Disney Research has built a soft robotic arm that looks like it could easily belong to a real-life Baymax, if the movie "Big Hero 6" was about to come to life. For more videos, subscribe to Mashable Daily: http://on.mash.to/SubscribeNews Give us a follow: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mashable/
Sophia is Hanson Robotics' latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon. She has become a media darling, appearing on major media outlets around the world, igniting the interest of people regardless of age, gender, and culture, even gracing the cover of one of the top fashion magazines. Her press coverage has a potential reach of over ten billion readers in 2017. Sophia is a highly sought-after speaker in business and showed her prowess and great potential across many industries. She has met face-to-face with key decision makers in banking, insurance, auto manufacturing, property development, media, and entertainment.
Fish, like most animals, have a pretty good idea of which other animals they're cool with, and which animals they're not. Very few animals are cool with humans, and fish are no exception--maybe they're afraid, maybe they're curious, and maybe they'll pretend to ignore you until you get too close, but in any of these cases, your presence is affecting their behavior. We've seen many clever examples of animal behavior researchers using robots to study their subjects up close with minimal disruption, and in a paper published in Science Robotics today, roboticists at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory describe a new kind of soft robotic spy fish that can more or less blend right in with everything else living on a coral reef. SoFi, MIT's soft robotic fish, is designed to provide close-range, minimally disruptive observations of all the fascinating and adorable animals that live underwater. The MIT roboticists (Robert K. Katzschmann, Joseph DelPreto, Robert MacCurdy, and Professor Daniela Rus) were careful to make SoFi as similar in size and behavior to a real fish as was possible, but they also had to make it completely self-contained and actually useful--SoFi isn't just a proof-of-concept for the design of a biomimetic robotic fish, it's a real research tool, with a friendly control system, and practical battery life.