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Giving robots a faster grasp
MIT engineers have found a way to significantly speed up the planning process required for a robot to adjust its grasp on an object by pushing that object against a stationary surface. (2019-10-17)
Darn you, R2! When can we blame robots?
A recent study finds that people are likely to blame robots for workplace accidents, but only if they believe the robots are autonomous. (2019-10-17)
Do we trust artificial intelligence agents to mediate conflict? Not entirely
We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps or Waze, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? (2019-10-16)
Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces
Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements. (2019-10-16)
These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky
Engineers at the University of California have developed a way to build soft robots that are compact, portable and multifunctional. (2019-10-11)
Biologically-inspired skin improves robots' sensory abilities
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings - a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. (2019-10-10)
Deep3DFly: the deep-learning way to design fly-like robots
EPFL scientists have developed a deep-learning based motion-capture software that uses multiple camera views to model the movements of a fly in three dimensions. (2019-10-09)
Army bio-inspired theoretical research may make robots more effective on the future battlefield
In an effort to make robots more effective and versatile teammates for Soldiers in combat, Army researchers are on a mission to understand the value of the molecular living functionality of muscle, and the fundamental mechanics that would need to be replicated in order to artificially achieve the capabilities arising from the proteins responsible for muscle contraction. (2019-10-09)
Soft robot programmed to move like an inchworm
University of Toronto Engineering researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. (2019-10-07)
Squid-inspired robots might have environmental, propulsion applications
Inspired by cephalopods, scientists developed an aquatic robot that mimics their form of propulsion. (2019-10-01)
Mosquito eye inspires artificial compound lens (video)
Anyone who's tried to swat a pesky mosquito knows how quickly the insects can evade a hand or fly swatter. (2019-09-25)
When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
What does it take for a human to trust a robot? (2019-09-23)
Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence
Researchers at Michigan State University say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper published in The American Naturalist explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organisms did -- with implications for many fields, including artificial intelligence. (2019-09-20)
Inequality: What we've learned from the 'Robots of the late Neolithic'
Seven thousand years ago, societies across Eurasia began to show signs of lasting divisions between haves and have-nots. (2019-09-18)
Scientists develop DNA microcapsules with built-in ion channels
A Research group led by Tokyo Tech reports a way of constructing DNA-based microcapsules that hold great promise for the development of new functional materials and devices. (2019-09-18)
Shape-shifting robots built from smarticles could navigate Army operations
A US Army project took a new approach to developing robots -- researchers built robots entirely from smaller robots known as smarticles, unlocking the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique. (2019-09-18)
Look out, invasive species: The robots are coming
Researchers published the first experiments to gauge whether biomimetic robotic fish can induce fear-related changes in mosquitofish, aiming to discover whether the highly invasive species might be controlled without toxicants or trapping methods harmful to wildlife. (2019-09-16)
'Flying fish' robot can propel itself out of water and glide through the air
A bio-inspired bot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface. (2019-09-11)
Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch
A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly. (2019-09-11)
Realistic robots get under Galápagos lizards' skin
Male lava lizards are sensitive to the timing of their opponents' responses during contest displays, with quicker responses being perceived as more aggressive, a study in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology suggests. (2019-09-04)
Psychosensory electronic skin technology for future AI and humanoid development
Professor Jae Eun Jang's team developed electronic skin technology for robots or electronic devices to feel pain through sense of touch. (2019-08-29)
Researchers develop process flow for high-res 3D printing of mini soft robotic actuators
SUTD, SUSTech and ZJU researchers' proposed process flow guides 3D printing of miniature soft pneumatic actuators. (2019-08-29)
Using Wi-Fi like sonar to measure speed and distance of indoor movement
Researchers have developed a technique for measuring speed and distance in indoor environments, which could be used to improve navigation technologies for robots, drones -- or pedestrians trying to find their way around an airport. (2019-08-27)
Researchers use machine learning to teach robots how to trek through unknown terrains
A team of Australian researchers has designed a reliable strategy for testing physical abilities of humanoid robots. (2019-08-23)
Scurrying roaches help researchers steady staggering robots
To walk or run with finesse, roaches and robots coordinate leg movements via signals sent through centralized systems. (2019-08-22)
Software for diagnostics and fail-safe operation of robots developed at FEFU
A team of scientists from School of Engineering at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Institute of Automation and Control Processes, and Institute of Marine Technology Problems of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences developed a software module to automatically diagnose defects in sensors and electric drives in various kinds of robots. (2019-08-22)
Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes
CSHL neuroscientist Anthony Zador shows how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes. (2019-08-21)
Self-folding 'Rollbot' paves the way for fully untethered soft robots
The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. (2019-08-21)
How ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you
Researchers at the UW have used machine learning to develop a new system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them how ergonomic their jobs are in real time. (2019-08-19)
New artificial compound eye could improve 3D object tracking
A newly created biologically inspired compound eye is helping scientists understand how insects use their compound eyes to sense an object and its trajectory with such speed. (2019-08-19)
No, Siri and Alexa are not making us ruder
Is the way we bark out orders to digital assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant making us less polite? (2019-08-15)
A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots
Scientists at EPFL have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. (2019-08-14)
Robots need a new philosophy to get a grip
Robots need to know the reason why they are doing a job if they are to effectively and safely work alongside people in the near future. (2019-08-12)
Employees less upset at being replaced by robots than by other people
Generally speaking, most people find the idea of workers being replaced by robots or software worse than if the jobs are taken over by other workers. (2019-08-09)
How can robots land like birds?
Birds can perch on a wide variety of surfaces, thick or thin, rough or slick. (2019-08-06)
Technique uses magnets, light to control and reconfigure soft robots
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to remotely control the movement of soft robots, lock them into position for as long as needed and later reconfigure the robots into new shapes. (2019-08-02)
Agile untethered fully soft robots in liquid
To free the potential of soft robots in new applications, untethered design is of great importance but still challenging. (2019-08-02)
You can't squash this roach-inspired robot
A new insect-sized robot created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, can scurry across the floor at nearly the speed of a darting cockroach -- and it's nearly as hardy as a cockroach, too: Try to squash this robot under your foot, and more than likely, it will just keep going. (2019-07-31)
FEFU scientists trained robots to make independent decisions in a changing environment
A team of scientists from the School of Engineering of Far Eastern Federal University, Institute of Marine Technology Issues, and Institute of Automation and Management Processes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences developed software allowing industrial AI robots with technical vision to set out and adjust the movement trajectories of their tools in real time without reducing given precision levels. (2019-07-30)
Camera can watch moving objects around corners
By analyzing single particles of light, this camera system can reconstruct room-size scenes and moving objects that are hidden around a corner. (2019-07-29)
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