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university of washington

Bumblebees bearing high-tech backpacks act as a living data collection platform

By | bees, Biotech, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, Science, TC, university of washington, Wearables

There’s lots of research going into tiny drones, but one of the many hard parts is keeping them in the air for any real amount of time. Why not hitch a ride on something that already flies all day? That’s the idea behind this project that equips bumble bees with sensor-filled backpacks that charge wirelessly and collect data on the fields they visit.

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Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings

By | Gadgets, lasers, Robotics, Science, TC, university of washington

Making something fly involves a lot of tradeoffs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold enough energy to do so. Insect-size drones have had that problem in the past — but now this RoboFly is taking its first flaps into the air, thanks to the power of lasers.

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Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

By | allen institute for artificial intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Science, university of washington

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets, and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited way of course. By observing the behavior of A Very Good Girl, this AI learned the rudiments of how to act like a dog.

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