Robots are among us

http://www.gearfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/usb-robot-light-sensor_7767.jpgUnder the cries of 60 000 rampaging soccer fans, the Brazilian goalkeeper Dida fix its target, conducts a long clearance and, as expected, Ronaldhino seizes the ball. In a performance that is both art, magic and the perfection of sporting gesture, the athlete starts in a ballet dribbles which stuns the defensive opponent. From the corner of the eye, he saw Ronaldo, demarcated, which darkens the goal. In a split second, his brain compiles data: the speed of his teammate, distance, trajectory and the tension he must give his password, the point of impact, and all this during that it is itself a full course. Contact! The ball leaves his foot and is in an arc just above a defender. Ronaldo jumped, and the head, redirect the pass perfect in the skylight. But Brazil! Considering the complexity of equations that describe such a sequence of the game, the computing power necessary to solve them instantly biomechanics and agility required to perform each of these gestures, one can not help thinking that only the human machine can accomplish such a prodigy. Continue reading

Robot supports man in his approach

Image HondaIn Japan, advances in robotics are at heart of new devices health adapted to an ageing society. It’s been a decade that the Japanese Honda automotive group had launched a research program to develop a device walking aid for the elderly and all those with mobility problems. Thanks to ASIMO, a humanoid robot research biped whose invention has required studying the works of man, this apparatus walking aid should soon be operational. It is still in the feasibility study but it is progressing quickly since it will now be tested in conjunction with doctors on patients during rehabilitation sessions to help them move efficiently and safely. Continue reading

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A robot controlled by a mold


Ce joli robot à six pattes s'éloigne systématiquement de la lumière. Pourtant, aucun programme ni aucun humain ne lui commande de la faire.

Through a rather simple equipment, a giant amoeba command the movements of a six-legged robot. Perspective: draw some manufacturing secrets that will one day be useful to robots.Quand the robot to six feet away from itself a source of light placed nearby, it does to any software or even a network Neural. The pilot is… a mold! More precisely Physique polycephalum, a strange organism in forests under the fusillades. This nice six-legged robot moves systematically light. However, no programme and no human would command him to do so.
This kind of yellowish giant amoeba, which is usually a few millimeters but may reach thirty centimeters, eats bacteria and small mushrooms. It has no legs and no body. All the cells were merged into a single plasmodia. Biologists rank among the myxomycetes, along with a few zoological curiosities hardly classifiable or plants or animals.
In short, this modest living being is nothing that can make it the ideal driver for a hexapod robot. Yet the role that made him played Klaus-Peter Zauner, Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (United Kingdom), in collaboration with a team from the University of Kobe, Japan. The driver, it’s him! This Schumacher Car hexapod is a kind of mold inform, moving like an amoeba. Continue reading

The robots in action in Japan

The Japan concentrates 40% of the nearly 923 000 industrial robots on the planet. It is not surprising therefore that the country is regarded as the kingdom machines. The trend is now for service robots designed to assist a Japanese population ageing.
Heroes manga (comic books) or animated films, industrial or humanoid robots serve as technology showcases the major national groups: the Japanese robots to display a genuine enthusiasm. Currently, all eyes are turning to robotics service in a variety of fields: submarines, medicine, cleaning, security, fisheries, forests, health care, recreation and pets. A segment which, if it remains marginal, is nonetheless promised a bright future. The 2007 International Robot Exhibition to be held in November in Tokyo, had planned to devote more than a third of its programme. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR), based in Paris, distinguishes between two types of non-industrial robots: those for professional use and those for private use. It is estimated that 31 600 units of the first category were commissioned in 2005, of which 18% robot submarines, 17% of cleaning robots and 16% of robots defence / security. Although increasing numbers of robots for private use are also much cheaper. Of the 2.9 million machines of this type listed by the IFR, more than half (1.8 million) were vacuum robots such as “Roomba” by the U.S. firm robot, 1 million robots games and Leisure and about 79 000 robot lawnmowers. According to Marc-Antoine Haudenschild, a specialist in Japan serving Global Equity Research at Credit Suisse, “service robots are only in their infancy. Continue reading

An agile robot as a snake

Un robot aussi agile qu'un serpent Nature is a source of inspiration for artists, but also for engineers. New example robotics with a project developed by the Norwegian company SINTEF. Once finalized, the equipment will spend most of his time in the pipeline industry.
That is the goal of this research project: to offer the market an inspection tool that can easily evolve into conduits closest – up to 20 cm in diameter – to the horizontal, the vertical . Hence the idea of snake known for its flexibility and so particular to move.
Several experts reflecting on the project at SINTEF. Specialists in cybernetics work on mobility and compactness of the robot to move unhindered in the pipeline. Continue reading

Neuro Anatomy – Intro

The iAS has developed and produced a number of breathtaking exponats for the world fair Expo2000. Ahead of all, the “virtual human being”, but also installations for the thematic area “humankind” which deals with a wide variety of facets of human life. For this area, the iAS produced the multimedia installations “The time cube” (“Der Zeitwürfel”), “The fingerprints of thinking” (“Fingerabdruck des Denkens”), “The control loop of laughter” (“Regelkreis des Lachens”) and “The 3D Box” (“3D-Würfel”). These expressive and profound multimedia productions show the visitor his body and soul from a different viewpoint and give new insights into the fascinating world of the human brain.
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General Information – Museums and events

Increasingly, museums and events are used as the platform to transmit scientific knowledge. The most important points are frequently high-lighted and enriched with fascinating presentations. For your next exhibition, we offer to help in the following way:
conceptional work
prototyping of exponats

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Medical Training and Education – Intro

The iAS has developed and produced a number of breathtaking exponats for the world fair Expo2000. Ahead of all, the “virtual human being”, but also installations for the thematic area “humankind” which deals with a wide variety of facets of human life. For this area, the iAS produced the multimedia installations “The time cube” (“Der Zeitwürfel”), “The fingerprints of thinking” (“Fingerabdruck des Denkens”), “The control loop of laughter” (“Regelkreis des Lachens”) and “The 3D Box” (“3D-Würfel”). These expressive and profound multimedia productions show the visitor his body and soul from a different viewpoint and give new insights into the fascinating world of the human brain.
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