Robotics

Designer Frank Kolkman hacks 3D printer components to build DIY surgical robot

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Royal College of Art graduate Frank Kolkman has built an open-source machine that could enable people to perform keyhole surgery on themselves using a Playstation controller (+ movie). Read more »

Fleet of robots by The Workers allow the public to explore galleries by night

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: last year London studio The Workers built a fleet of robots that allowed the public to remotely explore galleries and museums from their computers at home. In this interview, studio co-founder Tommaso Lanza explains how they did it (+ movie). Read more »

Superflux research project imagines London patrolled by a fleet of drones

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Superflux has built a series of drones, which the London studio suggests could one day be used in cities for surveillance, traffic control and advertising (+ movie). Read more »

Drones can "weave structures in space in just a few minutes"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our video interview with Ammar Mirjan, the architect explains how drones with cable dispensers attached can be used to quickly build lightweight architectural structures. Read more »

Drones can "collaborate to build architectural structures"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. Read more »

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Amazon tests drones that could deliver packages "in less than 30 minutes"

News: online retail giant Amazon has presented a prototype for a service that uses flying robots to deliver packages to customers within half an hour of ordering (+ movie). Read more »

Robot surgeons to operate on beating human hearts

News: robots could soon be operating on beating human hearts while a surgeon based in a different part of the world directs the procedure remotely, according to a designer working on a new generation of medical equipment. Read more »

Researchers develop 3D-printed drones capable of self-assembly

News: a research team in Zürich has created a flock of helicopter robots that can detect each others' positions and join together to create a larger flying machine. Read more »

Tiny robotic insect takes flight

News: a tiny robotic insect that hovers in the air like a fly has been built by scientists at Harvard University (+ movies). Read more »

Robot Cleaner by Jeongmi Lee

Seoul designer Jeongmi Lee has designed a conceptual domestic robot that steals your duvet in the morning and poos all over the floor. Read more »