Video Source: NBC via Hulu
The ARM-H track of DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program focuses on development of robust, low-cost and dexterous robotic hand hardware. DARPA funded performers to design and build hand mechanisms that could replace the claw-like hands currently used on robots with hands incorporating 3-4 fingers and useable palms.
The teams successfully produced hands that can be manufactured for as little as $3,000 per unit (in batches of 1,000 or… read more
Video Source: DARPA
May 1, 2013
You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made here). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used… read more
Video Source: IBM
April 30, 2013
In this Pentagon media briefing, DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar explains what the Agency does for the U.S., how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today’s realities, and the future that it’s building by creating the next generation of technology to give Defense leaders more options for tomorrow’s missions.
She mentions innovations in cyber warfare, electronic warfare, position navigation and timing… read more
Video Source: U.S. Department of Defense
April 28, 2013
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Opened April 19 in theaters.
— Universal Pictures
Video Source: Universal Pictures
April 26, 2013
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
April 24, 2013
The Touch Bionics i-limb ultra revolution, featuring a powered rotating thumb, 24 grip options, and extra-sensitive electrodes, is the first upper-limb prosthesis that can be controlled via a mobile app.
Video Source: Touch Bionics
In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time been able to see the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.
The scientists exposed a tiny liquid pouch that contained gold nanoparticles covered with a positively charged… read more
Video Source: Argonne National Laboratory
April 22, 2013
University of Wyoming scientists have developed a simulated robot made up of two different kinds of muscles along with bones and soft tissue for structure. This robot was devolved over a thousand virtual generations to move as fast, as far, and as functionally as possible.
Video Source: The Golem Project
Bizarre Soft Robots Evolve to Ru
April 20, 2013
Paul Rivot’s 90 year old grandmother tries Oculus Rift VR (Tuscany demo) in this viral video, with 1,426,368 accesses as of 4/20/2013.
Video Source: Paul Rivot
April 17, 2013
AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit.
Video Source: Leap Motion
April 15, 2013
The IM-CleVeR project, launched in 2009, aims at “developing a new methodology for designing robots that can cumulatively learn new skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned… read more
Video Source: IDSIA Robotics Lab