Robots can go all the way to Mars, but they can’t pick up the groceries

21 Dec 2018

In the popular imagination, robots have been portrayed alternatively as friendly companions or existential threat. But while robots are becoming commonplace in many industries, they are neither C-3PO nor the Terminator. Cambridge researchers are studying the interaction between robots and humans – and teaching them how to do the very difficult things that we find easy. Click here to find out more.

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3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano

19 Dec 2018

Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design. 

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Engineering artistry

21 Nov 2018

The variety and beauty of engineering are on display in the images featured in the Department of Engineering's annual photo competition, the winners of which were announced today. Click here to see the winners. 

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