Witter / ? Designing robots to help in a disaster. View the video Dennis Hong first spied Japan’s ruined nuclear power plant from a bus wrapped in plastic.
A hefty layer of protection guarded the seats, floors and handles from radioactive dust. Hong wore a face mask and gloves to limit his own exposure. Like the other passengers, he had dressed in old clothes that he was willing to toss after the trip. More than three years earlier, after an earthquake and tsunamis battered Japan’s eastern coast, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station blew, blasting radiation into the sea and sky.
Witter / ? Les chats apprennent aux robots à retomber sur leurs pattes. Only 10% of users actually benefit from robots. Let’s change that ! At Robobusiness, the second workshop we attended was the Advanced Manufacturing Workshop, led by Elena Messina from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
What was this session about ? A new vision for U. S. manufacturing is emerging to strengthen U. S. competitiveness in the face of global trends that are driving manufacturers towards dramatically greater responsiveness and innovation in their enterprises. This vision proposes development of fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems which respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in meeting customer needs. Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today.
Ever faster processors, cheaper sensors, abundant open-source code, ubiquitous connectivity, and the advent of 3D printing are some of the forces behind the recent proliferation of robots.
As I see things, these forces will only get stronger, and as more robots become part of our lives—in homes, offices, factories, hospitals, and many other places—we'll inevitably face challenges involving our adoption and use of robots. Some observers are voicing their fears about a decline in human-human interaction, while others warn of an irreversible and senseless loss of jobs, with robots taking over tasks that, they argue, should not be performed by machines (such as caring for the elderly).
Trade-offs will certainly be part of our growing reliance on robotics and automation. Witter / ? The world and its ageing workforce need robots. An OECD report: Policy challenges for the next 50 years indicates that “over the coming decades labor forces will age substantially” and that “population ageing will result in a decline in the potential labor force… causing a negative labor supply.”
They then ominously add: “An ageing workforce and longer working-lives will mean a longer period where depreciation of skills and technological change risk making human capital obsolete.” Another report by Moody’s quoted in the Financial Times states: “The world will have 13 “super-aged” societies by 2020, up from just three today, according to a report that warns of ageing populations becoming a drag on global economic growth.Most of the countries set to join the “super-aged” club by 2020 are in Europe and include the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia and Croatia. RoboCup 2014 - Are Soccer Robots Making Progress? The original goal of the annual RoboCup contest was that by 2050 a team of soccer robots should be able to beat the human world champions.
Each year we have a chance to gage progress and this year we saw evidence that robots are getting better Like the FIFA World cup, this year's RoboCup took place in Brazil and hundreds of students from 45 countries took part. Motion Control: Global Robotics Industry to Set New Record in 2014. "In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, again an all-time high and 12% more than in 2012," said Arturo Baroncelli, International Federation of Robotics (IFR), president at the Automatica show in Munich in June.
"Incoming orders in the first four months of 2014 increased remarkably, and requests from all customer industries are on the rise. We expect that in 2014 growth of unit sales will continue with the same pace as in 2013. "Increases in All Regions Robot sales reached record levels in Asia/Australia, the Americas and in Africa. Vision-Enabled Robots Improve Automation. Greg Raciti, Faber Industrial Technologies, and Steve Zhu, Teledyne Dalsa Thanks to falling prices, better hardware and improved software, vision-enabled robots are increasingly found in smaller and smaller automation and manufacturing operations, where they improve assembly processes, conduct quality checks and enable automated final inspection.
Industrial robots have come a long way. They first appeared more than 50 years ago, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Deployed on an automobile assembly line, the first system sequenced and stacked hot pieces of die-cast metal, doing so with a 4000-pound arm. The robot cost $65,000, with movement programmed in joint coordinates and movement accuracies in the 0.0001-in. range, or about 250 µm. If Robots Drove, How Much Safer Would Roads Be? Human error is the culprit in 93 percent of automobile crashes — including the pileup last weekend that left Tracy Morgan in critical condition, caused, prosecutors say, by a truck driver who had been awake for 24 hours.
Robots, on the other hand, don’t need to sleep. Nor do they get drunk or distracted by cellphones. That is why Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist, wrote on Twitter about the accident, with his usual bravado, “Self-driving cars and trucks are a moral imperative.” Ces robots que vous croiserez peut-être dans un laboratoire. Aratta : Un petit #SelfieBot avec la... It was Innorobo 2013 ! It was Innorobo 2013 ! Untitled. Festival international du film scientifique - programme. Innorobo - Day 2 - Du côté du public! · Aratta. Seven adult-sized humanoid robots together for first time in the U.S. Seven adult-sized humanoid robots will take the stage during Drexel University's celebration of National Engineers Week, in a first-of-its-kind assembly of robotic technology.
A showcase event on Feb. 20 will introduce all seven of the Korean HUBO robots to the community. Their presence -- together in one place -- is a unique event that serves as a key milestone for a nationwide, collaborative robotics research effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Each robot is 1.3 meters, or about 4-feet, 3-inches, tall. Festo’s Amazing SmartBird. Assumes leadership role in steering the school : science. Acroban, le robot humanoïde qui évolue et apprend comme un enfant.
Morphing robots and shape-shifting sculptures: Origami-inspired design merges engineering, art. Researchers have shown how to create morphing robotic mechanisms and shape-shifting sculptures from a single sheet of paper in a method reminiscent of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
The new method, called Kaleidogami, uses computational algorithms and tools to create precisely folded structures. "The approach represents new geometric algorithms and methods to create works of kinetic, or moving, art," said Karthik Ramani, Purdue University's Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "Scientists and engineers are often motivated by the beauty of artistic representations while artists and architectural designers want to harness concepts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
One of our aims is to provide a new geometry-inspired art form, reconfigurable structures, in the emerging field of kinetic art. " A whisker-inspired approach to tactile sensing. Inspired by the twitching whiskers of common rats and Etruscan shrews, EU-funded researchers have developed rodent-like robots and an innovative tactile sensor system that could be used to help find people in burning buildings, make vacuum cleaners more efficient and eventually improve keyhole surgery. Sensor systems that replicate the sense of touch have been the focus of increasing research in recent years, largely for robotics applications. But the focus has normally been on developing sensors that in some way or another replicate the way humans touch and sense the world: with our skin and particularly our fingertips.
'The main reason people explored fingertip-like sensors is because we have fingertips, but any kind of tactile sensor has to interact with objects and surfaces -- and fingertips have a big problem with wear and tear,' explains Tony Prescott, a professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.