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Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

By | Artificial Intelligence, Berkeley, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, TC

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before.

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Watch the ANYmal quadrupedal robot go for an adventure in the sewers of Zurich

By | Artificial Intelligence, ETH Zurich, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science

There’s a lot of talk about the many potential uses of multi-legged robots like Cheetahbot and Spot — but in order for those to come to fruition, the robots actually have to go out and do stuff. And to train for a glorious future of sewer inspection (and helping rescue people, probably), this Swiss quadrupedal bot is going deep underground.

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This robotic hose-dragon could jet its way into burning buildings

By | Asia, Dragons!, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, TC

While hose-toting drones may be a fantasy, hose-powered robo-dragons (or robotic hose-dragons — however you like it) are very much a reality. This strange but potentially useful robot from Japanese researchers could snake into the windows of burning buildings, blasting everything around it with the powerful jets of water it uses to maneuver itself.

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Robot posture and movement style affects how humans interact with them

By | Artificial Intelligence, disney research, Gadgets, Hardware, Robot Human Interaction, Robotics, robots, Science

It seems obvious that the way a robot moves would affect how people interact with it, and whether they consider it easy or safe to be near. But what poses and movement types specifically are reassuring or alarming? Disney Research looked into a few of the possibilities of how a robot might approach a simple interaction with a nearby human.

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