Robotics

Meet Jibo, the family robot or the HAL 9000 you always wished for

Designed by the world’s foremost social robotics expert, MIT’s Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo looks like a cross between HAL 9000 and Eve from Wall-E. The robot seeks to become the first in a line of truly intelligent robot helpers that not only assist the family with chores, but become part of it as well. Is this cute, […]

Muscle-driven tiny biobots can walk on command

Rashid Bashir, the head of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the pioneers leading a new field of robotics which deals with bio-bots. These tiny robots, less than a centimeter in size, combine biological and mechanical components to meet a certain purpose. Recently, Bashir and his team demonstrated a bio-bot […]

Robot passes the Turing Test for the first time in history

The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by a supercomputer program named Eugene Goostman. Eugene managed to convince 33% of the human judges that it too was human. The Turing Test The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, […]

Bionic prosthetic allows disabled to run, climb and even dance – watch this TED talk!

Hugh Herr, head of the Lab’s Biomechatronics research group, spoke at TED 2014 on March 19 about his group’s work in creating bionic prosthetic limbs, and their goal to eliminate human disability through technology.  For Herr, his work and involvement is deeply personal, having lost both his lower limbs in a climbing accident 30 years […]

Robot fish is remarkably similar to the real thing

Isaac Asimov, the father of the three laws of robotics, made some startling predictions many years ago about how thet future might look like. He’s been dead on in some respects, however the writer miscalculated how advanced robots would be in 2014 and how integrated these would become in human society. You see, before robots […]

Robot prosthetic helps drummer play like a three-armed cyborg

A freak accident left Jason Barnes without his left arm below the elbow – a disheartening matter by all means, made worse when considering he also used to be a drummer. The young man did not despair, however, and as an Atlanta Institute of Music and Media student he sought to fill in his missing arm as best […]

YouTube’s craziest DIY projects: a 2-tonne mechanical insect

We all had our various obsessions as children, but most of us grew out of them and went on to get sensible jobs and take up sensible hobbies… not so Matt Denton from Winchester in Hampshire, UK. Matt’s company Micromagic Systems worked for four years to build a 2-tonne, driveable, turbo diesel hexapod monster which […]

How to prevent oil mist: the unseen peril of technology manufacturing

In a machine shop environment all kinds of physical dangers can arise during manufacturing. Operators, depending on how safe the environment they work is in, may be exposed to such risks as  slip-and-falls, lacerations, lifting-related strains or burns. As such, certain safety measures are typically taken which all operators need to adhere to for their own […]

Fitting ATLAS, DARPA’s most advanced robot, with a brain

What’s possibly the most advanced humanoid robot ever built was recently unveiled by Boston Dynamics – one of the most impressive and renowned robotics company. Named ATLAS,  this 6′ 2 tall, 330-pounds powerhouse  has all the agility and strength of the Petman, only this time it also has a head. Mounted inside the head are a  LIDAR sensor […]

Veteran granted new arm after being fitted with high-tech DARPA prosthetic

Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) demonstrated a type of peripheral interface called targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR), part of DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) research program which seeks to develop effective brain interfaces. The prosthetic is simply amazing, as one can see in the video below featuring former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman, injured in Iraq. The […]

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