• RoboRecap 4 – February 9, 2014

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    Earlier this week DARPA announced plans to release all their open-source software and data in a single location, dubbed the “DARPA Open Catalog“. It’s currently host to around 60 projects from large data analysis tools to software libraries, with plans to expand if the initial response is positive.

    On Wednesday BAE Systems uploaded the first test footage of the UK’s controversial unmanned military drone, Taranis. The drone which takes it’s namesake from the Celtic god of thunder has a 9 meter wingspan and measures 11 meters long and weighs in at 8 tons. The project has currently cost around £185 million pounds caused a stir with activists when it was first announced back in 2010, questioning whether or not machines should fire autonomously.

    A research group spanning Italy, Switzerland and Germany has developed a bi-directional prosthetic arm which is able to relay feedback through remnant pathways to the user, allowing for natural sensation of feeling. This allows users to apply appropriate gripping force without the need for visual or audible feedback which is more commonly used today. Alongside this, initial test results have shown users to be able to determine stiffness and shape of gripped objects.

    ReROLL, An ambitious project launched by two ex-Ubisoft game developers aims to use drones to map out the entire planet 1 square kilometre at a time for use in an unfathomably large game environment. The project has partnered with drone creators Sensefly who have already been recreating 3D models from images taken from drones.

    The International Organization for Standardization have released the latest standards for personal care robotics. ISO 13482-2014 provides outlines and requirements for robot carers of humans and animals in order to reduce hazards and risks to an acceptable level.

    Today Dyson announced plans to invest £5 million pounds in a robotics lab at Imperial College, London. With the aim to develop intelligent vision system to help robots understand and adapt to the world around them helping to advance not only robotic vacuum cleaners but other domestic robots.

     

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