The first ‘robots’ were made of flesh and bone

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A new system devises hardware architectures to hasten robots’ response time — ScienceDaily

Contemporary robots can move quickly. “The motors are fast, and they’re powerful,” says Sabrina Neuman. Yet in complex situations, like interactions with people, robots often don’t move quickly. “The hang up is what’s going on in the robot’s head,” she adds. Perceiving stimuli and calculating a response takes a “boatload of computation,” which limits reaction […]

Samsung’s new robots will do the dishes and nag you to get offline

He could make a huge mess and those robots would clean it, but they would also judge him for it. (Samsung /) Imagine a robot the size of a kitchen trash can is rolling around your home, nagging you to get off the computer and go outside before you get into the fourth hour of […]

Fish-inspired robots coordinate movements without any outside control — ScienceDaily

Schools of fish exhibit complex, synchronized behaviors that help them find food, migrate and evade predators. No one fish or team of fish coordinates these movements nor do fish communicate with each other about what to do next. Rather, these collective behaviors emerge from so-called implicit coordination — individual fish making decisions based on what […]

The Boston Dynamics robots are surprisingly good dancers

At this point, we’ll watch the Boston Dynamics robots do basically anything. In their latest YouTube adventure, the squad of robots dances to the 1962 Contours classic “Do You Love Me?” and it’s as weird as it is adorable. The video features a pair of the company’s vaguely humanoid Atlas robots that do the running […]

Army research leads to more effective training model for robots

IMAGE: New Army research reduces the unpredictability of current training reinforcement learning policies so that they are more practically applicable to physical systems, especially ground robots. These learning components will permit… view more  Credit: (Photo illustration / U.S. Army) ADELPHI, Md. — Multi-domain operations, the Army’s future operating concept, requires autonomous agents with learning components to […]

More effective training model for robots — ScienceDaily

Multi-domain operations, the Army’s future operating concept, requires autonomous agents with learning components to operate alongside the warfighter. New Army research reduces the unpredictability of current training reinforcement learning policies so that they are more practically applicable to physical systems, especially ground robots. These learning components will permit autonomous agents to reason and adapt to […]

Robots encourage risk-taking behavior in people — ScienceDaily

New research has shown robots can encourage people to take greater risks in a simulated gambling scenario than they would if there was nothing to influence their behaviours. Increasing our understanding of whether robots can affect risk-taking could have clear ethical, practical and policy implications, which this study set out to explore. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, […]

A magnetically-controlled hydrogel for octopus-like robots

A gelatin-based hydrogel allows researchers to create a flexible, remote controlled robot capable of squeezing through tight spaces. Creating flexible, shape-changing robots has been a major goal in the field of robotics in recent years, as soft robots are more compatible with human-made environments and are better suited for delicate tasks compared with their rigid […]

New control strategy dynamically changes transmitter currents for optimal wireless charging in moving devices, such as robots and electric cars — ScienceDaily

Wireless power transfer has proven to be quite useful in electronic devices such as medical implants and smartphones. In most cases, this is done by aligning or “coupling” two separate coils of wire (transmitter Tx and receiver Rx). The electrical current circulating in the Tx coil then creates a magnetic field that transfers energy to […]