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An elastic fiber filled with electrodes set to revolutionize smart clothes

Science Daily - Robotics - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:54
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants.

Researchers devise more effective location awareness for the Internet-of-(many)-Things

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:45
Anticipating a critical strain on the ability of fifth generation (5G) networks to keep track of a rapidly growing number of mobile devices, engineers have come up with an improved algorithm for localizing and tracking these products that distributes the task among the devices themselves. It is a scalable solution that could meet the demands of a projected 50 billion connected products in the Internet-of-Things by 2020.

Facial recognition software could help endangered primates, slow illegal trafficking

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:23
New facial recognition software can help protect endangered primates -- more than 60 percent of which face extinction.

Driverless cars change lanes more like humans do

Science Daily - Robotics - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:48
Researchers will present a new lane-change algorithm that splits the difference. It allows for more aggressive lane changes than the simple models do but relies only on immediate information about other vehicles' directions and velocities to make decisions.

Soft machines: Fast, low-voltage actuator for soft and wearable robotics

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 19:38
In the world of robotics, soft robots are the new kids on the block. The unique capabilities of these automata are to bend, deform, stretch, twist or squeeze in all the ways that conventional rigid robots cannot. Today, it is easy to envision a world in which humans and robots collaborate -- in close proximity -- in many realms. Emerging soft robots may help to ensure that this can be done safely, and in a way that syncs to human environments or even interfaces with humans themselves.

Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:17
Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. Researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage.

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 17:33
A robotic system has been developed to automate the production of human mini-organs derived from stem cells. The ability to rapidly, mass produce organoids promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery. The system was tested in producing kidney organoids, including models of polycystic kidney disease. The robots were also programmed to analyze the organoids they produced.

Autonomous glider can fly like an albatross, cruise like a sailboat

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:38
Engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

Science Daily - Robotics - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:25
Engineers have created RoboFly, the first wireless flying robotic insect. RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick and is powered by a laser beam.

New robot concept uses responsive materials to swim through water

Science Daily - Robotics - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:25
Engineers have created a soft robot that does not rely on a motor to propel itself through the water.

Robot teaches itself how to dress people

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 17:25
A robot is successfully sliding hospital gowns on people's arms. The machine doesn't use its eyes as it pulls the cloth. Instead, it relies on the forces it feels as it guides the garment onto a person's hand, around the elbow and onto the shoulder.

Brain-computer interface based on mutual learning helps tetraplegics in avatar race

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 19:58
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are seen as a potential means by which severely physically impaired individuals can regain control of their environment, but establishing such an interface is not trivial. A new study suggests the most dramatic improvements in computer-augmented performance are likely to occur when both human and machine are allowed to learn.

Artificial intelligence needs to be socially responsible, says new policy report

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 15:12
The development of new artificial intelligence (AI) technology is often bias, and the resulting systems can be discriminatory, meaning more should be done by policymakers to ensure its development is democratic and socially responsible. This is according to a new policy report on the role of AI and robotics in society.

AI detects patterns of gut microbes for cholera risk

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 20:31
Researchers have used artificial intelligence to spot patterns within the communities of bacteria living in the human gut. These patterns could indicate who among the approximately one billion people around the globe at risk of cholera infection will get sick with the diarrheal disease.

3D reconstruction of hidden branch structures made by using image analysis and AI tech

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 14:02
Scientists have succeeded in reconstruction of plant branch structures, including the branch structures under leaves, by using image analysis and artificial intelligence technology, a world first.

Self-driving cars for country roads

Science Daily - Robotics - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:42
Uber's recent self-driving car fatality underscores the fact that the technology is still not ready for widespread adoption. One reason is that there aren't many places where self-driving cars can actually drive. Companies like Google only test their fleets in major cities where they've spent countless hours meticulously labeling the exact 3D positions of lanes, curbs, off-ramps and stop signs.

Could robots be counselors? Early research shows positive user experience

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:27
New research has shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a 'helpful' and 'enjoyable' motivational interview (MI) -- a counseling technique designed to support behavior change.

First-in-world robot-assisted spinal surgery

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:27
Penn neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists performed the first robot-assisted spinal surgery. The robotic arms made it possible for the team to successfully remove a rare tumor in the patient's neck.

Morphing twisted nanoscale objects to tailor applications in future technologies

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 15:17
For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions, or vice versa. The transitional forms offer a deeper insight into material symmetries and their unexpected behavior could lead to improved design of telecoms components.
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