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Helping robots learn to walk

A two-legged robot can learn to walk on different surfaces thanks to computer code that mimics the natural adaptability of humans.

Feb 28th, 2014

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Robotic technology in the service of fashion

Two companies receiving support from the Business Incubator in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid's Science Park are innovating the field of fashion by using technology based in robotics. Samsamia is launching a mobile application - Dresscovery - that identifies a bag just by taking a photo of it, while beMee is creating a system, called Proximus, that locates people visiting a shopping mall in order to better serve them.

Feb 27th, 2014

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Robotic construction crew needs no foreman (w/video)

Inspired by termites' resilience and collective intelligence, a team of computer scientists and engineers has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, and no communication: just simple robots - any number of robots - that cooperate by modifying their environment.

Feb 19th, 2014

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Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move

The weakly electric black ghost knifefish of the Amazon basin has inspired Northwestern University's Malcolm MacIver to develop agile fish robots that could lead to a vast improvement in underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs or repair damaged deep sea oil rigs.

Feb 16th, 2014

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Herding robots (w/video)

A new system combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots - or other 'multiagent systems' - to collaborate in unprecedented ways.

Feb 12th, 2014

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Maybe robots should, like, hedge a little

Before long, robots will be giving us helpful advice, but we don't want them to be snippy about it. Research at Cornell and Carnegie Mellon universities suggests that if they sound a little less sure of themselves and throw in a few of the meaningless words humans are fond of, listeners will have a more positive response.

Feb 10th, 2014

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