Tag Archive: Robots

Aug 08 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Robot with human reflexes

Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human’s split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks. (Learn more: ) Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Additional footage courtesy of the researchers  

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Aug 07 2015

Harvard Podcasts Channel: Solving Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals

In part 1 of the Bioinspired Robotics episode, Wyss Founding Core Faculty Member Radhika Nagpal discusses swarm collectives, as well as the challenges faced by women in the engineering and computer science fields. In part 2 of the Bioinspired Robotics episode, Wyss Founding Core Faculty Member Robert Wood discusses new manufacturing techniques that are enabling …

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Aug 05 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Improving robot dexterity

MIT engineers have devised a way to give more dexterity to simple robotic grippers using the environment as a helping hand. Their model predicts the force with which a robotic gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp.  

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Jul 19 2015

RAIR Lab: Self Consciousness with NAO Bots

The scientist Selmer Bringsjord have performed an experiment that in a way indicates robots to be self aware. Selmer have programmed three robots with information that the two of them have got a pill called “dumbing pill”. The robots are told that this pill will prevent them to speak. He then asks the robots what …

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Jun 11 2015

SPLOID: How far are we from Terminator’s killing robots? DARPA has the answer

The new Terminator movie comes out on July 1. Would we ever see killer robots so advanced? Probably. But looking at DARPA’s 2015 robot challenge, it looks like it’s going to take a loooooong time. Just don’t laugh too loud or they will kill come back to kill you in a couple of decades.  

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Jun 07 2015

And the Robotic Challenge Winner Is: The South Korean the Team DRC-Hubo@UNLV and Their Robot DRC-Hubo

Developed by the team DRC-Hubo@UNLV, the robot is a semi-autonomous humanoid robot – a robot with a body shape that resembles a human body – complete with numerous electro-mechanical and computer systems that support movement and interaction with humans and the environment. Some Quick Facts: The Korean Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) develops the …

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Jun 07 2015

IEEE Spectrum: A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Lots of robots fell over on Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.  

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Jun 06 2015

Yaskawa Electric Corporation: Samurai vs Robot

Commercial for Yaskawa Electric Corporation in which the robot arm Motoman MH24 flex its sword skills against the Japanese sword master Isao Machii .  

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Jun 06 2015

DARPA: Robotics Challenge 2015: Day 1 Compilation

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a prize competition funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Held from 2012 to 2015, it aims to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can do “complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.  

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Jun 02 2015

IEEE Spectrum: Robot Learns to Push Heavy Objects With Their Bodies

“Whole-body Pushing Manipulation With Contact Posture Planning of Large and Heavy Object for Humanoid Robot,” by Masaki Murooka, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, and Masayuki Inaba from the University of Tokyo, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, Wash.  

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Jun 02 2015

ATRIAS Robot: Climbs a 15-cm Obstacle

ATRIAS, is commanded to walk forward over an unseen 15-cm platform. How will it fare? The members of the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory explore, design, and build robotic systems that move swiftly and can easily handle impacts and kinetic energy transfer. Examples include walking and running robots, force-controlled actuators for delicate tasks such as bomb defusing, …

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May 31 2015

Nature: Injured robots learn to limp

Like most computers, robots are highly efficient… until something goes wrong. But could they learn to adapt to mechanical faults? Scientists have been deliberately sabotaging walking robots to see how fast they learn to cope.     ‘Instinctive’ robot recovers from injury fast

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May 29 2015

MIT: Cheetah robot lands the running jump

In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.  

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May 29 2015

IEEE Spectrum: Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades

“An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades,” by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship publication of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an organization with more than …

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May 28 2015

Nature Podcast: 28 May 2015

  This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature. Each week Nature publishes a free audio show. It’s hosted by Kerri Smith, with reporters Noah Baker, Ewen Callaway, Geoff Marsh and Charlotte Stoddart. Every show features the best from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews …

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May 26 2015

Berkley BiomimeticMillisys: Coordinated Launching of H2Bird with VelociRoACH

Media for the ICRA 2015 publication: “Coordinated Launching of an Ornithopter with a Hexapedal Robot” BiomimeticMillisys developed a cooperative launching system for a 13.2 gram ornithopter micro-aerial vehicle (MAV), the H2Bird, by carrying it on the back of a 32 gram hexapedal millirobot, the VelociRoACH. They determined the necessary initial velocity and pitch angle for …

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May 26 2015

UC Berkeley: BRETT the Robot learns to put things together on his own

UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. In their experiments, the PR2 robot, nicknamed BRETT for Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks, …

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May 23 2015

BBC Science Hour: El Nino; Mind Reading Robotics;Colour Constancy

  El Nino is a weather event that happens every five years yet it is hard to predict; Controlling a robotic arm through the power of intention alone; Colour Constancy; Why don’t snakes have legs? Shedding light on the btain; Music in the genes. BBC Science Hour brings you science news and highlights of the …

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May 21 2015

BBC Science in Action: Mind-reading robotic arms; Designs inspired by nature; Antarctic ice melt

  A quadriplegic man moves a robotic arm by thinking; How the latest designs inspired by nature could improve solar panels and make plane wings more flexible; Scientists have been monitoring ice levels in Antarctica amid concerns that if it melts, sea levels could rise dramatically around the world with devastating consequences Science in Action …

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May 21 2015

GE: Fiction Fast Forward | “Chappie” Will We Ever Have a Robot BFF?

GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.  

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