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Thijs Versloot

Rise of the Robots #Economist - 2 views

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    The Economist this week has a 14-page special on the rise of the robots. Don't expect a very indepth technical review but an interesting read nonetheless for some maybe.
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    This article nailed the issue, as far as I'm concerned.

    By the way the diagram in the Economist is hilarious.. amazing combination of American and male chauvinism!
Wiktor Piotrowski

New Scientist TV: Swarm of robot helicopters performs James Bond tune - 1 views

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    Watch out the Rolling Stones...
Wiktor Piotrowski

New Scientist TV: Robot swarm invades from ground and air - 1 views

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    A very interesting (although complicated and time-consuming) way of fetching items.
Wiktor Piotrowski

FoamBot builds a quadruped robot - YouTube - 0 views

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    an experiment at the University of Pennsylvania. It might be a bit far-fetched but I thought it might be useful when exploring new planets.
    Combined with AI the robot would able to assess the terrain and deploy another robot the shape of which would be chosen to best suit its environment. I was thinking of this in the context of exploring places on other planets which are inaccessible by regular rovers (e.g. caves on Mars).
Joris _

TED2012 Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate - 0 views

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    always impressive...
Joris _

Video: Japan's Defense Ministry Develops Awesome Ball-Shaped Drone - 1 views

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    The integration makes it pretty innovative.
Joris _

Video: Seagull Robot Takes Off And Flies On Its Own, Just Like the Real Thing | Popular... - 5 views

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    Awesome, they managed. (this is a different deal as the micro ones )
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    haha, just what they need in holland ;) anyway this is impressive !
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    really nice - must not be that easy to control, correct?
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    when we tried (http://cas.ensmp.fr/~petit/site-oiseau-np/main.htm good old time :) ) the kinematic and mechanics were the big issues.
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    this looks like a very nice project back in 2005 ...
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    Does it also attack people to capture their fish & chips like those beasts we have here in St. Ives?
Juxi Leitner

Jumping beats moonwalking - for a virtual robot - space - 18 December 2010 - New Scientist - 1 views

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    "They found that while the robot can leap to a height of 1.5 metres, such leaps put stresses on the robot's legs that make it more likely to fall over. Leaping to 0.8 metres improved stability but reduced the robot's maximum running speed. Future simulations will determine the precise trade-off between speed and stability."
Joris _

Japan plans to send a robot to the moon | The Australian - 1 views

  • the little android's oil bearings and ultrasonic sensors will not work in the lunar vacuum
  • The one-sixth gravity presents problems for stable movement, and Moon dust clogs joints.
  • the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa), the country's space agency. It runs the rockets needed to deliver their robot to the Moon and, so far, has been distinctly cool on the idea.
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    Interesting!
    I like the quote "Maybe China would allow that to be a one-way trip but, in Japan, it would have to be a return ticket" talking about a human mission ....
Joris _

Robot's space debut 'giant leap for tinmankind' - 2 views

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    a robot Juxi talked about in a report, soon in the ISS
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    They made him mute so that he can't say at some point "I'm afraid I can't do that, Barratt"...
Juxi Leitner

A Cyborg Space Race - 1 views

  • There is more discussion in the space community on how to alter entire planets to suit humans - a process called "terraforming" - than there is on changing man to suit space.
  • making the machines our "avatars" for space exploration
  • Perhaps a brain implant linking us to our robots would be the next step in space exploration, greatly reducing communication time across the vast expanse of space
Tobias Seidl

Rules for Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network Design -- Tero et al. 327 (5964): 439 ... - 4 views

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    Navigation for robtos. That's how we should have done the hybrid controller study.
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    and why didnt we?
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    Because I have no clue about fungi. They are no animals. (Neither they are plants, of which I also don't have a clue.)
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    so what are they then? ... and don't tell me "fungi" now ..
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    Well, it has always been a long discussion. Fungi are according to the most recent findings definitely no plants. Since they have always been in botanic textbooks, I would assume that they were never considered animals.No fauna, no flora, no stones. Maybe they are extraterrestrials. But that wouldn't solve the questions. Maybe they are just "fungi"?
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    what about then: "can we use them for space?"
Tobias Seidl

Cheetah, Gecko and Spiders Inspire Robotic Designs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com - 1 views

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    Bio-inspired robots. Cockroaches are also in.
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