April 6, 2013
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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.
The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more
Video Source: Dorhout R&D
In The Prototype (2013), a science-fiction thriller, the military tries to track down a humanoid drone that escapes from a government facility
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Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.
Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have… read more
Video Source: MIT
Sci Fi Science on The Science Channel | Michio Kaku comes up with a plan to stop the robots from taking over Earth. Imagine a world ruled by artificial intelligence where humans have been wiped out. This is no sci-fi fantasy. We’re fast approaching the moment when machines will be smarter than we are! We need a plan to stay on top and Dr. Michio Kaku is on the case.… read more
Video Source: The Science Channel | Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible
William Shatner and the Grand Entrance: As NASA prepares for Curiosity rover landing on Mars on August 5, William Shatner shares this thrilling story of NASA’s hardest planetary science mission to date. The video titled, “Grand Entrance,” guides viewers from entry through descent, and after landing.
Video Source: NASA
Battlefield medical care administered by first responders is often critical to the survival of injured service members. In the case of internal abdominal injuries and resulting internal hemorrhaging, however, there is currently little that can be done to stanch bleeding before the patients reach necessary treatment facilities. The resulting blood loss often leads to death from what would otherwise be potentially survivable wounds.
A foam-based technology developed under DARPA’s… read more
Video Source: DARPA
Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.
Video Source: IEEE Spectrum
A dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Alexander Graham Bell‘s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian — a breakthrough announced in the Smithsonian magazine for the first time.
The precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history. As a result, says curator Carlene Stephens of the National Museum of American History, the discs, ranging… read more
Video Source: Smithsonian
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
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Video Source: International Supercomputing Conference 2011
Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include:
Video Source: Microchip Technology