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Vision System for Household Robots

Vision System for Household Robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time.   Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence [...]

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Defects in Solar Cells Made of Silicon Identified

Defects in Solar Cells Made of Silicon Identified

Since he was a teenager, engineer Sergio Castellanos had the desire to study abroad to prepare and do research in the best laboratories, particularly on solar energy. With six years of stay in the United States, first at the University of Arizona and now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, his dream [...]

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Breakthrough in Optical Fiber Communications

Breakthrough in Optical Fiber Communications

Researchers from the University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fibre communications. Academics from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have collaborated with colleagues at Eblana Photonics Inc, in Ireland, to develop an approach that enables direct modulation of laser currents to be used to generate highly advanced modulation format signals.   The [...]

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Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk.   In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as [...]

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A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they’re beautiful, too. Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired.   In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) have built and tested a new [...]

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Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.   “In the future, robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant [...]

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The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively [...]

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined by their non-naturally-occurring properties, often result in structures with high degree of symmetries in [...]

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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use — enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.   An international research team is adapting a technique known to gamers as “free look control,” to emergency response robots, which will enable the robots to mimic [...]

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Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate — invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period.   Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive [...]

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