October 29, 2012
An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…
A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet
Video Source: ARTFX
Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.
In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.
Video Source: Boston Dynamics
The BBC explores how industrial 3-D printers can go from a nylon plastic powder to any conceivable shape. At this U.K. factory, engineers try to produce a ready-to-ride.bicycle in one go.
Video Source: BBC
The Eye Tribe software (formerly known as Senseye) allows users to interact with their mobile device using their eye movements.
A simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs are connected to the USB port of the tablet. The software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.
Video Source: The Eye Tribe
Video Source: Microsoft
We’re starting to see swarms of heterogeneous robots, with different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an augmented-reality drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots… read more
Video Source: Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa
Video Source: Apple Inc
The video shows Dr. Guero’s robot as it slides its way along the wire, making minute adjustments to its balance by waving its arms, based on signals from its… read more
Video Source: Dr. Guero
During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, artificial intelligence,… read more
Video Source: Singularity Weblog
Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.
Video Source: DigInfo TV
Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has 21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.
The overall… read more
Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project
Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.
Video Source: Microsoft Research