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3D Sketching System for Design Interaction

3D Sketching System for Design Interaction

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. “Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching,” explained lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design. [...]

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Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for [...]

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Transparent Touchable Display Wall Developed

Transparent Touchable Display Wall Developed

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond just looking, such as touching the displayed items or communicating with sales assistants inside the store. With TransWall, however, window [...]

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Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on [...]

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Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

The news was not good. An underwater drone armed with the best technology on the planet had descended repeatedly to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Time after time, it turned up nothing.   If Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) [...]

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Biomechanics Behind Ants’ Amazing Strength

Biomechanics Behind Ants’ Amazing Strength

A recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants — a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body — might unlock one of nature’s little mysteries and, quite possibly, open the door to advancements in robotic engineering.   A small group of engineers at The Ohio [...]

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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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