Can San Diego's Brain Corp. become the Microsoft of self-driving robots?

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ten years ago computational neuroscientist Dr. Eugene Izhikevich walked away from a successful career in academia to co-found Brain Corp. with the ambitious goal of building artificial brains for robots. These days when the Russian-born Izhikevich lands late at San Diego International Airport, he sometimes sees the fruits of that […]

Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch

[ad_1] LED light illuminating the optical lacework structure when left alone and when deformed. Credit: Xu et al., Sci. Robot. 4, eaaw6304 (2019) A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions […]

Research gives robots a second chance at first impressions

[ad_1] Baxter, a robotic deli operator, was used in preliminary research about how humans perceive robot competence. Credit: Cornell University Underestimate robots at your peril. The robot you know only as a lowly cleaner may also be an expert firefighter. A robot that clumsily fumbles an object may still have life-saving skills. “If people are […]

Voice-command ovens, robots for pets on show at Berlin's IFA tech fair

[ad_1] A Pet Fitness robot can keep track of how much activity the animal has had Europe’s biggest tech fair, Berlin’s IFA, is showcasing a flood of product launches until Wednesday. Here are five trends and gadgets making waves. Fitness trainer for pets No time to walk or play with your pet puppy or kitten? […]

Empathy for robots can have life-changing consequences for troops

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain It is increasingly common to use robots in war zones to examine and disarm hazards or recover objects with the understanding that the loss of a robot is a far more acceptable outcome than the death of a solider. But as robots become valuable members of the team, there’s a […]

Autonomous robots collect precise soil samples, help farmers improve yields, reduce environmental impact

[ad_1] A pair of Purdue University graduates have founded a company called Rogo Ag LLC, a pioneering agricultural technology company that has developed an autonomous robot called Smartcore. Smartcore is designed to collect accurate, repeatable soil samples in fields and bring the samples directly to the farmers or growers. Credit: Purdue Research Foundation image/Oren Darling […]

Researchers use machine learning to teach robots how to trek through unknown terrains

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of Australian researchers has designed a reliable strategy for testing physical abilities of humanoid robots—robots that resemble the human body shape in their build and design. Using a blend of machine learning methods and algorithms, the research team succeeded in enabling test robots to effectively react to unknown […]

Researchers use machine learning to teach robots how to trek through unknown terrains

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of Australian researchers has designed a reliable strategy for testing physical abilities of humanoid robots—robots that resemble the human body shape in their build and design. Using a blend of machine learning methods and algorithms, the research team succeeded in enabling test robots to effectively react to unknown […]

Bioinspired robots can now learn to swarm on the go

[ad_1] Using a custom-made swarm of robots with high processing power embedded within the swarm, the Bristol team discovered which rules give rise to desired swarm behaviours. Credit: University of Bristol A new generation of swarming robots which can independently learn and evolve new behaviors in the wild is one step closer, thanks to research […]