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Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them is through the [...]

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Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

There are many situations where it’s impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots could be used.   Robots Taught to Think and [...]

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Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop.   Now MIT researchers have [...]

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Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Developers from Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.   Working in the [...]

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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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