‘Smart suit’ – a new wearable robotic exoskeleton gives you superhuman powers

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‘Smart suit’

In the U.S., engineers and roboticists have developed a ’smart’ robotic suit made from lightweight, flexible materials that can enhance the movements of everyone from soldiers and firefighters to hiking enthusiasts and the elderly. (Video)

 

 

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Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

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With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right.

Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to brake.  But thankfully your autonomous car saved their lives by grabbing the wheel from you and swerving to the right. Too bad for the one unlucky person standing on that path, struck and killed by your car, though.

 

 

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Top 5 ways Watson will change the way we compute

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Watson will transform entire industries.

IBM’s artificial intelligence computing platform, Watson, is changing the way we compute. From its roots as a robotic contestant on Jeopardy, the machine-learning marvel is now being positioned as a tool for doctors, businesspeople, and scientists worldwide–one that can answer any question posed to it in natural English.

 

 

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Mini mobile robotic printer roams around the page laying down ink

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Pocket Printer

Most pocket-sized printers are really just smaller versions of what you’d see on your desk. But,  Zuta Labs’ upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over the page laying grayscale ink. This Roomba-like approach isn’t just a party trick, though. Besides leading to a very portable design, it lets you print on any size page you like — if you need to get a legal form while you’re at the coffee shop, you can. (Video)

 

 

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Breakthrough prosthetic hand restores amputee’s sense of touch

Dennis Sørensen smiles confidently with his new robotic hand as he flexes his robotic fingers, and gingerly closes them around a disposable plastic cup. Sørensen is blindfolded but he instantly recognizes what he is touching. Round. Hard. Breakable. Lethargic sensory nerves, rusty and unused since an accident nine years ago, begin to stir.

 

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A half-cow, half-electronic artificial heart has saved this Frenchman

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In France, A 75-year-old man has just been given the gift of life as a team of surgeons have successfully completed the transplant of the world’s first true artificial heart.

 

 

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Scientists develop ‘electronic tongue’ to rival sommeliers in wine tasting

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The ‘electronic tongue’ may have a commercial use and could eventually replace the teams of experts needed in each bodega.

Spanish scientists have developed an “electronic tongue” that promises to rival the work of the traditional sommelier and identify different grades of the Spanish sparkling wine, cava. The electronic device has been developed by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and uses electronic sensory systems with “advanced mathematical procedures” to analyse different varieties of the Catalan alternative to champagne according to taste.

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Roofus – Radio-controlled Robotic Snow Plow

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Roofus

Roofus is a radio-controlled snow plow designed to remove snow from roofs of buildings (thus, the name Roof-us) where it would be particularly risky for a human to do so.  Personally, I would like to employ it for my driveway during the winter and sit back with a warm coffee, directing it’s efforts. (Pics)

 

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