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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
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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. Quantum Microscope for Living Biology
Insect drives robot to track down smells The results have been published today, 6 February, in IOP Publishing’s journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.
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