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  • How 3D printers can give robots a soft touch
    on April 17, 2024 at 10:28 pm

    Soft skin coverings and touch sensors have emerged as a promising feature for robots that are both safer and more intuitive for human interaction, but they are expensive and difficult to make. A recent study demonstrates that soft skin pads doubling as sensors made from thermoplastic urethane can […]

  • New computer vision tool wins prize for social...
    on April 11, 2024 at 8:59 pm

    A team of computer scientists working on two different problems -- how to quickly detect damaged buildings in crisis zones and how to accurately estimate the size of bird flocks -- recently announced an AI framework that can do both. The framework, called DISCount, blends the speed and massive […]

  • Star Trek's Holodeck recreated using ChatGPT and...
    on April 11, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    Star Trek's Holodeck is no longer just science fiction. Using AI, engineers have created a tool that can generate 3D environments, prompted by everyday language.

  • A faster, better way to prevent an AI chatbot...
    on April 10, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    A new technique can more effectively perform a safety check on an AI chatbot. Researchers enabled their model to prompt a chatbot to generate toxic responses, which are used to prevent the chatbot from giving hateful or harmful answers when deployed.

  • Engineers design soft and flexible 'skeletons'...
    on April 8, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Engineers designed modular, spring-like devices to maximize the work of live muscle fibers so they can be harnessed to power biohybrid robots.

  • New privacy-preserving robotic cameras obscure...
    on April 4, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    In a bid to restore privacy, researchers have created a new approach to designing cameras that process and scramble visual information before it is digitized so that it becomes obscured to the point of anonymity.

  • Revolutionary biomimetic olfactory chips to...
    on March 28, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    A research team has addressed the long-standing challenge of creating artificial olfactory sensors with arrays of diverse high-performance gas sensors. Their newly developed biomimetic olfactory chips (BOC) are able to integrate nanotube sensor arrays on nanoporous substrates with up to 10,000 […]

  • Robot, can you say 'cheese'?
    on March 27, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    What would you do if you walked up to a robot with a human-like head and it smiled at you first? You'd likely smile back and perhaps feel the two of you were genuinely interacting. But how does a robot know how to do this? Or a better question, how does it know to get you to smile back?

  • New software enables blind and low-vision users...
    on March 27, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Umwelt is a new a system that enables blind and low-vision users to author accessible, interactive charts representing data in three modalities: visualization, textual description, and sonification.

  • Engineering household robots to have a little...
    on March 25, 2024 at 9:24 pm

    Engineers aim to give robots a bit of common sense when faced with situations that push them off their trained path, so they can self-correct after missteps and carry on with their chores. The team's method connects robot motion data with the common sense knowledge of large language models, or LLMs.