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The kitchen robot is just one of the new projects housed in NVIDIA’s new Seattle lab (Photo from NVIDIA)   NVIDIA now has a new lab in Seattle that will serve as home for all its robotics projects. Research scientists and students from the University of Washington will work in the lab under NVIDIA’s senior director of robotics research Dieter Fox. He describes the lab as bringing together “a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of experts in robot control and perception, ...
The researchers found that plants modified to bypass photorespiration could increase their biomass by 40%. (Image credit: RIPE)   It’s common knowledge plants take sunlight and CO2 to make the energy they need to grow. A long time ago, the process of converting that energy was easy as there was more CO2 in the air, and thus plants flourished. As oxygen became the more dominant gas, plants figured out how to filter out oxygen molecules in favor carbon dioxide (known as photorespiratio ...
First ever image of the moon’s far side and South Pole-Aitken basin landing location of CNSA’s Chang’e 4 probe. (Image credit: CSNA)   The China National Space Administration’s made history on January 3rd when it successfully landed their Chang’e 4 autonomous lander at the South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the moon and sent back the first ever images captured from that location via their Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) satellite. Many details of the mission, ...
The journey of the self-driving car started in 1925 when the inventor Francis Houdina put on the streets of Manhattan a radio-controlled car with no driver. People at the time really thought it was a trick from the famous illusionist Houdini, especially since both names are similar. Needless to say, the invention was not accepted at the time; but Houdina would be pleased to know he was on to something. Today, almost 100 years later, self-driving cars are not just an idea, not even a prototype, b ...
Pair of Lovots, Groove X explained on their website that the robots in a pair are connected and can feel each other’s “emotions”; when one is being hugged, the other might come around asking for a hug too. (Image from lovot.life)   When it comes to robots, most people think of a machine made to ease human life. Robots are generally practical inventions, which have only one purpose: do the tasks humans don’t want to or can’t do. While every country on the plane ...
The Autoware Foundation has been established with collaborations from Linaro, Japan-based company Tier IV and auto-driving software firm Apex.AI. The foundation is an open-source platform for autonomous vehicles based on Tier IV's Linux/ROS Autoware software. The foundation is a non-for-profit organization meant to provide growth, initiate and fund open-sourced projects with Autoware.AI, Autoware.Auto and Autoware.IO.  Autoware.IO will contain platform support based on 96Boards products, ve ...
The company has developed a car door that opens automatically when the driver approaches the vehicle. Mark Ormrod testing out Jaguar Line Rover's new car door prototype. (Credit: Jaguar Land Rover) Jaguar Land Rover has created a car door that opens automatically whenever the driver gets in close proximity with the vehicle. Motion sensors and keyless entry technology are the main features being used on the prototype to detect the driver's presence. The car door can also be operated with hand g ...
The robot named ‘Boris’ featured at the Putin Youth Forum was just a man wearing an Alyosha the Robot costume from Show Robotics. (Image credit: Show Robotics)   The Russian state news agency Russia-24 was on hand reporting live at a Russian robotics forum for teens held several days ago, where companies highlight the latest in robotic hardware to get kids interested in the industry. One robot, dubbed Boris, captured the spotlight for its seemingly fantastic dancing skills and ...
Untethered control of the T-HR3 robot is done over a 5G mobile network, Master Maneuvering System, and VR headset. (Image credit: Toyota)   Think of it as a present-day Avatar platform, but instead of controlling bio-humanoid beings, you’re controlling Toyota’s T-HR3 robot from up to 6-miles away. Toyota recently announced conducting a successful demonstration of controlling the robot using their Master Maneuvering System (MMS) over Japan’s DOCOMO cellular 5G network. Pre ...
Strange but true. A new video shows a robot aboard ISS getting emotional while Nvidia introduces their new AI systems that can radically change how 3D realistic images and environments are created. Just because Cimon is a robot doesn’t mean he can’t throw a fit every now and again. (Photo via Airbus)   Did you ever imagine that an AI algorithm could create realistic images faster than a game developer? Or that a robot could throw a tantrum? It sounds like something from The Oni ...
Elowan features electrodes placed around the plant's roots and soil and takes minute plant signals to drive the robot where it needs to go. (Image credit: MIT)   Plats are just like people in certain ways; they need food, water, and light to thrive- take any one of those away, and the plant will begin to wither and eventually die. While some plants can extend their limbs or foliage to get what they need (sunlight/water), others lack that kind of mobility and remain stationary relying on na ...
Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian X robot needs little human interaction and can lay up to 1000 bricks per hour. The one-armed robot in action. (Photo from Fastbrick)   Australian Robotic technology company Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) Limited has created a robot that’s out for our construction jobs. The one-armed bricklayer, dubbed Hadrian X, recently built its first house in under three days making it a world first. The bot built a 180-square meter three-bedroom, two-bathroom in less t ...
Researchers at MIT have employed a fleet of drones with the same system found in self-driving to be more effective in search and rescue missions. This new system doesn’t rely on GPS, which is often non-existent in forested areas. (Photo & video via MIT)   Drones are being used for more things aside from delivering your Amazon package. They’ve been employed in search and rescues missions proving to be effective tools. Unfortunately, this doesn’t hold up when conducting ...
Mochibot shows the world it can never have too many legs to move around. A 32-legged robot that can traverse on all types of terrain features a unique design and movement. (Image Credit: Keio University and University of Tokyo)   Legged robots may be superior to wheeled robots when it comes to traveling on different terrain, but walking robots always have an increased risk of falling over. Which can make it difficult for a two or four robot to get back on its feet if the need ever arises. ...
New video from Boston Dynamics shows the quadruped robot dancing and moonwalking. (Video from Boston Dynamics)   This past summer, Boston Dynamics, known for making eerie robots, revealed that the SpotMini will be available for sale in the near future. Now, Spot gets to show off its impressive dance moves in a new video. The company recently posted a clip of Spot dancing to the smash hit “Uptown Funk.” Meant to show off its mobility, the bot shakes, wiggles, and steps in tune w ...