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'Flapping wings' powered by the sun

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:37
In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus' wax wings melted when he dared to fly too close to the sun. Now, researchers have made artificial wings that are actually powered by the sun. The tiny wings, which can flap even faster than those of butterflies, could someday be used in robots or devices for solar energy harvesting, the researchers say.

Getting a grip: An innovative mechanical controller design for robot-assisted surgery

Science Daily - Robotics - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:43
Scientists designed a new type of controller for the robotic arm used in robotic surgery. Their controller combines the two distinct types of gripping used in commercially available robotic systems to leverage the advantages of both, reducing the efforts of the surgeon and providing good precision.

Artificial intelligence finds disease-related genes

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:26
An artificial neural network can reveal patterns in huge amounts of gene expression data, and discover groups of disease-related genes. Scientists hope that the new method can eventually be applied within precision medicine and individualized treatment.

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:42
The exponential growth in computer processing power seen over the past 60 years may soon come to a halt. Complex systems such as those used in weather forecast, for example, require high computing capacities, but the costs for running supercomputers to process large quantities of data can become a limiting factor. Researchers have recently unveiled an algorithm that can solve complex problems with remarkable facility -- even on a personal computer.

New robot does superior job sampling blood

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 19:23
In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an automated blood drawing and testing device.

Improving AI's ability to identify students who need help

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:24
Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training concept called multi-task learning, and could be used to improve both instruction and learning outcomes.

Controlling light with light

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:22
Researchers have developed a new platform for all-optical computing, meaning computations done solely with beams of light.

Robot sweat regulates temperature, key for extreme conditions

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:16
Just when it seemed like robots couldn't get any cooler, researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating.

Artificial intelligence predicts treatment outcome for diabetes-related vision loss

Science Daily - Robotics - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:54
A new approach that uses artificial intelligence to analyze retinal images could one day help doctors select the best treatment for patients with vision loss from diabetic macular edema. This diabetes complication is a major cause of vision loss among working-age adults.

Predictive touch response mechanism is a step toward a tactile internet

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:26
A team of researchers has developed a method for enhancing haptic feedback experiences in human-to-machine applications that are typical in the Tactile Internet.

The easy route the easy way: New chip calculates the shortest distance in an instant

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:25
Combinatorial optimization problems are problems that arise in everyday situations, involving the puzzle of determining the shortest route that can be taken between multiple points. Researchers have developed a new chip that uses special components to calculate the shortest distance between up to 22 cities in a very short time.

How moon jellyfish get about

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:58
With their translucent bells, moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) move around the oceans in a very efficient way. Scientists have now used a mathematical model to investigate how these cnidarians manage to use their neural networks to control their locomotion even when they are injured. The results may also contribute to the optimization of underwater robots.

Integrating micro chips for electronic skin

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 21:00
Researchers present the first fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits which opens the path towards the development of electronic skin.

Deep learning enables real-time imaging around corners

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:11
Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time. With further development, the system might let self-driving cars 'look' around parked cars or busy intersections to see hazards or pedestrians.

Living robots built using frog cells

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 23:56
Scientists repurposed living frog cells -- and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny 'xenobots' can move toward a target and heal themselves after being cut. These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They're a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.

AI can detect low-glucose levels via ECG without fingerprick test

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:11
A new technology for detecting low glucose levels via ECG using a noninvasive wearable sensor, which with the latest artificial intelligence can detect hypoglycemic events from raw ECG signals has been made.

Can sea star movement inspire better robots?

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 22:03
What researchers have learned about how a sea star accomplishes movement synchronization, given that it has no brain and a completely decentralized nervous system, might help us design more efficient robotics systems.

Skin-like sensors bring a human touch to wearable tech

Science Daily - Robotics - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 18:31
Researchers have developed a super-stretchy, transparent and self-powering sensor that records the complex sensations of human skin. Dubbed artificial ionic skin -- or AISkin for short -- the researchers believe the innovative properties of AISkin could lead to future advancements in wearable electronics, personal health care and robotics.
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