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Remote Control Fighting Robot Cyborgs

These remote controlled fighting robots are called Battroborg 20, and they will be released in Japan on the 14th of July.

“The controller is a nunchaku type. When you punch with your right or left hand, the robot punches with the same hand. By combining punches skillfully, you can box via the robot. Moving forward and turning are also linked to punching. So this system enables a new style of boxing, where you hit the other robot by punching while moving around to get a good position.”

“This system uses the 2.4 GHz frequency, which is even better than infrared. It means the robot punches as soon as you make a move. So, this system feels very smooth to use.”

Robots which help women Shopping Online

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A aggregation alleged Fits.Me has afresh presented the apprentice mannequin in a changeable anatomy that helps women aces online clothes with the appropriate admeasurement for them.

Last year the aggregation developed a macho apprentice mannequin but anticipation about accretion to females too.

Now women accept the achievability to beam how clothes attending like on their body. It all functions like an online balloon allowance service. The technology can additionally be acclimated by online retailers as a plug-in.

The apparatus is meant to break the botheration affiliated with the impossibility to try the clothes a user wishes to acquirement online.

It would be absorbing to agenda that the changeable apprentice mannequin can booty hundreds of changeable anatomy shapes, allowance about 85 percent of all changeable buyers.

To use the apprentice the chump alone has to access their height, bust, waist and added abstracts online. The apprentice instantly takes the appearance according to the provided measurements, repots Cnet.

After adopting the new technology, Hawes and Curtis, clothes retailers from Britain, declared that their sales registered an access of 57 percent.

Human-powered drill for clean water By Engineering Student

The drill was created for a year-long engineering capstone project that has students solving real engineering problems with real clients. The team created the drill for WHOLives.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water, better health and more opportunities to people living in impoverished communities. The organization is currently focusing its drilling efforts on Tanzania, but it has plans to expand its operations to other countries. The project is also co-sponsored by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

The drill uses no gears or customized parts, and it can easily be taken apart, transported in the bed of a truck and reassembled within an hour.
The drill can be operated by four people. Three spin the wheel that turns the bit, and the fourth lifts the bit up and down when necessary to punch through tough spots. A water pump system removes the dirt from the six-inch-wide hole.
“At the beginning of the year we had a meeting with the sponsor, and he said that very rarely do you get an opportunity to work on a project that can change millions of lives,” said Nathan Toone, one of the student engineers who worked on the drill. “You forget that sometimes when you’re in the middle of working and setbacks and frustrations, but it’s really good to see it pay off. It has definitely paid off.”

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Latest Invention: Robot that Makes Discoveries on Its Own

Scientists at Aberystwyth University and theUniversity of Cambridge in the UK managed to create world’s first robot that can carry out its own experiments, produce hypotheses as well as make scientific discoveries. Researchers dubbed their latest invention Adam.
Working on its own, the robot-scientist already managed to find new functions for several genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also known as brewer’s yeast.
The lead-researcher of the project is Ross King, a computational biologist at Aberystwyth. He says that up till now Adam made modest findings, but all the discoveries were real. Their latest invention consists of a room equipped with different laboratory instruments. It includes 4 personal computers that work as one brain. In addition, Adam has robot arms, a number of cameras, liquid handlers, incubators and more.
Performing the Experiment
Scientists gave their latest invention a freezer with a collection of mutant strains of yeast where individual genes were deleted. The robot was also provided with a database that contained information on the yeast genes, enzymes and metabolism, as well as a supply of hundreds of metabolites.
In order to find which genes coded for which enzymes, the robot cultured mutant yeast that had a specific gene deleted. Then it analyzed the way mutant grew without a certain metabolite. In case the strain was spotted to grow not very well, Adam registered new information about the function of the deleted gene.
It is worth mentioning that Adam is able to perform over 1,000 similar experiments daily. So far, the robot came up with and tested 20 hypotheses about the coding of genes for 13 enzymes, from which 12 were confirmed by researchers, who carried out their own experiments.

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Human-Like Robots to Mimic Human Facial Expressions

British scientists at the University of Bristol developed a copycat robotic head, dubbed Jules. The head is able to mimic the facial expressions and lip motions of a human.
The robotic Jules represents an animatronic head developed by David Hanson, American specialist in robotics, who works on the creation of uniquely expressive, incorporeal heads made of flexible rubber skin which moves with the help of 34 servo motors.
The motions of a human face are monitored by a video cameraand mapped onto small electronic motors in the skin of the robotic head. The group of scientists at Bristol developed their own software that will help pass the expressions, which the video camera recorded, into commands, thus making servos generate facial motions that are similar to the real ones. But due to the fact that the robot’s motors cannot be compared to the real human facial muscles, a little artistic license was needed.
The scientists hired an actor, who performed on camera different expressions, such as happiness for example. Afterwards an animator chose ten frames showing a variety of facial expressions and set by hand the servos in the face of the robotic head to match. Such training scientists applied in order to develop software which would be able to transfer what it observes on video into similar settings of facial motors of Jules. The robotic head is thus able to mimic faces in real time at a speed of 25 frames per second, reports NewScientist.
The developers of Jules tried to make it look more realistic than its ancestors, such as the Kismet robot created by American scientists at MIT that had a mechanical metal face.
“We are really attuned to how a face moves, and if it’s slightly wrong, it gives us a feeling that the head is somehow creepy,” said Neill Campbell, the lead researcher.
“Research has shown that if you have a robot that has many human-like features, then people might actually react negatively towards it,” said Kerstin Dautenhahn, a scientist activating in the field of robotics at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.
According to Campbell, making a robot look more like human could have its advantages. When people communicate with each other they use a lot of facial expressions and those robots that would be able to mimic them, could be used in a variety of ways, such as, for instance, nursing homes.
Nevertheless Dautenhahn has doubts regarding the ethical implications of exploiting robots that look like humans for more than just entertainment. He considers that children or elderly people could mistake a human-like robot for a real person, which could lead to the development of a social relationship. Vulnerable people might think that, besides acting and looking like a human, the robot can feel like a real person.