Items tagged with Robot

It's slightly disturbing to look at a robotic reincarnation of one of the world's greatest scientists, but it's the technology behind the rubberized face that's of interest here. At last week's Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, Albert Einstein reemerged as part of a awe-inspiring demonstration which proved that robots could finally perceive human facial movements and mimic them autonomously.The "empathetic robot," as it was called, was able to key in on emotional nuances displayed by the person gazing at it and then make the same face back. The head being showcased at TED was the fourth iteration by roboticist David Hanson, who told the hundreds in attendance that it can "understand... Read more...
Pardon the headline mashup, but we're combing two automotive stories into one post here. While the two stories might not necessarily be directly related, they both shed light on different views of what the future of automobiles might look like. The first story is about the juicy tidbits General Motors (GM) has just revealed about the production-version of the Chevrolet Volt, and the second story is about a bloke who recently completed a successful test run of a self-guided, robotic Toyota Prius he built "in his spare time."        Credit: General MotorsChevrolet VoltAs part of GM's one-hundredth anniversary celebration today, the company finally unveiled the production version... Read more...
It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word, but with facial expressions too."MIT's Nexi robot expresses emotions the same way you do - with your highly mobile face. Nexi's head and face were designed by Xitome Design with MIT. The expressive robotics started with a neck mechanism sporting 4 degrees of freedom (DoF) at the base, plus pan-tilt-yaw of the head itself. The mechanism has been constructed... Read more...
Remember the days prior to self-serve? OK, maybe none of you are that old. Well, if the Dutch have their way, we may soon been seeing "Full Serve," "Self-Serve," and "Robot Serve" prices at gas stations.Dutch inventors unveiled on Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the car on arrival at the filling station and matching it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types.A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular gas pump, carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it towards the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.$111K?  Seems... Read more...
Everything gets automated eventually. At first, businesses strive for efficiency in workers, and then when the work becomes too boring and repetitive, they go all the way to having a machine of some sort do it. But that could never happen to writing software code, could it?  Charles Simonyi thinks it could, and his company Intentional Software is trying to do just that with its Domain Workbench. Simonyi's five-year-old startup, Intentional Software, is making software so smart that you can simply tell it what you want to do. Lay down a few basic parameters, and it will write its own code. No programming skills are necessary. "Experts [in other fields] can be much more innovative... Read more...
Professor Robert Wood of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences considers the life-sized robotic fly small, agile, and, from a military perspective, inconspicuous. With funding offered by the U.S. Military, Harvard researchers spent seven years working on it. Composed of lightweight carbon joints, the bug moves like an actual fly, with wings that beat 110 times per second. As it only weighs as much as the head of a pin and has a wingspan of just 3 cm, the U.S. Defense Department intends to use the robot for military surveillance operations. No word on speed or range of the gizmo. As for commercial availability, we highly doubt it. After all, the most obvious purpose of... Read more...
This little device could be easily dismissed, at first glance, as simple external USB hard drive.  Though it's nothing more than a multi-drive external storage device that runs a multi-drive RAID array (RAID level not indicated in the spec), its auto-formatting, auto-repair, auto-expansion and capacity sensing capabilities are pretty impressive. Drobo The Storage Robot Robotic Operations Drobo is programmed to take actions on your behalf; always ensuring it's keeping your data safe and optimized: Auto-formatting of added drives Auto-repair of data after drive failure Auto-repair... Read more...
According to an article from Engadget, Europe and South Korea are developing a "Robot Ethics Charter" in order to govern the manufacturing and use of robots to including ethical standards. If this wasn't already sci-fi enough, guess where the a great deal of inspiration for the charter is being found? Isaac Asimov's "three principles", a concept from his 1942 book I Robot, is being used as inspiration for both Europe and S. Korea's charters. In the end, when the robots rise, it won't be a cool slathering of mud spread across your thermally trackable meat sack which saves you; it'll be a manifesto. Europe's version is expected next month,... Read more...
Now this is my kind of technology! :)  Perfect fodder for a Sunday evening jaunt across the web. During a recent Robot expo in Vienna, home-brew Robots were invited to demonstrate their skills in categories like mixing cocktails, serving drinks and snacks, bar conversation and smoking cigarettes and cigars. Staring with glowing red eyes at a young woman strolling by, bartender Chapok slowly extends his arm to offer her a gin and orange. She takes the glass, murmurs a flustered "thank you" and walks away while the cocktail-mixing robot turns his attention back to a row of bottles. "People are interacting, they are actually talking to my robot," smiles David Calkins, who teaches... Read more...
You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL for short, and anyone who wears it has potential to lift up to 10-times the weight they normally could. "It depends on his original power, because this robot suit is controlled by the assist ratio," says Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University. "Usually we set it at 50% or 60% or 70%. If he is a very weak person we set the assist ratio at 90%,... Read more...
Ever notice that many things in science-fiction, especially from a technology standpoint, eventually become reality?  Buck Rogers showed us the first Laser Gun and there have been plenty of examples, (the Jetsons and Video Phones?) since then.  Well, you Mech Warrior fans ought to get a boot out of this one.  "Called The Land Walker, it weighs close to 1 ton (2,000 pounds!) and is controlled by four pedals from inside the cockpit. Additionally, it has built-in air guns that can shoot bullets (not real bullets, though..."sponge bullets"). Talk about a totally pimped out Halloween costume!" If man can dream it up, he will make it so...   See it in action at YouTube.... Read more...
Good morning folks, I hope you survived the night okay :)  In the effort of saving time this AM, we are going to skip over the banter and get right down to business.  So, go grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long read.  Here is your morning shot of juice... Athlon 64 FX-53 & Athlon 64 3800+ Socket 939 Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme "The introduction of the AMD64 line of processors was a rousing success on many levels, but there were a few niggling issues to address. The Athlon 64 FX-51 940-pin represented the new high-end of the processor scale, featured a powerful dual-channel memory controller, and supported both 32 and 64-bit software, but it could only use... Read more...
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