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Drones can Fly in Windy Conditions with the New Insect-Inspired Arm Technology

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 17 2019 Delivery via drone is great—on an ideally, sunny day. But can they function when it is windy? The majority of drones cannot endure wind due to their fixed-arm design. A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles that works in windy conditions, is more energy-efficient and can handle a larger payload. (Image credit: Purdue University) A scientist from Purdue University has developed a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles that functions in windy conditions, is more energy-efficient and can tackle a larger payload. Our drone design was inspired by the wings and flight patterns of insects. We created a drone design with automatic folding arms that can make in-flight adjustments. Xi...

UCLA Researchers Develop New Artificial Intelligence System to Improve the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 17 2019 A research team at UCLA has created a novel artificial intelligence system that can aid radiologists to enhance their potential to diagnose the aggressive disease, prostate cancer. Authors Ruiming Cao, Dr Steven Raman and Kyung Sun. (Image credit: UCLA) Known as FocalNet, the system helps in identifying and predicting the aggressiveness of prostate cancer by assessing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The system reads MRIs with almost the same level of precision as experienced radiologists. Tests were conducted in which FocalNet was shown to be 80.5% accurate when it came to reading MRIs, whereas radiologists with a minimum of one decade of experience were only 83.9% accurate. Background MRI is used by radiologists for detecting and evaluating the ag...

Researchers Create Innovative Robot that Autonomously Drives Interlocking Steel Sheet Piles into Soil

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 17 2019 Flooding and erosion can be controlled through physical barriers erected along the developed riverbanks. In arid areas, check dams can aid in restoring damaged landscapes and retaining soil post rainfall. In the case of construction projects, metal plates can offer support for excavations, retaining permanent foundations, or walls on slopes. (Image credit: Harvard University) The above applications can be tackled by using sheet piles, which are basically elements folded from flat material and pushed vertically inside the ground to stabilize soil and create walls. Soil needs to be properly stabilized for sustainable management of land in various industries like agriculture, mining¸ and construction; and degradation of land is a major catalyst for climate ch...

New Learning System Improves Robots’ Abilities to Mold Materials

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 17 2019 A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a learning-based particle simulator, could give industrial robots a more refined touch — and it may have fun applications in personal robotics, such as modelling clay shapes or rolling sticky rice for sushi. In robotic planning, physical simulators are models that capture how different materials respond to force. Robots are “trained” using the models, to predict the outcomes of their interactions with objects, such as pushing a solid box or poking deformable clay. But traditional learning-based simulators mainly focus on rigid objects ...

MIT Researchers Develop a Recycling Robot

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 17 2019 Every year trash companies sift through an estimated 68 million tons of recycling, which is the weight equivalent of more than 30 million cars. [embedded content] A key step in the process happens on fast-moving conveyor belts, where workers have to sort items into categories like paper, plastic and glass. Such jobs are dull, dirty, and often unsafe, especially in facilities where workers also have to remove normal trash from the mix. With that in mind, a team led by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a robotic system that can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic. The team’s “RoCycle” system includes a soft Teflon hand that uses tactile sensors on its fingertips to detect an o...

Ambarella and Momenta Launch HD Mapping System for Autonomous Vehicles

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 16 2019 Ambarella, Inc. a Santa Clara, California-based manufacturer of high-resolution video processing and computer vision semiconductors, and Momenta, an autonomous driving technology company based in Suzhou, China, recently reported a joint HD mapping platform for autonomous vehicles. The joint solution leverages Ambarella’s CV22AQ CVflow computer vision system-on-chip (SoC) and Momenta’s deep learning algorithms to deliver HD map solutions, including localization for autonomous vehicles, mapping, and map updates through crowdsourcing. Image credit: Ambarella, Inc. HD map is essential to autonomous driving systems. Ambarella’s CV22AQ CVflow computing platform has made it easier for Momenta to deploy and upgrade our HD map software and algorithm on embedded sys...

