Showing posts with label robot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label robot. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Robocop to join Dubai Police ranks


If any place in the world is moving towards a Bladerunner-esque, sci-fi future, it's Dubai. From a fleet of supercars that enlist the assistance of Crime Prediction software in preventing crime to their jet-pack riding firefighters, this is a city that isn't afraid to embrace 21st century technology. Now it is introducing robots into its police force with the first cop-bot starting work this week and plans for 25 percent of its force to be robotic by 2030.

World's first autonomous security vehicle with companion drone


Surveillance drones and security robots are not new innovations on their own, but Singapore company Otsaw Digital has brought the two together. The O-R3 is the world's first ground-aerial outdoor security robot that combines an autonomous roving ground vehicle with a surveillance drone, resulting in a mobile system that can launch a drone to follow intruders and track their location.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rise of the mind-reading machines


So you made your way to this article, but how did you do it? Did your motor cortex fire up the muscle fibers in your fingers to click on a particular area of the screen, prompting the CPU inside your device to load up this page? One day that could all seem decidedly archaic. That's because some smart people are investing big time and money into computers that can read your thoughts as they are conceived. The goal is to have machines that know what you want and will give you the information you need before you could literally lift a finger. But how far off might such a future be? Let's take a look at the current state of these brain-computer interfaces, and the challenges that remain in getting them inside our heads.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Lockheed Martin Exoskeleton Helps lower-body lightens the load


Lockheed Martin has once again channeled Ironman in the creation of a new lower-body exoskeleton. Built using the tech behind existing Fortisexoskeletons, the Knee Stress Relief Device (K-SRD) is designed to enhance soldiers' ability to carry heavy equipment on long, taxing missions.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Artificially Intelligent Factory Robots Are Coming!


For decades, robotics has been an essential component of factories, manufacturing plants and warehouses around the world. However, these are robots in the simplest sense of the term - mindless machines that serve a singular purpose. Companies are now beginning to invest in autonomous robots that can think for themselves. It sounds like the beginning of a dystonian sci-fi, but there's actually a very good reason why robot workers need a brain.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Robotic falcon will chase birds at Canadian airport


Canada's Edmonton International Airport handles about 8 million passengers and 168,000 flights annually, so it's vitally important that birds aren't smacking into flying aircraft or getting sucked into their engines. Currently, the airport uses lasers and recordings of predator bird calls to deter them. Starting in June, however, a robotic falcon known as Robird will also enter service. It will mark the first time that an airport is using the technology on a daily basis.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The creepy robot that can read your mind to draw the exact symbols you're thinking about


A mind-reading AI that can work out what you're looking at by reading your brain signals has been developed by scientists.
The machine reads brain activity to decipher handwritten letters and numbers seen during scans.
The research is a big step towards direct telepathic connections between humans and computers that could lead to the decoding of mental images or even dreams.
During experiments, the machine was able to accurately draw what people were looking at during functional MRI brain scans.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Robot inspector helps check bridges for dangerous defects


When the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi river in Minnesota collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people, it was because of defects in steel plates that safety inspectors had missed. A new robot helper could help avoid such tragedies by making bridge checks cheaper and more accurate.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Remarkably Human-Like


Humans may sometimes take all they can do with their hands for granted. An appreciation for that dexterity is inspiring robotics innovators to develop ways of improving hand function in robots.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Real life robocops? Crime fighting 5ft robots with lasers replace security guards in shopping centres


At just 5ft, they may not seem like the most imposing security guards, but they could soon be patrolling shopping centres around the world.
The Knightscope K5 robots are the creation of a Silicon Valley startup firm and have been specially designed for fighting crime.
And the company says it has just signed a deal which will see the droids roll out across 16 cities.
New contracts will see the K5 units patrol shopping precincts across the US, including New York and Massachusetts.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This robot explains why you shouldn’t worry about artificial intelligence


If you’re freaked out a bit by artificial intelligence, here’s a robot with a potentially reassuring message.
A service robot called REEM can tackle the question: “Should I worry about AI?” (Recent concerns along these lines have touched on everything from killer robots to job-destroying automatons.)
“The short answer is you do not need to worry about artificial intelligence for many years,” the robot says.
“Artificial intelligence requires a body to interact with the world. And we are very far from creating an artificial body with a brain that is smarter than a very basic animal.”

