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Honda will focus on elder care and disaster robots rather than improvements to its iconic humanoid
Engineers have developed a simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot that they can tailor to an individual. Given a user’s body weight and size, the researchers can tune the shape and stiffness of the prosthetic foot, such that the user’s walk is similar to an able-bodied gait. They estimate that the foot, if manufactured on a wide scale, could cost an order of magnitude less than existing products.
Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking
Speed limits apply not only to traffic. There are limitations on the control of light as well, in optical switches for internet traffic, for example. Physicists now understand why it is not possible to increase the speed beyond a certain limit – and know the circumstances in which it is best to opt for a different route.
How smart technology gadgets can avoid speed limits
Researchers have now developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of each child during these interactions, using data that are unique to that child. Armed with this personalized ‘deep learning’ network, the robots’ perception of the children’s responses agreed with assessments by human experts, with a correlation score of 60 percent.
Personalized 'deep learning' equips robots for autism therapy
Researchers are using stigmergy, a biological phenomenon that has been used to explain everything from the behavior of termites and beavers to the popularity of Wikipedia, to build new problem-solving autonomous robots.
Rough terrain? No problem for beaver-inspired autonomous robot
Researchers created a material containing photochromic dyes, crystals providing structural coloration, and a colored background that mimics the color changes that animals such as frogs, chameleons, and octopuses can display. This material could display different patterns and images depending on whether it was exposed to visible or ultraviolet light, or had a white or black background, which suggests its potential application in a range of next-generation display technologies.
Recreating the chameleon: Material mimics color changes of living organisms
UC Berkeley and CMU researchers demonstrate dynamic walking on stepping stones
Roboticists have developed a faster and more accurate way for robots to grasp objects, including in cluttered and changing environments, which has the potential to improve their usefulness in both industrial and domestic settings.
Closing the loop for robotic grasping
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