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Audi's Swarm concept set to reinvent the humble brake light
Looking to bring the humble brake light into the 21st Century, Audi has created an innovative oled (organic light emitting diode) display that would run along the rear of a car to inform other drivers of its movements. The concept, called Swarm, gets …
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Imec improves AMOLEDs
The threshold voltage of 3V makes the technology favorable for hybrid complementary line-drive circuitry at the borders of future flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays on PEN foil. AMOLED technology is currently emerging …
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Rumor: Panasonic may end plasma HDTV production
It's difficult to know whether Panasonic will make an exit from the TV market, but with their recent announcement from the beginning of this year surrounding their “56-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel with 4k resolution,” it doesn't seem …
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It was a muggy springtime morning in South Texas virtually one year ago when Gene Robinson got to the swampy waters near Sam Houston Lake Estates. All that week the location had been a hive of activity, as authorities browsed along the banks, diving underwater with scuba gear, and flying overhead in helicopters. 150 search-and-rescue workers aided by 40 pet dogs had actually criss-crossed the thick forest around the lake on foot, ATVs, and horseback. Texas Rangers stood guard with rifles, securing search celebrations from alligators, feral hogs, and huge predatory cats.
The missing out on boy was Devon Davis, a two-year-old who had relocated with his household to the location just a couple of weeks prior. While his mother was napping, Devon had wandered out of the house and …
Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O ’ Grady, and Marco Dorigo are researchers from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa and they are leading us down the primrose course towards human extinction. More exactly, they ’ re making use of a method called specially-targetted communication. The flying robotic “ picks ” ground robots and communicates with them by altering LED colors. When the airborne robot delivers the right signals to the ground robotics, they can easily collaborate to move over and around barriers that the ground robots could not see.
Crucial is that reality that no real “ cordless ” communication is required right here, unless you count the LEDs as a type of electro-magnetic signaling. Instead, the flying robots can tell the ground robotics to do exactly what they do finest – self-assemble – then lead them where they need to go.
You actually need to see the video to comprehend it, however it ’ s some seriously wild robot interaction. The method calls for no GPS, no maps, and no outside control. The flying robots simply should know exactly what the atmosphere looks like and the ground robots simply need to follow orders. It ’ s impressive stuff.
Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo are researchers from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa and they are leading us down the primrose path towards human extinction. More precisely, they’re using a method called specially-targetted communication. The flying robot “selects” ground robots and communicates with them by changing LED colors. Once the airborne robot sends the right signals to the ground robots, they can work together to move over and around obstacles that the ground robots cannot see.
Most important is that fact that no real “wireless” communication is necessary here, unless you count the LEDs as a form of electromagnetic signaling. Instead, the flying robots can tell the ground robots to do what they do best – self-assemble – and then guide them where they need to go.
You really have to see the video to understand it, but it’s some seriously wild robot interaction. The method requires no GPS, no maps, and no outside control. The flying robots just need to know what the environment looks like and the ground robots just have to follow orders. It’s amazing stuff.
We’ve seen some pretty impressive tricks from the University of Pennsylvania’s swarm of quadrocopter drones, but nothing prepared us for this. In its time off from navigating obstacle courses, formation flying, building structures, and literally flying through hoops, the swarm managed to pick up some impressive musical chops, bringing us this flawless rendition of the James Bond theme. The tiny robots all play actual musical instruments, too — either by landing on organ keys, dragging a stick across a harp, or beating a drum with a mechanical arm.
The trick is actually accomplished by filling the “stage” with infrared lights and cameras that capture the locations of the individual drones. The team then sets a series of 3D waypoints —…
Here are some of yesterday’s stories on TechCrunch Gadgets:
Swarming Robots Will Fly Menacingly Towards Your Loved Ones In Perfect Formation
A swarm robotic demonstration using 278 miniature e-puck robots at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Robots in the video are all real, not computer generated. For more information on the educational e-puck robot, please visit www.e-puck.org
A robotic micro-assembly process relies on several thousand flagellated bacteria acting as micro-workers to build a pyramidal structure. Work presented at IROS ’09 by Sylvain Martel and Mahmood Mohammadi from the NanoRobotics Laboratory, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. For more robot news, visit spectrum.ieee.org
What’s more frightening than a swarm of robots? An award-winning swarm of robots trained to raid your library — that’s what. This SciFi-worthy outfit of mechanized literature swindlers, known as the “Swarmanoid,” landed themselves the Best Video Award at this week’s AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) conference in San Francisco. The video in question features the mixed bag of eye-bots, hand-bots and foot-bots in an Oceans 11-style bookcase heist. Of course, there are probably easier ways to reach the top shelf (e.g. a ladder), but none that get us thinking about the end times quite like this. The full video awaits you after the break.
So, this is cool: The Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems lab has built these things called Khepera swarm robots. Though they look like little Roombas, they haven’t quite learned how to pick up crumbs yet. They’re actually a part of grad student Edward Macdonald’s Masters thesis and just recently learned a couple new tricks.
They’re first feat was to spell out the word GRITS (for Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems), and now they’ve moved on to forming a landing pad for a quadrocopter. They grow up so fast, don’t they? Anyways, in the video below you can see these little cutie-bots walk in a line behind the leader robot (which reminds me of baby ducks), and create a formation fit to land a quadrocopter on.