December 31, 2008
This robot, developed at Reading University, has a tangle of rats neurons in place of control software; its biological “brain” even allows it to avoid obstacles.
Other videos include swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and a human-like robot head that can spookily mimic a person’s facial expressions in realtime.
February 23, 2009
U.K. researchers’ emotional robots are learning human social tricks to help future humanoid robots fit in with humans.
February 9, 2009
Engineers in Germany have been studying human brain activity related to visual information to improve the way moving robots avoid obstacles.
February 4, 2009
A New Scientist video shows a device created at Duke University, North Carolina, that can make objects invisible to microwaves.
The team thinks its technology could be modified to work for infrared and visible light too, making it able to hide 3D objects from human eyes.
Also shown: using cameras and a projector, Japanese researchers beam the background video onto an obstacle’s highly reflective surface, causing it… read more
September 22, 2011
In a video interview, Noel Sharkey, professor of robotics and AI at the University of Sheffield, discusses developments in robotics and ethical issues: which robots are most interesting, what are their limitations, what countries have the most robots, and which robots will have the most serious impact?
September 23, 2009
“AlSight Cognitive Video Analytics,” an autonomous video-surveillance system tbat uses cognitive learning engines and computer vision to process visual data on a level similar to the human brain, has been developed by BRS Labs.
It is used to protect global critical infrastructure assets, including major international hotels, banking institutions, seaports, nuclear facilities, airports and dense urban areas plagued by criminal activity.
Thwapr lets mobile phone users share photos and videos via SMS (texting) — no app required, and supports 169 mobile handsets, as well as PCs and Macs.
October 26, 2007
Researchers at Accenture Technology Labs in France have developed the “Pocket Supercomputer,” which automatically identifies objects in a video, using any ordinary 3G cellphone equipped with a video camera.
Live video footage is fed from the cellphone to a central server, which rapidly matches on-screen objects to images previously entered into a database, using a scale-invariant feature transform algorithm. The server then sends relevant information back to… read more
March 13, 2008
Andrew M. Odlyzko, a professor at the University of Minnesota, estimates that digital traffic on the global network is growing about 50 percent a year, fueled by the increasing visual richness of online communications and entertainment — video clips and movies, social networks and multiplayer games.
But it basically corresponds to the improvements that technology is giving us, he says, as router computers for relaying data get faster, fiber… read more
January 13, 2005
University of Washington researchers are working to more closely integrate the paper world with the world of electronic data.
Their system uses a computer and overhead video camera to track physical documents on a desk and automatically link them to appropriate electronic documents.
The paper-tracking system allows users to pinpoint the location of a given document within a stack of documents on the desktop. Users can find documents… read more
July 22, 2008
Argo Medical Technologies’ ReWalk exoskeleton system allows people with paralyzed legs to walk.
ReWalk comprises a light wearable brace support suit with DC motors at the joints, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors and a computer-based control system. It fits the body snugly to detect upper body movements, which are used to initiate and maintain the walking process.