Policy Analysis: ICT
Horizon 2020 Special Coverage
The rise of the drones
20 August 2014
The EU Energy Challenge: Can innovation fill the gap?
The EU’s transition to a sustainable energy system is a top policy challenge of the coming decade. Though much progress has been achieved, the pace of change is too slow.
Square - Brussels Meeting Centre - 13 November 2014
The Innovation Connection - The 2014 Science|Business Summit
The 2014 Science|Business Summit will bring together leaders from research, industry and policy to debate current future trends needed to unleash Europe's technological potential.
Berlin - 07 October 2014
Foresight: Europe 2030
The purpose of this event is to draw on the expertise of a group of high-level participants about how Europe is evolving through 2030 – and how emerging trends will change society, business and technology in Europe.
Berlin - 06 October 2014
Helping Europe Innovate
The Annual Report 2013-2014 is a summary of the activites of the Science|Business Innovation Board over the past year. The Science|Business...
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Robots get ready for mass markets

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has just opened the doors to a new national robotics research centre that aims to usher in a new era of robots, designed to do useful things in ordinary circumstances.


An automated grasshopper; a gyroscope that allows a robot cricket to balance itself, before bouncing again and again; a small glider that flies and clings to walls like a flying squirrel. When Mirko Kovac is showing off his ultra-light robots in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), it is almost like standing in front of one of the graceful wire mobiles fashioned by the artist Alexander Calder. That’s...



Related subjects: Artificial intelligence, Robotics

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