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Roboticists learn to teach robots from babies

A collaboration between University of Washington developmental psychologists and computer scientists has demonstrated that robots can 'learn' much like kids - by amassing data through exploration, watching a human perform a task and determining how best to carry out that task on its own.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2015

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Research into pub communication with robot James

A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers investigated how a robotic bartender can understand human communication and serve drinks socially appropriately.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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A row-bot that loves dirty water

Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, researchers have developed the Row-bot, a robot that thrives in dirty water. The Row-bot mimics the way that the water boatman moves and the way that it feeds on rich organic matter in the dirty water it swims in.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2015

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Reading the signs

Technology for fast and efficient detection of hand poses could lead to enhanced human-computer interactions.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2015

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Robots learn to walk (w/video)

Researchers have developed a robot whose gait comes closer than ever before to that of humans. The results of their study could also be used to develop better prostheses.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2015

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Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing

Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger using shape memory alloy, a 3-D CAD model of a human finger, a 3-D printer and a unique thermal training technique. This bio-inspired robotic finger could ultimately be adapted to use as a prosthetic device, like a prosthetic hand.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2015

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