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Creating our robotic allies

When we think of having our own handy multi-purpose robots, we tend to picture something out of Star Wars or The Jetsons - but the useful technology of the 'future' may not be as far off as we think. Researchers show how robots can become our best allies.

Mar 10th, 2022

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Fingertip sensitivity for robots (w/video)

Striving to improve touch sensing in robotics, scientists developed a thumb-shaped sensor with a camera hidden inside and trained a deep neural network to infer its haptic contact information.

Feb 24th, 2022

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Introducing Nikola, the emotional android kid

Researchers have made an android child named Nikola that successfully conveys six basic emotions - happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust - which were generated by moving 'muscles' in Nikola's face. This is the first time that the quality of android-expressed emotion has been tested and verified for these six emotions.

Feb 16th, 2022

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How robots learn to hike (w/video)

To navigate difficult terrain, humans and animals quite automatically combine the visual perception of their environment with the proprioception of their legs and hands. This allows them to easily handle slippery or soft ground and move around with confidence, even when visibility is low.

Jan 24th, 2022

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