robots

Jae Lee / WBAA News

Two topics come up time and again on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels: food and money.

Faculty have opposed the opening of a Chick-Fil-A location on campus, in part because the company’s founders oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. So is making the proprietor sign boilerplate language about inclusivity and non-discrimination enough to quiet those concerns? And what’s the difference between this and giving money back to the founder of Papa John’s Pizza after he made insensitive remarks?

Samantha Horton / IPB News

Starship Technologies is boldly going where no other company has gone in Indiana with new delivery robots at Purdue University. The autonomous service officially launched Monday, making Purdue the first in the state and Big 10 to bring the technology onto its campus.

The sidewalks are busy with students going about campus. Amongst the foot traffic a tiny orange flag can be seen navigating the crowds. The flag is attached to a little six-wheeled robot that delivers food. The autonomous cooler on wheels is expected to deliver hundreds of meals every day to students and employees.

Purdue Innovation Could Lead To Wearable Robots

Oct 1, 2014
Rebecca Kramer / Purdue University

Forget what you know about robots.

Purdue researchers are developing a new type of robotic fabric.

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Rebecca Kramer says the fabric moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors.

She says the approach could result in a new type of "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots.