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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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Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite’s surface could have jump-started life’s first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to [...]

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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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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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‘Friendly’ Robots: Human-Android Relationships?

‘Friendly’ Robots: Human-Android Relationships?

Two ‘friendly’ robots, including a 3D-printed humanistic android, are helping scientists to understand how more realistic long-term relationships might be developed between humans and androids.   ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network) is the brainchild of Dr John Murray, from the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK. It is now being used as [...]

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Prosthetic Hands Viewed as Eerie by the Public, New Study Shows

Prosthetic Hands Viewed as Eerie by the Public, New Study Shows

Members of the public would prefer to look at human hands or robotic hands rather than prosthetic hands which they view as eerie, a new study by The University of Manchester has shown.   But prosthetic hands which looked more human-like were rated as less eerie, the academics found. Researchers hope their study, published in [...]

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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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Gimball: A Crash-Happy Flying Robot

Gimball: A Crash-Happy Flying Robot

Gimball bumps into and ricochets off of obstacles, rather than avoiding them. This 34 centimeter in diameter spherical flying robot buzzes around the most unpredictable, chaotic environments, without the need for fragile detection sensors. This resiliency to injury, inspired by insects, is what sets it apart from other flying robots. Gimball is protected by a [...]

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