Researchers at Texas A&M University, in conjunction with with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), are creating “mobile robots for military applications”. The robots can determine “whether wheels or legs are more suitable to travel across terrains”.
“Researchers at Yale have developed a robotic fabric, a breakthrough that could lead to such innovations as adaptive clothing, self-deploying shelters, or lightweight shape-changing machinery.”
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Pliant Energy System’s autonomous robot, resembling a manta ray, “could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool”. https://interestingengineering.com/new-autonomous-sustainable-robots-could-mine-the-deep-sea
The hassles of squeezing your car into a parking garage may become a thing of the past. Ford, Bosch, and Bedrock plan to bring their demonstration of automated valet parking to Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a33808473/ford-bosch-automated-parking-pilot/
Loon, Google’s sister company, worked with Kenyan telecom company to address the lack of internet access in remote parts of the country through the deployment of polyethylene balloons. https://www.dezeen.com/2020/07/09/loon-balloon-powered-internet-service-kenya/
Researchers developed a new material which can “autonomously heal in air and underwater”. This new polymer presents opportunities in future military programs and prosthetic limb development.