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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