Artificial Intelligence

Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-10-17 10:43
Engineers have developed a flexible sensor 'skin' that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration, which are critical to tasks ranging from cooking an egg to dismantling a bomb.

DISTRO: Researchers create digital objects from incomplete 3D data

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-10-13 07:17
Depth sensors, such as those of the Microsoft Kinect, are very powerful, but unfortunately they do not work equally well on all materials, which leads to noisy data or even missing measurements.

Future smartwatches could sense hand movement using ultrasound imaging

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-10-11 11:16
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures.

Forget about it: A material that mimics the brain

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-10-10 10:40
Inspired by human forgetfulness -- how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information -- scientists conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually 'forgets.' This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.

This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:46
How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer: just one, assuming you're talking about a newly created robotic gripper. The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.

Seeing the next dimension of computer chips

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:46
Researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to image the side-surfaces of 3-D silicon crystals for the first time. The pictures, captured with atomic-level of resolution, can help semiconductor manufacturers build the next generation of computer chips with three-dimensional features.

New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-10-05 12:42
Researchers have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures.

Teleoperating robots with virtual reality: Making it easier for factory workers to telecommute

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-10-04 12:27
Many manufacturing jobs require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could be done remotely? Researchers have now presented a virtual-reality (VR) system that lets you teleoperate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset.

Brain-controlled drones are here: What’s coming in the next five years?

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-09-29 21:04
Single unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) directed by joysticks, radio controllers, and mobile phones are already accomplishing a variety of useful tasks, such as aerial photography and security patrols. But using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, and this presents a coordination problem.

How do zebrafish develop their stripes?

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-09-28 08:31
A mathematician has thrown new light on the longstanding mystery of how zebrafish develop the distinctive striped patterns on their skin.

Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-09-27 08:23
A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space.

How old does your computer think you are?

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-09-27 08:23
Computerized face recognition is an important part of initiatives to develop security systems, in building social networks, in curating photographs, and many other applications. Systems can allow a computer to estimate with precision a person's age based on an analysis of their face.

The 3-D selfie has arrived

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-09-26 10:51
Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.

Artificial intelligence for obtaining chemical fingerprints

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-09-26 08:54
Researchers have succeeded in developing a method for predicting molecular infrared spectra based on artificial intelligence. These chemical 'fingerprints' could only be simulated by common prediction techniques for small molecules in high quality. The team was able to carry out simulations that were previously not possible.

New non-contact, remote biometric tool could be next advance in computer security

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-09-25 11:30
Forget fingerprint computer identification or retinal scanning. Scientists have now developed a computer security system using the dimensions of your heart as your identifier. The system uses low-level Doppler radar to measure your heart, and then continually monitors your heart to make sure no one else has stepped in to run your computer.

Automatic code reuse: System automatically modifies code for transfer to other programs

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-09-20 12:46
Researchers have developed a new system that allows programmers to transplant code from one program into another. The programmer can select the code from one program and an insertion point in a second program, and the system will automatically make modifications necessary -- such as changing variable names -- to integrate the code into its new context.

World's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:17
Scientists have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.

Wikipedia used to give AI context clues

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-09-19 12:04
A team of computer scientists is teaching artificial intelligence agents how to interact with the world in a way that makes sense.

One step closer to lifelike robots

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:10
Researchers have developed a 3-D-printable synthetic soft muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight. The muscle has intrinsic expansion ability and, unlike previous artificial muscles, it does not require an external compressor or high voltage equipment, signaling a breakthrough in the creation of soft robots that can move independently. The new material also has a strain density -- an ability to expand -- that is 15 times larger than natural muscle.

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-09-18 20:22
Biochemical engineers have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce "soft" robots and "smart" medical devices that do not rely on cumbersome wires, batteries or tethers.

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