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Velociraptor-inspired robot can run almost as fast as DARPA's Cheetah. There's a new robot that's almost matched Cheetah's speed record, but it wasn't designed after another speedy cat.

Velociraptor-inspired robot can run almost as fast as DARPA's Cheetah

Instead, it takes cues from something more terrifying: a velociraptor. The two-legged machine named Raptor was created by scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, who've even outfitted it with a tail like the extinct reptile's for balance. In its current form, it can go as fast as 28.58 mph (46 km/h), just a bit slower than the famous mechanical cat's max speed of 29.2 mph (47 km/h). Compared to DARPA's robotic cat, though, Raptor's technology is a lot simpler, even using ordinary springs as tendons to be able to run fast more effectively. Right now, Raptor's confined to running on a treadmill like Cheetah's older iterations, but its creators hope to make it more stable so it can run on any surface without a tether.

New video shows range and versatility of professional service robots. Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them. If a robot read a novel, how would it feel?

Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them

You might get a sense from these little jingles. Below are some songs that were automatically created by a series of algorithms that turn the emotions in novels into short pieces of music. If the songs remind you, traumatically, of your untalented little sister practicing piano… well, you can't say I didn't warn you. Ultra-fast, the robotic arm can catch objects on the fly. 12.05.14 - A robot developed by EPFL researchers is capable of reacting on the spot and grasping objects with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a second.

Ultra-fast, the robotic arm can catch objects on the fly

With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts of flying objects thrown in its direction -a tennis racket, a ball, a bottle-. This arm measures about 1.5 meters long and keeps an upright position. It has three joints and a sophisticated hand with four fingers. It was programmed at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL (LASA) and designed to test robotic solutions for capturing moving objects. Run, robot, run – here comes the OutRunner. So, you already own little remote-control cars, planes, boats and submarines ... what else could there be?

Run, robot, run – here comes the OutRunner

Well, how about something that runs? That's just what the OutRunner does. It's being billed as "the world's first RC running robot," and hopefully you'll soon be able to get one for under $250. InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer. Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, is developing a design for an open-source humanoid robot that you can make with your own 3D printer.

InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

Langevin calls his robot InMoov, and he is making plans and digital files publicly available as portions of the design come to completion. InMoov is an ongoing project, and so far it is possible to build the robot’s arms and shoulders and to connect them with a torso unit. Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014. Google's shopping spree is far from over.

Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014

Today the firm confirmed it has purchased DeepMind Technologies, a machine-learning company based in London, for $400 million. The acquisition of the AI firm follows Google's purchase of eight advanced robotics companies in December and the smart thermostat maker Nest Labs earlier this month. It is not hard to see why Google might be interested. DeepMind Technologies employs machine-learning engineers led by Demis Hassabis, a former commercial video-game coder turned artificial-intelligence expert and neuroscientist. A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence. I have two thoughts in response to this: 1) This is interesting, but humans have enough trouble applying concepts of diverse intelligences and diverse personalities to other humans, let alone other species.

A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence

It'll be a while before we can easily interact with or understand actual aliens. 2) I still think this is interesting, but... really, it would save a lot of time and energy if we could all just agree that any form of life is an expression of some sort of intelligence; and that therefore, it's all uniquely valuable and worthy of our respect—we're not superior to any of it, in any sense. The universe is full of (made of) ambient intelligence. ... it would save a lot of time and energy if we could all just agree that any form of life is an expression of some sort of intelligence;

South Korea's plan for a robot-themed amusement park switches back on. Since 2007, the South Korean government has dreamed of Robot Land, a robotics research park and themed destination with rides, exhibitions, shopping, and even housing.

South Korea's plan for a robot-themed amusement park switches back on

Although the originally planned open date of 2012 has come and gone, ground was officially broken for the 300-acre park last year and a new timeline seems to indicate that Robot Land may now be on target to deliver on its promise of a themed world dedicated to robots. View all To be located in the city of Incheon in northwestern South Korea, the massive plan promises “Fun and fantasy with robot!” Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks.

A Flirtey UAV near the Sydney Opera House Image Gallery (3 images) University textbooks can be quite expensive to purchase, so Australian startup Zookal now offers an increasingly popular option – textbook rentals.

Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks

The problem is, some of the money that students save by renting just goes into shipping charges for the rented books. That's why Zookal has joined with another Ozzie startup, Flirtey, to offer free textbook delivery by drone. Gadgets to Help the Party Host. Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight. It's a classic science fiction scene: an android is injured and its human-like exterior is laid bare to reveal the metallic gears and cables of its true mechanical nature.

Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight

The future is, unsurprisingly, not likely to match this scenario as our ability to mimic biology with innovations like artificial muscles improves. The latest breakthrough in this field comes from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering where researchers have developed a “robotic” muscle that extends like real muscle tissue to five times its original length, has the potential to lift 80 times its own weight and holds out the promise of smaller, stronger robots capable of more refined movements.

In the 1960s, John W. Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot lets cows milk themselves. If cow milking recalls a bucolic image of a farmer strolling out to the barn with a bucket and stool, then the 21st century will be a disappointment to those raised on James Herriot stories. A case in point is the Astronaut 4 from Dutch agricultural firm Lely. With this robotic milker, the farmer needn't come any closer to the action than a readout on a smartphone, leaving the cows to get on with the milking themselves. View all. Robots will make us sexist. As technologists frequently remind us, the singularity, a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably alters our future, is nearer every day. Futurists take this prospect very seriously.

They gather to discuss what it means at the annual Singularity Summit, a meeting hosted by the Singularity University, dedicated to exploring the “disruptive implications and opportunities” of the evolution of artificial technology. Roblog: Robots are for Kids Too | The Quad. Roblog is a weekly column dedicated to understanding the world of robotics. If science fiction comes true and an impending robot apocalypse is real, it can’t hurt to be prepared. Come back every Thursday for a new blog of robot rants.

Furby, for a product first released in 1998, is still an impressive piece of technology. Personal Robots. How to build socially engaging robots and interactive technologies that provide people with long-term social and emotional support to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better. Robots are an intriguing technology that can straddle both the physical and social world of people. Inspired by animal and human behavior, our goal is to build capable robotic creatures with a "living" presence, and to gain a better understanding of how humans will interact with this new kind of technology.

People will physically interact with them, communicate with them, understand them, and teach them, all in familiar human terms. Ultimately, such robots will possess the social savvy, physical adeptness, and everyday common sense to partake in people's daily lives in useful and rewarding ways. Meet the amazing robots that can move like animals, communicate with humans and even dance and draw. The International Living Machines conference showcases an array of machines that help scientists understand nature by trying to replicate itWhiskered touch systems, machines powered by slime and artistic humanoids are on display at the Science Museum todayBiological and artificial sciences are converging as technologists realise that natural and engineered systems share common principles By Sarah Griffiths Published: 14:30 GMT, 1 August 2013 | Updated: 11:00 GMT, 3 August 2013 Mammal-like robots with whiskered touch systems,machines powered by slime and dancing humanoids that can communicate with humans are just a few of the robots invading the Science Museum today.

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