The robotics industry has advanced tremendously in
recent years with several cutting edge developments. Now, researchers have
created a hydrogel-based, light-powered robot that swims in response to a
direct light source.
This particular robot, the OsciBot, is attracted to
and only powered by a constant visible light source. It doesn’t require a
battery pack or power tether of any kind. This type of technology could revolutionise
the maritime industry in terms of energy harvesting and propulsion in the future.
Robotics of all types and sizes with various applications have made headlines around the world adding fuel to the innovation fire. The oil and gas industry has always been a leader in pushing the boundaries of disruptive technologies. Now, with rising interest and investment, subsea robotics has the potential and power to transform the oil and gas sector as a whole.
Technological advancements and the continued race for
innovation in nearly every industry is evident across the globe. For some time
now, oil companies have turned to robots and drones to perform dangerous activities
in the harshest environments. While some of the ‘oil and gas tech toys’ help save
costs, many of them greatly improve performance and safety. This is as a result
of fewer people being exposed to dangerous tasks and situations.
2017 we reported on the Boeing Echo Voyager autonomous unmanned submarines and
now, big brother is here. It comes in the form of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned
Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) built for a host of applications.
Navy awarded Boeing with a US$43 million contract to build four Orca’s and the support
gear. Boeing partnered with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the 51-ft
(15.5 m) long unmanned undersea vehicles which will operate in the open ocean.
This is largely thanks to next-level autonomous navigation systems and a fuel
module that gives the Orca an incredible range of 6,500 nm (7,480 mi / 12,038
get a real idea of the engineering ingenuity of the Orca, let’s recap on the Boeing
Honda is making headlines once again as they seeking potential business and technology partners for their prototype off-road vehicle. Honda’s Autonomous Work Vehicle combines the automaker’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and advanced autonomous technology. Honda R&D Americas have designed the Autonomous Work Vehicles to improve efficiency and safety.
They aim to target public, commercial and consumer enterprises with the potential to support a host of industries. Some of these include search and rescue, firefighting, construction, agriculture, landscaping and snow removal. Honda will feature their Autonomous Work Vehicle at CES 2019 in Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8-11, 2019. Continue reading →
3D printing, often referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the sequential layering of materials using computers to create three-dimensional shapes. The process appears relatively simple as a 3D digital model of the item is created. This is done either through computer aided design (CAD) or using a 3D scanner.
The printer reads the design and “prints” successive layers of a medium, either liquid, powder, or sheet material. These are joined together or fused to create the final product or item. While the 3d printing process can sometimes be slow, it can create almost any shape which is particularly useful for geometrically complex components.
The future of construction lies with robots getting down and dirty while implementing 3D printing technology. And now, 3D printing has found yet another purpose with the US military building barracks using a large 3D printer. Continue reading →