‘Sweating’ Robots Edging Closer to Being Human

‘Sweating’ Robots Edging Closer to Being Human

A trio of roboticists at the University of Tokyo have designed two of the most advanced humanoid robots yet. Thanks to their human-inspired musculoskeletal structures and extreme flexibility, the robots, named Kengoro and Kenshiro , can engage in a number of impressive human-like actions like sit-ups, push-ups, and even stretches. However, the most surprising aspect is their ability to exercise and even break a sweat.

The machinery that allows these tendon-driven robots to more accurately mimic a human heats up, requiring water to circulate through the robot’s special porous aluminum frame to cool it. This allows the heated water to escape as vapor through the frame’s porouses to accomplish the cooling.

The video below shows Kengoro, the most advanced of the […]

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Healthy Eating Resolution

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Healthy Eating Resolution

We’re in the throes of putting our 2018 intentions into practice and, let’s face it, we can all use a little extra reinforcement. Committing to a healthier year is much more than just piling kale onto your plate. If you really want to create good food habits that stick you have to add an element of fun and deliciousness.

There are three main components that will insure that a meal is satisfying—in both flavor and substance—and good for your body. Before you force down another salad you might not want, consider these elements of a healthy and delicious meal:

There’s no way you’re going to make a healthy eating habit go the distance if the food (especially the plant foods) doesn’t […]

Wireless Power: Fli Charge Branches Out

Wireless Power: Fli Charge Branches Out

Cliff Weinstein, CEO of Fli Charge, shows the company’s forthcoming second version of the "FLIway" charging plate. As I wrote several times last week, various forms of wireless power were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, methods of juicing a gadget without using cables.

The main contender, of course, is the technology that has become the standard bearer, Qi. That technology powers Apple ’s ( AAPL ) iPhone X , as well as most models these days of Android-based phones.

There were also competing initiatives, such as the highly controversial efforts of startup Energous ( WATT ) to make into a reality the sending of power via radio waves.

And then there are the innovations of the magnetic […]

German Scientists Create Ultrafast Robot Arms from DNA

German Scientists Create Ultrafast Robot Arms from DNA

Illustration: Technical University of Munich Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have given a big boost to DNA-based robotic systems by using electric fields to speed up their movements by five orders of magnitude over previous DNA systems.

Prior to this work, which the German scientists descibe in today’s issue of the the journal Science , the main issue preventing previous DNA-based molecular machines from operating faster was that they were dependent on DNA’s molecular cues.

For example, most DNA-based molecular machines previously were operated by a variety of DNA molecular manipulations, including DNA hybridization with externally added DNA “fuel strands,” the action of DNA-cutting enzymes , a change in buffer conditions (such as pH levels), or […]

Facebook’s AI chief doesn’t like Sophia the Robot

Facebook’s AI chief doesn’t like Sophia the Robot

Sophia the robot, the Twitter account-wielding robo-sapien who gained Saudi Arabian citizenship last fall, has her fair share of critics. Developed by Hanson Robotics, the humanoid bot got into a Twitter feud with Chrissy Tiegen earlier this month. Now, Yann LeCun, Facebook ‘s head of AI research, has spoken out against the social robot.

Hanson Robotics’ CEO has said in the past that Sophia is “ basically alive ,” but LeCun says she is more like a puppet. As Quartz explains , Sophia is a mix of robotics and pre-programmed, situation-specific code. She has three main modes: a research mode where she can answer simple questions about what she observes in her surroundings, a speech-reciting mode that uses canned responses […]

This Robot Will Assist Humans with the Maintenance of other Robots

This Robot Will Assist Humans with the Maintenance of other Robots

SecondHands is a robot designed to help fix other robots . This helpful bot is a product of a collective project called SecondHands that aims to investigate how humanoid robots can work together. Supported by the European Union initiative called Horizon 2020 program, SecondHands is a collaboration between UK automated warehouse company Ocado, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and other research institutions like EPFL, UCL, and Sapienza University of Rome.

SecondHands, aims to “design a robot that can offer help to a maintenance technician in a proactive manner… as a second pair of hands that can assist the technician when he/she is in need of help.”

The team has developed a prototype robot using the sixth iteration of the ARMAR robot […]