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Atlas is the latest (and quietest) humanoid robot

Atlas is the latest (and quietest) humanoid robot
Boston Dynamics unveiled a new humanoid robot. Called Atlas, The Next Generation, the robot has capabilities like walking in snow, picking up objects, opening doors, and even helping itself up off the floor. Boston Dynamics writes that it's designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings.
24th February 2016

Self-directed robot can identify objects

Self-directed robot can identify objects
"That is a ball." "I do believe that is a cone." "Seems like a wonderful book." The voice is mechanical and flat, and anyone offering such banal commentary and sounding so bored would surely bomb in a job interview. But in this case, the observations are impressive. They're made by what looks like a two-foot-tall stack of hors d'oeuvre trays on wheels, careening around the floor and proclaiming its discoveries as its "eye," an attached camera, falls on them.
23rd February 2016

Robot transforms musician into three-armed drummer

Robot transforms musician into three-armed drummer
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a wearable robotic limb that allows drummers to play with three arms. The two-foot long "smart arm" can be attached to a musician's shoulder. It responds to human gestures and the music it hears. When the drummer moves to play the high hat cymbal, for example, the robotic arm maneuvers to play the ride cymbal. When the drummer switches to the snare, the mechanical arm shifts to the tom.
18th February 2016


Robots that do not overwhelm humans in rescue teams

Robots that do not overwhelm humans in rescue teams
Autonomous robots performing a joint task send each other continual updates: “I’ve passed through a door and am turning 90 degrees right.” “After advancing 2 feet I’ve encountered a wall. I’m turning 90 degrees right.” “After advancing 4 feet I’ve encountered a wall.” And so on.
18th February 2016

Robotic drones to ‘print’ emergency shelters

Robotic drones to ‘print’ emergency shelters
A new research project aims to develop the world's first flying robots capable of autonomously assessing and manufacturing building structures to help areas suffering from natural disasters. The four year collaborative research project entitled ‘Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing: Distributed Unmanned Aerial Systems for in-situ manufacturing of the built environment’ involves researchers from the University of Bath, Imperial College and University College London.
17th February 2016

Humanoid robots to build tomorrow's aircraft

Humanoid robots to build tomorrow's aircraft
Developing humanoid robotic technology to perform difficult tasks in aircraft manufacturing facilities is the goal of a four-year joint research project, which is being conducted by the Joint Robotics Laboratory (CNRS/AIST)1 and Airbus Group. It will officially be launched on 12th February 2016 at the French Embassy in Tokyo2.
17th February 2016

Robots will soon be stealing our jobs!

Advances in artificial intelligence will soon lead to robots that are capable of nearly everything humans do, threatening tens of millions of jobs in the coming 30 years. "We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task," said Moshe Vardi, director of the Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in Texas.
15th February 2016

Drone applications expanded with the addition of cameras, says report

Most drones are, and will remain, electric, as detailed in the recently released IDTechEx report, “Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025”. Cameras of an increasing variety of types will be in more and more drones and they will become more versatile, lighter weight, more robust and lower cost as they are used for many purposes beyond navigation and surveillance.
6th March 2015

Drone & smartphone photos to help model reality

Bentley Systems has acquired French company Acute3D, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling. Through reality modeling, observations of existing conditions are processed into representations for contextual alignment within design and construction modeling environments. Advancements in scanning and photography, especially the use of drones for these purposes, are making the capture of such observations broadly and continuously affordable in sustaining infrastructure.
11th February 2015


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