U.S. Military Working On Creating “Thought Helmets”

U.S. Military Working On Creating “Thought Helmets” 

From the “how the hell did we miss this” department comes word that the U.S. military is hard at work creating “thought helmets” for its soldiers. If fully realized, this mind-interfacing piece of gear would allow for what plebeians would call magic, and Arthur C. Clark would call basic telepathy. The “good” news is the Army believes telepathic communication between soldiers in the field is entirely possible, some day. The bad news is that “some day” is decades away for this incredibly ambitious plan-this ain’t no video game controller, folks.

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Need A Helping Hand?

Need A Helping Hand? 

 Third Arm

Next time you thought you need someone to lend a helping hand, think of this Third Arm. The whole idea seems supernatural but for Stelarc, it was more of a tangible concept. He is the same Australian performance artist who hung himself naked from flesh-piercing hooks attached to ropes. Well, this superficial arm will couple with your right arm and is shrewdly capable of independent motion. It is triggered into action by the EMG signals of the abdominal and leg muscles.

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ReWalk Suit Helps Paralyzed Walk

ReWalk Suit Helps Paralyzed Walk 

Paralyzed for the past 20 years, former Israeli paratrooper Radi Kaiof now walks down the street with a dim mechanical hum.

That is the sound of an electronic exoskeleton moving the 41-year-old’s legs and propelling him forward — with a proud expression on his face — as passersby stare in surprise.

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Japan’s Robotic Fish

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Robotic sea bream from the University of Kitakyushu 

Engineers at the University of Kitakyushu have developed an underwater survey robot that looks good enough to eat. “Tai-robot-kun,” a 7-kilogram (15.4 lb) robotic sea bream (red snapper) with a silicone body covered in realistically hand-painted scales, features a unique propulsion system that allows it to move its tail and drift silently through the water like a real fish. Second video after the jump.

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Self Playing Robot Band

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 Kinda takes the emotion out of the music…

The technical and music worlds were taken by surprise when they heard about the robotic band from New Zealand a few months ago. The Trons consist of robots that are programmed to make and perform music. They were built using recycled and salvaged material. These humanoid robots are electrically powered and make use of computer parts and electronic circuits to make music.

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The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

 

By shoving objects around on a table, UMan figures out how they work.

To assist humans around the house, robots will need to be able to deal with the unfamiliar. But while researchers can preprogram robots to do increasingly sophisticated tasks, they face a much bigger challenge in teaching them to adapt to unstructured environments. A robot developed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, however, is able to learn to use objects that it has never encountered before.

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Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Not exactly a cuddly robot

The Sintef Group, a research company based in Trondheim, Norway, announced that it’s designing a robot based on snakes.

The 1.5-meter long robots, which are made of aluminum, are being designed to inspect and clean complicated industrial pipe systems that are typically narrow and inaccessible to humans. The intelligent robots have multiple joints to enable them to twist vertically and climb up through pipe systems to locate leaks in water systems, inspect oil and gas pipelines and clean ventilation systems.

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Artist/Roboticist Teaching Neural-Net Bots to Love (and Dance to) Punk Music

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All The Cool Robots Are Wearing Black These Days

Artist Fiddian Warman built some robots controlled by a neural network. Neural networks can learn, so he’s been playing them classic punk records in an attempt to turn them into robotic versions of his younger self. The robots are 2 metres tall and have the ability to pogo.

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