The spectrum of traditional robots is large and varied, but with the advent of software agents (the virtual robot counterpart), these variations have expanded. Many of the characteristics of physical robots lend themselves to robots in the virtual domain. For example, mobility in physical robots implies some sort of locomotion, but mobile soft robots (or agents ) can have mobility -- here, the ability to migrate between hosts in a network. Figure 1 shows a shallow view of autonomous robotics in the physical and virtual domains. This article focuses on software agents as a mechanism to simulate robots in synthetic environments. Figure 1.
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Humans use all sorts of bizarre, abstract terms to describe how objects feel, and it’s endlessly frustrating to robots.
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Have you ever wondered what this would look like in real life? Well, it’s pretty close to this:
Robots may not have a sense of emotional feeling, but thanks to researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, they may soon have the gift of physical feeling. With the right sensors, actuators, and software, robots can be given the ability to feel, or at least identify materials by touch, the school said. Researchers today published a study in Frontiers in Neurorobotics said said a specially designed robot built to mimic the human fingertip can actually outperform a living person in identifying a wide range of materials, based on textures.
Through HTML5 and the corresponding standards, modern browsers get more standarized features with every release. Most people have heard of websockets that allows you to easily setup a two way communication channel with a server, but one of the specifications that hasn't been getting much coverage is the webrtc specificiation.
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For the purpose of testing chemical protection clothing, Boston Dynamics has been developing a rather impressive robot.
13th December, 2011 – SIGGRAPH ASIA, Hong Kong – The Khronos™ Group today announced a new initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications.
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By Katie Scott, Wired UK A robot that uses its own reasoning when faced with a task it hasn’t completed before has been unveiled by the Hasegawa Group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The robot uses a technology called SOINN (Self-Organising Incremental Neural Network). Osamu Hasegawa is Associate Professor at the lab and one of the system’s designers. He says in a press release : “So far, robots, including industrial robots, have been able to do specific tasks quickly and accurately. But if their environment changes slightly, robots like that can’t respond.”
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