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Ralph Mosher One of the few photographs we see of Hardiman I. I'd have a smile like that on my face too if I had one of these. Hardiman is a name derived somehow, from "Human Augmentation Research and Development Investigation." and Man from MANipulator. Sometimes written as HardiMan, Hardi-Man, Hardi Man, Hardiman I. Said to also be officially called the "Powered Exo-skeleton." Note: some reports suggest that only one arm of Hardiman's was built.
ROS has really taken to the skies, so for this sixth installment it's all about micro aerial vehicles (MAVs): PIXHAWK: The PIXHAWK Open Source MAV Computer Vision project at ETH Zurich is now supporting ROS with their various MAVs.Skybotix CoaX Helicopter: Skybotix is offering a ROS setup on their CoaX helicopter so that customers can use ROS right out of the box.CityFlyer (AscTec Quadrotor): The CCNY Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab has released a variety of ROS libraries and tools to support research with MAVs, including a ground station GUI. The Penn AscTec Quadrotors, which we we previously featured, are now autonomously mapping multi-floor buildings and aggressively zooming through tossed hoops Robots Using ROS: Helicopter Edition
You may have noticed that the number of posts has dropped dramatically in the last few months, and if you’ve been following my updates on Facebook and Twitter than you already know why. I’ve become a contributor to Gizmag, and starting today I will also be contributing to the IEEE Spectrum. These are two great publications with a much larger readership than I was able to build over the years here at Plastic Pals, and I am proud to write for them. Robot news coverage from many mainstream outlets is still far from satisfactory, and I hope that my contributions at these two sites will help raise the bar. Plastic Pals - Robots who are fun to be with!
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When we last looked at a paper from the Singularity Institute, it was an interesting work asking if we actually know what we’re really measuring when trying to evaluate intelligence by Dr. Shane Legg. While I found a few points that seemed a little odd to me, the broader point Dr. why training a.i. isn’t like training your pets
A team of Australian scientists has developed a powerful microscope using the laws of quantum mechanics to probe the inner workings of living cells. The team, a collaboration between The University of Queensland and the Australian National University, believe their microscope could lead to a better understanding of the basic components of life and eventually allow quantum mechanics to be probed at a macroscopic level. Their world-first discovery has been published online today in Nature Photonics. Team leader Associate Professor Warwick Bowen, of UQ’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, said the study relied on quantum interactions between the photons of light to achieve measurement precision that surpassed conventional measurement. “This ‘quantum microscope’ is a pioneering step towards applications of quantum physics in technology,” Associate Professor Bowen said. Quantum Microscope for Living Biology
My Beebot 2013 in review January 1, 2014 Posted by macictsue in Uncategorized. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2013.
Insect drives robot to track down smells The results have been published today, 6 February, in IOP Publishing’s journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. The male silkmoth was chosen as the ‘driver’ of the robot due to its characteristic ‘mating dance’ when reacting to the sex pheromone of the female. Once the male is stimulated by the pheromone it exhibits a distinctive walking pattern: straight-line and zigzagged walking consisting of several turns followed by a loop of more than 360°. Lead author of the research, Dr Noriyasu Ando, said: “The simple and robust odour tracking behaviour of the silkmoth allows us to analyse its neural mechanisms from the level of a single neuron to the moth’s overall behaviour.
Harvard University engineers have come up with a production technique inspired by pop-up books and origami, that allows clones of tiny robots to be mass-produced in sheets. Pratheev Sreetharan and colleagues at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory have been working on bio-inspired robots that are about the same size as a bee, can fly and can work autonomously as a robotic colony. But actually building the little blighters was a painstaking and error-prone process, as the engineers manually folded, aligned and secured each of the minuscule joints. Tiny Robotic Bee Assembles Itself Like Pop-Up Book | Wired Enterprise