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Helping soft robots turn rigid on demand

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 16:52
Researchers have simulated a soft-bodied robot that turns rigid on demand. The advance may help broaden robots' range of tasks and allow for safe interactions with people, including in patient care settings.

New generation of tiny, agile drones introduced

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 16:35
Researchers developed an insect-size drone with soft actuators -- akin to muscles -- that are agile and resilient to collisions. The advance could boost aerial robots' repertoire, allowing them to operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.

A robot able to 'hear' through the ear of a locust

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 17:48
Scientists report connecting the ear of a dead locust to a robot that receives the ear's electrical signals and responds accordingly.

Novel soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics for robots

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 20:38
A research team has developed a new soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics. A robotic gripper with the sensor mounted at the fingertip could accomplish challenging tasks such as stably grasping fragile objects and threading a needle. Their research provided new insight into tactile sensor design and could contribute to various applications in the robotics field, such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.

Cybersecurity researchers build a better 'canary trap'

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 18:24
This new tool uses an artificial intelligence system to generate fake documents that foil IP theft by fooling adversaries.

Sensing robot healthcare helpers

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 15:32
Robots that could take on basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses may be the way of the future. Who knows, maybe a medical robot can prescribe your medicine someday? That's the idea behind 3D structural-sensing robots being developed and tested right now.

Can a robot operate effectively underwater?

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 17:38
Researchers find sea stars' shape plays an important role in their ability to withstand dynamic water forces and remain attached to surfaces. Understanding such shape shifting could help design underwater robots that can similarly adapt to extreme hydrodynamic environments.

Pushing computing to the edge by rethinking microchips' design

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 21:36
Responding to artificial intelligence's exploding demands on computer networks, researchers in recent years have radically increased the speed and slashed the energy use of specialized AI systems. Now, the researchers have moved their innovation closer to widespread use by creating co-designed hardware and software that will allow designers to blend these new types of systems into their applications.

An intelligent soft material that curls under pressure or expands when stretched

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 18:30
Plants and animals can rapidly respond to changes in their environment, such as a Venus flytrap snapping shut when a fly touches it. However, replicating similar actions in soft robots requires complex mechanics and sensors. Now, researchers reporting have printed liquid metal circuits onto a single piece of soft polymer, creating an intelligent material that curls under pressure or mechanical strain.

This robot doesn't need any electronics

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 22:10
Engineers have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant source of pressurized air for all its functions, including its controls and locomotion systems.

Artificial emotional intelligence: a safer, smarter future with 5G and emotion recognition

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 18:39
The combination of new 5G communication technologies with AI-based systems are ushering in a 'smart generation' of vehicles, drones, and even entire cities. Now, researchers take things one step further by introducing a 5G-assisted emotion detection system that uses wireless signals and body movement. In their latest publication, they outline its working principle, application prospects, and potential security threats, highlighting the need for a robust, impregnable AI algorithm to drive it.

Silicon chip provides low cost solution to help machines see the world clearly

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 00:01
Researchers have developed the first compact 3D LiDAR imaging system that can match and exceed the performance and accuracy of most advanced, mechanical systems currently used.

New wearable device turns the body into a battery

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 21:20
A team of engineers has developed a new device that you can wear like a ring or bracelet and that harvests energy from your own body heat.

Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 16:11
Emerging robotics technology may soon help construction companies and contractors create buildings in less time at higher quality and at lower costs. Innovators developed and are testing a novel construction robotic system that uses an innovative mechanical design with advances in computer vision sensing technology to work in a construction setting.

Robots sense human touch using camera and shadows

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 00:30
Researchers have created a low-cost method for soft, deformable robots to detect a range of physical interactions, from pats to punches to hugs, without relying on touch at all. Instead, a USB camera located inside the robot captures the shadow movements of hand gestures on the robot's skin and classifies them with machine-learning software.

AI researchers ask: What's going on inside the black box?

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 19:53
Brain-like artificial networks are often referred to as a 'black box' because researchers do not know how they learn and make predictions. Researchers reported a way to peek inside the box and identify key features on which the computer relies, particularly when trying to identify complex DNA sequences.

AI can make accurate assessment of whether a person will die from COVID-19, study finds

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 17:42
Using patient data, artificial intelligence can make a 90 percent accurate assessment of whether a person will die from COVID-19 or not, according to new research. The research can be used to predict the number of patients in hospitals, who will need a respirator and determine who ought to be first in line for a vaccination.

'Audeo' teaches artificial intelligence to play the piano

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 02:25
A team created Audeo, a system that can generate music using only visual cues of someone playing the piano.

Scientists propose new way to detect emotions using wireless signals

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 21:44
A novel artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on wireless signals could help to reveal our inner emotions, according to new research.

Researchers create novel photonic chip

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 23:45
Researchers have developed and demonstrated for the first time a photonic digital to analog converter without leaving the optical domain. Such novel converters can advance next-generation data processing hardware with high relevance for data centers, 6G networks, artificial intelligence and more.