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Microtechnics - Electroengineering - 31.01.2024
3D-printed pneumatic modules replace electric controls in soft robots
3D-printed pneumatic modules replace electric controls in soft robots
Research team at the University of Freiburg develops 3D-printed pneumatic logic modules that control the movements of soft robots using only air pressure In the future, soft robots will be able to perform tasks that cannot be done by conventional robots. These soft robots could be used in terrain that is difficult to access and in environments where they are exposed to chemicals or radiation that would harm electronically controlled robots made of metal.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 04.12.2023
Artificial intelligence makes gripping more intuitive
Current hand prostheses already work with the help of an app or sensors attached to the forearm. New research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows this: A better understanding of muscle activity patterns enables more intuitive and natural control of the prostheses. This requires a network of 128 sensors and the use of artificial intelligence .

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 26.10.2023
TUM professor develops an energy-saving AI chip
TUM professor develops an energy-saving AI chip
In-memory computing Hussam Amrouch has developed an AI-ready architecture that is twice as powerful as comparable in-memory computing approaches. As reported in the journal Nature, the professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) applies a new computational paradigm using special circuits known as ferroelectric field effect transistors (FeFETs).

Health - Microtechnics - 19.09.2023
Cancer therapy: Microrobots explore cells - TUM
Cancer therapy: Microrobots explore cells - TUM
Opportunities for cancer treatment and wound healing Microrobots for the study of cells A group of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the world's first microrobot ("microbot") capable of navigating within groups of cells and stimulating individual cells. Berna Özkale Edelmann, a professor of Nanoand Microrobotics, sees potential for new treatments of human diseases.

Microtechnics - 17.07.2023
New skin-like sensors fit almost everywhere
New skin-like sensors fit almost everywhere
Researchers from the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an automatic process for making soft sensors. These universal measurement cells can be attached to almost any kind of object. Applications are envisioned especially in robotics and prosthetics.

Microtechnics - 20.04.2023
Making robots learn to smell
Making robots learn to smell
Reading time 4 min. NewIn: Achim Lilienthal In this "NewIn" release, we introduce Achim Lilienthal. He is building robots with a sense of smell that can detect dangerous gases to prevent accidents. In Munich, he aims to establish a high-tech laboratory for the sense of smell in robotics as a focal point for researchers from all over the world working on this topic.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 22.09.2022
Additive manufacturing in-flight
Additive manufacturing in-flight
3D printing drones work like bees to build and repair structures Additive manufacturing in-flight An international team of researchers have created a fleet of bee-inspired flying 3D printers for building and repairing structures in-flight. The technology could ultimately be used for manufacturing and building in difficult-to-access or dangerous locations such as tall buildings or help with post-disaster relief construction, say the researchers.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 13.09.2022
Unlocking human-like perception in self-driving vehicles
Unlocking human-like perception in self-driving vehicles
Freiburg computer scientists make an important step towards advancing perception in complex urban environments How can mobile robots perceive and understand the environment correctly, even if parts of the environment are occluded by other objects? This is a key question that must be solved for self-driving vehicles to safely navigate in large crowded cities.

Physics - Microtechnics - 21.04.2022
Microdrones With Light-driven Nanomotors
Microdrones With Light-driven Nanomotors
04/21/2022 Propelling micrometre-sized drones using light only and exerting precise control: Physicists at the University of Würzburg have succeeded at this for the first time. Their microdrones are significantly smaller than red blood cells. A hand-held laser pointer produces no noticeable recoil forces when it is "fired" - even though it emits a directed stream of light particles.

Microtechnics - 05.05.2021
Robots could safeguard people from pain
Robots could safeguard people from pain
Interview: Why robots need reflexes Robots could safeguard people from pain Reflexes protect our bodies - for example when we pull our hand back from a hot stove. These protective mechanisms could also be useful for robots. In this interview, Prof. Sami Haddadin and Johannes Kühn of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) explain why giving test subjects a "slap on the hand" could lay the foundations for the robots of the future.

Microtechnics - 12.03.2020
Robots popular with older adults
Robots popular with older adults
Psychologists study relationships between humans and machines A world without robots is now almost inconceivable. Not only do they take on important tasks in production processes, they are also increasingly being used in the service sector. For example, machines created to resemble humans - known as androids - are helping to care for elderly people.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 10.10.2019
Sensitive robots are safer
Sensitive robots are safer
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings - a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.



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