First 3D-printed, open-source humanoid robot

Watch this incredible time-lapse of the world’s first 3D-printed, open-source humanoid robot leap into life starter parts.

Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25756

via New Scientist.


Tiny Drones Deliver Bird’s Eye Views Of Hurricanes

Remote controlled aerial vehicle that gathers facts on approaching storms. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/tiny-drones-deliver-birds-eye-view-hurricanes/1671

via Inside Science.


Paralyzed Exoskeleton Wearer To Make World Cup First Kick

The robotic exoskeleton is brain controlled and will be worn by a paraplegic volunteer. The technology is made possible by basic research funding from NSF.

via Live Science Videos.


Meet Titanoboa, the Giant Robot Snake

We encounter Titanoboa, a 50-foot long mechanical snake built by the makers at the Canadian design collective eatArt. This remote-controlled snake weighs over a ton, and even has a saddle for brave adventurers to mount. Just listen to the sound it makes when it moves!

via Tested.


Robots - Science Cafe - Studium Generale

In dit Science Cafe komen twee sprekers aan het woord die vertellen over robots en de impact hiervan op ons leven, nu en in de toekomst.

duur: 01:41:05

door University of Twente.


Artificial Eye, Artificial Vision: How does my robot see? - Professor William Ayliffe

Seeing robots and blind patients with artificial vision are already a reality. What was thought impossible ten years ago is now commonplace. What will the next yen years reveal to us?

Recent technological improvements have allowed further miniaturisation of electronic components.

This has allowed the implantation of devices that can replace the initial photoreception by rods and cones in patients with absence of these cells from disease.

Artificial vision is also needed for independently mobile machines. Understanding the human visual system has also led to improvements of robot navigation. For instance programming robots with visual illusions improves their performance in complex environments. Seeing robots and blind patients with artificial vision are already a reality. Truly amazing inventions are just steps away. What was thought impossible ten years ago is now commonplace. What will the next yen years reveal to us?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website:
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/artificial-eye-artificial-vision-how-does-my-robot-see

Duration: 01:04:07

via Gresham College.


These Robot Legs Were Made for Walking

We visited Nicola Vitiello, a young researcher at the Institute of Biorobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, to check out the CYBERLEGs project he’s working on. The effort represents the cutting edge in the world wearable robotics, and is aimed at developing an “artificial cognitive system for trans-femoral amputees’ lower-limb functional replacement and assistance​.”

In other words, the project hopes to let people who’ve lost their legs walk again. Researchers are studying body movements in fine detail to both replicate and improve them, in order to allow robotic prostheses work as seamlessly as possible.​

Of course, if Vitiello and company can build robotic legs that are faster and stronger than a human’s, what’s stopping them from bringing on the cyborg revolution? Made curious and concerned by half a century of sci-fi dystopias, we spoked directly with Vitiello, who explained how the prototype legs are designed and manufactured—and promised that they’ll only be used for good.

via Motherboard.
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Freefall Camera Progress Report

Latest from the guys building a robotic freefall camera to film skydivers. Filmed and edited by James Hennessy.

More videos at: http://bit.ly/freefallcam
Follow the project at:
http://www.facebook.com/freefallcamera
http://www.twitter.com/freefallcamera
http://www.instagram.com/freefallcamera

Featuring Tom Shorten, Tom Dryden, Peter Storey and David Alatorre. This is a student project at the University of Nottingham.

Test Tube is a project for the University of Nottingham.
More at http://www.test-tube.org.uk/

via Nottingham Science.


Tyler: Robophobia

Tyler breaks down why some of us fear robots and display characteristics of ‘Robophilia’. But is it a very worthy or rational fear? That’s the question, on Thought Café Today!

via Thought Café.


Termite robots build castles with no human help

A swarm of self-organsing robots can cooperate to build structures, making decisions based on their environment with no human control.

Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25052#.UyO674UU9xM

via New Scientist Video.


Termite-Inspired Robots Can Build Unsupervised

Termites building a mound don’t need central guidance, or even to communicate directly. Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built robots that work with similar autonomy, as Dr. Justin Werfel explains.

Read more about the robots and the research:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140213-robots-building-blocks-termites-swarm-science-technology/

via National Geographic.


Robot Pets of the Future

Could you ever love a robot pet the same way you love your dog? Our need for pet companionship isn’t going anywhere, so in the future a robot pet would seem very likely. Robotic animals could reduce stress levels, provide GPS navigation, and even administer personal defense! Jonathan explores the advantages of robot pets and some exciting examples that are already available.

via FW Thinking.


Monkey’s Mind Controls Body of Avatar

Monkeys can control other monkey’s minds! Well sort of…Researchers have allowed Rhesus monkeys to control a virtual monkey, using only their minds. Could this lead to a future solution for paraplegics?

via Animalist.


Science on the Web- Why the Jade Rabbit Lunar Lander Made You Cry

When China’s Jade Rabbit lunar lander shut down unexpectedly, it was no huge surprise. You expect such things from complex gadgetry in a hostile, off-world environment. But, we didn’t expect Jade Rabbit to make us cry. Why are we so emotional over this?

via Stuff to Blow Your Mind.


Could You Fall in Love With a Robot?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is all around us. In the future, will humans and robots fall in love with each other and develop romantic relationships? It’s a popular theme in science fiction, but some experts believe this could become a reality within our lifetime. Why are human-robot relationships so inevitable, and what are the consequences? What kind of gift would you get a robot on Valentine’s Day?

via FW Thinking.