Robots are learning how to navigate a maze, cooperate and share, and develop complex predator-prey interactions at the Swiss Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale.
August 19, 2009
Robots equipped with artificial neural networks and programmed to find “food” eventually learned to conceal their visual signals from other robots to keep the food for themselves, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have found.
The team “evolved” new generations of robots by copying and combining the artificial neural networks of the most successful robots, and added random changes to their code… read more
May 31, 2002
“ArtBots,” held at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Saturday, featured ten robot-created art projects.
The robots’ art included Japanese brush painting, kinetic sculptures, art created with speaker-driven brushes, music, and sampled sounds.
April 19, 2011
Two remote-controlled robots from iRobot found high radiation levels in reactor buildings 1 and 3 Monday.
The finding could make it impossible for workers to enter the Fukushima plant to carry out crucial fixes under a a six-month “road map” for bringing radioactivity under control, Christian Science Monitor reported Monday.
The robots detected radiation leaking at a rate of 49 millisieverts per hour in the No.… read more
February 2, 2004
The military is moving more machines into battle to save both money and lives. “Well before the end of the century, there will be no people on the battlefield,” said Robert Finkelstein, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Management and Technology.
Stryker, one of the U.S. Army’s newest infantry vehicles, is fitted with a “ladar” scanner, the equivalent of a mounted pair of eyes that see… read more
January 10, 2003
Evolution Robotics announced a robot for industrial and consumer uses that can determine its position relative to its environment based on wheel sensors and a Webcam that cost less than $50. The robot uses a “visual simultaneous localization and mapping” system that creates a map of a space from the distance and direction that its wheels travel and from objects it recognizes with its camera and software.
July 1, 2010
Artificial skin that can cover robots and floors for safety has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation.
Consisting of conductive foam, textiles and an intelligent evaluation circuit, the sensor system detects points of contact and differentiates between gentle and strong contact. It registers people immediately.
April 17, 2009
Robots designed to work as firefighters, receptionists, gardeners, and handymen were demonstrated at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston on Thursday.
July 1, 2004
An electronic skin as sensitive to touch as our own is being developed for robots by scientists in Japan.
It consists of a sheet of rubbery polymer, impregnated with flakes of electrically conducting graphite. The electrical resistance of the sheet changes when it is squeezed, and this change is detected by an array of transistors beneath the rubber.
The skin could also find applications in sport, security and… read more
May 27, 2008
Georgia Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University researchers have build autonomously collaborating robots called SnoMotes to collect data from dangerous ice-shelf environments.
On-site measurements of ice-shelves can be more accurate than satellite or static weather station data, but they are difficult and dangerous for scientists to collect.
The two-foot by one-foot SnoMotes are based on a snowmobile kit, with sensors, AI algorithms, and cameras added. The robots… read more
August 29, 2012
Automated assistance may soon be available to neuroscientists tackling the brain’s complex circuitry, according to research presented last week at the Aspen Brain Forum in Colorado.
Robots that can find and simultaneously record the activity of dozens of neurons in live animals could help researchers to reveal how connected cells interpret signals from one another and transmit information across brain areas — a task that would be… read more
July 11, 2012
Physicians who employ remote presence “robots” (actually, teleoperated devices) to supplement day-to-day patient care strongly support the positive clinical and social impact of using robots, according to a report published in Telemedicine and e-Health, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
The article is available free on the Telemedicine and e-Health website.
“The technology used is a semi-autonomous, Internet-enabled, real-time, two-way audiovisual… read more
May 20, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University roboticists have developed an algorithm that helps robots cope with a cluttered world.
Robots are adept at picking up an object in a specified place (such as in a factory assembly line) and putting it down at another specified place (known as “pick-and-place,” or P&P, processes). But homes and other planets, for example, are a special challenge for robots.
When a person reaches… read more