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SOR AI Robotics Company Enters Defence Tech Program

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 16 2019 ASX listed Strategic Elements Ltd is pleased to announce that a team from its artificial intelligence and robotics Company ‘Stealth Technologies’ has commenced the ON Prime: Defence Program for “innovative technology with potential to deliver real impact for Australia’s national security and defence”. Delivered by CSIRO in partnership with Defence Science and Technology (DST), the Program creates a unique opportunity to fast-track the Company’s defence technology proposition with experts and potential end-users. Defence Science and Technology (DST) is part of the Australian Department of Defence. The Program seeks “innovative technologies that have the potential to deliver game-changing capabilities for Australia&#...

Report Provides Analysis and Outlook of Global Construction Robot Market from 2019 to 2025

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 16 2019 The “Global Construction Robot Market – Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecast up to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global construction robot market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of over 20% during the forecast period 2019-2025. The aim of this report is to define, analyze, and forecast the global construction robot market based on segments, which include type, application, and region. In addition, construction robot market report helps venture capitalists in understanding the companies better and make well-informed decisions and is primarily designed to provide the company’s executives with strategically substantial competitor information, data analysis, and insights ab...

Report Analyzes Historical Data and Future Prospects of Global Rescue Robot Market

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 13 2019 A new market study, titled “Global Rescue Robot Market Professional Survey Report 2019”, has been featured on WiseGuyReports. A rescue robot is a robot that has been designed for the purpose of rescuing people. Common situations that employ rescue robots are mining accidents, urban disasters, hostage situations, and explosions. The benefits of rescue robots to these operations include reduced personnel requirements, reduced fatigue, and access to otherwise unreachable areas. This report focuses on Rescue Robot volume and value at global level, regional level and company level. From a global perspective, this report represents overall Rescue Robot market size by analyzing historical data and future prospect. Related Stories Regionally, this repo...

Innovative Robotic Hand for Amputees Combines User and Automation Controls

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 13 2019 Researchers at EPFL are developing new methods for better control of robotic hands—especially for amputees—that integrate individual finger control and automation for enhanced grasping and operation. (Artoni Fiorenzo tries out shared control with the robotic arm. (Image credit: 2019 EPFL/Alain Herzog) This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between robotics and neuroengineering was effectively tested on three amputees and seven healthy study participants. The results have been published in the latest issue of Nature Machine Intelligence. The new technology combines two concepts from two diverse fields. Executing them both together had never been achieved before for robotic hand control, and adds to the forthcoming field of shared control in neuroprosthetic...

New Robotic Device Mimics the Adjustable Grip of a Human Hand

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 13 2019 Human hands are extremely adept at controlling many different objects. Humans can hammer a nail or pick up a strawberry or an egg without breaking it. A robotic gripper developed in the lab of University at Buffalo engineer Ehsan Esfahani uses repulsion between magnets to adjust the stiffness of its grip, improving safety. The gripper can grasp objects as fragile as a berry or an egg. (Image Credit: Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo) One trait that enables humans to carry out a wide range of tasks is the potential to modify the firmness of their grip. Now, engineers at the University at Buffalo (UB) have created a novel two-fingered robotic hand that shares this characteristic. The robotic hand is designed so that it can absorb the energy from the impac...

AI Detects Heart Failure From One Heartbeat With 100% Accuracy

Shutterstock.com/FlashMovie Researchers from the University of Surrey, University of Warwick and University of Florence respectively have developed a way AI could save human lives rather than posing as a risk to them. Using a method that makes use of neural networks the team have trained an AI machine learning system that can detect congestive heart failure (CHF) from just a single heartbeat, with results that are 100% accurate. This development for early and efficient detection would be embraced by doctors, healthcare systems and other clinical practitioners alike as CHF can put a strain on care systems due to sustained healthcare costs. The costs are growing with a significant part of healthcare budgets going on hospitalization for patients suffering from CHF. Due to the gravity of the s...

