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Ubergizmo's Best of CES 2017

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Out of the tens of thousands of new products, applications and services introduced at CES, here are the ones who caught our eyes. Without further delay, here are the products we think you should know about, Ubergizmo's Best of CES 2017 (in no particular order): Samsung is betting its TV lineup on LCD Technology with the most advanced Quantum-Dot technology demonstrated at CES 2017. Called QLED, this display technology uses a new generation of Quantum Dots, which are tiny nanotech elements that are embedded in displays. Quantum Dots can help control the light spectrum and make LCD color filters exponentially better. Good enough to compete with OLED in quality at a more affordable price.


Wolverine Superhero Inspires Self-Healing Material for Robot Muscles

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Along with an entire generation of comic book fans, Chao Wang grew up following the exploits of Wolverine, a.k.a Now an assistant professor of chemistry at University of Califormia, Riverside, Wang recently paid tribute to his childhood hero, in a chemical engineering sort of way. Wang and a group of collaborators have developed a transparent and stretchable material that could give future robots the ability to heal rapidly, similar to Wolverine's handy superpower. According to the research team, the space-age material could power artificial muscles that mend themselves after injury or normal wear-and-tear. Researchers say that the artificial skin represents the first time scientists have created an ionic conductor that's stretchable, transparent and able to heal itself.


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IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Whitney says the device has greater torque per weight (torque density) than highly geared servos or brushless motors coupled with harmonic drives. And more significant: To build an autonomous robot, you'd need a set of motors and a control system capable of replacing the human puppeteer who's manually driving the fluid actuators [below]. John P. Whitney: The original motivation was the same as for the MIT WAM arm and other impedance-based systems designed for human interaction: Using a lightweight high-performance transmission allows placing the drive motors in the body, instead of suffering the cascading inertia if they were placed at each joint. We are learning that many of the "analog" qualities of this system will pay dividends for autonomous "digital" operation; for example, the natural haptic properties of the system can be of equal service to an autonomous control system as they are to a human operator.


Brits predict how technology will take over our lives in the next 20 years

Daily Mail

Twenty years ago mobile phones had huge aerials and drones were little more than science fiction. Yet, in another 20 years, robots could outnumber human beings, drones will deliver pizzas to our doors and doctors' appointments could be conducted by virtual reality, according to a new survey. Our clothes could also be permanently connected to the internet, flights into space could be routine and spare organs will be printed on demand. The survey, which was conducted by YouGov and surveyed 2,000 people, marks the start of London Technology Week 2016 The results identify healthcare as one of the key industries for change. Respondents predicted that they will no longer visit the doctor when they get ill but will instead consult their GP from home using virtual reality technology.


Machine Learning in Marketing - Information Management Group Ltd.

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In The Secret War of Lisa Simpson, an episode of (you guessed it) The Simpsons that aired in 1997, a cadet camp commander addresses his prepubescent graduates with a rousing speech that prepares these lowly grunts for a future filled with nothing more heroic than… well, grunt work. 'The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea', the commander announces, 'They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today, remember always your duty is clear: to build and maintain those robots'. It's easy to laugh at this (it's funny, after all), and was particularly so in 1997, when the notion of robots taking over our lives still belonged more or less in science fiction, not in the headlines of major news outlets.


'We Hardly Understand Anything': Rodney Brooks On Artificial Intelligence

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If you're going to talk about robots, there's no better person to talk with than Rodney Brooks. He's the former director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He's also co-founder of two companies: iRobot, maker of the Roomba, and now Rethink Robotics. He's spent his entire life thinking about robots and artificial intelligence. He sat down with us to talk how he built his first machine, what technology we have yet to tackle and why Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are wrong to fear the future of robots.


Video Friday: Whiskered Robot, Haptic Jamming, and Humorous Humanoid

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

We tried to include videos from many different areas of robotics: control, sensing, humanoids, actuators, exoskeletons, manipulators, prosthetics, aerial vehicles, grasping, AI, VR, haptics, vision, and microrobots. In addition, we tested the performance of the individual gripper components, the aerial vehicle's ability to transfer force to the cups, the system's ability to grip inclined surfaces, and finally the vehicle's ability to grasp a multitude of objects using various numbers of cups. The arm control scheme enables adjustments based on errors in hand position and posture that would be impossible to achieve by finger motions alone, thus allowing the fingers to grasp an object in a laterally symmetric grasp. We propose a space carving approach to design optimal link geom- etry maximizing structural strength and joint limits while minimizing link mass.


Robot Performs Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself

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It carefully scans soft, sticky intestinal tissue and delicately weaves stitches with unmatched surgical precision. The surgical bot is named STAR, or Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, and it just performed the world's first autonomous, soft-tissue surgery. STAR is the creation of a team of computer scientists and medical researchers led by Peter Kim, a biochemist at the Children's National Health System in Washington D.C. "Current robotic surgery is'teleoperated', [meaning that] every step and every movement of the robot, is directed by the surgeon," says Axel Krieger, a robotics expert with the team at Children's National Health System.


Ping pong and robotics: A match made in heaven

ZDNet

Enter Trainerbot, the smart ping pong robot with a wicked serve. Harrison started working on a ping pong robot made from a household garbage can. Puma has developed a racing robot to push runners, with the idea that competing against an opponent helps improve athletes' performance. For a totally customizable game, users can control the motors via a mobile app.


Do you Trust a Robot?

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Just as industrial robots don't look like humans, robots with artificial intelligence don't think like humans. The breakthrough victory of Deep Blue, IBM's supercomputer over the then world champion, Garry Kasparov, was based on sheer processing power combined with massive data storage capability. While Japan and Germany dominated the industrial robotic industry, China and USA are racing to dominate the deep learning robotic space. The researchers now claim to have managed to make STAR work autonomously.