Robot News

April 16, 2019

NASA Launching Astrobee Robots to Space Station Tomorrow

A pair of autonomous, free-flying robots will be on their way to the ISS It’s been a little over two years since we were first introduced to Astrobee, an autonomous robotic cube designed to fly around the International Space Station. Tomorrow, a pair of Astrobee robots (named Honey and Bumble) will launch to the ISS aboard a Cygnus cargo flight. There’s already a nice comfy dock waiting for them in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), and the plan is to […]
April 16, 2019

Roadmap for AI in medical imaging

Researchers are examining applications for diagnostic medical imaging, identifying knowledge gaps and developing a roadmap to prioritize research needs. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
April 16, 2019

How Robotics and Automation Are Changing the Construction Industry

Ready or not, advanced robotics, AI and automated hardware are all making their way into the construction industry. As these technologies are adopted on a grand scale, we’ll start to see many archaic processes upgraded — not just to be more modern, but also more efficient… Source: Robotics Tomorrow
April 16, 2019

Robots in Grocery Retail: The Questions You Need to Ask When Adopting

Automating data collection in the brick-and-mortar space continues to be an elusive goal. Yet to achieve the highest level of efficiency across the supply chain, automation is the target everyone is chasing. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
April 16, 2019

Celera Motion Case Study – Precision Rotary Axis Control

The customer required precision rotary axis control in the lowest profile form factor for multiple sequential robot arm joints. Key additional requirements included minimal movement at start-up to report absolute position… Source: Robotics Tomorrow
April 16, 2019

Could robots make a documentary about a 5K race?

A 5K race can offer both victory and heartbreak, but capturing those moments on video requires both planning ahead and making on-the-spot decisions about where the camera operators should be. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
April 16, 2019

The Buddy System: Human-Computer Teams

The highest accuracy in face recognition comes through the partnering of a human expert with face recognition software Is that him? Is she the one? A prized attribute among law enforcement specialists, the expert ability to visually identify human faces can inform forensic investigations and help maintain safe border crossings, airports, and public spaces around the world. The field of forensic facial recognition depends on highly refined traits such as visual acuity, cognitive discrimination, memory recall, and elimination of bias. […]
April 15, 2019

Inflatable Robots Are Destined for Space, If We Can Control Them

With funding from NASA, researchers are exploring how to control inflatable robots for future space missions We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, which is really too bad, because they’re weirdly excellent at being exactly the sort of robot that everybody seems to want: They’re cheap, being made of mostly fabric and rubber, and they’re very easy to fix. Relative to most other robots, they’re extraordinarily lightweight, and they pack down to a small fraction of their size once […]
April 15, 2019

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite The history of AI is often told as the story of machines getting smarter over time. What’s lost is the human element in the narrative, how intelligent machines are designed, trained, and powered by human minds and bodies. In this six-part series, we explore that human history of AI—how innovators, thinkers, workers, and sometimes hucksters have created algorithms that can replicate human […]
April 12, 2019

New method inverts the self-assembly of liquid crystals

In liquid crystals, molecules automatically arrange themselves in an ordered fashion. Researchers have discovered a method that allows an anti-ordered state, which will enable novel material properties and potentially new technical applications, such as artificial muscles for soft robotics. Source: Science Daily – Robotics