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Shape-shifting modular interactive device unveiled

Tue, 17/05/2016 - 08:35
A prototype for an interactive mobile device, called Cubimorph, can change shape on-demand. The modular interactive device, made out of a chain of cubes, contributes towards the vision of programmable matter, where interactive devices change its shape to fit functionalities required by end-users.

Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:59
Researchers are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks.

Robot's in-hand eye maps surroundings, determines hand's location

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 11:04
Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers have shown that a camera attached to the robot's hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world.

Ingestible robot operates in simulated stomach

Thu, 12/05/2016 - 16:06
In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

Altering a robot's gender and social roles may be a screen change away

Wed, 11/05/2016 - 13:17
Robots can keep their parts and still change their gender, according to researchers, who noted that the arrival of robots with screens has made it easier to assign distinct personalities.

This 5-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 14:55
Computer science experts and engineering researchers have built a robot hand that can not only perform dexterous manipulation -- one of the most difficult problems in robotics to solve -- but also learn from its own experience.

Artificial intelligence course creates AI teaching assistant

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:19
Jill Watson is a virtual teaching assistant. She was one of nine teaching assistants in an artificial intelligence online course. And none of the students guessed she wasn't a human.

Time to up the game: Video game designers need to do more for young disabled players

Sat, 07/05/2016 - 09:12
Computer games controlled through wheelchair movements have the potential to improve quality of life for young people with severe mobility impairments but more needs to be done to consider the needs and preferences of players in game design, new research shows.

Teaching computers to understand human languages

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 10:56
A set of algorithms has been developed that will help teach computers to process and understand human languages. The algorithms will enable a computer to act in much the same way as a human would when encountered with an unknown word. When the computer encounters a word it doesn't recognize or understand, the algorithms mean it will look up the word in a dictionary (such as the WordNet), and tries to guess what other words should appear with this unknown word in the text.

Bee model could be breakthrough for robot development

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:49
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have created a computer model of how bees avoid hitting walls -- which could be a breakthrough in the development of autonomous robots.

Supervised autonomous in vivo robotic surgery on soft tissues is feasible

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 15:18
Surgeons and scientists have demonstrated that supervised, autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery on a live subject (in vivo) in an open surgical setting is feasible and outperforms standard clinical techniques in a dynamic clinical environment, according to a new study.

What readers think about computer-generated texts

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 07:25
An experimental study has found that readers rate texts generated by algorithms more credible than texts written by real journalists.

New tech uses hardware, software to train dogs more efficiently

Mon, 02/05/2016 - 09:37
Researchers have developed and used a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog's body language

Strong interactions with voice-guided vehicles do not result in safer driving

Wed, 27/04/2016 - 15:06
Giving a car a more personal voice led to more car accidents, a new report suggests. The findings showed that participants who felt a strong social connection with the virtual driving instructor (i.e., "social presence") crashed more during the simulation, especially when they perceived the instructor's voice to be similar to their own or they felt that the car's appearance reflected their identity. This suggests that having too strong a social/personal connection with the virtual driving instructor is distracting to the driver and thus hinders safe driving.

Emotion detector: Facial expression recognition to improve learning, gaming

Wed, 27/04/2016 - 10:36
A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research describes such a system that is almost 99 percent accurate.

Robots may be able to lift, drive, and chat, but are they safe and trustworthy?

Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:24
Automation experts conclude that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.

Algorithm for robot teams handles moving obstacles

Thu, 21/04/2016 - 11:31
Researchers will present a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but also moving obstacles. The algorithm also requires significantly less communications bandwidth than existing decentralized algorithms, but preserves strong mathematical guarantees that the robots will avoid collisions.

Predicting cell behaviour with a mathematical model

Mon, 18/04/2016 - 12:11
Physicists have developed new software for the life sciences. The software supports the evaluation of microscope-based observations of cell behaviour on micropatterned substrates.

Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark

Fri, 15/04/2016 - 12:59
Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. And their fishy false eyes could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical scopes make dim surroundings seem bright as day.

Are humans the new supercomputer?

Wed, 13/04/2016 - 13:58
Online computer games allow gamers to solve a class of problems in quantum physics that cannot be easily solved by algorithms alone. Citizen science games have already proved successful in advancing scientific endeavours, but had not previously been applied to quantum physics. A Danish team of scientists find, that players succeed where purely numerical optimization fails, and they present a new optimization method based on the observed player strategies that outperforms prominent, established numerical methods.

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