Two years ago at IROS 2015 in Germany, Honda R&D presented a paper on an experimental new humanoid robot designed for disaster response. This wasn’t entirely surprising, since we’d guessed that Honda had started working on a humanoid designed to be more robust, and practical, than Asimo after the Fukushima disaster.
At the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Vancouver, Canada this week, researchers from the University of Minnesota are presenting a system that 3D prints objects directly onto a moving human body.
A collaboration between scientists at Harvard and MIT has developed a tattoo ink that can be programmed to change color in response to changes in concentration of different biomarkers. For example, rising glucose levels turn the tattoo from green to brown.
Scholars have warned that demand for low-skilled jobs will drop sharply following automation and flipping burgers is definitely on the robo-overlord menu, as CaliBurger can attest.
Fully autonomous technology is just around the corner, and it’s going to change how cars are designed forever. On the outside they’ll look pretty similar, but on the inside they’ll have no steering wheels or pedals, and will be more like a living room than a cockpit
Engineers at MIT are working on instilling robots with “socially aware” navigation, allowing them to observe humans’ code of pedestrian conduct.
DANIEL KISH SEES more than you might expect, for a blind man. Like many individuals deprived of sight, he relies on his non-visual senses to navigate the world. But people tend to find Kish’s abilities rather remarkable.
Machine learning already plays a big part in your everyday life, and its role is only going to grow. Google searches and muttered requests to Amazon’s Alexa may tap into a veiled world of clever algorithms, but these techniques teeter on something much larger: a world of self-developing artificial intelligence.
A team of engineers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium has developed a 3D-printed robotic arm that can act as a sign language translator for deaf people.
Stanford researchers claim to have developed an algorithm that “exceeds the performance of board certified cardiologists in detecting a wide range of heart arrhythmias from electrocardiograms [ECG] recorded with a single-lead wearable monitor,” according to a study published in arXiv.
The internet is about to get a lot more VR-friendly: Mozilla’s Firefox 55, rolling out now, supports WebVR, which lets you experience VR content on the web with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.