Archive for Robotics

Finally, an easy 3D robot simulator

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2008 by flakki

3D Robot Simulator

Cogmation Robotics has released a 3D Robot Simulator and Graphical Robotic Development Environment that looks to be on first impressions much easier to use than other currently competing products. Looks like it might actually be fun too.

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Self aware robots?

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2007 by flakki

I think that’s over-inflating the title of your speech if you ask me. Still Hod Lipson’s TED conference talk on emergent order pertaining to robot locomotion was interesting. The concepts stray a little into the realm of self-indulgent pursuit of curiosity and novelty, however more the ideas could provide a base for more practical applications.

Bringing Science Fiction to the Present

Posted in Artificial Intelligence with tags , , , , on November 13, 2007 by flakki

Organic components may seem the stuff of science fiction novels, but cultured brain cells grown inVitro may be the key to a new realm of AI.

“In an Atlanta lab, minibrains in dishes can control robots and computer-simulated animals. They may provide a simple model to study how the brain changes as it learns. Georgia Tech researcher Steve Potter calls his biological-mechanical hybrids Neurally Controlled Animats. Each Animat’s “brain” consists of cultured rat neurons growing on a plate of electrodes. This live culture is linked to an artificial body—either a robotic animal or a computer-simulated one.”

Read more:
http://discovermagazine.com/2006/nov/minibrains-dishes/

Also check out the biotech driven drawings.

Treating Robots as Equals

Posted in Culture, News, Robotics, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2007 by flakki

A new study is breaking new ground by examining the way children interact with robots. While this may seem to have more to do with psychology than software development, it does serve as an indicator of how far we are progressing towards integrating robotic technology.

“The children also treated QRIO with more care and attention than a similar-looking but inanimate robot that the researchers called Robby, which acted as a control in the experiment. Once they had grown accustomed to QRIO, they hugged it much more than Robby, who also received far more rough treatment.”

http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn12879-giggling-robot-becomes-one-of-the-kids-.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

More about Javier Movellan’s research:

http://mplab.ucsd.edu/wordpress/