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A robot dog with an iPhone face

March 29, 2012

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Bandai — the Japanese company that brought us the Tamagotchi — has announced Smartpet, a robotic dog that uses an iPhone for a face, Technology Review Hello World reports..

Using a free app (due out March 31) and the iPhone Facetime camera, you can make movements to tell the robo-pup to do various tricks. Smartpet can also recognize voice commands, serve as an alarm clock and hands-free phone, and it… read more

A robot in your future

May 14, 2001

A wireless videoconferencing robot on wheels that allows telecommuters to hold real-time video chats with people in their office?

That’s what Sprint is planning with its Digitally Enhanced Network Appliance Project.

A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer

October 21, 2008

Automated botnets control millions of PCs, infecting them in about five minutes and using them to spread infections and snoop on financial information, according to Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement Team, a group of about 20 researchers and investigators.

A robot takes stock

Image-processing and machine-learning algorithms could help stores manage inventory
July 4, 2012

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The Andyvision robot scans the shelves in the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus store to generate a real-time interactive map of the store, which customers can browse via an in-store screen.

At the same time, the robot performs a detailed inventory check, identifying each item on the shelves, and alerting employees if stock is low or if an item has been misplaced.

While making its rounds, the robot uses… read more

A Robot that Navigates Like a Person

June 30, 2009

European researchers have developed a robot capable of moving autonomously by algorithms designed to mimic different parts of the human visual system, with two cameras that serve as “eyes” in a movable “head.”

A robot that runs like a cat

Hopefully, this won't lead to a future cheetah-cub videos craze
June 17, 2013

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Thanks to its cat-modeled legs, EPFL’s four-legged “cheetah-cub robot” is small, light and the fastest in its category (small quadruped robots under 30Kg): it can run 5 kilometers per hour (3.1 mph) — nearly seven times its body length in one second. .

Developed by EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob),  biomechanics, the robot will serve as a platform for research in locomotion and biomechanics.… read more

A Robot That’s Learning to Smile

July 13, 2009
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have given the realistic-looking robot Einstein the ability to improve its own expressions through learning.

A robot vacuum cleaner with 360° vision

September 5, 2014

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James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer of Dyson, introduced Thursday the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, with a 360° vision system.

The robot builds a detailed floor plan to navigate around a room and track its position.

Infrared sensors work in conjunction with a lens on the top of the machine that houses a 360° panoramic camera.

Infrared sensors work in conjunction… read more

A robot with two extra fingers helps you grip stuff

July 23, 2014

The 7-fingered hand can perform tasks that would usually require two hands, such as holding up a tablet computer and typing letters on it (credit: Harry Asad and Faye Wu)

MIT researchers have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand.

The device, worn around your wrist, works like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb.

A novel control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer’s fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes. Wearing the robot, a user could use one hand to hold the… read more

A robotic exoskeleton for space and Earth

October 17, 2012

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A robotic exoskeleton called X1 has been developed by NASAThe Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), and Oceaneering Space Systems.

The 57-pound device is a robot that a human could wear over their body either to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints.

In the inhibit mode, the robotic device would be used as an in-space exercise machine to supply resistance against leg… read more

A robotic fish that glides for long distances

January 18, 2013

A team of MSU researchers has developed a robotic fish that can swim and glide long distances while gathering data such as water quality and temperature (credit: G.L. Kohuth/Michigan State university)

Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have redesigned a “robotic fish,” giving it the ability to glide long distances, using little to no energy, while measuring water temperature and quality and other data that can aid in testing and cleaning lakes and rivers.

According to research team leader Xiaobo Tan, MSU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, while gliding  uses less energy, it’s slower and less… read more

A robotic insect makes first controlled test flight

May 9, 2013

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Harvard roboticists have created a robotic insect the size of a paper clip and successfully test-flown it.

Inspired by the biology of a fly, the intricate design is the culmination of 12 years of painstaking work by researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

The device represents… read more

A roll of the dice

Quantum theory essentially provides the ultimate bound on how predictable the universe is
July 13, 2012

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Quantum theory is close to optimal in terms of its predictive power, say researchers from the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, the University of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Information Science, and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zürich.

But in quantum mechanics, even if all the information is available, the outcomes of certain experiments generally can’t be perfectly predicted beforehand.

This inability to accurately predict the results of… read more

A room-temperature spin amplifier

Could lead to storing data more densely and processing it many times faster and with greater energy efficiency
November 23, 2012

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A fundamental cornerstone for spintronics that has been missing up until now has been constructed by a team of physicists at Linköping University: the world’s first spin amplifier that can be used at room temperature.

Spintronics combines microelectronics, which is built on the charge of electrons, with the magnetism that originates in the electrons’ “spin” (how electrons spin around, much like how the Earth spins on… read more

A safer way to vaccinate

Polymer film that gradually releases DNA coding for viral proteins could offer a better alternative to traditional vaccines
January 29, 2013

Vaccines usually consist of inactivated viruses that prompt the immune system to remember the invader and launch a strong defense if it later encounters the real thing. However, this approach can be too risky with certain viruses, including HIV.

In recent years, many scientists have been exploring DNA as a potential alternative vaccine. About 20 years ago, DNA coding for viral proteins was found to induce strong immune responses… read more

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