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Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

A way of making hundreds — or even thousands — of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.   The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University’s Faculty of Engineering, has programmed [...]

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Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

The robots move at walking speed along airplane components; in doing so, it applies a sealant against corrosion in equal measure. The mobile assistant is surrounded by technical workers who install, drill, and test. Admittedly this scenario is still a glimpse of the future — but in just a few years, it should be reality [...]

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Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact.   The paper by Matthew E. Taylor, WSU’s Allred Distinguished Professor in Artificial [...]

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Sociable Robots: Rise of Compliant Machines

Sociable Robots: Rise of Compliant Machines

Are we on the brink of a robotics revolution? That’s what numerous media outlets asked last December when Google acquired eight robotics companies that specialize in such innovations as manipulation, vision, and humanoid robots.   Among those acquisitions was MIT spinout Meka Robotics, co-founded by Aaron Edsinger SM ’01, PhD ’07 and Jeff Weber, a [...]

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World’s Most Powerful Terahertz Laser Chip

World’s Most Powerful Terahertz Laser Chip

University of Leeds researchers have taken the lead in the race to build the world’s most powerful terahertz laser chip.   A paper in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) journal Electronics Letters reports that the Leeds team has exceeded a 1 Watt output power from a quantum cascade terahertz laser. The new record [...]

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Robotic Construction Crew Needs No Foreman

Robotic Construction Crew Needs No Foreman

On the plains of Namibia, millions of tiny termites are building a mound of soil — an 8-foot-tall “lung” for their underground nest. During a year of construction, many termites will live and die, wind and rain will erode the structure, and yet the colony’s life-sustaining project will continue.   Inspired by the termites’ resilience [...]

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Potential Future Data Storage at Domain Boundaries

Potential Future Data Storage at Domain Boundaries

Storing more and more in an ever-smaller space — what sounds impossible is in fact just part of the daily routine in information technology, where for decades, increasing amounts of data have been successfully stored on media with ever higher densities. An international team, including researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, has now discovered a physical phenomenon [...]

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Faster Method of Boarding Planes Devised

Faster Method of Boarding Planes Devised

Clarkson University researchers have developed a strategy to ease one of the headaches of airline travel: boarding the flight.   School of Business Professor R. John Milne and undergraduate student Alexander Kelly have devised a method that assigns airline passengers to a specific seat based on the number of bags they carry, causing luggage to [...]

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Mind-Reading Robots Coming Ever Closer

Mind-Reading Robots Coming Ever Closer

If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right.   And thanks in part to work led by the University of Cincinnati’s Anca Ralescu, we may be even closer than you realize. Professor Ralescu of the Department [...]

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Underwater Robots Influence Complex Swimming Behaviors of Schooling Fish

Underwater Robots Influence Complex Swimming Behaviors of Schooling Fish

Recent studies from two research teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) demonstrate how underwater robots can be used to understand and influence the complex swimming behaviors of schooling fish. The teams, led by Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU-Poly, published two separate papers in the journal [...]

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