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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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April 8, 2015

Jumbo Robotic Ants Could Be Factory Workers of the Future

German engineers have designed robotic ants that, like real ants, work as a team to accomplish a task in the most efficient manner possible.
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April 3, 2015

Octopus Robot

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles.Most fast aquatic animals are sleek and slender to help them move easily through the water but cephalopods, such as the octopus, are capable of high-speed escapes by filling their bodies with water and then quickly expelling it to dart away.Inspired by this, scientists from the University of Southampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology built a deformable octopus-like robot with a 3D printed skeleton with no moving parts and no energy storage [...]
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February 4, 2015

From Science Fiction to Reality: The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence – Wired

What was once just a figment of the imagination of some our most famous science fiction writers, artificial intelligence (AI) is taking root in our everyday lives.
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January 10, 2015

Meet Hector – The Six Legged Spider Inspired Robot

Hector is a stick inspired robot that was created at Bielefeld University, Germany in 2011 by a team of researchers. They are now working on installing walking capabilities into this robot. Hector is the abbreviation of Hexapod Cognitive Autonomously Operating Robot and according to the team, this research will also help biologists who are interested in movement of animals.

Usually 6-legged robots walk by making use of a tripod or through some other predefined pace of legs. This amazing robot, however, has no predefined gait. Which is to say it has a flexible leg control, thus enabling it to tackle rough surfaces with each leg being able to decide on its own about where and [...]

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January 2, 2015

Artificial intelligence: Brain-training for baseball robot

Researchers have created a model of the cerebellum comprising over 100,000 ‘neurons’ – which was implemented on dedicated hardware for parallel computing known as a graphics processing unit (GPU) – s able to train a robot to accurately hit a ball bowled in real-time.

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January 2, 2015

Robo turtle may take plunge for tough tasks

Latest turtle robot capable of performing more complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting, and operates on a self-charge mode.

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January 2, 2015

Underwater robotics: Analyzing the propulsion of a soft robotic fish

Propulsion by undulation entails complicated interplay between body deformation and fluid motion. Developing high performance robots by utilizing such complex dynamics is a main goal of the research on robotic fish.

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December 18, 2014

Cats and athletes teach robots to fall (w/video)

Georgia Tech studies mid-air orientation and impact behavior in both cats and humans as it applies to reduced impact in falling robots, especially those that one day may be used for search-and-rescue missions in hazardous conditions.

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December 18, 2014

Robots to become just another household device, like a television or a microwave oven

The most important humanoid robots in the world have a date in Spain next week at Humanoids 2014.

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December 18, 2014

Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time

Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks.

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