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AI & Robotics News and Discussions
Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:09 PM
Not every masters thesis will earn you street cred in a pool hall, but this one will. Thomas Nierhoff, from the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering at the Technical University of Munchen in Germany, programmed a two armed robot to shoot billiards…and to do it well. The bot, with seven degrees of freedom in each arm, was able to sink easier shots with up to 80% success, which isn’t quite world class level, but definitely beats my skills. Watch Nierhoff’s pool protege sink five balls in a row in the video below. Presented at last month’s ICRA conference in Shanghai, Nierhoff’s work demonstrates how advanced research robots are getting better at performing complex cognitive tasks. More than ever it looks like it’s a question of when, not if, robots will match humans in all kinds of physical feats. The answer: sooner than you think.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:28 AM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 07:20 PM
If you're accident prone, you'll probably be glad to let a robot prune your trees for you. Tin Lun Lam and his team at The Chinese University of Hong Kong are developing a worm-like robot to assist humans with forestry - or even replace them altogether (see video above).
Treebot is the first autonomous robot that can tackle climbing a tree that it has never encountered before. To achieve this, the team developed a system that uses tactile sensors to sense a tree's shape. Its design is inspired by inchworms: actuators in Treebot's body allow it to crawl up and down while a claw at each end lets it grip onto the trunk or branches.
Treebot uses touch sensors rather than cameras to sense its surroundings - an efficient system which saves on computational power. However touch information is more limited: Treebot can't detect which branches would provide the fastest route up a tree, for example. The team is now working on a way for the robot to optimise its path and make its way up faster.
This research was recently presented at the ICRA conference on robotics and automation in Shanghai, China. Check out our round-up of the most fascinating designs presented at the event here.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:37 AM
Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:03 PM
Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:32 AM
Welcome the latest singing sensation from Japan! A robotic mouth was demonstrated at Robotech 2011 that not only talks but can also sing. Hideyuki Sawada, Professor from Kagawa University displayed his creation by making the “mouth” to recite a Japanese children’s song, “Kagome, Kagome.” The mouth was able to replicate the singing with the help of vocal cords, vocal tract nasal cavity, auditory system and lung trachea.
Read more - http://www.crazyengi...an-singing-615/
Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:37 PM
Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:54 PM
How people can sit and watch documentaries like Terminator and the Matrix yet still develop robots is beyond me.
Because the Matrix and Terminator are just fiction. Robots and other technologies have the potential to create heaven on earth.
Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:04 PM
Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:46 AM
by Jason Wright | posted: July 31, 2011
The company who is responsible with the production of iPhones and many more computer components is looking to cut their labor expenses by hiring 1 million robots in 3 years.
Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of Foxconn said that they will replacing some of it workers with the robots to improve efficiency and eventually cut the rising labor expenses. The said robots will be programmed to do routine and simple operation such as welding, spraying, and assembling which are now mostly conducted by their current human workers.
Currently, the Taiwanese company has employed 10,000 robots and the total number will be jumped to 300,000 next year and 1 million within three years, according to Gou.
Being touted as one of the largest maker of computer components in the world, Foxconn has assembled products for top electronic companies such as Sony, Apple and Nokia.
Despite getting lucrative contracts with the mentioned companies, Foxconn has created a string of controversies in their Chinese plants where many cases of committed suicides by their workers has happened in the past. Some points it to the tough working conditions in their work place.
Foxconn currently employs 1.2 million human workers, with about 1 million of them are coming from the Chinese mainland.
Posted 03 August 2011 - 07:45 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:07 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:10 PM
Robots are about to invade our lives.
From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists say we will soon be welcoming their creations into our homes and workplaces.
Researchers believe we are on the cusp of a robot revolution that will mirror the explosive growth of the computer revolution from the 1980s onwards.
They are developing new laws for robot behaviour, and designing new ways for humans and robots to interact.
"I think robotics technology will change who we are, just as eyeglasses and fire changed who we were before," says Rodney Brookes, robotics entrepreneur and former director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Commercially available robots are already beginning to perform everyday tasks like vacuuming our floors.
The latest prototypes from Japan are able to help the elderly to get out of bed or get up after a fall. They can also remind them when to take medication, or even help wash their hair.
"Current robots are not human like. For example they are things like automated beds and wheelchairs," says celebrated roboticist Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan. He believes the time is coming when robots start looking less like machines, and more like us.
"Everything is becoming automatic, and that means everything is a robot. People want to have a better interface."
"Elderly people don't like using a computer interface, but they can talk with a robot," says Prof Ishiguro.
"In the near future we are going to use more human-like robots, I really think so."
Prof Maja Mataric at the University of Southern California, one of the leading proponents of social caring robots, agrees. "I'm very excited about the fact that today in robotics we have machines that are sophisticated enough to be put together with people in a daily life setting," she says.
"A major point to keep in mind is that people will need human-machine interaction in the future."
Read the rest: http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-15146053
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