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PUFFER: JPL's Pop-Up Exploring Robot

PUFFER: JPL
It costs a stupendous amount of money to send something from the surface of Earth to the surface of Mars, and there are severe limits on the volume and mass that you can send at any one time. In order to stuff the maximum amount of science into the minimum amount of space, NASA has had to get creative, with landers and rovers designed to be lightweight and foldable. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif., engineers have long been trying to cram as much rob…
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Video Friday: Running Robot, Dog vs. Roomba, and BionicCobot

Video Friday: Running Robot, Dog vs. Roomba, and BionicCobot
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): AUVSI Xponential – May 8-11, 2017 – Dallas, Texas, USA AAMAS 2017 – May 8-12, 2017 – Sao Paulo, Brazil Austech – May 9-12, 2017 – Melbourne, Australia Innorobo – May 16-18, 2017 – Paris, France Midwest Robotics Workshop – May …
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Demo: A Versatile Snake Robot That Masters Tough Terrain and Climbs Metal Walls

Demo: A Versatile Snake Robot That Masters Tough Terrain and Climbs Metal Walls
Last week, a visitor slithered through the IEEE Spectrum office. The robotics company Sarcos had brought around its new snake robot, the Guardian S, to show off its moves. While it performed its tricks—shimmying sideways, rolling over, rearing up, and even sliding its magnetized body straight up a metal door—an impressed staff member mentioned that his son would love to have a snakebot to play with. “We’re taking orders if you want one!” said Sarcos CEO Ben Wolff. “Only $60…
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Want to Know What’s Happening in a Building? Listen in at the Breaker Box, Says Startup Verdigris

Want to Know What’s Happening in a Building? Listen in at the Breaker Box, Says Startup Verdigris
Mark Chung was a chip guy. Not a software developer, certainly not a power systems engineer. He spent nearly 15 years in the semiconductor industry since getting his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford in 1999. He’d been an engineer at AMD for nearly six years designing chips like the Athlon and Opteron, then at startup PA Semi working on microprocessors that, he anticipated, would go into Apple computers (Apple later purchased the company a…
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Hands-on With TurtleBot 3, a Powerful Little Robot for Learning ROS

Hands-on With TurtleBot 3, a Powerful Little Robot for Learning ROS
South Korean robotics company Robotis and the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) announced the TurtleBot 3 at ROSCon last year in Seoul. We got to see a wide variety of prototypes, but Robotis was still in the middle of figuring out exactly what TurtleBot 3 was going to look like and what hardware it would include. The company told us at the time that they wanted the robot to be as open, modular, and customizable as possible, and we’ve been waiting excitedly to see what …
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AI Predicts Heart Attacks and Strokes More Accurately Than Standard Doctor's Method

AI Predicts Heart Attacks and Strokes More Accurately Than Standard Doctor
Here at The Human OS, we are slightly obsessed with matchups between artificial intelligence and doctors. In many experiments (though not yet in many clinics), AI systems are showing great promise in diagnosing diseases, analyzing medical images, and predicting health outcomes. They’ve even performed better than human doctors in certain tasks like surgical stitching and diagnosing autism in infants.  Now, in the latest win for AI medicine, researchers at the University of …
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The Walls Have Eyes, and They're Watching How You Walk

The Walls Have Eyes, and They
A smart home with walls capable of monitoring each person's health without wearable fitness trackers just got a step closer. A research group based primarily at MIT has shown how a picture-size wall sensor can detect the walking speed and stride length of people based on how their bodies interfere with radio signals. The WiGait system works by transmitting low-power radio signals and analyzing how those radio signals reflect off of people's bodies within a radius of 9 to 12…
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Watch This Robot 3D Print a Building Out of Spray Foam

Watch This Robot 3D Print a Building Out of Spray Foam
Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call “ripe for disruption.” Researchers at the MIT Media Lab agree, pointing out in a paper just published in Science Robotics that construction “relies on traditional fabrication technologies that are dangerous, slow, and energy-intensive.” Hey, sounds like a job for some robots, right? The Media Lab’s paper introduces the Digital Construction Platform (DCP), which is “an…
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Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): AUVSI Xponential – May 8-11, 2017 – Dallas, Texas, USA AAMAS 2017 – May 8-12, 2017 – Sao Paulo, Brazil Austech – May 9-12, 2017 – Melbourne, Australia Innorobo – May 16-18, 2017 – Paris, France Midwest Robotics Workshop – May …
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Robotic Construction Platform Creates Large Buildings on Demand

Robotic Construction Platform Creates Large Buildings on Demand
Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call “ripe for disruption.” Researchers at the MIT Media Lab agree, pointing out in a paper just published in Science Robotics that construction “relies on traditional fabrication technologies that are dangerous, slow, and energy-intensive.” Hey, sounds like a job for some robots, right? The Media Lab’s paper introduces the Digital Construction Platform (DCP), which is “an…
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