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Robot eyes will benefit from insect vision

The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot in the hopes of improving robot visual systems. The project - which crosses the boundaries of neuroscience, mechanical engineering and computer science - builds on years of research into insect vision.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2015

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Using Minecraft to unboggle the robot mind (w/video)

Researchers are developing a new algorithm to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments. It's designed to help robots be more useful in the real world, but it's being developed with the help of a virtual world - that of the video game Minecraft.

Posted: Jun 8th, 2015

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Insect mating behavior has lessons for drones

Can understanding insects' mating behavior be useful for robotics research? Yes, according to two entomologists whose research using computer simulations shows that such insect behavior has implications for airborne robots (drones) that ply the sky searching for signature odors.

Posted: May 29th, 2015

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Cheetah robot lands the running jump (w/video)

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs - making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.

Posted: May 29th, 2015

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Standard knowledge for robots

What do you know? There is now a world standard for capturing and conveying the knowledge that robots possess - or, to get philosophical about it, an ontology for automatons.

Posted: May 22nd, 2015

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Robotic sonar system inspired by bats

Engineers have taken the first steps toward building a novel dynamic sonar system inspired by horseshoe bats that could be more efficient and take up less space than current man-made sonar arrays.

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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