STIFF-FLOP: 1 of 5 Cool Robots funded by the EU

Prior to the festival, Robot Safari received excellent coverage in Design Week, the Daily Telegraph and Mail Online. It also received a prominent half-page listing in Time Out London. As the festival opened, further coverage appeared, including in Phys.org, Gizmag and Popular Science. The BBC published a video online with footage from the festival and…

STIFF-FLOP at the Science Museum

During the European Robotics Week, at the Science Museum in London we’ll meet swimming, flapping or crawling robots mimicking real animals. The EU-funded STIFF-FLOP project will be showing a robotic arm inspired by the softness and agility of an elephant’s trunk and by the octopus’ ability to find food by exploring small cavities in rocks.…

King’s College London featured on BBC TWO Newsnight

In a piece on how killer robots may affect the future of military warfare, BBC 2 reports on how robotics is used today and how they may develop into weapons. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is debating on the ethical use of “killer robots,” with UN rapporteur Christof Heyns calling for a halt…

HANDLE and Beyond: Advances in In-Hand Manipulation

Professor Veronique Perdereau from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris presented the final results of the HANDLE project at King’s Building, Strand Campus, on February 13th, 2013. HANDLE has involved the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) for 4 years, from 2009 to February 2013. The presentation reported the initial project approach (improving dexterity, pre-shaping…

What use is a robot octopus? OCTOPUS meets STIFF-FLOP

Cecilia Laschi and Matteo Cianchetti from SSSA demonstrated how the OCTOPUS robot works and explained how it could one day be used for tasks such as repairing underwater structures like oil pipelines and ships’ hulls to performing search-and-rescue operations – venturing into places too dangerous for humans! The event was held at the Science Museum…