Having difficulty getting your robot parts to work as planned? Turn to nature — or better yet, look inside yourself. After all, where better to find inspiration than the humans that the machines will one day enslave right? Researchers at Gerogia tech have been working to develop a system to control cameras in robots that utilizes similar functionality as human muscle.
The team recently showed off their work at the EEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics in Rome. When fully developed, they anticipate that the piezoelectricsystem could be used for MRI-based surgery, rehabilitation and research of the human eye.
Source: Georgia Tech
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Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology have developed a dancing robot called Shimi that picks tunes from your smartphone, understands your unspoken commands, and reacts to the crowd to keep the dance floor bumping.
The robotic disc jockey, which was unveiled at Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco on Thursday, moves to the beat, bobbing its little head and tapping its feet. The 1-foot-tall gadget, which will be sold starting in 2013 by startup robotic toy company Tovbot, also scans the room to make sure its speakers are pointed at the dancers. It even takes requests — clap a beat, and Shimi will scan the smartphone’s library for a song that matches.
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