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New RFID technology helps robots find household objects (w/video)

Researchers have created a new search algorithm that improves a robot's ability to find and navigate to tagged objects. The team has implemented their system on a PR2 robot, allowing it to travel through a home and correctly locate different types of tagged household objects, including a medication bottle, TV remote, phone and hair brush.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2014

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Artificial intelligence that imitates children's learning

The computer programmes used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialised. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from Gothenburg, Sweden, has now been able to create an AI programme that can learn how to solve problems in many different areas. The programme is designed to imitate certain aspects of children's cognitive development.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2014

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NASA's 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge open for registration

Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program's Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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ARCAS: Flying robots will go where humans can't

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots could be used.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2014

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Cutting the cord on soft robots

Developers from Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot - a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.

Posted: Sep 12th, 2014

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Making drones more customizable

A first-ever standard 'operating system' for drones could soon help manufacturers easily design and customize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for multiple applications.

Posted: Sep 12th, 2014

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'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet

Robo Brain - a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources - is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2014

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C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Delivery by drone

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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