Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leading Edge Robotic News

Can Female Robots Help Humans Overcome Gender Stereotypes?

Robot Man and Woman

Taezoon Park, an associate professor in Soongsil University in South Korea, raises some interesting questions about human-robot interaction in Harvard Business Review this week. Park notes past research on the subject suggests humans view robots as social actors. Park suggests that as a consequence, robots could …

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Fleet of Robots Gathering Data in the Altantic Ocean

The Waveglider robot receives last minutes checks before being deployed into the ocean. Photo courtesy of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Seven unmanned robots were released into the open ocean off Southwest England, on a three-week mission to collect data on the ocean and marine life. Some of the vehicles are battery-powered submarine gliders, while others float on the surface of the water and are powered by …

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Combining a Human Brain with Rat Eyes for Better Navigation

Michael Milford with one of the robots he plans to use with his human-rat hybrid navigation system. Photo Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology.

Roboticists often look to the living world for guidance on locomotion. There are countless robots designed to move like animals: some run like cheetahs, others slither like snakes, and a few even fly like insects. Michael Milford thinks roboticists should consider a two-pronged, biomimetic approach to …

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Robot Spy Moves Stealthily Through Water

Researchers at MIT have developed a sneaky underwater robot intended to find ships with illegally imported goods. The robot, which resembles a two-tone football, was built using a 3D printer. It consists of two halves: one is waterproof and contains the electronics, accelerometers, gyroscopes and the battery. …

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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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Pitsco T-BOT II Hydraulic Arm

Mechanical Engineering for Kids www.pitsco.com/store The PITSCO T-BOT II was a breeze to assemble. I used a block of wood as a base for the project. The instructions are simple and clear, with photographs showing each step of assembly. The kit went together quickly and error-free, and was …

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