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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. 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. InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer
Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014 Google's shopping spree is far from over. 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. Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014
Well, I love B5's outlook on things as related by Delenn: "We are the universe trying to figure itself out." When you combine that with the Vulcan IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) you begin to understand that no matter how outlandish our expectations for alien life - there's probably something out there that goes even beyond that. When it comes to intelligence, I have a feeling that will be the norm. However, we can expect that similar environments will breed similar experiences, and that should be enough to form a start of communication with an intelligence. For example, any two sentient, sapient creatures that live in a 1 gravity earth-like environment should have certain concepts in common. Such as as mountains and plains, hills, bodies of water, geological and chemical processes, light wavelenghts, length of year (for a star similar to Sol), etc. A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence
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. 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!” South Korea's plan for a robot-themed amusement park switches back on South Korea's plan for a robot-themed amusement park switches back on
Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks University textbooks can be quite expensive to purchase, so Australian startup Zookal now offers an increasingly popular option – textbook rentals. 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. Students would start by ordering a text using Zookal's smartphone app. That book would be loaded into a carrying case mounted on the underside of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at a regional Zookal dispatch center. Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks
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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. 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. Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight
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 Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot lets cows milk themselves
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. Robots will make us sexist Robots will make us sexist
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. Roblog: Robots are for Kids Too | The Quad
Personal Robots 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.
Page 1 of 29 pages 1 2 3 > Last › Au revoir, French entrepreneurs - except for a bastion of robotics innovators in Lyon In a serious critique of French business practices, the International New York Times wrote about a brain drain from France - a migration of aspiring entrepreneurs feeling that they have to leave France to have a chance to get their ideas off the ground and into the marketplace. The Telegraph, from which this cartoon came, had a similar article: Down and out: the French flee a nation in despair. Read more Are telepresence robots robots? © 2013 The Robot Report
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Novel Design Principles and Technologies for a New Generation of High Dexterity Soft-bodied Robots Inspired by the Morphology and Behaviour of the Octopus The grand challenge of the OCTOPUS IP is investigating and understanding the principles that give rise to the octopus sensory-motor capabilities and incorporating them in new design approaches and ICT and robotics technologies to build an embodied artefact, based broadly on the anatomy of the 8-arm body of an octopus, and with similar performance in water, in terms of dexterity, speed, control, flexibility, and applicability. The octopus represents a paradigm of the tight relation between morphology and behaviour, and an "animal model" for soft robotics technologies. OCTOPUS Integrating Project
Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim The octopus is a natural escape artist. It can squeeze its soft body into impossibly tight spaces and often baffles aquarium workers with its ability to break out of tanks. These abilities could be very useful in an underwater robot, which is why the OCTOPUS Project, a consortium of European robotics labs, is attempting to reverse engineer it in all its tentacled glory. Now researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), in Hellas, Greece are learning how the robot might use its tentacles to swim.
OCTOPUS Integrating Project
Robotics forecast: cool with a chance of lost humanity
Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own | Wired Design
Software adds joints for 3D printed figures
From Tweet to Street: Anti-Poverty Campaign Takes Supporters' Messages to Camp David - News
The Robotic Future is Fast, Cheap and Out of Control | Endless Innovation
GRASP: The Startup Incubator For Soccer-Playing, Synchronized Flying Robots
Print Your Own Robots
Self-sculpting sand robots are under development at MIT
MIT's 'Smart Sand' Can Duplicate Any Object, Creep Out Any Blogger
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Print-your-own-robots developed in US
One Per Cent: Robot jellyfish sucks up power from the water
The Snails of War, and Other Robotics Experiments
SAFFiR robot could be putting out fires on Navy ships