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Evolutionary Algorithms Create Robot Technology

The Evolvable Systems Group at NASA Ames Research Center investigates computer algorithms that automate the design and optimization of complex engineering systems for NASA exploration missions. The core technologies are based on adaptive and evolutionary algorithm methods. The methods, which include geneticalgorithms, genetic programming, and artificial …

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How Space Robots Will Be Protected From Dust

The dozen astronauts who landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972 found moondust to be an unexpected challenge. Not only was it so abrasive that it wore partially through the outer gloves of their space suits, it stuck to everything. The more they tried to …

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Mind Over Matter

Research Holds Promise for Human Paraplegics It was reported in the Science Translational Medicine department of Science magazine that monkeys have been able to control two robot arms through an electronic Brain-Computer interface. It is hoped that this research will ultimately help human patients overcome paralysis …

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Eat Your Face? Personal Fabrication Taking Off

David Carr, Research Associate at the MIT Media Lab, appeared in the Wall Street Daily Research online news in a story about his 3D printer that could sculpt chocolate. David noted that he could create a likeness of himself in chocolate and then eat it, which …

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China’s Jade Rabbit Begins To Explore Lunar Surface

The Beijing Aerospace Control Center said the rover had explored the surface using its mechanical arm on Tuesday night (Beijing time). The survey lasted half an hour and official news service Xinhua said the rover performed well in the tests. In December, the Chinese landing module …

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Google Buys Deepmind

The Guardian reports that Google has acquired the British artificial intelligence developer DeepMind. A Google spokesman confirmed the deal but declined to provide the transaction’s cost or more information on how Google planned to use DeepMind’s projects, which include applications for simulations, e-commerce and games. Demis …

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Industrial Robot Market Set To Reach $32.8B by 2017

According to a new report released by Markets and Markets in Dallas, Texas called “Industrial Robotics Market – Global Forecast & Analysis by Applications, Functions, Product & Geography (2012 – 2017)”, the total industrial robotics market is expected to reach $32.8 billion by 2017 at a …

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JARRVIS Humanoid – Iron Man Super Hero

A great project is developing in a workshop in Quebec—the JARRVIS humanoid robot. The JARRVIS humanoid has been machined by designer Pierre Bouchard using series 2000, 5000 and 6000 aluminum; the robot has 27 degrees of freedom (DOF). Articulation is activated byservo motors with 35 Nm …

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Flowstone Workshop 13

DMX Robotic Disco Light Protocol

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Macro USA Scorpion

Scorpion performs search, surveillance, recon, counter IED and similar missions outdoors or deep inside caves, buildings and tunnels. Carrying up to a 20-lb. payload, it can be tossed through windows, over walls and into buildings. It easily drives in sand, mud, rocky terrain and debris-filled areas.

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