A Future With Multi-Legged Robots. Some people are afraid of a future where robots roam the world and people have little to do. Robots or androids that look like humans are probably the least scary of the many options for robot designs. The most scary robot we could design might be one that looks like […]
Advanced Robots Need Advanced Software. As humans we take for granted the our minds and bodies know how to perform day to day functions like riding a bicycle or driving a car. When we were learning these skills, we have to master each piece of the process, one at a time. Then eventually as we […]
Autonomous Robot Diver Takes To The Sea. It seems that technology is going to let us explore places that either are too dangerous or too expensive for humans to go. At the same time are we giving up the thrill of personal exploration and the spirit of discovery that has pushed mankind to where it […]
Robot Ping Pong At The Next Olympics? Am I the only one that has noticed that lately machines are beating humans at some of our favorite pass-times? Let’s see, the world’s chess expert is an A.I. and the world’s best Jeopardy player is an IBM super computer named Watson. Supposedly Watson is also good at […]
Designing The Perfect Construction Robot. In the US, the federal government has long debated the need to improve the nations infrastructure of roads and bridges ( don’t forget high speed internet or the lack of it.) Maybe in 2018 there will be some amount of investment pointed at this that is hoped to drive thousands […]
The Robot Child. Robotics and artificial intelligence science are coming together to give us the coolest new humanoid robot prototypes. Since A.I. is a new science ( relatively) what better way to try it out then load it into a baby robot body! I mean what a perfect venue to learn and experiment while still […]
The Age of Robot Musicians. Robots and artificial intelligence advances are opening opportunities in some areas that may be unexpected. How about music? Can a machine play an instrument along with human members of a band? Can a machine compose and play music that is meaningful and interesting to humans?
The Challenge In Developing Robot Skin. If domestic robots are every going to accepted as human-like, there will need to be improvements in the materials used for skin. Our skin is actually the largest organ on our body and acts not just as covering for our muscles but also a huge sensor for hot.cold, […]
A Career As A Robotic Surgeon. There are so many jobs that look like they now can easily and economically be replaced with a robot or artificial intelligence package of some kind. It is easy to see how autonomous vehicles will someday replace taxi, bus and train drivers. Airline pilots maybe are harder to visualize […]
The New Field Of Smart Marine Robotics. We have probably all heard about self driving vehicle technology and have seen some of the latest cars from Uber and Google using the technology. You may not know that what makes this possible is the use of sensors, video cameras and the very latest in artificial intelligence […]
Training Robots To Work With Us. Robots are changing – again. Now for industrial robots the buzz word is co-bot, short for collaborative robot meaning it is meant to work either with other robots or more interestingly, humans. Regardless of the cute name robots that are able to work safely with and around humans will […]
New Cutting Edge Robot Tech For University Robotics Lab. There are some companies that are making some of the cool advances in robotics. Funding is coming not just from defense department spending research but from companies working to develop commercial products. On of these companies in Agility Robotics who I am sure you will be […]
The New Science Of Material Robotics. Material research is the backbone of many technological areas. Everything from smart phones, to outerwear and spacesuits rely on advances in materials properties and processing to make improvements or step changed in their products. This is also true for the fast changing field of robotics where these machines are […]
The New Field of Emotional Robotics . Even though robots have been used in manufacturing to replace people for over two decades, their design has never really looked or acted human. Industrial robots tended to be huge steel monsters that did repetitive tasks at faster and faster speeds. These machines were programmed by human specialists […]
The Future for Robotic Limb Research – Brain to Computer Connection. Advancements in robotic science are now making it possible mechanically to fabricate fully functioning robotics limbs not just for creating robots that resemble the human body but also as replacements for amputee patients. The challenge is to provide a way for the patient to […]
What To Do With A Robotic Cockroach. Robots do not always have to be huge lumbering metal monsters or starting to resemble their human creators. Nature has given us many examples perfected through evolution and tested by time of so many different types of biological mechanisms. These examples can be used to give engineers new […]
A.I. Gives Us Unmanned Robotic Boats. Autonomous vehicles rely on artificial intelligence programs to able to read real world data and make important decisions regarding the safety of pedestrians and passengers. AI science has progressed to the point where we will likely see autonomous taxis and buses on city streets inside of five years.
Soft Robotics is the specific sub-field of robotics dealing with constructing robots from highly compliant materials, similar to those found in living organisms. Classical robotics using heavy strong inorganic materials to give the machine strength and endurance as they are designed to perform tasks of lifting or assembly.
Unlimited Applications of Artificial Intelligence? Artificial intelligence research is spreading to many companies, governments and universities as everyone tries to jump on the bandwagon for what many believe is the next wave or step change in software design. AI is now being used for everything from real estate planning to interpreting video records.