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Folding robots: No battery, no wire, no problem

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 19/07/2017 - 14:09
Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.

Empowering robots for ethical behavior

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 18/07/2017 - 10:35
Scientists have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Rather than trying to make a machine understand complex ethical questions, the concept is based on robots always seeking to keep their options open, and doing the same for the humans around them.

Helping robots learn to see in 3-D

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 14/07/2017 - 16:49
While it's relatively straightforward for robots to 'see' objects with cameras and other sensors, interpreting what they see, from a single glimpse, is difficult. New technology enables robots to spot a new object and recognize what it is, whether it is right side up or upside down, without examining it from multiple angles. It can also fill in the blind spots in its field of vision and 'imagine' any parts that are hidden from view.

Research makes robots better at following spoken instructions

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 13/07/2017 - 15:48
A new software system helps robots to more effectively act on instructions from people, who by nature give commands that range from simple and straightforward to those that are more complex and imply a myriad of subtasks.

Why you might trust a quantum computer with secrets, even over the internet

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 12/07/2017 - 11:06
Researchers have proposed a way you could use a quantum computer securely, even over the internet, explains a new report.

Teaching personal care robots about human poses

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 11/07/2017 - 09:28
A research group has developed a method to estimate various poses using deep learning with depth data alone. Although it requires a large volume of data, the group has realized a technology which efficiently generates data using computer graphics and motion capture technologies. This data is freely available, and expected to contribute to the progress of research across a wide range of related fields.

Computer that reads body language

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 06/07/2017 - 14:31
A computer has been created that understands the body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time -- including, for the first time, the pose of each individual's fingers.

Tracking humans in 3D with off-the-shelf webcams

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 05/07/2017 - 11:33
Whether it's for computer games, motion analysis in sports, or even medical examinations, many applications require that people and their movements are captured digitally in 3D in real-time. Until now, this was possible only with expensive systems of several cameras, or by having people wear special suits. Computer scientists have now developed a system that requires only a single video camera. It can even estimate the 3D pose of a person acting in a pre-recorded video, for instance a YouTube video.

Seeing the colored light: Bee brains open way for better cameras

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 03/07/2017 - 17:00
Cameras in drones and robots have trouble dealing with detecting color when the light is changing. But bees, it turns out, have a mechanism that solves this problem and that can be used to improve cameras.

3D-printed robot aims to fight cancer

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 03/07/2017 - 12:11
The world’s smallest and most accurate 3D-printed biopsy robot has been revealed by developers.

Milking it: A new robot to extract scorpion venom

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 03/07/2017 - 08:33
A new scorpion-milking robot designed to extract venom could replace the traditional manual method. Scorpion venom is used in medical applications such as immunosuppressants, anti-malarial drugs and cancer research, but the extraction process can be potentially life-threatening.

Hackers could use brainwaves to steal passwords, study finds

ScienceDaily's AI News - sam, 01/07/2017 - 08:17
EEG headsets, growing in popularity among consumers, need better security, suggests a team of researchers who say that hackers could use the items to steal passwords.

Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 29/06/2017 - 14:29
As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, an article states that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and beneficial use of direct brain-machine interaction.

Dual-arm construction robot with remote-control function

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 29/06/2017 - 08:51
A new concept construction robot has been developed for disaster relief situations. This robot has a double swing dual arm mechanism and has drastically improved operability and mobility compared to conventional construction machines.

Engineers design a robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 28/06/2017 - 14:49
Researchers combined gecko-inspired adhesives and a custom robotic gripper to create a device for grabbing space debris. They tested their gripper in multiple zero gravity settings, including the International Space Station.

Hacking the human brain: Lab-made synapses for artificial intelligence

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 28/06/2017 - 09:58
One of the greatest challenges facing artificial intelligence development is understanding the human brain and figuring out how to mimic it. Now, one group reports that they have developed an artificial synapse capable of simulating a fundamental function of our nervous system -- the release of inhibitory and stimulatory signals from the same 'pre-synaptic' terminal.

Hey Siri, an ancient algorithm may help you grasp metaphors

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 27/06/2017 - 15:26
Ask Siri to find a math tutor to help you 'grasp' calculus and she's likely to respond that your request is beyond her abilities. That's because metaphors like 'grasp' are difficult for Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant to, well, grasp. But new research suggests digital helpers could someday learn the algorithms that humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.

System of quadcopters that fly and drive suggest another approach to developing flying cars

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 26/06/2017 - 12:43
Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibilities: Imagine machines that could fly into construction areas or disaster zones that aren't near roads and then squeeze through tight spaces on the ground to transport objects or rescue people.

Recognition technology a step closer to use in courtroom

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 21/06/2017 - 16:59
Brain-based memory recognition technology may be one step closer to court. A report suggests American jurors can appropriately integrate the evidence in their evaluations of criminal defendants, which could ultimately lead to an additional expert witness on the stand.

Face recognition system 'K-Eye'

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 15/06/2017 - 10:07
Scientists have developed a semiconductor chip, CNNP (CNN Processor), that runs AI algorithms with ultra-low power, and K-Eye, a face recognition system using CNNP.