Captured: The Acrobatics of a Fruit Fly in Flight At breakneck speed, a fruit fly veers off course and rolls into a precise bank. As the fly dips and dives around a miniature arena inside a laboratory in Seattle, three high-speed cameras shooting at 7500 frames per second capture its every twist and turn. Michael Dickinson, biologist and fruit fly expert at the University of Washington, has spent years studying insect flight, and converting static images into dynamic models. "I'm obsessed with flies and how they work," he says. Now, Dickinson and his team have revealed the physics behind how a fruit fly escapes from threats, be they predators or rolled-up newspapers.
Sandia Robotic Hand
Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence
The military has developed a robotic convoy that doesn't need humans The military isn't trying to remove humans from the equation per se. It is trying to make sure humans are where humans need to be, doing what they do best. Driving trucks along endless supply routs is by any estimation a poor use of a human being. Placing humans in C and C situations or up front in active combat utilizes full human potential which to date is hard to duplicate with robotics. It is worth noting that most deaths in supply and support rolls do not occur during hostilities but after fighting has ended when troops remain stationed in remote areas and need material support from distant supply infrastructure.
Robot Soldiers Are Coming!
UN: Hold International Talks on ‘Killer Robots’ (New York) – All governments should support international talks to address the threat posed by fully autonomous robotic weapons, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic on October 21, 2013, issued a question-and-answer document about the legal problems posed by these weapons. Representatives from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, including Human Rights Watch, will present their concerns about fully autonomous weapons at a United Nations event in New York on October 21.
I don't see any advantage that this design could have over a copter and I bet it consumes more energy to fly than a copter of the same size/weight, because it doesn't exploit the lift that aerodynamics grant a wing. Am I missing something? A helicopter would require extra weight for counter-rotation, either through a second main rotor or an anti-torque rotor. Not to mention, flapping devices have the ability to be highly simplified with linear actuators like electrostrictive polymers, whereas devices that depend on rotation tend to require more complexity, especially for control transmission, i.e. the swashplate assembly. Maybe, but even two counter-rotating rotor would be lighter than theses huge wings, me thinks. The "bizarre experiment" that became a flying jellyfish robot
▶ This Jumble of Tent Poles Could Be NASA's Next Titan-exploring Robot
Meet the eight astounding finalists of DARPA's Robotics Challenge
Google just acquired Boston Dynamics. It’s the eighth robotics company the California tech titan has purchased in six months and, by far, the most significant. For two decades, Boston Dynamics has produced some of the world’s most advanced robots. Neil Jacobstein, co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, told Singularity Hub, “This is a watershed event. Google Buys Boston Dynamics in Sensational Eighth Robotics Acquisition
If Robots are able to access all the data found in databases around the world (including the internet) then either there will require a massive reworking of databases or the Robots will have hours upon hours of time rummaging through useless information with incredibly complex queries. The world's databases would all need to be similarly constructed, and every single one available will have to be reformatted to BCNF or 4NF, which would take years! Old databases would most likely need to be entirely re-designed. Splendid idea, but not practical for Robots to efficiently access information from the internet, at least not soon. The limitations of the robots' "internet" should be limited to their own, and ours should be kept separate as well. Robots can now collaborate over their very own Internet
The Internet of Things — a network that connects devices, from sneakers to massive industrial oil- and gas-drilling equipment, and runs the information they provide through big data-analyzing software — has been over-promised and under-delivered. Yet tech companies are still lumbering toward such a network. General Electric recently took a big step, more than doubling the vertically-specialized hardware/software packages it offers to connect machines and interpret their data. The company hopes to make its mark by significantly reducing the amount of “unplanned downtime” that industrial equipment undergoes, thereby bringing about economic benefits. Targeting industries including oil and gas, wind power, airlines, railroads and health care, the company figures that even if it drives its clients’ costs down by 1 percent, the effects will be more than enough to offset the cost of its products and probably enough for the companies to pass some savings on to consumers. General Electric Expands Internet of Things to More Industrial Equipment
Robots to get their own internet 9 February 2011Last updated at 10:54 By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News RoboEarth could help robots get to work in novel environments much more quickly Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia. European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world.
▶ A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors
▶ Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme
Gramazio & Kohler, Architects ETH SIA BSA Flight Assembled Architecture, 2011-2012FRAC Centre Orléans Flight Assembled Architecture is the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots, free from the touch of human hands. The installation is an expression of a rigorous architectural design by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary robotic system by Raffaello D’Andrea. Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines. In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance. Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600m high “vertical village” for 30’000 inhabitants unfolds as model in 1:100 scale.
Google driverless car States that allow driverless cars public road testing. In addition, a law proposed in Texas would establish criteria for allowing autonomous motor vehicles. Toyota Prius modified to operate as a Google driverless car driving a test course.
Toyota recently added its voice to a chorus of major automakers promising self-driving systems when the firm announced it would offer a car with “automated driving technologies” by the mid-2010s. In recent months, several manufacturers—Tesla, Nissan, BMW—have published forecasts of robot cars inside the next decade. Toyota, the latest to promise automated car tech, is more modest than some of its competitors. The Japanese firm’s Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system is, as the name suggests, for highways only. Toyota Joins Slew of Major Automakers Promising Self-Driving Technology This Decade
Sure, first we'll do some science for you, human scum, then, come the robot revolution, we'll CRUSH YOUR SKULLS! SExpand Do not judge the Crabster by its lame name, which sounds more like the nickname of a frat guy from a terrible '80s movie than it does a badass ocean-roving robot. A portmanteau of "crab" and "lobster," two creatures after which it is modeled, the Crabster was designed by researchers in South Korea to help them do science on the ocean floor. Via IEEE Spectrum, which covered the Crabster's maiden plunge earlier this week: Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth
A researcher watches RoboJelly, an unmanned underwater vehicle that swims like a jellyfish and uses hydrogen from water as fuel. These are the kinds of jellyfish you don’t need to be afraid of. They look and swim like jellyfish, but they’re actually water-dwelling fuel cells attached to an artificial muscle, and they might just be the answer to a powerful and cheap way to monitor the world’s oceans. RoboJelly, The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle That Uses Water For Fuel
Watch this robotic worm assemble itself. Oh, and it was 3D printed. Wouldn't unleashing a whole lot of mine detontating worms (like actual worms) be a lot faster. They grow on poop so the whole self assembly is going to be far cheaper and faster than waiting a few months to print enough. It would be pretty cool if we just had mind detonating worm dung piles far cheaper and self sustaining.
Modular robot reassembles when kicked apart
This off-road robot could help revolutionize the exploration of other planets
Researchers create robot exoskeleton that is controlled by a moth running on a trackball
Sand Flea Jumping Robot
New Video Of Army’s Alpha Dog Robot: “This Thing Is Awesome”
Pentagon invests $10M to make this scary robot silent and bulletproof
Boston Dynamics - Petman Robot Chemical Warfare Suit Testing [1080p]
Robotic Hand Designed to Disarm Bombs
iRobot yields impressive results for DARPA's ARM program
Robotic grippers based on granular jamming
Japanese Researchers Continue Quest To Build Life-Like Humanoid Robots
Meet the Amazing Robots That Will Compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge