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New dressing robot can 'mimic' the actions of care workers

Scientists have developed a new robot that can 'mimic' the two-handed movements of care workers as they dress an individual.

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Humanoid robot-maker Figure partners with OpenAI and gets backing from Jeff Bezos and tech giants

ChatGPT-maker OpenAI is looking to fuse its artificial intelligence systems into the bodies of humanoid robots as part of a new deal with robotics startup Figure.

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'Swarm of one' robot is a single machine made up of independent modules

My colleagues and I have built a robot composed of many building blocks like the cells of a multicellular organism. Without a "brain" or a central controller in the system, our robot, dubbed Loopy, relies on the collective ...

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Human-like real-time sketching by a humanoid robot

The rapid advancement of deep learning algorithms and generative models has enabled the automated production of increasingly striking AI-generated artistic content. Most of this AI-generated art, however, is created by algorithms ...

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RoboTool enables creative tool use in robots

If an ingredient is out of reach on a high pantry shelf, it wouldn't take you more than a few seconds to find a step stool, or maybe just a chair, to stand on to bring the ingredient within your reach. This simple solution ...

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Soft robot fingers that can carefully squeeze without sensors

With a brief squeeze, you know whether an avocado, peach or tomato is ripe. This is what a soft robot hand also does, for example, during automated harvesting. However, up until now, such a gripper needed sensors in its 'fingers' ...

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Novel robot mimics insects' optics-to-neurons pathway

With a brain the size of a pinhead, insects perform fantastic navigational feats. They avoid obstacles and move through small openings. How do they do this with their limited brain power? Understanding the inner workings ...

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New York bins subway surveillance robot

The New York City subway has pulled its controversial security robot out of service after little more than five months patrolling the busy Times Square station.

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Avocado robot swings its way to unexplored treetops

It abseils from a height and swings around obstacles: Robot Avocado will one day maneuver through the canopy of the rainforest and collect data for researchers about this hard-to-reach habitat.

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Soft artificial muscles developed for robot motion

Researchers at ETH Zurich have recently developed artificial muscles for robot motion. Their solution offers several advantages over previous technologies: It can be used wherever robots need to be soft rather than rigid ...

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Scientists design a two-legged robot powered by muscle tissue

Compared to robots, human bodies are flexible, capable of fine movements, and can convert energy efficiently into movement. Drawing inspiration from human gait, researchers from Japan crafted a two-legged biohybrid robot ...

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Why are so many robots white?

Problems of racial and gender bias in artificial intelligence algorithms and the data used to train large language models like ChatGPT have drawn the attention of researchers and generated headlines. But these problems also ...