RadarCat gives computers a sense of touch

With the help of a new system from Scotland’s University of St Andrews, a computer or smartphone may soon be able to tell the difference between an apple and an orange, or an empty glass and a full one, just by touching it. The system draws from a database of objects and materials it’s been taught to recognize, and could be used to sort items in warehouses or recycling centers, for self-serve checkouts in stores or to display the names of objects in another language.

read more: theverge.com

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

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