New Boston Dynamics wheeled robot unveiled

A robot called “Handle”, built from the Google owned company Boston Dynamics, was unveiled in a leaked investor presentation. It has wheels, is self balancing and able to carry heavy weights. A broad product range of Boston Dynamics robots is also covered within this video, so it gives a nice overview.

Robots will support us in many, even unexpected, tasks and are one of the most expressive ways to bring machine intelligence to (our) live(s).

Bearbot, a cute universal remote at your command

Created by Mu Design in Luxembourg, the motion control device can be taught to control numerous household devices such as air conditioning, TV, connected light bulbs, thermostat, alarm and more! Thanks to a revolutionary 3D gesture recognition sensor, Bearbot can detect your multiple movements and translate them to wanted actions. The Bearbot can also surprise you with a cute yawn or sneeze!

http://mu-design.lu/#bearbot

World’s first tattoo by industrial robot

Within the Autodesk Pier 9 Artists in Residence program, the french company Appropriate Audiences has shown  a robot, which is tattooing a shin. One of the bigger challenges is to handle the uneven surface of the human body. The result is looking very neat and is showing the very high precision of the machine.

Robots will support us in many, even unexpected, tasks and are one of the most expressive ways to bring machine intelligence to (our) live(s).

More information: www.appropriateaudiences.net

Drones can be controlled via thoughts

Researchers at the Arizona State University have found a way to control drones with your thoughts. Before the commands are going to be send wirelessly to the drones a scullcap is used to collect the “navigators” brain activities which are processed with a software.

Even if you need to be highly concentrated and a special software and besides the fact that this system currently work with a set of just four drones it shows impressively what the combination of human thoughts and software is able to come up with.

More Information: https://asunow.asu.edu

RoboCup WM 2016

In the shadow of the famous EM 2016 soccer tournament in France, 3.500 participants and their 1.200 robots competed for the world championship title at the RoboCup 2016 event in Leipzig / Germany.
In the soccer tournament, this year the robots were challenged with a new situation: the arena ground was plastered with synthetic turf, color markers on the ground, which helped the robots orientate, were removed. Dramatic, irritating things like in the currently ongoing real soccer EM happened here, as you can see in the video!

Robots will support us in many, even unexpected, tasks and are one of the most expressive ways to bring machine intelligence to (our) live(s).

More information: robocup2016.org

Boston Dynamics – SpotMini, the giraffe robot

Boston Dynamics has shown a miniaturized version of the robot “Spot” which can be equipped with an elongated neck. It is a fascinating machine with high level of precision, paired with a kind of natural movement.

Robots will support us in many, even unexpected, tasks and are one of the most expressive ways to bring machine intelligence to (our) live(s).

More information: www.theverge.com

A.I. foosball-table

Some students (computer engineering) at the Brigham Young University created an artificial intelligence foosball-table which is able to beat human foosball-players. The software tracks with the help of a camera (positioned over the table) the ball and operates the rods and players – and behaves like a human player: It anticipates, kicks and even scores.

This project impressively shows that computers do have the chance to assume human tasks – and sometimes operate much more faster.

More information: https://news.byu.edu