EPFL Doctoral Student Develops Algorithms to Map Out Forests Using Aerial Remote Sensing

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 16 2019 Undoubtedly, forests are an integral part of the global ecosystems and a major indicator of the Earth’s health. Useful resources are obtained from forests, like wood for heating and construction; forests also protect against avalanches and erosion, filter rainwater, and can be utilized various leisure pursuits. An EPFL doctoral student has come up with methods to map out forests more effectively using aerial remote sensing, in support of on-the-ground forest inventories. (Image credit: EPFL) Due to these and many other reasons, the development of forests has to be monitored through systematic forest inventories. Apart from being conditioned to the observers’ subjectivity, on-the-ground inventories are laborious and expensive and can only be performed in re...

Drone-Based Survey of Antarctic Sea Ice Provides Detailed Characterizations

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 16 2019 A team led by Chinese researchers has publicized the fine-scale surface features of the Antarctic sea ice by using drones to obtain high-resolution images and data, according to a research reported in the international journal Remote Sensing. Related Stories In 2016 and 2017, scientists from Beijing Normal University took part in China’s 33rd Antarctic expedition. With the help of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “Polar Hawk-III,” they gathered remote sensing data of sea ice in the east Antarctic, to offer assistance for China’s research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon). Chinese scientists have for the first time used drone technology in surveying and mapping huge areas of Antarctic sea ice. Formerly, scientists had to take a ...

HRG Robotics Showcases Golden Partner Position and Robot Services at Automate 2019

HIT Robot Group (HRG Robotics or “the Group”), one of China’s leading robot manufactures, has presented its golden partner position to tap into the Chinese market at Automate 2019 in Chicago, a major event in North America devoted to automation industry trends. The Group has also showcased its latest lineup of robotic products. HIT Robot Group at Automate 2019 in Chicago. China is in the midst of a booming market for robotic products, and companies have urgent needs for an automation upgrade that remain unmet. Many manufacturers think that automation will take the form of just robots in the production process. However, only robot makers with cross-sector capabilities will be able to integrate robotics in a cohesively and smart way while adapting to various kinds of device...

New Technique Based on Artificial Intelligence Addresses a Critical Roadblock in Neuron Analysis

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 15 2019 A new automated process developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University is capable of tracing the shapes of active neurons as precisely as human researchers but in just a fraction of the time. This video from two-photon imaging shows neurons firing in a mouse brain. Recordings like this enable researchers to track which neurons are firing, and how they potentially correspond to different behaviors. (Video credit: Yiyang Gong, Duke University) The latest method is predicated on utilizing artificial intelligence to understand video images. It deals with a major barrier in neuron analysis, enabling scientists to quickly collect and process neuronal signals for behavioral studies in real time. The study was recently reported in the Proceedings of the Nati...

Human Production and AI Editing Integrated to Transform Sports Video

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 15 2019 High school sports video leader, LocalLive, recently has struck a partnership with New York-based AI video editor, PLAAY Sports to transform the way amateur sports video is used, edited, shared, and saved. Lacrosse highlights. (Image credit: LocalLive) LocalLive integrates the value proposition of permanently set up outdoor and indoor 4G cameras at private and public colleges, high schools, and for-profit venues, with the integral benefit of professional human production. Remote producers guarantee high quality play coverage and also manage the game to prevent showing fights, injuries, and other instances not easily prevented by other systems. It accomplishes this at a very low per-game cost. PLAAY is dedicated to promoting player and fan engagement by usi...

Global Market Research Report on Machine Vision and Vision Guided Robotics

Written by AZoRoboticsApr 15 2019 Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Machine Vision and Vision Guided Robotics -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis Of Top Key Player Forecast To 2024” To Its Research Database. The report begins from overview of Industry Chain structure, and describes industry environment, then analyses market size and forecast of Machine Vision and Vision Guided Robotics by product, region and application, in addition, this report introduces market competition situation among the vendors and company profile, besides, market price analysis and value chain features are covered in this report. Related Stories Company Coverage (Sales Revenue, Price, Gross Margin, Main Products etc.): CognexTeledyne DalsaBasler AGAbsolute VisionStemmer ImagingISRA VisionVitronic...