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Neuro Evolving Robotic Operatives

Neuro Evolving Robotic Operatives
Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives, or NERO for short, is a unique computer game that lets you play with adapting intelligent agents hands-on. Evolve your own robot army by tuning their artificial brains for challenging tasks, then pit them against your friends' teams in online competitions! New features in NERO 2.0 include an interactive game mode called territory capture, as well as a new user interface and more extensive training tools. NERO is a result of an academic research project in artificial intelligence, based on the rtNEAT algorithm. It is also a platform for future research on intelligent agent technology. Currently, we are developing an open source successor to NERO , OpenNERO , a game platform for AI research and education. Related:  Inventions & GadgetsRobots and Robotics

Finally, Disposable Thumb Drives! No matter what I do I just can’t seem to hang onto a thumb drive. If I attach one to my keys, the clip breaks, and it goes missing. If I keep one in my pocket, one day I notice it’s just not there anymore. If I keep one in my laptop bag, it disappears mysteriously. Via: Salad-Making Robot Gives Us a Creepy View Of the Future If ever you wanted a dead-eyed robot wielding a knife to be your next personal chef, you're in luck. The Korean Institute of Science and Technology recently unveiled CIROS, a robot that can make you salad. CIROS is designed to help out around the house; it can grasp items from the refrigerator, serve tea, scrub dishes and slice vegetables... very, very slowly. In the below video from Robot World 2012, CIROS slices a cucumber for a salad at a glacial speed, then dumps a load of dressing atop it. Gizmag writes that CIROS' head contains stereoscopic cameras and a 3D IR sensor that helps it recognize objects, like microwaves, sinks, refrigerators and dishwashers. Watch CIROS in action in the below video. Also on HuffPost:

Thinking Machine 4 Thinking Machine 4 explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you. The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer's thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine. Play the game. Image Gallery View a range of still images taken from Thinking Machine 4. About the work More information about the project and answers to common questions. Credits Created by Martin Wattenberg, with Marek Walczak. About the artists Martin Wattenberg's work centers on the theme of making the invisible visible.

Cool Gadget Design: The 15 Sexiest Gadgets of 2009 Gorgeous Gadgetry: The 15 Sexiest Gadgets of 2009 Can a gadget be sexy? There’s no doubt that a computer, a media player, a tv or a telephone can inspire a serious case of tech lust. HP Envy Luxury Laptop If 2008 was the year of the netbook, 2009 was the year of the luxury laptop. HP Envy Luxury Laptop Gallery Amazon Kindle DX In 2009, Amazon released the king of all e-book readers, the Amazon Kindle DX. Amazon Kindle DX Gallery Edelweiss PC by Pius Giger If this thing isn’t the most beautiful PC in the world, it’s certainly in the running for the top 10. Edelweiss PC by Pius Giger Gallery iPhone 3GS But wait, the iPhone 3GS isn’t even a design upgrade over the last iPhone. iPhone 3GS Gallery Hasselblad H4D Digital Camera Hasselwhat? Hasselblad H4D Digital Camera Gallery The Zune HD Portable Media Player Despite its poor sales numbers and unappealing developer, the Zune HD Portable Media Player was a huge upgrade over its prior model and a genuine challenge to the iPod Touch. The JooJoo Tablet

RSLSteeper launches third version of its bebionic myoelectric hand Nigel Ackland could be mistaken for a cyborg. He has a high-tech robotic hand that looks like it started life as a Formula 1 car and its movements are alarmingly lifelike. It’s called the “bebonic3” and is the latest version of bebonic series of artificial hands produced by RSLSteeper of Leeds, U.K. The myoelectric hand has been under development for a couple of years now, but the bebonic3 is moving prosthetic limbs from Captain Hook to Luke Skywalker territory. View all Artificial hands have come a long way in recent years, but it turns out the human hand is amazingly complex. While there have been a lot of advances over the past fifty years (as evidenced by the i-LIMB, ProDigits and SmartHand), many artificial hands are little more than powered hooks or pincers that often require a great deal of effort to work. The bebionic3 is designed to not only look human, but also to provide the wearer with a large degree of natural movement. The bebionic3 hand's silicone glove

Alchemy - Open Source AI The Gramophone iPod Dock Remembers It’s Roots Before the iPod, there was the CD Player, before that there was the tape player, before that there was the eight track player, and before that there was the record player. In the earliest days of music, there was the gramophone – a record player with a type of horn attached that acts as a speaker. The Gramophone iPod Dock pays homage to the early days of recorded music by providing a robust iPod dock shaped like the iPod’s ancestor. This iPod dock sounds great, and looks even better. If sleek and shiny modern iPod docks just don’t fit with your decor, the Gramophone iPod Dock might be a better fit. Via:

AMP-Foot 2.0 prosthesis mimics human ankle's spring An amputee tests the AMP-Foot 2.0 on a treadmill Image Gallery (2 images) The majority of protheses available today that replace the lower leg, ankle, and foot are passive devices that store energy in an elastic element (similar to a coiled spring) at the beginning of a step and release during push-off to give you some added boost. While this type of prosthetic is energy efficient, it doesn't replicate the full power we get from our muscles. In order to provide that kind of energy an actuator is required, and these are often heavy and bulky. The latest version, AMP-Foot 2.0, uses an actuator to store energy in springs, which is released when needed. CAD rendering of the AMP-Foot 2.0 The result is a prosthesis that, despite utilizing actuators, weighs just five and a half pounds (2.5 kg), which is roughly the weight of a healthy foot. This isn't the only prosthesis with an actuated ankle, but the low power is key. Source: Vrije Universiteit Brussel About the Author