If one day the micro robots will start travelling inside our bodies, they should be able to deal with obstacles. Scientists from Purdue University created a new magnetic robot called microTUM. It moves overturning and can overcome hollows and mounts in wet or dry environment.
Key features of device
Having dimensions of 800 microns in length and 400 in width, the magnetic robot looks very similar to the micro robots of the Max Planck Institute engineers. Both prototypes have elongated magnetic tips, which allow them to control the magnetic field. The robot is available for carrying medicines or other loads. It can carry them right to the organ where they are needed.
The human body is a diverse and inimical environment. Frictional forces can impede the movement of the bot. Moreover, biological fluids increase resistance. The engineers report that overturning is crucial for μTUM mobility. This requires a strong magnetic field. However, the minibot always keeps one side on the surface and can handle even steep slopes.
Having checked the device in various environments, the developers assured that the μTUM works well under any conditions. For instance, the oil slows it down. On the contrary, it allows to climb mounts and slopes with an angle of up to 60 degrees. Moreover, the micro bot moves faster outside due to the ability of rock climbing.
In future, μTUM can finally become an application for medicine delivery. Prior to this, the team is planning to give it a new management system based on machine vision, for more accurate movement and development of a non-magnetic mode of motion.
The four–legged robot SpotMini developed by Boston Dynamics, which was completely updated in November last year, received a hand manipulator that allows it to perform many tasks, in particular, to open doors. Now employees in BD should be careful for the robot not to escape.
Boston Dynamics demonstrated its four–legged SpotMini for the first time in 2016. A fully electric robot with a height of 84 cm has a precise mechanics of animals. Moreover, it contains a lever with a five–degree manipulator. The latter receives signals from a set of sensors. It includes stereo cameras, IMU, as well as position and force sensors. Last time SpotMini showed how it was running along the open country with incredible agility as well as smooth movements. But the recent presentation gave even more horrible and exciting image of these machines‘ updated abilities.
One robot comes to the door, looks on it, and then waits for another robot to open it. The updated Spotmini easily stretches its “hand” to the door, open it, and politely holds it while the “comrade” enters the room. This video impressed a lot. The way they move and “behave” can not but frighten.
Nexus Earth Partners has announced a partnership with blockchain platform SingularityNET. They will conduct research on the joint use of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. As reported on the company’s official website, this cooperation can lead to the creation of a blockchain AI as the most secure and flexible infrastructure.
The head of SingularityNET, David Hanson, stressed that this technology might become the most valuable in the history of mankind.
” It will become the single most valuable technology in all of history. This is the chance for us to change the world together,” Hanson said.
Both companies seek to decentralize artificial intelligence and increase its safety, create technologies that will benefit society, rather than individual corporations and governments. Moreover, they set themselves the task of reducing the cost of artificial intelligence and making it accessible to more people.
The world’s most famous humanoid robot Sofia is based on artificial intelligence, loaded into the SingularityNET blockchain platform.
International Business Times starts the contest of architectural photography with an artificial intelligence acting as a jury. It was created by the developers of the well-known mobile app EyeEm. Developers say that the system is able to analyze the images according to a number of criteria: from identification of objects on the photo to evaluating the aesthetic features of the photo.
The Graphic City competition is dedicated to architectural minimalism. Mangers ask participants to focus on geometric elements, corners, and curves. They want photographers to send visually concise photos. Recruitment continues until February 12.
EyeEm is one of the most popular photo apps. The number of users is equal to approximately 20 million people all over the world. Technologies of AI in the program have been used for a few years – mostly for sorting photos regarding the themes and categories.
Among the smart gadgets presented at CES 2018, there were some really impressive ones. One of them was a robot from Aflac and Sproutel companies. It is developed to help little patients who are experiencing a difficult process of cancer treatment.
A cute robot friend
The name of the robot is “My Special Aflac Duck”. There are five sensors located on the duck. Therefore, when children hug it, the robot will quack. Accessories equipped with emoji are also included. Children can click on any of them to express how they feel this day. Then the robot will adjust its behaviour to their mood. Sproutel CEO Aaron Horowitz says that the aim is to make children feel that they are not alone.
Among the accessories there is also a kit created to simulate taking medications so that children are less frightened about treatment. The fur of the toy could be easily removed for washing. There is also the mode to soothe children and make them concentrate on breathing exercises while the duck’s head is making minor impulses.
The latest RFID invention is a rocket ship. First, children have to choose the favourite destination – a circus, park, forest or garden… The Duck connects with an app and can “move” the children to a happy place through sounds.
What is most attractive about it is minimalism. Technically, it is not “smart” at all. There is no artificial intelligence or integrated voice assistant, it is impossible to play with it, there is no camera. Nevertheless, its functions are enough to calm the children in the bad times.
Aflac says that they intend to provide a robot free of charge for children with cancer in the USA. First of all, they will test a toy at their cancer treatment centre in Atlanta, in partnership with other programs and hospitals. By the end of 2018, they promise to deliver the device to thousands of families.
Not so long ago the first sex-robot Harmony from the RealDoll Company was presented to the world. It was not merely a commercial step. Developers stated it was an experiment and engineers wanted to understand what kind of emotions machines cause: disgust or interest. This year, at CES the company released RealDoll Harmony’s sister with a new face, updated AI and several new features. They tried to make it even more realistic. The new robot received the unusual name Solana.
Its first difference is blonde hair. The creator of the robot Matt McMullen explained that the robot’s appearance is universal, as everyone loves blonde-haired women. Switching in the Harmony application to another robot, one can choose the personality features and make an individual profile and an avatar. The user can easily move and add various faces to one and the same robot. The app users get the opportunity create the unique character of their Solana robot, talk to it, working with an algorithm that processes and remembers the answers just like with the previous sex AI.
Currently, the company is creating a body equipped with a great deal of sensors that allow it to react to touch and give to AI the ability to move. The engineer added that he wanted to get a moving robot, but as for now, he has built a torso that gestures and rotates. Until then, McMullen was able to collect around 20 bots, and already has the same number of pre-orders. During an interview at the CES scene, he said that he was also working on the development of male sex bots.
After years of working on devices that can limit a human from routine domestic work, a mechanism capable of becoming a helpful assistant finally emerged. The robot Aeolus, represented by the eponymous company, made a real sensation at the CES exhibition this year.
One of the functions that the robot demonstrated was getting any food or drinks that the person requires out of the refrigerator, and delivering them. Moreover, Aeolus is able to become a useful helper in the family. He can walk around the house, pick up scattered things and put them in the right places in view of his ability to recognize thousands of objects. It also has a modular grip on the left side for holding a vacuum cleaner or a broom to clean the rooms. He can also easily move the furniture, if there is a need.
We have seen many robots with the same features that usually cost hundreds of thousands dollars. For example, the advanced robot PR2 is still only a multimillion-dollar research. Nevertheless, Aeolus should already go on sale at the end of this year. It will be comparatively cheap; its cost is going to be equal to $20,000.
It is worthy of note that despite the declared functions, the video of the robot is exciting. According to it, Aeolus has more specific functions than a common AI. A house is a chaotic environment. Nowadays avoidance of obstacles is not a difficult task for a robot. However, remembering the placement of objects and moving them to the right places is a complicated goal. It is doubtful whether the robot Aeolus is able to cope with it.