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Thumbs-up for mind-controlled robotic arm

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 21:20
A paralyzed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.

First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 11:29
A research team has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk.The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect. Inspired by the insect, Hector has passive elastic joints and an ultralight exoskeleton. What makes it unique is that it is also equipped with a great number of sensors and it functions according to a biologically inspired decentralized reactive control concept: the Walknet.

Flying robots to aid in inventory management

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 08:44
Standing on top of a ladder several meters high, pad and pen in hand, just to count boxes? Inventories in large warehouses could soon appear quite different and proceed to take flight, in the truest sense of those words: The goal of the InventAIRy Project is to automatically localize and record existing inventories with the aid of flying robots.

Using robots to get more food from raw materials

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 08:16
Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? Researchers have now built a fully-functional robot in the lab to automate the process of extracting breast fillets from chickens. This is a task normally performed by skilled human hands.

Computers that teach by example: New computer system enables pattern-recognition systems to convey what they learn to humans

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 12:43
Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. Researchers have developed a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information, so that humans and computers can collaborate to make better decisions.

Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs

Thu, 04/12/2014 - 11:08
New research enables powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. Wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.

Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds

Mon, 01/12/2014 - 11:34
Teenage boys are perhaps more known for playing computer games but girls are better at making them, a study has found. Researchers asked pupils at a secondary school to design and program their own computer game using a new visual programming language that shows pupils the computer programs they have written in plain English.

Brain inspired data engineering

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:27
What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain’s structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born.

An 'eel-lectrifying' future for autonomous underwater robots

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:39
Scientists have developed and built a prototype for an eel-like robotic fish to be operable remotely, small, sophisticated and intelligent enough to operate autonomously underwater. A new form of central pattern generator model is presented, by which the swimming pattern of a real Anguilliform fish is successfully applied to the robotic prototype. Mathematical model, control law design, different locomotion patterns, and locomotion planning are presented for an Anguilliform robotic fish.

Theater arts research offers insight for designers, builders of social robots

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 14:12
Researchers have provided insight into human behavior for scientists, engineers who design and build social robots.

Robots take over inspection of ballast tanks on ships

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 10:26
A new robot for inspecting ballast water tanks on board ships is being developed. The robot is able to move independently along rails built into the tanks. At the moment, people still carry out such inspections, with ships being brought into dry dock for the purpose.

Pac-man instead of patch: Using video games to improve lazy eye, depth perception

Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:47
Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people – including adults – with a lazy eye and poor depth perception.

Social sensing game detects classroom bullies

Wed, 19/11/2014 - 15:17
Researchers have developed a computer game that can detect classroom bullies, victims and bystanders. The game's behavior analyses effectively identify classroom bullies, even revealing peer aggression that goes undetected by traditional research methods, the researchers say.

Testing if a computer has human-level intelligence: Alternative to 'Turing test' proposed

Wed, 19/11/2014 - 10:17
Researchers are offering an alternative to the celebrated “Turing Test” to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence.

Gamification for behavior change: What is it and how is it useful?

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:36
In a world where the majority of children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better.  The use of gamification -- using game design elements to teach lessons, engage, and motivate -- is starting to increase in popularity. Now gamification concepts and principles have been applied to the development of an online, multiuser, substance abuse, and relationship violence prevention game for youths.

First image-recognition software that greatly improves web searches

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:54
Researchers have created an artificial intelligence software that uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before.

Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time

Sun, 16/11/2014 - 21:10
Researchers working on artificial intelligence have taught a computer to create magic tricks. The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks which can be delivered by a magician.

Cats and athletes teach robots how to fall

Thu, 13/11/2014 - 12:32
Scientists are studying mid-air orientation and impact behavior in both cats and humans as it applies to reduced impact in falling robots, especially those that one day may be used for search-and-rescue missions in hazardous conditions.

Using 3-D printers to print out self-learning robots

Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:41
On the third floor of the Department of Informatics in a university in Norway a there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles. The robotics team are currently comparing the performance of five robots which in theory should be equally good. Three of the five robots have four legs, one has three, another has six. The fewer legs, the less energy is consumed. One of the robots is fitted with single-joint legs. The others have legs with two joints.

New research lights the way to super-fast computers

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:14
New research has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future.