Opentrons Launches the World’s Most Fully Affordable Thermocycler

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 13 2019 Opentrons, the company making lab robotics accessible, launched the most affordable fully automated thermocycler ever, bringing end-to-end PCR based workflow automation to biologists everywhere. Opentrons Thermocycler with lid open Related Stories Today many products on the market allow biologists to automate key parts of their workflows, but most lab robots still require human intervention between steps. This breaks workflows into smaller automated chunks, requiring scientists to manipulate their samples themselves — and not really freeing biologists of repetitive and error-prone labwork. With the launch of their on-deck, automated thermocycler, Opentrons is relieving one of the main pain points preventing biologists from having fully automated, “wa...

Control of Snake-Like Robots for High Mobility and Dexterity

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 13 2019 Snake-like articulated mobile robots can enter narrow spaces and climb obstacles using their long and thin bodies, and are effective for inspection of narrow spaces and search-and-rescue operation on disaster sites. However, it is difficult to control their precise movements because they have so many actuators. Now, Motoyasu Tanaka and colleagues at the University of Electrocommunications Tokyo, propose methods to control snake-like robots for three-dimensional steering [1], stair climbing [1], and manipulating objects [2], and have developed the snake-like robot T2 Snake-3 [1,2]. In three-dimensional steering, the robot follows the surrounding terrain by relaxing its joints, and then resumes to move from the robot’s posture. The operator can easily ...

Soul Machines and Bank ABC Launch Fully Autonomous, AI-Driven Digital Human

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 12 2019 Soul Machines, a New Zealand based deep science & technology company and Bank ABC, announce “Fatema,” a fully autonomous, AI-driven Digital Human who will be an integral part of the Bank’s customer experience. The ‘digital employee’ accumulates experiences, learns, and responds to customers individually through experiential learning, adding human-like intelligence to AI. Fatema uses an AI-powered Digital Brain to engage personally with customers and will work alongside Bank ABC’s mobile-only bank team to offer a multi-faceted, personalized customer service experience. “This is truly an exciting time for Bank ABC. We have always been committed to pushing the envelope of digital innovation in the region and are thrilled to partner with ground-breaking co...

Soft Robots Integrated with Optical Lace Have Increased Sensory Ability

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 12 2019 Soft robots could be made even softer with the help of a novel stretchable optical lace. This artificial material produces a linked sensory network akin to a biological nervous system, allowing robots to perceive the way they interact with their environment and thus alter their actions accordingly. A flexible, porous lattice structure is threaded with stretchable optical fibers containing more than a dozen mechanosensors and attached to an LED light. When the lattice structure is pressed, the sensors pinpoint changes in the photon flow. (Image credit: Cornell University) The artificial material was developed by PhD student Patricia Xu through the Organic Robotics Lab. The lab’s paper titled, “Optical Lace for Synthetic Afferent Neural Networks,” was report...

New Bio-Inspired Robot to Monitor Ocean Pollution and Floods

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 12 2019 A bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to produce a gas and then launch itself from the surface. Illustration of the robot leaping out of the water. (Image credit: Aerial Robotics Lab/Imperial College London) The robot has the ability to travel 26 m through the air following take-off and hence could be employed to collect water samples in cluttered and risky environments, for instance, while monitoring ocean pollution and at the time of flooding. In these conditions, robots with the potential to travel from water to air are desirable. However, the launch necessitates a lot of power, which has been challenging to realize in small robots. Currently, scientists from Imperial College London have developed a new system that needs just 0.2 g of cal...

New Drone-Based Monitoring System Shows Key Data on Amazon’s Ecosystems

Written by AZoRoboticsSep 12 2019 Scot Martin, the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), visualized an innovative drone-based chemical monitoring system in 2017. Jianhuai Ye, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, holds a sampling drone on a tower in the Amazon. (Image credit: Jianhuai Ye/Harvard SEAS) His aim was to monitor Amazon’s health in view of the global climate change as well as deforestation and burning caused by humans. Plants tend to emit chemical signals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The project would track these compounds, which aid plants to interrelate with the organisms around them. A different VOC signature—like a fingerprint—is emitted by each species of plant....