Cool Jobs: Wide world of robots

Cool Jobs: Wide world of robots

Cool Jobs: Wide world of robots The machines can help with everything from surgery to disaster response Snake robots built by Howie Choset’s team can twist in many directions and move — slithering, swimming — like their namesake animal. HOWIE CHOSET This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. When you think of robots, you might think of something like Wall-E — a machine designed to perform boring tasks, such as compacting trash. But engineers today are…

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Robo-roach squeezes through tight spaces

Robo-roach squeezes through tight spaces

Robo-roach squeezes through tight spaces   Cluttered terrain won’t block this cockroach-bot. Its sleek, rounded shell lets the new six-legged robot scurry through tight spaces. Known as a robo-roach, it’s short and squat. It sort of resembles a clunky smartphone with legs. Such a bulky body poses few problems when trekking over flat surfaces. But it can get stuck when it travels between upright features. Bots tend to bump into these obstacles — unless it’s wearing a roach-style shell. COCKROACH STYLE To scurry through an obstacle course of upright paper…

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Speedy springy robot ‘Salto’ catches some serious air

Speedy, springy robot 'Salto' catches some serious air

Speedy springy robot ‘Salto’ catches some serious air One day, lightweight robots like Salto could help search rubble at disaster sites Speedy : This lightweight robot, nicknamed Salto, uses a twisted spring to quickly jump a meter (more than 3 feet) from floor to wall. Someday, researchers say, robots like it could help search through rubble at disaster sites. STEPHEN MCNALLY AND ROXANNE MAKASDJIAN/UC BERKELEY Meet the robot that can do crazy acrobatics. Salto is a lightweight bot that stands on one skinny leg like a flamingo. But unlike a…

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Lost in the woods? A drone may find you

Lost in the woods? A drone may find you

Lost in the woods? A drone may find you Each year, hikers and mountain bikers get lost or injured in the wilderness. Search and rescue efforts can involve 20 or more people. But a new “smart” drone can follow hiking trails without a pilot’s assistance. This could allow rescuers to search more efficiently, scientists report. In the United States alone, as many as 34 million hikers hit the trails each year. Some of those trekkers invariably get lost. To find them, a small army of rescuers may scour the woods…

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Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car   Scientists create itty bitty robots that work together like ants to move immense objects Microrobots : A group of ants can move objects many times larger and heavier than themselves. This ability inspired a team of researchers to develop small robots that can do the same thing. The team created 29-millimeter (1.1-inch) long robots that can get a firm grip on the ground. In tests, six of the ‘bots have just worked together to tow a full-size car. They didn’t move…

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Teaching robots right from wrong

Teaching robots right from wrong

Teaching robots right from wrong   Scientists and philosophers team up to help robots make good choices Teaching : You’re rushing across the school parking lot to get to your first class on time when you notice a friend is in trouble. She’s texting and listening to music on her headphones. Unawares, she’s also heading straight for a gaping hole in the sidewalk. What do you do? The answer seems pretty simple: Run over and try to stop her before she hurts herself. Who cares if you might be a…

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‘Pooper-scooper’ drone cleans up dog poo so you don’t step in it: Aerial craft searches for animal waste then sends a rolling robot to collect it

'Pooper-scooper' drone cleans up dog poo so you don't step in it: Aerial craft searches for animal waste then sends a rolling robot to collect it Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4362400/Pooper-scooper-drone-designed-clean-dog-poo.html#ixzz4cnnfODPN Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

‘Pooper-scooper’ drone cleans up dog poo so you don’t step in it: Aerial craft searches for animal waste then sends a rolling robot to collect it Pooper : A Dutch startup is set to release a fleet of ‘drones’ to combat the 220 million pounds of dog droppings left on the Netherlands’ streets each year. Called Dogdrones, the vehicles will work together as a team to detect and scoop up the poop. The aerial drone is fitted with cameras and thermal energy technology that transmits GPS coordinates of the feces…

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Six jobs are eliminated for EVERY robot introduced into the workforce, new report reveals

Six jobs are eliminated for EVERY robot introduced into the workforce, new report reveals Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4361808/Six-jobs-eliminated-robot-workforce.html#ixzz4cnkv1VIi Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Six jobs are eliminated for EVERY robot introduced into the workforce, new report reveals Eliminated : People have been losing jobs to robots since the 1990’s, a new report has revealed. When one or more robots was introduced into the workforce between 1990 and 2007, it led to the elimination of an average of six jobs. During those years, robots accounted for the loss of about 670,000 manufacturing jobs, and this is expected to rise in the coming years as robots continue to take over tasks previously performed by people.…

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The buggy reboot by joey ruiter

the buggy reboot by joey ruiter

The buggy reboot by joey ruiter by unleashing his design philosophy on the automobile – particularly the notion of a city car – grand rapids-based designer joey ruiter has developed a back-to-the-basics all-wheel drive vehicle in a project entitled ‘reboot buggy’. built from scratch, the initiative – which commenced earlier in 2013 – investigates what a car would be like without a ‘user-centered’ philosophy: ‘the fluff, the marketing, the gadgets, the nicknacks, and the do-dads are overwhelming’ says ruiter. ‘its basically an exercise in creating a capable vehicle with really…

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Alpha 5 rocks a crop top in new Power Rangers photos

Alpha 5 rocks a crop top in new Power Rangers photos

Alpha 5 rocks a crop top in new Power Rangers photos (Image: Power Rangers/IGN) (Image: Power Rangers/IGN) The upcoming Power Rangers movie is already an adaptation of a series that a lot of fans associate with the ’90s, but the people behind the film’s slightly bizarre aesthetic aren’t stopping their nostalgic nods there. If some new photos are anything to go by, Power Rangers will also have some ’90s-inspired styling cues for us to enjoy as well. Thanks to IGN, we have our very first look at Bill Hader’s Alpha…

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