Robotics

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 […]

Psychic robot can anticipate when you want a beer and pours you one

There are all kinds of robots nowadays that are here to assist humans with their daily chores, both at work and home alike. I think a lot of us have dreamed and even spoken out loudly, of course jokingly, how cool would it be to have a robot walk along side you and reach out […]

Smartest computer in the world ‘hired’ as tech support

In a society where overqualified, but desperate for work individuals are forced to take low-paid jobs to make means, it’s rather humorous that the smartest computer in the world, IBM’s Watson, has now been  tasked as a call-center agent. Just a few years ago, IBM made the front page all over the world after its supercomputer […]

Robot swarms hint towards the future

When you think of robots, the first thing you might think of are anthropological-looking tin cans that beep around and perform various tasks (you have SciFi shows to thank for that) or familiar modern day industrial robots that toil away day and night producing goods. As such, a puck-sized robot that doesn’t look like much might […]

Internet for robots comes online

Just recently European scientists have released the first part of the  Rapyuta program – a global world wide web for robots. Now, don’t get this wrong. This isn’t a place where robots can chat, surf websites or browse facebook. On Rapyuta, robots will have access to open data like a massive database, as well as additional […]

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