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Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to 'grow' like a plant

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 07/11/2019 - 15:59
Engineers have developed a robot designed to extend a chain-like appendage flexible enough to twist and turn in any necessary configuration, yet rigid enough to support heavy loads or apply torque to assemble parts in tight spaces. When the task is complete, the robot can retract the appendage and extend it again, at a different length and shape, to suit the next task.

Showing robots 'tough love' helps them succeed

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 06/11/2019 - 11:21
According to a new study by computer scientists, to help a robot succeed, you might need to show it some tough love. In a computer-simulated manipulation task, the researchers found that training a robot with a human adversary significantly improved its grasp of objects.

Deep neural networks uncover what the brain likes to see

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 04/11/2019 - 15:57
Researchers built deep artificial neural networks that can accurately predict the neural responses produced by a biological brain to arbitrary visual stimuli. These networks can be thought of as a 'virtual avatar' of a population of biological neurons, which can be used to dissect the neural mechanisms of sensation.

Technique helps robots find the front door

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 04/11/2019 - 14:17
Engineers have developed a navigation method that doesn't require mapping an area in advance. Instead, their approach enables a robot to use clues in its environment to plan out a route to its destination, which can be described in general semantic terms, such as 'front door' or 'garage,' rather than as coordinates on a map.

RoboBee powered by soft muscles

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 04/11/2019 - 11:28
Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged. It is the first microrobot powered by soft actuators to achieve controlled flight.

Worker robots that learn from mistakes

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 04/11/2019 - 08:32
Practice makes perfect -- it is an adage that has helped humans become highly dexterous and now it is an approach that is being applied to robots.

This AI birdwatcher lets you 'see' through the eyes of a machine

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 31/10/2019 - 12:34
It can take years of birdwatching experience to tell one species from the next. But using an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, researchers have trained a computer to identify up to 200 species of birds from just a photo. This tool goes beyond giving the right answer to explain its thinking, in a way that even someone who doesn't know a penguin from a puffin can understand.

Two-legged robot mimics human balance while running and jumping

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 30/10/2019 - 15:11
Engineers have developed a method to control balance in a two-legged, teleoperated robot -- an essential step toward enabling a humanoid to carry out high-impact tasks in challenging environments.

Artificial networks shed light on human face recognition

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 30/10/2019 - 13:26
Our brains are so primed to recognize faces - or to tell people apart - that we rarely even stop to think about it, but what happens in the brain when it engages in such recognition is still far from understood. Researchers have now shed new light on this issue. They found a striking similarity between the way in which faces are encoded in the brain and in successfully performing artificial intelligence systems known as deep neural networks.

Enabling autonomous vehicles to see around corners

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 28/10/2019 - 16:44
To improve the safety of autonomous systems, MIT engineers have developed a system that can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there's a moving object coming around the corner.

Compact depth sensor inspired by spiders

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 28/10/2019 - 16:43
Inspired by jumping spiders, researchers have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used on board microrobots, in small wearable devices, or in lightweight virtual and augmented reality headsets. The device combines a multifunctional, flat metalens with an ultra-efficient algorithm to measure depth in a single shot.

Teaching cars to drive with foresight

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 28/10/2019 - 16:43
Good drivers anticipate dangerous situations and adjust their driving before things get dicey. Researchers now also want to teach this skill to self-driving cars.

Platform for scalable testing of autonomous vehicle safety

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 25/10/2019 - 17:08
In the race to manufacture autonomous vehicles (AVs), safety is crucial yet sometimes overlooked as exemplified by recent headline-making accidents. Researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve the safety of autonomous technology through both software and hardware advances.

Artificial intelligence system gives fashion advice

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 24/10/2019 - 11:50
A computer science team has developed an artificial intelligence system that can look at a photo of an outfit and suggest helpful tips to make it more fashionable.

Swarm of tiny drones explores unknown environments

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 23/10/2019 - 17:21
Researchers have presented a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments completely by themselves. This work forms a significant step in the field of swarm robotics.

World first study with drone cameras now separates living from the dead

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 23/10/2019 - 09:35
Autonomous drone cameras have been trialled for several years to detect signs of life in disaster zones. Now, in a world first study, researchers have taken this a step further.

Pushy robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 22/10/2019 - 12:49
Researchers have compiled a dataset that captures the detailed behavior of a robotic system physically pushing hundreds of different objects. Using the dataset -- the largest and most diverse of its kind -- researchers can train robots to 'learn' pushing dynamics that are fundamental to many complex object-manipulation tasks, including reorienting and inspecting objects, and uncluttering scenes.

Artificial skin creates first ticklish devices

ScienceDaily's AI News - dim, 20/10/2019 - 08:49
A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables or computers.

New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach

ScienceDaily's AI News - dim, 20/10/2019 - 08:49
Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers have now turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users.

Darn you, R2! When can we blame robots?

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 17/10/2019 - 12:52
A recent study finds that people are likely to blame robots for workplace accidents, but only if they believe the robots are autonomous.

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