Guidelines for implementation of industry 4. 0

The internet of things, artificial intelligence, networked production, smart homes – these are the magic words of digital transformation. While the big technology companies are already equipping their products and production with artificial intelligence, some medium-sized companies are not succumbing to its spell — yet. Scientists report in a new article how they help companies implement Industry 4.0.

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3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

Engineers have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3-D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains.

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Virtual top hats allow swarming robots to fly in tight formation

Researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don’t collide or undercut each other. They’ve also built autonomous blimps that recognize hand gestures and detect faces.

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Stretching the limits of elastic conductors

A newly developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length, says a team of scientists. The new material, produced in paste-like ink form, can be printed in various patterns on textiles and rubber surfaces as stretchable wiring for wearable devices incorporating sensors, as well as give human skin-like functions to robot exteriors.

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Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness

A recent study found that people who watched live interactions with a robot were more likely to consider the robot to have more human-like qualities.

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A few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow, Experiments show

The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research. The finding indicates that self-driving cars and related technology may be even closer to revolutionizing traffic control than previously thought.

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New robotic fish for environmental monitoring

Researchers are developing a bio-inspired robot equipped with special chemical sensors able to detect the pH of water.

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Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them

Despite significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it has been notoriously hard for computers to understand why a user behaves the way s/he does. Now researchers report that computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements.

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Can early experiences with computers, robots increase STEM interest among young girls?

Girls start believing they aren’t good at math, science and even computers at a young age — but providing fun STEM activities at school and home may spark interest and inspire confidence, suggests a new study.

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System can 3-D print an entire building

Researchers have developed a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.

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Artificial intelligence may help diagnose tuberculosis in remote areas

Researchers are training artificial intelligence models to identify tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-rays, which may help screening and evaluation efforts in TB-prevalent areas with limited access to radiologists, according to a new study.

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Robotic cheetah created

Engineers have developed a prototype cheetah robot. They have constructed a scaled-down robotic version of the fastest land animal in the world, with a view to replicating its movements. Relatively speaking, the robot moves using only about fifteen percent more energy than a real cheetah.

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