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RUTH testung the chair surface (via Ford)   In an effort to provide potential customers with a level of comfort specifically centered on personal preference, Ford has hired a type of robotic comfort contraption called RUTH to deliver us from the ‘one-size-fits-all’ standard. RUTH (Robotized Unit for Tactility and Haptics), a modified packaging arm, features 6 joints that enable it to simulate human motor skills which allows it to test multiple criterion such as softness, roughne ...
  From pleasing to frightening, robots built to imitate humans can be creepy, very creepy. In fact, according to the “uncanny valley principle” the more lifelike robots become to humans, without exactly replicating them, the more disdain the living have toward them. The “valley” refers to a drop in a graph of comfort level as robots become more lifelike. FACE (Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions) is a robot built to make robots less creepy by possessing more li ...
Constructable - What the system can do (via Hasso Platner Institute)   Have you ever wanted to plan, design and construct a project while using just one system over all the various tool we deal with now? That is precisely what a group of engineers from Hasso Platner Institute’s Human-Computer Interaction Group succeeded in designing. The interactive drafting table, known as ‘Constructable’ (yes it’s a play on words), combines both the drafting table and production eq ...
Mobot (cia UC Davis)   Until recently, robots have been designed as a learning tool for either classroom-based or lab-based with only a few people having access to them. This is changing with the introduction of the modular robot known as ‘Mobot’. Designed by UC Davis engineering professor Harry Cheng and his former graduate student with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The modular robot is intended to help educate kids in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineerin ...
I'm always happy to say it: maintenance people are the ones who keep the world turning.  This isn't worth noting because their job is fundamentally harder than other jobs.  It's not because they do something that others cannot. It's because theirs is a craft of delivering, and delivering now.  In addition to having the skills to take another person's work (or errors) and make them sing again, these men and women need to respond instantly and be at the top of their game until the j ...
  Kickstarter brings the world so many technological innovations. Here is another:     Robotic arms can come in handy and with a hefty price tag. Certainly a robotic crane for picking up dirty laundry or shooting an intriguing angle for a film would be far too much trouble for the regular person. But inventor and engineer, Ken Ihara of New York has developed DIY kits to build your own crane at a remarkably affordable price while learning about computer science and engineering. & ...
  Robots have already beat humans in chess, and at the University of Tokyo, Ishikawa Oku has developed a robot that will always win at rock paper scissors (or “janken” in Japan).   It achieves a 100% winning rate by analyzing 1000 frames per second that allow it to react milliseconds before the match is over. The robot only needs 1 ms to see the shape your hand is starting to make and it reacts to counter your move before you can tell it cheated.   Watching 1000 fr ...
HOAP-3 robot (via Beziers Technology Institute)   OK, so maybe student Tirosh Shapira, from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, isn’t really a Jedi, but computer scientists from the international VERE (Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment) group provided the next best thing; letting him control a robot from over 1000 miles away using only his mind. The VERE project is a multi-national conglomerate of scientists working towards the goal of giving disabled people the opportunity to i ...

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