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Construction Robot: This Robot Works 6 time Faster Than Humans


Meet SAM — short for Semi-Automated Mason — created by the New York based Construction Robotics. SAM is capable of laying 3,000 bricks per day, and he is coming to the U.K. in a few months.
SAM can work about 500 percent faster than humans, and discrepancy in labor cost that causes is significant. According to a report by Zero Hedge, 3,000 bricks boils down to a cost of 4.5 cents per brick. Based on a $15 per hour minimum wage rate and benefits, a human bricklayer with an average efficiency of about 500 bricks will cost construction firms about 32 cents per brick — that’s more than 7x the cost of an automated bricklayer.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ford’s city of tomorrow features autonomous drone delivery, car sharing, and little robots


Walk around the halls of Mobile World Congress (MWC) and you’ll find cars everywhere. All the tech brands want in on the exciting automotive world, but Ford, now an MWC regular, has left the cars at home this year. Instead, the company has focused on other forms of transport which complement traditional vehicles, and how these futuristic forms of transportation fit into city life.

Friday, March 10, 2017

PAL Robotics: A robot designed for dynamic walking and heavy lifting



 The Spanish robot maker is introducing a new option that improves on its REEM humanoids: TALOS is a 32-degrees-of-freedom, 1.75-meter-tall, 100-kilogram robot designed for dynamic walking, heavy lifting, and (eventually) assisting humans with all of those tasks that we really don’t want to be doing.

PAL Robotics designed TALOS with the intention of having the robot “work on physically demanding and accurate tasks performed under hostile or uncomfortable industrial settings,” according to PAL CEO Francesco Ferro. This means that the robot is not just a research platform—it’s going to start out in research, as many robots do, but PAL hopes it can transition into doing useful tasks in the real world, a thing that humanoid robots in general aren’t known for.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Autonomous Mobile Security Robot


Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can “work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Boston Dynamics' wheeled jumping robot


When Boston Dynamics introduced its massively upgraded Atlas last year, we said the robot could “do things we’ve never seen other robots doing before, making it one of the most advanced humanoids in existence.” But now, after seeing the video that Boston Dynamics just released to officially unveil its newest creation, Handle, a sort of Atlas on wheels, we’ll just say it again: Handle can do things we’ve never seen other robots doing before, making it one of the most advanced humanoids in existence.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This terrifying spider robot predicted to soon run faster than humans


If the tumultuous events of the past year have left you fearing that a global apocalypse is imminent, then this video will do little to ease your concerns.
For scientists, in their infinite wisdom, appear to have decided now would be a good time to unleash the sentinels from the Matrix into the real world.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Robot Physical Therapist Helps


Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are using robots to help children and adults meet their physical therapy goals. And they've found that combining a simple game with words of encouragement and physical cues from the robots provides a noticeable boost to patients’ efforts, compared to asking them to go through the work on their own.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

high-jumping cockroach-inspired robot


In designing robots, engineers often turn to nature for inspiration and can sometimes improve on the skills evolution has bestowed upon our fellow creatures. That was the case last year with a high-jumping cockroach-inspired robot from UC Berkeley. Now, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have figured out a better way to move a six-legged robot, making it faster than its counterpart in the wild.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Walking robot takes first steps into the market


Some day in the not-too-distant future, an autonomous delivery van may pull up in front of your house. A bipedal robot will then step out, and carry a package to your front door. That scenario is envisioned by Jonathan Hurst, an associate professor of robotics at Oregon State University, and chief technology officer of spin-off company Agility Robotics. To that end, his group has developed an ostrich-like two-legged walking robot … and it's called Cassie.