Robots of the future could learn to grasp and pick up delicate objects thanks to a new material inspired by human skin. Experts have built a tactile sensor that detects pressure and sends out an electric pulse in response to touch. As well as its applications for intelligent machines, the breakthrough could lead to prosthetic limbs that let people with disabilities feel again. Robots of the future could learn to grasp and pick up delicate objects thanks to a new material inspired by human skin. Experts have built a tactile sensor that detects pressure.
New research suggests dolphins are even smarter than first thought and can coordinate their behaviour with one another with'extreme precision'. In a new experiment, bottlenose dolphins had to press an underwater button at the same time as their partner. Scientists found they could synchronise their actions almost perfectly. The marine mammals were working so closely they pressed the button within an average of 370 milliseconds of their partner doing the same. Pictured is a triple synchronous dive by a trio of male bottlenose dolphins.
Deliveries of the future could land on your doorstep in robo-pods if a concept design unveiled by French automaker Renault comes to fruition. Its EZ-PRO electric vehicle is a fully customisable, automated lightweight van designed to overcome the last mile delivery problem faced by online retailers and others. The all-electric carriage could also serve as a versatile vehicle for customers as well. Fleets of the driverless pods can serve as everything from a coffee truck, to a delivery van and can either follow each other by'platooning' in a chain or can move independently of one another. The leader pod will house a human concierge in-charge of supervising the delivery of goods and the fleet following behind the pod.
It sounds eerily similar to the plot of an episode of Charlie Brooker's popular dystopian science fiction series Black Mirror. But China's controversial social credit system – in which all of its 1.4 billion citizens are'ranked' on their behaviour in real-time – is on track to launch by 2020. Completing community service and buying Chinese products is thought to improve your social standing, which is given as a score out of 800. Those rated'top citizens' get VIP treatment at airports, discounted loans, waived deposits on hotel and car rentals and fast-tracking to elite universities. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop your ranking, as well as buying items in supermarkets that the government doesn't approve of - such as alcohol or video games.
Google's next voice-activated device could be a smart speaker with a screen. Leaked photos claim to show a smart display, called the'Google Home Hub,' which features a 7-inch display mounted on top of a speaker. The photos give credence to previous rumors that Google may soon launch its own smart display. Google's next voice-activated device could be a smart speaker with a screen. For all of 2017, 35 million smart speakers were shipped worldwide, Canalys data reveals.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features. The change, which won't roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They'll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play Store. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system to run its dashboard. The change, which won't roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone.
The new-and-improved Aibo was first announced in August and comes at a hefty cost, with a price tag of $2,899. The tech giant said a special'First Litter Edition' will go on sale in September for the hefty price tag of $2,899 Aibo is billed as a pet that behaves like a puppy using artificial intelligence (AI) to learn and interact with its owner and surroundings. The reborn Aibo features new actuator technology allowing it move more smoothly and naturally like a real dog. With sensing and AI technologies, Aibo can run toward its owner and detect smiles and words of praise, and can remember what actions please the owner. Its eyes are made of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays making it capable of diverse expressions.
A futuristic, solar-powered yacht which can cruise the globe without stopping to refuel has been unveiled by its Swiss designers. The electric SolarImpact yacht is longer than a blue whale and topped with enough solar panels to cover a regulation-size tennis court. The boat sleeps ten people, on top of accommodation for the small crew, and is loaded with artificial intelligence that allows it to be driven by a single person. Pictured is an artist's impression of the all-electric SolarImpact yacht. The yacht is the result of five years of research by Zurich firm SolarImpact Yacht AG, which has not revealed an expected price or release date for its design.
Convoys of driverless lorries could soon take to roads across the UK with the M6/M74 corridor set to be the busiest. At least that's according to a new report that examined the routes across the country most likely to be used by firms who employ the burgeoning technology. Convoys of driverless lorries could soon take to roads across the UK, with the best routes examined in a new report by transport information firm Inrix. Platoons of self-driving lorries are expected to be trialled on England's motorways by the end of the year The second most feasible corridor would be the A1 between Sheffield and Edinburgh, followed by the M5/A38 route between Plymouth and Birmingham. The M25 London orbital motorway was selected as the road where driverless lorry technology could lead to the biggest safety improvement.
Scientists have built robot jellyfish that could one day be used to track and monitor fragile marine ecosystems. The soft robots can swim through openings narrower than their bodies and are powered by hydraulic silicon tentacles. Several of the bots have already been tested squeezing through holes cut into a plexiglass plate. In future, these so-called'jellybots' could be sent into delicate environments, such as coral reefs, without risking collision and damage. Creators of the artificial animal believe they could act as'guardians of the oceans' without interfering with the delicate wildlife.