System of quadcopters that fly and drive suggest another approach to developing flying cars

Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibilities: Imagine machines that could fly into construction areas or disaster zones that aren’t near roads and then squeeze through tight spaces on the ground to transport objects or rescue people.

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Beyond bananas: ‘Mind reading’ technology decodes complex thoughts

New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to “mind read.”

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Moisture-responsive ‘robots’ crawl with no external power source

Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power.

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Face recognition system ‘K-Eye’

Scientists have developed a semiconductor chip, CNNP (CNN Processor), that runs AI algorithms with ultra-low power, and K-Eye, a face recognition system using CNNP.

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Robot uses deep learning and big data to write and play its own music

A marimba-playing robot with four arms and eight sticks is writing and playing its own compositions in a lab in the USA. The pieces are generated using artificial intelligence and deep learning.

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Energy-efficient cleaning robot

State-of-the-art solar cells are efficient — but are even more so when they are kept clean. A cleaning robot enables solar panels to deliver at full capacity.

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Tactile sensor gives robots new capabilities

Eight years ago, researchers unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact with an object to provide a remarkably detailed 3-D map of its surface. Now, by mounting GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms, two teams have given robots greater sensitivity and dexterity.

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Successful field experiments with autonomos drones

Researchers have performed a successful field experiment with autonomous drones. In two or three years, it will be possible to use this technique for aerial inspection of wind turbines, say the investigators.

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Meet the most nimble-fingered robot ever built

Roboticists have a built a robot that can pick up and move unfamiliar, real-world objects with a 99 percent success rate.

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Artificial intelligence predicts patient lifespans

A computer’s ability to predict a patient’s lifespan simply by looking at images of their organs is a step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research.

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Interactive tool helps novices and experts make custom robots

A new interactive design tool enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3-D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators.

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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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