Watch this Homemade Robot Crack a SentrySafe Combination Safe in 15 Minutes

Last Christmas, Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him a second-hand safe she’d found on Craigslist. It was, at first glance, a strange gift. The couple already owned the same model, a $120 SentrySafe combination fire safe they’d bought from Home Depot. But this one, his wife explained, had a particular feature: The original owner had locked it and forgotten the combination. Her challenge to Seidle: Open it.

Seidle isn’t much of a safecracker. But as the founder of the Niwot, Colorado-based company SparkFun, a DIY and open-source hardware supplier, he’s a pretty experienced builder of homemade gadgets, tools, and robots. So over the next four months, he and his SparkFun colleagues set about building a bot that could crack the safe for them...

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Artificial Intelligent robotic controlled cleaning system for food manufacturers

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.


Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day.

As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day – to minimise food safety risks.

Cleaning accounts for 30 per cent of energy and water use and leads to excessive productivity down time and over-use of chemicals, at huge cost to manufa...

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Mind control of humans now can manipulate & direct swarms of robots

Researchers at Arizona State University have created a brain-to-machine interface that humans can use to mentally control several robots at once.

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There have been some amazing breakthroughs that enable humans to control a single machine with their thoughts. The next step is figuring out how to operate an entire fleet of robots with mind control.

A team of researchers at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have developed a system for managing swarms of robots with brain power.

ASU’s new system can be used to direct a group of small, inexpensive robots to complete a task. If one robot breaks down, it’s not a big loss, and the rest can continue with their mission...

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Microbots Individually Controlled Using ‘Mini Force Fields’

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This image shows how two microbots can be independently controlled when operating within a group, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines for applications such as advanced manufacturing and biomedical research.

Researchers are using a technology likened to “mini force fields” to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines in areas including manufacturing and medicine.

Until now it was only possible to control groups of microbots to move generally in unison, said David Cappelleri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

“The reason we want independent movement of each robot is so they can do cooperative manipulation tasks,” he said. “Think of ants...

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This “Psychic Robot” Can Read Your Mind

Researchers have created an algorithm that understands what movement you meant to make, even if you’re interrupted
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a “psychic robot.” The robot is based on an algorithm that can understand the intention behind a movement—you intended to turn the steering wheel, you intended to take a step, you intended to push the red button—even when that movement is interrupted.

While this may sound like the next step in cyborg world domination, it has actually been developed primarily to help brain injured patients move better.

This kind of prediction is possible, explains Justin Horowitz, a graduate research assistant in bioengineering, because the human nervous system works so slowly.

“Humans have to plan ahead, because t...

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The robot that BREEDS: ‘Mother’ machine builds and tests ‘children’ models to make each generation better than the last

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  • Roboticists built a ‘mother’ robot that independently builds ‘child’ models
  • It tests each ‘child’ to see which ones perform best at certain tasks
  • This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’
  • Results show that preferential traits are passed down from one generation to the next – similar to how natural selection works in animals
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It may sound like the stuff of terrifying dystopian science fiction, but researchers have created robots that breed and evolve without any human interference.

The roboticists built a ‘mother’ machine that independently builds its own ‘children’ and tests which ones perform best at certain tasks.

This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’, so that preferential traits are passed down from one gen...

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MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms. See pics & view video here.

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Featured in comic books since 1963, Dr. Octopus, or “Doc Ock” is an enemy of Spiderman with four extra robotic arms attached to his back that assist him in his nefarious plans. That vision of humans with extra limbs – minus the supervillain part – is taking shape at MIT with researchers adding “supernumerary robotic arms” to assist with tasks that ordinary two-armed humans would find difficult.

There are many tasks around the house or factory that you have probably said to yourself, “if I only an extra arm, this would be a lot easier.” Tasks like hanging a ceiling fan, installing an overhead light fixture, or even just holding open a box would be easier if there was an extra arm to help out. Now engineers are envisioning two robotic arms as helping hands.

The project is being run at...

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Meet the planes that find their own way home in this video

Thanks to a cool combination of on-board computing and geospatial satellite location systems, planes can now “see” their way down onto an airport runway, and calculate smoothest and most efficient landing pattern.

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Using a technology called required navigation performance (RNP) flight navigation systems are now able to plot a route through a 3 dimensional space, avoiding geographical features like mountains, as well as residential or security no-fly-zones.

RNP was first used to navigate through the treacherous Gastineau Channel in Alaska, in 1996, and quickly spread to other mountainous areas where traditional radio signal landing systems were ineffective.

According to Doug Kelley, Program Director for Flight Efficiency Services at GE Aviation, RNP enables the aircraft to design fligh...

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Cyborg The future of the human species

What happens when you insert a microchip into your own body?

Adam Shaw meets Professor Warwick, the first person in the world to have successfully controlled a robot with his own thoughts.

He explains “Project Cyborg”, the outcomes of the initial experiment, and what he hopes it will achieve in the future.

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By integrating video technology and familiar control devices, a research team from Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Research Institute is developing a technique to simplify remote control of robotic devices. The researchers’ aim is to enhance a human operator’s ability to perform precise tasks using a multi-jointed robotic device such as an articulated mechanical arm. Known as Uncalibrated Visual Servoing for Intuitive Human Guidance of Robots, the new method uses a special implementation of an existing vision-guided control method called visual servoing (VS)...

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