Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

AI-based ‘no-touch touchscreen’ could reduce risk of pathogen spread from surfaces

A ‘no-touch touchscreen’ developed for use in cars could also have widespread applications in a post-COVID-19 world, by reducing the risk of transmission of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus ai sensors technology automotive

Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine research sensors school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology lincoln-laboratory diagnostics

Bioelectric device on your skin could start with a pencil

One day, people could monitor their own health conditions by simply picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: skin sensors science-and-technology health-and-medicine wearable-devices tattoos graphite

Letting robots manipulate cables

Robotic gripper with soft sensitive fingers developed at MIT CSAIL can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
July 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robotics artificial-intelligence robots research sensors school-of-engineering algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing distributed-robotics-laboratory

Wildly thin histamine sensors spot fish gone foul

"This histamine sensor is not only for fish. Bacteria in food produce histamine. So it can be a good indicator of the shelf life of food."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: graphene food fish sensors health-and-medicine

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

Watch an acrobatic drone pull off great stunts

A new drone can pull off acrobatic maneuvers like barrel rolls or loops. More than just looking cool, it could be a step to autonomous flying robots.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots sensors drones algorithms featured science-and-technology flight

Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

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