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Microtechnics - Computer Science - 22.03.2018
Robots work together to build NEST unit
Robots work together to build NEST unit
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time. The load-bearing timber modules, which are prefabricated by robots, will be assembled in the "DFAB HOUSE" unit at Empa and Eawag's NEST research and innovation building, thus combining architecture with robotics and craftsmanship.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 23.01.2018
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?

Life Sciences - Microtechnics - 08.11.2017
A robotic spy among the fish
A new miniature robot developed by EPFL researchers can swim with fish, learn how they communicate with each other and make them change direction or come together. These capabilities have been proven on schools of zebrafish. Researchers at EPFL's Robotic Systems Laboratory (LSRO), which is headed by Professor Francesco Mondada, have developed a miniature robot that can integrate perfectly into schools of zebrafish.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 12.09.2017
A drone for last-centimeter delivery
A drone for last-centimeter delivery
A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams.

Microtechnics - 30.08.2017
New soft robots really suck
EPFL scientists have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum: made up of soft building blocks, it moves by having air sucked out of them.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 07.08.2017
Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm
Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm
Filming of spectacular action scenes is expensive and the creative possibilities are often limited. An ETH doctoral student has developed an algorithm that allows drones to implement the desired picture compositions independently.

Materials Science - Microtechnics - 10.07.2017
Magic off the cuff
Magic off the cuff
Moving things with a wave of the hand: thanks to Empa technology this dream could soon become real. A sensor made of piezo-resistive fibers integrated in a wristband measures wrist movements and converts them into electrical signals.

Health - Microtechnics - 11.05.2017
A powered exoskeleton prevents the elderly from falling
The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance - and prevents falling - has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant'Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center 'Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi' in Florence.

Health - Microtechnics - 15.03.2017
'Instrument Flight' to the Inner Ear
‘Instrument Flight’ to the Inner Ear
A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation.

Life Sciences - Microtechnics - 26.01.2017
Reptilian Robots are Spies in the Wild
Reptilian Robots are Spies in the Wild
EPFL scientists designed, built and remote-controlled the robotic structures of a crocodile and a lizard for a field experiment, in the depths of Africa, in collaboration with the BBC. The robots are featured in today's episode of 'Spy in the Wild'. What happens when you combine EPFL's first-class robotic engineering with the BBC's first-class special effects' You get reptilian robots that look and move (almost) like the real thing, and as a bonus, a scientific tool for studying biology and for improving search and rescue robotics.

Health - Microtechnics - 12.10.2016
Soft robots that mimic human muscles
Soft robots that mimic human muscles
An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation.

Health - Microtechnics - 22.07.2016
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations
Scientists at EPFL and ETHZ have developed a new method for building microrobots that could be used in the body to deliver drugs and perform other medical operations. For the past few years, scientists around the world have been studying ways to use miniature robots to better treat a variety of diseases.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 15.07.2016
A drone that gets around obstacles like an insect
A drone that gets around obstacles like an insect
Physics student Darius Merk has used an insect-inspired algorithm to develop a drone that can navigate around obstacles.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 03.06.2016
The robot Thymio is finding its niche in French schools
The robot Thymio is finding its niche in French schools
03. Thymio, the teaching robot designed by EPFL and widely used in French-speaking Switzerland, is now making inroads elsewhere in Europe.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 30.03.2016
Open-source microprocessor
Open-source microprocessor
In future, it will be easier and cheaper for developers at universities and SMEs to build wearable microelectronic devices and chips for the Internet of Things, thanks to the PULPino open-source processor, which has been developed at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 26.02.2016
A smart walking aid
A smart walking aid
Computer scientists and roboticists at ETH Zurich have developed a robotic walker that makes senior citizens more mobile.

Microtechnics - 01.02.2016
Robotic Fingers with a Gentle Touch
Robotic Fingers with a Gentle Touch
01. Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper - made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes - that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level.

Microtechnics - 02.12.2015
All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning
All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning
ROVéo is a robot whose unique four-wheel design allows it to climb over obstacles up to two-thirds its height.

Health - Microtechnics - 04.05.2012
A Robot for Spinal Column Operations
A Robot for Spinal Column Operations
With less than a 0.5 mm margin of error, Neuroglide, the robot developed by researchers allows for the placement of screws in small vertebrae with unequaled precision.

Microtechnics - 03.01.2012
Communication within the animal kingdom
Communication within the animal kingdom
An experiment shows that communication systems can evolve differently within the same species and even the same environment.

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