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Cheetah-cub: A robot that runs like a cat Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:46:46 EDT
Thanks to its legs, whose design faithfully reproduces feline morphology, a four-legged "cheetah-cub robot" has the same advantages as its model: it is small, light and fast. Still in its experimental stage, the robot will serve as a platform for research in locomotion and biomechanics.
Bing voice search improves accuracy, speed Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000
In 2012, Microsoft's Rick Rashid blew an Asian audience away with a live translation of his speech into Mandarin. On Monday, Bing added some of that technology to Bing Voice Search, to cut down the processing response time of voice input into Windows Phone by half, while improving accuracy at the same time.
Repairing turbines with the help of robots Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:41:41 EDT
Compressor and turbine blades are important components in aircraft engines and gas turbines. When they become damaged, it is often cheaper to repair them than to buy replacements. Now there is a new robotassisted technique that is boosting efficiency.
Meet the Robotics Company Apple Just Anointed Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000
During Apple's keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference, it was all Apple all the time, except for one quick demo near the beginning of the event. The CEO of a relatively obscure company (as obscure as a company with $50 million in funding can be) came on stage with a plastic track and a bunch of little cars.
Marketing Automation's Missing Link: Getting Higher Conversions Using Customer Intelligence Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000
What's missing from marketing automation systems today are insights into who customers really are, beyond their demographics and one-dimensional profiles in CRM systems. With more sales forces choosing to virtually connect with prospects through the majority of a sales cycle, understanding who a prospect is beyond their title or role is crucial.
The Effectiveness Of Small Vs. Big Data Is Where The NSA Debate Should Start Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Most of the discussion around the revelations about the data collection activities of the NSA has been about the threat to our civil rights and the potential damage abroad to U.S. political and business interests. Relatively little has been said, however, about the wisdom of collecting all phone call records and lots of other data in the fight against terrorism or other threats to the United States.
'Chinese Google' Unveils Visual Search Engine Powered by Fake Brains Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of keywords. Google has long offered this sort of thing, but Baidu continues to show that it's determined to keep pace with Larry Page and company.
New tasks become as simple as waving a hand with brain-computer interfaces Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:33:33 EDT
Researchers have demonstrated that when humans use brain-computer interfaces, the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball, typing or waving a hand. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.
Anki Debuts At WWDC With An AI-Enabled Car Racing Game, Raises $50M From A16z And Others Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:04:14 +0000
Perhaps you blinked and missed the Anki Drive demo at WWDC this morning. Well, guess what? That car racing video game “in real life” is the real deal, having raised over $50 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Two Sigma to launch in the fall.From the Anki blog: “Each car is equipped with sensors and intelligent software to make thousands of decisions every second. We use mobile devices not as remote controls, but as drivers for an immersive real-world experience. And we took great care to make sure that despite everything under the hood, the final experience is intuitive and entertaining.” TechCrunch
When will my computer understand me? Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:30:30 EDT
For more than 50 years, linguists and computer scientists have tried to get computers to understand human language by programming semantics as software, with mixed results. Enabled by supercomputers, researchers are using new methods to more accurately represent language so computers can interpret it.
Deep Learning Comes of Age Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:35:08 +0000
Improvements in algorithms and application architectures, coupled with the recent availability of very fast computers and huge datasets, are enabling major increases in the power of machine learning systems. In particular, multilayer artificial neural networks are producing startling improvements in the accuracy of computer vision, speech recognition, and other applications in a field that has become known as 'deep learning.'Communications of the ACM, June 2013, Vol. 56. No. 6, pp. 13-15.CACM
Firefighting robot paints 3-D thermal imaging picture for rescuers Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:44:44 EDT
Engineers have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural fires by small Segway-like robotic vehicles. A sophisticated on-board software system takes the thermal data recorded by the robot's small infrared camera and maps it onto a 3-D scene constructed from the images taken by a pair of stereo RGB cameras.
Helicopter takes to the skies with the power of human thought Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:02:02 EDT
A remote controlled helicopter has been flown through a series of hoops around a college gymnasium in Minnesota. It sounds like your everyday student project; however, there is one caveat -- the helicopter was controlled using just the power of thought.
Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:42:42 EDT
Researchers have shown it's possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras. Using a Wi-Fi router and a few wireless devices in the living room, users could control their electronic devices from any room in the home with a simple gesture.
If Our Gadgets Could Measure Our Emotions Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500
Our devices would be more efficient if they could respond when we are frustrated, bored or too busy to be interrupted. But they would also be intrusive.
Hybrid carbon nanotube yarn muscle Wed, 29 May 2013 09:20:20 EDT
Scientists have created a high capacity yarn muscle that does not require electrolytes or special packaging. It will have a big impact in the motor, biological and robot industry.
Beer-pouring robot programmed to anticipate human actions Tue, 28 May 2013 14:36:36 EDT
Understanding when and where to pour a beer or knowing when to offer assistance opening a refrigerator door can be difficult for a robot because of the many variables it encounters while assessing the situation. Researchers have created a solution: a robot that has learned to foresee human action in order to step in and offer a helping hand.
Facial-recognition technology proves its mettle Fri, 24 May 2013 14:25:25 EDT
In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects from law enforcement video, an experiment that demonstrated the value of such technology.
Perfect skin: More touchy-feely robots Fri, 24 May 2013 13:43:43 EDT
Robots could become a lot more 'sensitive' thanks to new artificial skins and sensor technologies. Leading to better robotic platforms that could one day be used in industry, hospitals and even at home.
A tiny programmable fly's eye Tue, 21 May 2013 10:54:54 EDT
A novel curved artificial compound eye (CurvACE) has been created. Compared to single-lens eyes, compound eyes offer lower resolution, but significantly larger fields of view, thin package, and with negligible distortion.
I.B.M. Puts Watson to Work in Business Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500
I.B.M. will move its Watson artificial-intelligence technology into the business mainstream with an offering pitched as a smart assistant especially useful in industries with many customer service calls.
Photonic quantum computers: A brighter future than ever Mon, 13 May 2013 10:38:38 EDT
Harnessing the unique features of the quantum world promises a dramatic speed-up in information processing as compared to the fastest classical machines. Scientists have succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of a quantum computer -- the boson sampling computer.
More than a good eye: Robot uses arms, location and more to discover objects Mon, 06 May 2013 11:40:40 EDT
A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the information available to it -- an object's location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted -- a robot can continually discover and refine its understanding of objects, say researchers.
David Ferrucci: Life After Watson Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500
The former head of I.B.M.’s Watson project, a triumph of artificial intelligence, explains the limits to the current data-driven approach to making computers smarter and why he left Big Blue to join a hedge fund.
Robots take part in a space simulation Fri, 03 May 2013 09:41:41 EDT
The two robots Flobi and Nao worked full time for three weeks in an isolation study in Cologne. Scientists were studying how these intelligent assistance systems can help astronauts to keep fit – both physically and mentally. However, it was not just the people who were on trial, but the robots as well. The scientists were testing both their suitability and their durability. The experiment ended on Saturday.
Robotic insects make first controlled flight Thu, 02 May 2013 14:26:26 EDT
In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leaped a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air. This demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work.