Monthly Archives May 2015

CoCoRo underwater mini-robots school like fish and share knowledge

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Starting in April 2011, the European Union CoCoRo (Collective Cognitive Robots) research consortium has been developing three varieties of autonomous underwater robots that school together like fish. By doing so, the little bots can share and learn from each others’ “knowledge” of their environment, acting as a collective cognitive system that’s smarter than any one of its individual parts.


The robots communicate with one another via built-in flashing LEDs, using onboard electronics such as computer vision systems, compasses and accelerometers to find their way around aquatic environments.

Utilizing an algorithm inspired by the clustering behavior of bees (not fish!), they can seek out others of their kind and then settle together around one central base location, becoming aware of the...

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Watch This Incredible Tiny Robot Fold Itself and Then Destroy Itself


MIT’s new origami robot looks like a tiny cube of aluminum foil, but don’t let that fool you. It can assemble itself into a set of predetermined shapes, roll right along, and can be easily dissolved. Best of all, it’s completely untethered.

The main feature is a magnet, which is layered with PVC and polystyrene. The transformation happens when that material meets a heating element, and then folds into shape origami-style. Rather than relying on wires, it moves in tandem with an external magnetic field that shapes its path. It’s designed to either roll or walk, depending on what’s needed, and dissolves in a bath of acetone.

Right now, the MIT researchers just have the shape; they haven’t added sensors or any other sort of payload...

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Watch MIT’s Robot Cheetah Leap Over Walls With Ease in this gif & video clip

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Last year, MIT took the leash of its robot cheetah and let it prance around the great outdoors. If it wasn’t terrifying and awe-inspiring enough to see the four-legged robo beast race untethered across a lawn and imagine it chasing you down, there’s more; they taught it how to jump over things.

A new video shows MIT’s robotic big cat leaping over obstacles up to 15 inches high without skipping a beat. Like a real cat, the robo cheetah adjusts the length of its stride as it starts to approach an object, and picks the perfect moment to pounce so it can land without losing any speed. It just uses an algorithm instead of instinct. The results are remarkable.

Should you someday find yourself running from a robo-cheetah, you’re going to have to do much better than jumping a guard rail.



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Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

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Thu, 05/28/2015 – 1:55pm

2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team.

Meet VelociRoACH and H2Bird. Together they make the coolest part-walking, part-flying robot duo. The cockroach-bird pairing, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, combines two forms of locomotion in one platform, taking advantage of the efficiency and endurance of a ground robot with the range and versatility of a flying robot.

The running roach-bot acts as a launch pad for the micro aerial “bird”. H2Bird weighs a little over 13 grams and can go airborne for about 90 seconds but it can’t take on its own—it needs a boost of at least 1.3 meters per second from its counterpart...

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Apocalyptic ‘UFO’ clouds form over Texas after weeks of heavy rain

Giant apocalyptic clouds akin to fluffy flying saucers have formed in the skies of central Texas, much to the astonishment of residents who have jokingly wondered if aliens had finally arrived.

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“Alien ships hiding in clouds,” wrote one Facebook user.

“Yep those are covers for spaceships!” wrote another.

“Those don’t even look real! They are kinda scary,” posted a third.

Altocumulus standing lenticular clouds, as they are known, are stationary clouds with flat, spherical layers shaped like lenses. Resembling alien spacecraft or a stack of pancakes, they typically form on the downwind side of mountains but can occasionally occur next to buildings or bridges.

Air travelling along the mountain is forced upwards by the obstruction, generating waves in the atmosphere, similar to those in the...

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With no motors inspiration for US military’s new mini-drones

US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the Cicada, which spends years underground before appearing in great swarms, reproducing and then dropping to the ground dead.

“The idea was why can’t we make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile,” Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laboratory told AFP.

“We will put so many out there, it will be impossible for the enemy to pick them all up.”

The “Cicada”, short for Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, was designed to be smaller, cheaper and simpler than any other robotic aircraft — but still able to carry out a missio...

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Stickybot is what you get when you combine a drone and a gecko

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Climber: Stickybot in action. Photo: Standford University

There is a wide array of obstacles facing the drone deliveries proposed by Amazon and Google. If the deliveries do happen, however, researchers from the mechanical engineering lab at Stanford University believe they have made a technological leap in the science of the drone’s landing.

Working with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, they have figured out how to enable a quadcopter drone to stick a landing – at any angle – much like a flying gecko or a bat. Without any kind of suction or anything sticky, the flying robot can now perch on a slippery surface.

This means that technologically, it would be possible for a pizza-carrying drone to land on a 14th-floor window or for a robot, carrying a medical kit, to perch on a...

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Man arrested after flying drone near White House

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The Pentagon is conducting a classified study on how to defend against drones, which are difficult to detect. Photo: Bradley Kanaris

The Secret Service arrested a man who was flying a small drone less than a block from the White House on Thursday afternoon, US officials said.

About 1pm, Secret Service uniformed officers saw a drone flying roughly 100 feet above Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, the authorities said.

The man complied with officers’ commands to land the drone and he was arrested, they said. The officers then cordoned off the area in Lafayette Park in order to determine whether there were any explosives or anything else potentially harmful on the drone. They concluded that it was safe, the authorities said.

The Secret Service did not identify the man...

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More STEM education is not protection of jobs from robots



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Care to guess what is the world’s fastest growing industry? Health care? Biotech? Energy? Nope. According to a recent report, it’s robotics.

And those robots are slowly but surely putting people out of work. Recent research at the University of Oxford suggests that nearly half of all jobs are at risk from automation.

Ironically this research used some advanced machine learning techniques to estimate which professions were most at risk of being automated in the next 20 years. Even the task of estimating which jobs are most at risk is being automated!

So what are the jobs most at risk? One was telemarketer. Now this might sound like a great thing. Fewer people will interrupt your dinner trying to sell you cable TV...

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NASA’s 10-engine electric UAV now flies as well as hovering shows in this video

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NASA’s ten-engine UAV, dubbed the Greased Lightning (GL-10), recently showed off a slick new trick in the skies over Hampton, Virginia. The drone, which is under development by a team at the Langley Research Center, had already passed its initial hovering tests last August; but that was the easy part. As the long and miserable development of the V-22 Osprey has shown, the real challenge is switching over from hover mode to conventional forward flight without the vehicle falling out of the sky. But on Thursday, NASA’s battery-powered tilt-rotor aircraft successfully did just that.


NASA’s ten-engine UAV, dubbed the Greased Lightning (GL-10), recently showed off a slick new trick in the skies over Hampton, Virginia...

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This 12 gram Drone Bot Can Drag A 45 Pound Weight you tube video


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