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One of the biggest car-making companies in the world, Daimler, is changing the game of commercial transportation and protecting the environment at the same time, with its new electric trucks. An example of the electric truck from Daimler. (Image via Daimler)   At first, it was the electric car, but now self-driving cars are all the rage. Many believe that only non- commercial vehicles can be autonomous. However, the reality is that every automotive company is in the run for both self-driv ...
Norman may be scary sounding, but he’s meant to show how AI can be bias when trained on bias information.   Blockbuster movies like I, Robot and Ex-Machina don’t exactly paint artificial intelligence and robots in the best light. The late Stephen Hawking wasn’t shy about his reservations regarding AI either. So, it’s probably better that he doesn’t know about MIT’s latest terrifying creation. Researchers at MIT created Norman, the world’s first &l ...
A new device gives an opportunity for drivers to communicate with others on the road, in a respectful and fun manner. Few possible emojis available to display on CarWink (here in a car’s rear windshield). (Image via the CarWink Kickstarter)   Some of the daily human interactions, verbal or non-verbal, happen on the roads. Both drivers and passengers sometimes feel the need to express their opinion about other users’ behavior. Whether warranted or not the communication is not al ...
Invented in the 80s by Charles Hull, 3D or three-dimensional printing is a technique of printing objects by mixing and shaping the desired material in layers that lead to a three-dimensional item. The story goes that Hull’s 3D printing at the time used a .stl file format to read information from a CAD file, then electronically fed it to the 3D printer. Today there are a number of techniques to 3D print, but it is the uses of that type of printing that could change the world as it is today. ...
A robotics company based in the UK, is digging into the possibility of introducing more human-like robots to the world. The company’s latest innovation is a robotic system that will serve as the foundation to build any humanoid. Mesmer’s skeleton. (Video via engineeredarts.co.uk)   Engineered Arts is a British company dedicated to creating the best products in robotics. The company’s expertise has been expressed in many projects and many institutions such as the Glasgow S ...
Recently, NVIDIA revealed their researchers have developed a new system using unique deep learning that allows a robot to learn through human function/action. The idea here is to make it an interesting spin for the robot to learn by having it develop some sort of communication between robot and human - ideally, the robot would have the ability to observe and copy the human in every move and action a human makes. The team is also hoping this will be beneficial in the future when robots and humans ...
Coradia iLint, a new and sophisticated alternative to diesel trains has been introduced by French multinational Alstom. The introduction comes after realizing that a replacement needs to be taken into effect as the more common diesel-powered trains are getting expensive, are noisy and hazardous to the environment. Not only that, but the older trains are running on infrastructures that have been outdated by decades and sometimes, centuries and is very costly to upgrade the rail system. That's whe ...
A group of researchers built the smallest house in the world to demonstrate the efficiency of a new technology that would change the face of robotics. The House built by the nano-factory. (All images via FEMTO-ST's Published Journal)   The tiny house movement is redesigning the face of the Real Estate industry across the world. Even though tiny living started as far back as the cavemen, the tiny house movement as known today really picked up in the 80s and 90s. The 2009 crisis was probably ...
The effect of climate change has spawned concerns around the globe, particularly in the American West where the areas of concern have turned into a thirsting region. A perfect example of this can be found in Cape Town, South Africa where severe droughts have become a familiarity to those who reside in this area. This in effect, had caused water shortage to become an increased concern since 2015 when it all started.   Cape Town's taps nearly ran dry earlier this year, thus putting the city ...
The technique will allow for a lighter weight and less fuel consumption. General Motors 3-D Prototype. (Image Credit: General Motors)   3-D printing has been in the industry for a good amount of time in various shapes and forms for the manufacturers. To benefit from this new development, both General Motors and the software company, Autodesk Inc. have teamed up to create 3-D car parts that will help with its proposed plan to add 20 new electric battery and fuel cell batteries worldwide by ...
To celebrate Earth Day and the numerous efforts to keep Earth clean, Apple created a new robot which will contribute further to the recycling movement has adhered to. Apple Robot Daisy. (Image via Apple)   Global warming, a subject that is rejected by some people as being a hoax, is a term used to talk about the fact that Earth is becoming a warmer planet every moment. While there are many causes for the continuous rise in temperature, some like the use and disposal of electronics are easi ...
I know this isn’t that electronic in nature, but it’s amazing.   Scientists have mutated an enzyme that can break down plastic bottles, and the discovery was made by pure accidental discovery. It's a beneficial discovery because of how it can enable the recycling of plastic bottles which could also help the global plastic pollution issue.   The efficiency of the bacteria decreases the time it takes to consume plastic and makes it more recyclable. The effectiveness will ...
Aquabotix has made a new appearance with scientific studies and some new advancements in their technology. The robotics company has come up with something totally new and different - something that will provide support for research and enhance it based on the drones' studies and what data they're able to gather. The name, SwarmDivers, suggests what it is - a micro unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV) that dives underwater to gather data. The swarm of drones only r ...
A new product in robotics could help all skiers improve their performance. Prototype of ROAM SKI mounted on a skier. (Image via ROAMrobotics)   Every time there is a new movie, especially about a superhero, it is common to see a crowd at movie theaters. We all love the idea of a superhero, we want to see them be real. Some of us strive to make that happen.   One of the most iconic of super hero movie is certainly Iron Man, a man who wears a robotic suit – and probably the most ...
Cambridge University created a robot mimic named Charles. Charles still has a lot to learn but he is really good at reproducing people’s facial expressions. Charles mimics a subject next to him: Charles on the right, subject on the left. (Image via Cambridge University)   In a quest to verify how applying human behaviors to robots improve their interactions with people, Cambridge University’s department of technology created the robot known as Charles. The secret of CharlesR ...