"Moore's Law has never moved faster than is moving inside the phone you've already got in your pocket. The pace of development and the price performance curve is moving faster in smartphones than it's ever moved in ...
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This particular website does not offer much inforamtion in the way of text, however it does have 3 very interesting views on how military technology has been intergrated into modern toys.
The website contains a small amount of information on a recently developed technology that is still in the early stages of developemnt. The Reconfigurable robots once completed should be able to transform into any tool on command, this would make them invaluable.
This article focuses on DARPA's robot the "Big Dog". The Big Dog is able to pass over rough or slippery terrain with ease without falling over. To accomplish this task, they have given the robot a virtual brain that literaly evolves on the fly. In effect the robot knows what it legs are and how to use them to get out of tough situations or around or over obstacles.
The article is about the concept of trying to make a "smart" robotic arm, that will beable to grip objects, while looking just as natural as a normal human hand. It is an extremely difficult task, as the hand will adapt its grip depeding on the object. A robot however has a much harder time accomplishing this while still looking natural.
The article focuses on the Robot suit. This peice of technology will be used to help the elderly walk without the need for a cane or similar device. It works by detecting the electrical impulses for muscles along the legs and antisipating the bodies movements.
This article focuses on a World Wide Web for Robots. This Internet collects and stores all data that a robot has collectyed throughout it's day. Other Robots would be able to access this internet in the form of a query to an unknown problem. Essentially if one Robot takes a step forward so does every other. This would allow for lighter and smaller robots as they would only have to query the internet for any problems rather than going through memory for the solution.
This article focuses on the advancements of robots and how one day they could take over every job. The reality is that this has already happened an example being an aircraft. The latest auto pilot system acan land and take off safley.
This article focuses on UAV's (Unmaned Areial Vechile). Domestic UAV's could have the potential inspect a plant crop for signs of blight or insect infestation in a fraction of the time a human would, saftey missions, areial survalence e.c.t there are many possibilities for a drone.
The article focuses on robots that are used by the military, however this article is only a few sentence long and is therfore not that useful as a source. Robots are now able to take on dangerous situations that ordinary soldiers could not, an example being bomb disposal.
This article focuses on a new technology devloped by DARPA. The technology consists of small mobile platforms that when intructed can come togeether as a stable surface. This could be invaluable as a movable helipad for refeuls at sea, or if a bridge is washed away in a flood.
This article explains NASA's plans for a futer mining operations on mars, moons or asteroids, the pictuer of the robot called the razor, is only the first of the prototypes that NASA has made to acheive its goals. If succesful it could theoretically be used to help in the process fo minerals for fuel.
The article explains how a boy of 17 who knew nothing of programing or engineering, has created a prothetic arm contolred by brains waves, and a series of set commands for only $250. The prosthetic arm uses a set series of comands that are accessed by an eye blink or even finger movements. The arm itself is made mostly from a 3D-printer, making it extermely affordable.
David Ferrucci was the principal investigator for the IBM research team that brought the world Watson, the artificial intelligence supercomputer that competed against former “Jeopardy” winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in Feb.
This article is about an experiment about giving a human a magnet that was implated into the tip of a finger. When a small magnetic was inserted into the tip of a finger, when it came into contact with a magnetic feild, it would vibrate. This allowed the nerves in the human body to feel the pressure from the magnet and as such, are able to feel a magnetic feild.
The article focuses on the simplest robots, called brisstle bots. Brisstle bots are nothing more than a toothbrush with a vibrating motor, yet when they are introduced into a small enough space and there are enough of them, the form coherent groups, as of yet we do not know why this occurs.
This youtube clip is from a presentaion at ted from a guy named Miguel Nicolelis. He had developed away where after maping a mokeys brain, a machine was able to predict and move in the pattern that teh monkey wanted. Essestially taking out he middle man.
This a short article about a new UAV (Un-maned Areil Vechile) that was devloped in Spain. This is apparently the first UAV that can do civilian and miliatry operations, such as traking a stolen car e.c.t
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This article focuses on the financial side of why Robots are important to a buisness. Essentially the article communicates that the more automated a buissness is the more profit they will make as they no longer have to pay employee's to do mediocre tasks.