Researchers have copied bones, ligaments and muscles to make a robot torso that moves just like a human.
The principles behind the EU-funded ECCERobot project could be used to inspire future robots that are designed to work around people.
Horizon sent a camera crew to France to meet the designers behind the ECCERobot technology, and find out what they plan to do next.
ECCERobot finished at the end of 2011, and the project’s industrial partner, The Robot Studio, is now working on completing the body of the robot. It has also teamed up with Maxon Motors of Switzerland to focus on open source distribution of the designs.
That means people will be able to download and print their own robot using a 3D printer.
Few technologies have the potential to disrupt old institutions as much as blockchain – a system that maintains records on huge networks of individual computers. As with any new technology, it could be used for social good – such as supporting people who are priced-out of the current bank accounts – but the big challenge is how to limit its unintended consequences.
Nearly 100 years ago scientists developed a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB). Today, there are 10 million new cases worldwide and 1.6 million deaths from the disease every year. Increasingly, these cases are becoming difficult to treat as the bug that causes the disease can be resistant to antibiotics. However, several new TB vaccines are under development and there is growing optimism that a new vaccine will emerge, says Helen McShane, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, UK. This could save millions of lives, she said, but more work is needed to reassure the general public that vaccines are safe and effective.
Forests have a special magic for many of us. Steeped in folklore and fantasy, they are places for enchantments, mythical creatures and outlaws. But if they are to survive into the future, they may also need a helping hand from science.
Tuberculosis is the most common cause of death from an infectious disease.
Computer modelling will also help optimise management techniques.
Entrepreneur Nicklas Bergman on the European Innovation Council.