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Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans

Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control system, an HTC Vive VR headset, "data glove" and torque servos to mimic the movements of a human user.
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WPI Robot Could Inspect Jet Engines for GE Aviation

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is building a robot designed to aid human inspectors in checking the quality of bladed disks on jet engines. The three-year project could help GE Aviation, which currently has humans inspecting each blisk by hand.
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3 Reasons Flying Cars are Impractical & Unnecessary

The dream of personal aerial transport appears tantalizingly within reach, as investors from Silicon Valley to Dubai vow to deliver the future of urban mobility. But rather than embracing that vision, policymakers should consider why flying cars are not only unpractical, but also unnecessary.
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3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles

A lot of work still needs to be done before we start hailing our automated Ubers and Lyfts, whizzing around cities in fully autonomous vehicles. And Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality will play a large role in making the (safe) driverless vehicles of tomorrow a reality.

Artificial Intelligence Spotlight

AI Cooks up Recipes for Materials Fabrication

A new machine-learning system could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials.
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Can AI Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection?

Model developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries for breast cancer.

AI System Could Help Robots See Around Corners

MIT CSAIL's new CornerCameras system uses information about light reflections to detect objects around corners and measure their speed and trajectory in real-time.

Security Robot Fall Shows Limits of AI

Despite all the hype, AI systems get lost all the time, just like humans. The issue that caused Knightscope's K5 security robot to fall into an indoor water fountain is a pesky, seemingly trivial sensor problem that has plagued robot autonomy and AI for decades.

How Microsoft’s AI Mastered Ms. Pac-Man

A Microsoft AI system has set the all-time high score for the game Ms. Pac-Man with 999,990 points - the highest possible score in the game. The AI mastered Ms. Pac-Man by assigning a number of AI agents different tasks and having them work collaboratively.
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DIY Spotlight Spotlight

EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons

EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
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TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule

The TurtleBot 2i, a modular ROS-based robot powered by Intel Joule, enables the development of next-gen advanced robots.

Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life

This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and two in its ankles, to dance to the music it plays.

Liquid-Handling Lego Robot Automates Lab Experiments

A liquid-handling Lego robot from Stanford University helps students and teachers create inexpensive automated systems to do biology experiments. Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers.

Niryo One: A New Robot Arm for Makers

Niryo One is an open-source, 6-axis robotic arm for makers that can be powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi and ROS. The Niryo One wants to make robotics accessible for everyone with a low cost and user-friendly experience.
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Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans
Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control...

WPI Robot Could Inspect Jet Engines for GE Aviation
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is building a robot designed to aid human inspectors...

3 Reasons Flying Cars are Impractical & Unnecessary
The dream of personal aerial transport appears tantalizingly within reach, as investors...

3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
A lot of work still needs to be done before we start...