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Robotic insect mimics Nature's extreme moves

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 16:24
By analyzing the natural mechanics of the water strider that enable it to launch off water's surface scientists have emulated this extreme form of locomotion in novel robotic insects.

Movement tracking technology sheds light on different speech disorders in children

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 09:23
Facial motion capture -- the same technology used to develop realistic computer graphics in video games and movies -- has been used to identify differences between children with childhood apraxia of speech and those with other types of speech disorders, finds a new study.

Object recognition for robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 10:54
A team of researchers specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations. Now these researchers have demonstrated how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which will be a vital component of future robots that have to manipulate the objects around them in arbitrary ways.

New computer program first to recognize sketches more accurately than a human

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 08:16
Researchers have built the first computer program that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than humans.

Model for robots with bacteria-controlled brains

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 16/07/2015 - 09:15
A scientist used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

Robotics and the law: When software can harm you

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 20:57
Twenty years in, the law is finally starting to get used to the Internet. Now it is imperative that the law figure out how to deal effectively with the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence, an expert says.

New era in robotics: 3-D-printed robot is hard at heart, soft on the outside

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 09/07/2015 - 14:51
Engineers have created the first robot with a 3-D-printed body that transitions from a rigid core to a soft exterior. The idea of blending soft and hard materials into the robot's body came from nature.The rigid layers make for a better interface with the device's electronic brains and power sources. The soft layers make it less vulnerable to damage when it lands after jumping.

Researchers design a new system to make overtaking safer on highways

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 09:00
Researchers have designed EYES, a new system for smartphones and tablets –now in the prototype phase– which aims to make overtaking manoeuvres safer on highways. EYES provides visual help to the driver when he overtakes and it is also useful in monitoring manoeuvres for autonomous vehicles (platooning).

Computer learning system detects emotional context in text messages

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 12:45
A student has developed a computerized learning system that can detect emotional sentiments, such as sarcasm and irony, in text messages and emails. It could help detect content that suggests suicidal ideations, or other "calls for help.”

Breakthrough graphene production could trigger revolution in artificial skin development

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:20
A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible 'electronic skin,' that could be used in robots.

Computer vision and mobile technology could help blind people 'see'

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 08:15
Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology that could enable blind and visually-impaired people to ‘see’ through their smartphone or tablet. The team plans to use color and depth sensor technology inside new smartphones and tablets, like the recent Project Tango by Google, to enable 3D mapping and localisation, navigation and object recognition.

What your clothes may literally say about you

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 11:55
Researchers have designed a responsive hybrid material that is fueled by an oscillatory chemical reaction and can perform computations based on changes in the environment or movement, and potentially even respond to human vital signs.

Iris recognition gives smartphone users more security options, expert says

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 16:13
A new smartphone has been developedwith iris recognition and a professor says the technology is giving people more options to protect their electronic devices and should be available in the United States in the near future.

Robot controlled remotely with thoughts

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 10:36
For someone suffering from paralysis or limited mobility, visiting with other people is extremely difficult. Scientists have been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The idea is to remotely control a robot from home with one's thoughts. The research, involving numerous subjects located in different countries, produced excellent results in both human and technical terms.

Car of the future: Autonomous, or cooperative

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 12:48
The self-driving car has strong potential for improving traffic flow, road safety, and reducing the environmental impact of traffic. But only if it is designed to communicate with other cars and smart road systems. Not all self-driving cars fulfill this requirement. Scientists call for an integral innovation approach that requires European policy makers and companies to set up standards for the development and implementation of this new technology.

Micro-tentacles created so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 09:23
Robotics experts have developed microrobotic tentacles that can be the hands and fingers of small robots designed to safely handle delicate objects.

Carrying a table together with a co-operative robot

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 19/06/2015 - 08:44
From a robot’s perspective, humans are normally a nuisance: when robots and humans have to work together, it often leads to problems. Researchers want to teach robots how to interact with humans and work together to accomplish tasks. CogIMon stands for “cognitive compliant interaction in motion.” This research group is working on humanoid as well as industrial robots.

Squid inspires camouflaging smart materials

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 10:39
Researchers have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature's masters of camouflage, the squid.

Robot eyes will benefit from insect vision

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 13:14
The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot under development, in the hopes of improving robot visual systems.

Robotic harvesting of broccoli could be coming to a field near you

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 09:32
A project involving 3D camera technology currently being developed could result in a fully automatic robotic harvesting system for broccoli. The project will test whether 3D camera technology can be used to identify and select when broccoli is ready for harvesting. This will be a key step towards the development of a fully automatic robotic harvesting system for broccoli, which will significantly reduce production costs.