The new robotics technology set to change the construction industry

The new robotics technology set to change the construction industry

Fastbrick Robotics is responding to the increased demand for housing and a shortage in skilled construction labour with a bricklaying robot.

The gigantic robot Hadrian X , equipped with specialised technology, can lay a residential house from the ground up, on site, in 2 days.

It’s the first end-to-end construction robot in the world, and Fastbrick CEO Mike Pivac is confident it will revolutionise the industry. We chatted with him to find out more. Precision, precision

Hadrian is not the first large-scale industrial robot that can complete a whole build from start to finish. It’s not even the first outdoor construction robot .What’s remarkable is it’s both. As Mike told me, “Anything you can build inside a factory … we’re getting […]

German Scientists Create Ultrafast Robot Arms from DNA

German Scientists Create Ultrafast Robot Arms from DNA

Illustration: Technical University of Munich Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have given a big boost to DNA-based robotic systems by using electric fields to speed up their movements by five orders of magnitude over previous DNA systems.

Prior to this work, which the German scientists descibe in today’s issue of the the journal Science , the main issue preventing previous DNA-based molecular machines from operating faster was that they were dependent on DNA’s molecular cues.

For example, most DNA-based molecular machines previously were operated by a variety of DNA molecular manipulations, including DNA hybridization with externally added DNA “fuel strands,” the action of DNA-cutting enzymes , a change in buffer conditions (such as pH levels), or […]

Sex robot will decide if you’re a good person (and then it will get horny)

Sex robot will decide if you’re a good person (and then it will get horny)

She’s judging you (Picture Getty) Sex robot fans might have imagined that their lifeless plastic lovers would always be up for a good time, day and night – but that might not actually be the case.

The creator of the alarmingly busty Samantha sex droid is working on an AI update which means the robot will decide if you’re a good person – which increases it’s sex drive.

So owners may actually have to ‘chat up’ their sex robots rather than just plugging them in and getting down to business.

Samantha’s creator Dr Sergi Santos told Inverse, ‘The algorithm I designed allows for all of that relatively easily. I think it can be adapted easily to do all these things but I […]

Terrorism and UAVs: an increasing risk

Terrorism and UAVs: an increasing risk

Violent non-state actors have increasingly been making use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Initially, this was limited to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. More recently, some terrorist organizations – among them, the Islamic State and Hezbollah – have extended their use of UAVs to include the deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in warzones. Now, the threat of UAVs being used in attacks in Europe or North America is rising.

Since 2001, the war on terror has witnessed the gradual emergence of a new weapons system: the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Efficacy, affordability, and low political costs have increasingly made UAVs the weapon of choice against violent non-state actors. Simultaneously, commercial UAVs – considerably smaller and […]

Dawn of the robot era - a look at how our lives will be in 2040

Dawn of the robot era – a look at how our lives will be in 2040

TECHNOLOGY Dawn of the robot era – a look at how our lives will be in 2040

Gene-editing could revolutionise healthcare as we know it today. Photo / 123RF How will technology change our lives over the next two decades? Science reporter Jamie Morton looks at four areas that may look vastly different by 2040. Our jobs

Some studies have suggested half of jobs in the US are at risk of being replaced by computers and algorithms in the next 20 years.

Others have put that proportion at just a tenth.But it’s without doubt that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will have made a profound impact on workplaces as we know them by the time 2040 rolls around.Even within […]

3D Printing Farm Scales with Cobots

3D Printing Farm Scales with Cobots

Lights out manufacturing: Voodoo Manufacturing can run the UR10 robot unattended overnight and remotely monitor operation through their software. “Programming the UR10 robot arm with the Robotiq gripper was almost like building a Power Point,” says Voodoo Manufacturing’s Charlie Fenwick. “You simply drag blocks of information onto the screen, link up the different blocks and it basically runs itself.” The UR10 is the largest of Universal Robots three models, with a span of 51 inches and a payload of 22 lbs. Two of the most trending automation technologies— 3D printing and collaborative robots (cobots) —have been brought together in Voodoo Manufacturing’s Brooklyn, N.Y., production operations. Currently using 160 3D printers, Voodoo Manufacturing—a startup manufacturing business—produces products ranging from prosthetic […]