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iCub is an open-source hardware project described as a “cognitive humanoid robotic platform." The project was initiated in Italy, but the technology is now in use at several other labs, including the University of Hertfordshire. Researchers there, taking part in the iTalk project, have carried out experiments to find out how robots can develop basic language skills by interacting with a human.
We’ve seen the development of a number of technologies that could be used to provide robots with a sense of touch, such as proximity and temperature sensing hexagonal plates and artificial skin constructed from semiconductor nanowires. However, perhaps none are as impressive as a tactile sensor developed by researchers at the University of California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. The group’s BioTac sensor was built to mimic a human fingertip and can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of materials, offering potential use for the technology in robotics and prostheses. The finger-sized BioTac sensor consists of a soft, flexible skin covering a liquid filling. The skin even has fingerprints that enhance the sensor’s sensitivity to vibration, so that as the sensor slides over a textured surface, it vibrates in characteristic ways.
Technology :: TechMediaNetwork :: April 3, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print The sensation may arise when the viewer's brain begins to consider an artificial figure as a possible human By Jeremy Hsu and InnovationNewsDaily The characters in the latest film about the Tintin comics features characters that are borderline uncanny valley. Image: Columbia Pictures | Paramount Pictures
Nobody likes potholes, but it often seems that they’re one of those hardships we just have to put up with until they get almost impassable ... after all, it’s a big deal to send out a road crew who will have to block one or two lanes of traffic for half an hour or more, while they risk being struck by inattentive drivers. Apparently, however, pothole-filling needn’t be such an involved process. Cities now have the option of using the Python 5000, which is a vehicle that is operated by one person from inside its cab, and that can patch a two-foot (0.6-meter) pothole in about two minutes. To use the Python, its driver/operator starts by filling its rear 5-ton (4.5-tonne) hopper with either hot or cold-mix asphalt. It can then be driven at highway speeds, to the pothole in question. Once there, the driver needs to block only the lane that the pothole is in, as they won’t be working outside of the vehicle themselves.
When you meet your robot overlord , it may be wearing super-intelligent skin designed by a Stanford researcher --a solar-powered, super-sensitive, chemical-sampling covering that makes your meatbag covering look pathetic. Zhenan Bao is behind the advances, and the recent development centers on a stretchable solar cell system that can expand and shrink along two different axes, making it perfect for incorporation into artificial skin for robots, human prosthetic limbs, or even clothing. Bao's earlier successes with artificial skin have resulted in a highly flexible and durable material, which is part of a flexible organic-chemistry transistor, built on a thin polymer layer.
A group of four autonomous underwater vehicles have just set a world distance record, by traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii Image Gallery (3 images) On November 17th of last year, a group of four wave-powered autonomous aquatic robots set out from San Francisco, embarking on a planned 37,000-mile (60,000-km) trip across the Pacific ocean.
NASA and GM engineers have created Robo-Glove, a power-assisted glove designed to keep astronauts and autoworkers from getting repetitive stress injuries Image Gallery (3 images) Having trouble getting the lid off that pickle jar? Well, perhaps the Human Grasp Assist device can help.
Lotus unveiled its Exige S Roadster at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, marking the sportscar manufacturer's first soft top Exige Image Gallery (5 images) Lotus unveiled its Exige S Roadster at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this week, marking the sports car manufacturer's first Exige model with a soft top equipped straight out of the factory. Lotus claims that the "mesmerizing grunt" of the coupé is matched in this new Roadster. Very probably - it is equipped with the same supercharged 3.5-liter V6 of the regular Exige S .
If there's one thing that you don't want happening on board a ship, it's a fire. People on board burning ships can't simply run out onto the streets, as they hopefully could in the case of a structural fire, plus many people caught belowdecks don't have windows nearby to climb out of. Then, there's also the fact that crew members fighting such fires have to work in narrow, claustrophobic passageways, instead of wide-open roads. Given that fires are particularly possible on military ships, due to attacks by enemy forces, America's Naval Research Laboratory is now developing a special something to help fight fires at sea - it's called SAFFiR, the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot.
Production method inspired by children's pop-up books enables rapid fabrication of tiny, complex devices CONTACT: Caroline Perry , (617) 496-1351 Cambridge, Mass. - February 15, 2012 - A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.
Every Friday, Future Tense rounds up the best robot videos of the week. Seen a great robot video? Tweet it to @FutureTenseNow, or email us . This week we have a fish impersonator, a builder bot, and a robotic musical performance.
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