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Activity of nerve cell in freely moving animal analyzed by new robot microscope system

Fri, 10/06/2016 - 11:27
Researchers have developed a novel robot microscope system that automatically tracks a freely moving small animal and manipulates its brain activity with 'projection mapping.'

Robots to provide a steadying hand at the right time

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 13:44
Many new robots look less like the metal humanoids of pop culture and more like high-tech extensions of ourselves and our capabilities.

High-tech librarian knows its books

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:15
Automated robot that scans library shelves using laser mapping and radio tags can ensure no book is misplaced again.

Robot carers safer with new technology

Thu, 02/06/2016 - 10:42
Robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the care sector.

Soft-bodied robots: Actuators inspired by muscle

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 13:23
To make robots more cooperative and have them perform tasks in close proximity to humans, they must be softer and safer. A new actuator generates movements similar to those of skeletal muscles using vacuum power to automate soft, rubber beams. Like real muscles, the actuators are soft, shock absorbing, and pose no danger to their environment or humans working collaboratively alongside them or the potential future robots equipped with them.

Child's play: Australia's newest roboticists see eye-to-eye with R2-D2

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 10:44
Children from age 4 can become robot programmers rather than waiting for the higher years in schooling, says an education researcher.

Humans less likely to return to an automated advisor once given bad advice

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 13:25
The ubiquitous Chat Bot popping up on websites asking if you need help has become standard on many sites. We dismiss, we engage, but do we trust the algorithm that is aiding our experience? Giving us answers and advice? A recent study found that participants were less likely to return to an automated advisor if given bad advice over a human advisor under the same circumstances.

Using static electricity, microrobots can land and stick to surfaces

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:45
Roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, birds or butterflies.

Robots get creative to cut through clutter

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 12:04
Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator. The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot's creativity in solving problems.

Gentle strength for robots

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 12:02
A soft actuator using electrically controllable membranes could pave the way for machines that are no danger to humans.

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.