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Watson, a super computer from IBM is challenging the human Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the first Man vs. Machine Jeopardy! competition. Below you can see a nice teaser for the competition. The first round already took place on Monday, February 14th 2011, and resulted in a tie between Brad and the machine. Although Watson lead most part […]

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Volvo is testing their new Safe Road Trains for the Environment, which basically means, cars that drive autonomously. The system is intended to be used on highways where a lead (human driven) truck will be followed by autonomously driven cars. The cars will receive instructions derived from the way the truck is driven and will be able to […]

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So far Robots have been programmed to avoid things when navigating in their environment.  Sébastien Lengagne of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan developed a method for robots to use objects (which would otherwise be seen as “obstacles”) to their advantage. Instead of avoiding a small object, they could simply move it in order to […]

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Heartland Robotics, a company founded by Rodney Brooks (founder and former Chief Technological Officer at iRobot, and MIT professor) is developing what should constitute a true robolution. Their main objective is to change the way we currently view robots by making them ubiquitous. As of now, robots can be seen to be large, extremely expensive, and slow.  This is akin […]

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Aldebaran, the manufacturers of the very popular Nao humanoid robot, just unveiled their new full-scale humanoid platform: the Roméo. This new 1.4 m tall, 40 kg  robot is still in the drawing board but a first prototype is planned to be completed by March 2011. It features several interesting innovations such as a four-vertebra backbone, […]

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Aldebaran Roméo Head Prototype

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Inverted pendulums (i.e. balancing a stick on a moving platform) never ceases to fascinate humans, especially when it is done by a robot. The robot illustrated in the video below is capable of balancing a pencil on its tip. The motion of the pencil is tracked by two image sensors while a platform where the tip of […]

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About a week after the Open LiDAR project was announced,  the Neato XV-11 has been hacked and now its juicy LiDAR data can be used by everybody. This effectively makes the Neato XV-11 not only one of the most advanced vacuum cleaner robots in the market, but also, the cheapest LiDAR available. We have to thank Hash79 who, based on […]

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