A prototype robotic sleeve, which can wrap around a weak heart before synchronising with its natural motion to help it keep beating, has been developed by an international team of engineers.
Robots operating in pipes, on lamp posts, flying over power lines and on train tracks will be key to identifying future infrastructure issues, saving money and keeping countries efficient.
Robots rarely get a good press. They’re either turning rogue, trying to control the human race as in The Matrix, or wreaking a path of destruction to kill the hero in Will Smith’s I, Robot.
The University of Leeds is leading a pioneering £4.2m national infrastructure research project with the vision of creating self-repairing cities.
Researchers at the University of Leeds are taking part in a project to develop ways to wirelessly “beam” power into robots and other digital systems.