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Ocean-going robot fish blends in with aquatic life

Ocean-going robot fish blends in with aquatic life

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Scientists have developed a soft robotic fish that they can control with sound to swim beside real fish in the ocean.The fish - named SoFi - was made from silicon rubber by researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).It swims by wagging its hydraulic-pump powered tail and controls its own buoyancy using special foam which allows it to dive or rise to the surface.SoFi, which was supported by the US National Science Foundation, was developed to be dexterous enough to swim beneath corals and has a camera allowing the researchers to see what is right in front of it.The electronics that control it are stored inside its head, although a remote controller is also available to allow a diver to control the fish underwater using ultrasonic signals.Image:The r...
Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Technology
“Good boy, Buddy,” is typical praise for a pet, but in this case, Buddy is a well-mannered, four-legged robot that both opens a door and holds it open for another robot. The video titled, “Hey Buddy, Can You Give me a Hand?” by robotics company Boston Dynamics has gotten over 1 million views on YouTube. It features their latest work -- a dog-like robot that opens a door in a mesmerizing maneuver. The video shows one yellow robot walking up to and surveying a door before an identical robot with an arm extending from its back steps into frame. The arm has a claw that functions as a hand and opens the door. The robot continues to prop the door open for itself and the other robot to walk through before letting it close behind them. Boston Dynamics' calls this robot the SpotMini, which is
No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

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Man’s best friend has just become more bionic. Sony unveiled Monday the new “aibo” autonomous entertainment robot that “brings fun and joy to the entire family,” Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo told ABC News. “We were thinking companions, we were thinking how do you take on artificial intelligence and bring emotion to people’s lives,” Fasulo said. “Look at them, they’re adorable!” The robotic dog can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing love and affection. No cleanup required. Besides its adorable appearance, the robotic dog possesses a natural curiosity, vibrant movements and a responsiveness to its owner. It will even develop its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners. And just like a real li
Watch: Boston Dynamics robot leaps, does back flips

Watch: Boston Dynamics robot leaps, does back flips

Science
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Boston Dynamic's humanoid robot is getting more athletic.As evidenced by a new video released this week by the robotics company, the bipedal robot can leap from box to box and perform back flips.Blessing humanoid robots like Boston Dynamic's Atlas with dynamic balance has been an ongoing struggle for robotics engineers.Last year, the Google-owned company put Atlas through an intense bootcamp, tripping and pushing the robot as part of training exercises to improve the robot's balance. Their efforts paid off. Videos from the bootcamp showed Atlas trekking across rocky, uneven terrain.Now, with improved balance, Atlas has expanded its range of motion.Atlas is one of nine specialized robots being developed by Boston Dynamic. The company describes Atlas as the "world's most dyn...
WATCH: Breakthrough as robot does backflip

WATCH: Breakthrough as robot does backflip

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Scientists have released footage showing a new robot jumping and even doing a backflip as it performs a gymnastics routine.In the video, the latest version of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot jumps between platforms and turns in midair before sticking the landing of a perfect backflip.The acrobatic display isn't just about putting on a show. Humanoid robots like Atlas are difficult to keep balanced and notoriously tumble over even when walking, so performing gymnastics is a huge technological leap.It's hoped the biped may be useful in search and rescue operations in the future, as it is designed to negotiate tough, outdoor terrain on two legs - leaving the upper limbs free for lifting and carrying.Image:Oops! Atlas fails an attempted jump. Pic: Boston DynamicsIt can open doors, stack shelves w...