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Tiny Robots Climb Walls Carrying More Than 100 Times Their Weight

April 25th, 2015

Via: New Scientist:

The Machines Are Coming

April 19th, 2015

Via: New York Times: THE machine hums along, quietly scanning the slides, generating Pap smear diagnostics, just the way a college-educated, well-compensated lab technician might. A robot with emotion-detection software interviews visitors to the United States at the border. In field tests, this eerily named “embodied avatar kiosk” does much better than humans in catching […]

What Microsoft Was for PCs, This Company Hopes to Be for Drones

April 16th, 2015

Via: MIT Technology Review: Microsoft’s Windows operating system had a vital role in turning the personal computer into a ubiquitous technology. Jonathan Downey hopes his company Airware will play a similar part in the development of commercial drones. The startup today launched a control system for drone makers to bundle with their small aircraft. It […]

U.S. Navy Tests Autonomous, Swarming UAVs

April 15th, 2015

Via: Office of Naval Research: A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program. LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs […]

Customer Service Robot at Japanese Bank

April 14th, 2015

Via: Japan Times: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ took a first step toward employing nonhuman staff on Monday, with the introduction of a customer service humanoid robot at its flagship Tokyo outlet. Standing 58 cm tall and weighing 5.4 kg, the Nao robot will work at reception until April 23 before potentially being rolled out full […]

Amazon Gets Green Light from U.S. Regulators for New Drone Tests

April 11th, 2015

Via: Reuters: Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, less than a month after the e-commerce powerhouse blasted regulators for being slow to approve commercial drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier given the green light to an Amazon prototype drone in March, but the […]

Indian Police to Use Pepper-Spraying Drones on Unruly Protesters

April 9th, 2015

Via: AFP: Police in a northern Indian city said Tuesday they have a new weapon for controlling unruly protesters in the world’s largest democracy: pepper-spraying drones. Yashasvi Yadav, police chief of Lucknow, said his officers have successfully test-flown the newly purchased drones with a view to better crowd control. “The results were brilliant. We have […]

Robotic Co-Pilots

April 7th, 2015

Via: New York Times: This summer, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon research organization, will take the next step in plane automation with the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or Alias. Sometime this year, the agency will begin flight testing a robot that can be quickly installed in the right seat of military […]

‘BMW’s New Sensors Do the Braking for You’

April 7th, 2015

Via: Bloomberg: More than 90 percent of auto-related crashes are due to human error: a distraction, a mistake. With its new “Active Assist” technology, BMW is trying to do everything it can to take those errors out of the equation. Using laser sensors, the system effectively keeps a 360-degree vigil and will automatically and gently […]

Car Completes 99% of 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip in Autonomous Mode

April 3rd, 2015

Via: AP: An autonomous car’s recent 3,400-mile U.S. road trip proves there’s at least one thing computers do better than humans: Follow the speed limit. Auto supplier Delphi Corp. fitted an Audi Q5 with radar, cameras and laser sensors to navigate the 15-state journey from San Francisco to New York, mostly traveling on highways. The […]

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