hand (Metahand 3)

The Mechanisms and Kinematics Group led by Prof Jian Dai has been continuously working on the metamorphic robot hand since its invention in 2004. With the principle of metamorphosis, the novel design of the multifingered robot hand brought in an articulated palm which changes the traditional structure of robot hands with a rigid palm. The…

Big day for ThrishLab, EPSRC just confirmed that Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara’s research grant proposal will be funded to lead a major UK based research consortium!

MOTION – Morphological Computation of Perception and Action Partners: King’s College London (lead organization), Cambridge University, Imperial College London, University of Surrey, Shadow Robotics Company, Rethink Robotics, Southern Scientific Ltd. Duration: 3 years (July 2016 – July 2019) Funding Body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Amount: £1.2 million Motivation: The recent Ebola…

Crowdfunding Trials of Our NQR Explosives Detector!

Field Trials to Test an Explosives Detector to Remove Landmines left after Conflict- In collaboration with King’s College London, Dr Jamie Barras is raising funds to run field trials to test an explosive detector for clearing landmines. Dr. Jamie Barras is the head of humanitarian technologies lab in the Department of Informatics. He is running…

IEEE Spectrum: Enhanced Haptic Feedback Replace Surgeons’ Sense of Touch at King’s CoRe

IEEE Spectrum recently reported about haptic feedback solutions for minimally invasive surgery proposed by world-leading research groups. The article mentions the work  that the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) led by robotics expert Prof. Kaspar Althoefer at King’s College London has devised a system that tracks the probe’s spatial position, how deeply it indents the tissue, and the…

Service Robots – Flexible Helpers in Professional Use at CoRe

Service robotics in Europe is on the rise. The market entrance of Google, the establishment of the “Robo-Stox” index in 2013, special reports in magazines such as “The Economist” or “Der Spiegel” show it: service robotics is on the threshold of entering a new maturity level. Service robotics conquers new, commercial fields of application and…

#AskRobotics with Matthew Howard

From cyborg assassins to driverless cars, robots continue to capture the public’s imagination, inspiring apprehension and wonder in equal measure. Will the rise of machines threaten the human race? Are they truly capable of emotional intelligence? Will they put us all out of work? And more importantly, can they do the washing up? Dr Matthew…