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SpotMini isn't exactly what you call “adorable." Boston Dynamic introduced their latest robot dog that can help out around the house. (via Boston Dynamics)   There are two things guaranteed in life: death and dishes. No matter how much time you spend at the sink scrubbing and scrapping yesterday's pasta sauce, they always come back like some bad horror movie. But it's 2016, shouldn't we have advanced robots to take care of these chores for us? Robotics company Boston Dynamics may hav ...
  The Solar Impulse is 90 percent done with its world-wide trip. The Solar Impulse runs entirely on solar energy and has crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific. (via Solar Impulse)   Solar is the go-to choice for alternative energy. Anything from simple household lights to subway trains have the ability to run on sun power. But perhaps more amazing is the Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered on the sun's energy alone. The plane is amazing on its own, but last week it achieved an even bi ...
Trucks latch on to wires overhead allowing them to not use fossil fuels. Siemens and Scania join forces to test the world's first electric highway. (Photo via Scania)   I am skeptical of this old idea. Cities used to be covered in similar suspended power lines. In the long run, is this a feasible option?   It seems everything in our world is switching to electric power: electric cars, electric subways, and electric scooters. But, driving down an electric powered highway? If you l ...
  As Google’s AlphaGo super program takes out the world’s leading Go players, tech innovators like Elon Musk are growing more and more weary of a robot takeover. In response, Google is working on a robotic kill switch to ensure humans maintain the regime.   Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer DeepMind’s AlphaGo program is now a force to be reckoned with in the Chinese game of Go. After beating one of the best players in the world, humans ever ...
German architects recently developed one of the world’s first robotic canopy’s that not only builds itself autonomously, but also gauges how large it must be based on the number of visitors at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. (via V&A twitter)   German architects Achim Menges and Moritz Dörstelmann, along with climate engineer Thomas Auer and structural engineer Jan Knippers recently created one of the most innovative architectural structures in the world. ...
  This exosuit remembers the way different users move. A team out of SRI International have developed a robotic powered exoskeleton suit that may help those with limited mobility. (via SRI)   With the latest advance in wearable technology, walkers and canes could be a thing of the past. The latest trend in hi-tech wearables is moving away from tracking fitness stats and shirts that light up to helping the elderly and those with limited mobility back on their feet. A team out of SRI I ...
A young patient walks around in an exoskeleton suit made just for him. The Spanish National Research Council have created and are currently testing a child-sized exoskeleton suit for those suffering from SMA. (vai CSIC)   Mobility-enhancing exoskeletons are nothing new. They're amazing devices that help disabled people freely walk and move around. But a new exoskeletons created by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is unlike anything seen before. The CSIC have developed the world ...
Scientists create bionic leaf that's more efficient than natural photosynthesis, secretly hoping this new process will be used for fuel and eliminate major greenhouse gases. (image not related)   We all remember plant week in grammar school biology and learning about photosynthesis. It's something so common we don't really think about it, unless you're a scientist. It seems researchers have been thinking about it a lot lately since they have used the process for a new system that aims to b ...
This little guy can tell you the meaning of life. The Longquan (Dragon Spring) Temple teams up with Chinese tech companies to create this talking monk robot. (picture via NYT)   You wouldn't expect modern technology to pop up in the monk lifestyle, but in today's world anything is possible. Even Buddhist monks can't stay away from robots. The Longquan (Dragon Spring) Temple in Beijing, China is spreading Buddhist teachings via a cute two foot tall robot monk. The robot, named Xian'er, is me ...
AI has been in development for decades, but now it might actually have a practical use. Bill Gates recently started an initiative to use it for personalized learning in the classroom.   Artificial Intelligence has been a topic of interest for decades. Everyone wants to know if man will eventually be replaced by machine. Given IBM’s Watson recent fail at dressmaking, humans can rest assured machines can’t replace us entirely. So what can they do? Bill Gates thinks they can rep ...
This new 20 Kilowatt wireless charging system for EVs may make “plugging-in” obsolete. Wireless charging of Electric Vehicles is become a more viable and affordable option. The current model can deliver 20 Kilowatts and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is planning to make a more powerful charger for buses and trucks.  (Image via: Oak Ridge National Laboratory)   Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have just innovated a wireless charger for Electric Veh ...
Researchers from the Leibniz University of Hannover recently announced they are teaching robots to feel pain. Through the development of an artificial nervous system, robots will be better able to detect danger, and better protect humans, too.  (via Leibniz University of Hannover)   To what extent would we treat robots differently if robots felt pain? We will soon have to answer that question, as researchers from Germany’s Leibniz University recently announced the development of ...

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