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.
Some materials are special not for what they contain, but for what they don’t contain. Such is the case with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) – ultra-porous structures that are being developed for a variety of future applications from fire-proofing to drug-delivery.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security should be priorities in future EU industrial research policy in order to reinvigorate industry and recover jobs that have been lost abroad, according to Professor Jürgen Rüttgers, a former research minister in Germany.
The rise of alternative health practices and a quest for purity can partly explain the falling confidence in vaccines which is driving outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles, according to Heidi Larson, professor of anthropology, risk and decision medicine at the UK’s London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is working to understand the causes of vaccine hesitancy in order to devise ways of rebuilding trust.
Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.
Understanding people’s fears is the key to increasing confidence.
Are metal organic frameworks the hole-y grail of nanomaterials?
A new report on how to reinvigorate Europe's industrial sector recommends prioritising AI and cyber security research.