Programming drones to fly in the face of uncertainty
Companies have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry onboard for real-time processing.
New 3-D printing technique for manufacturing strain gauges
Have you ever weighed your car at a weighing station on the highway? Have you ever thought about how the deflections in an airplane wing are monitored? Have you ever wondered how engineers monitor the stress and bend of a bridge?
Inner workings of victorious AI
Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em earlier this year, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers report.
Scientists make research 'jelly' grow more like biological tissues
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have found a way to direct the growth of hydrogel, a jelly-like substance, to mimic plant or animal tissue structure and shapes.
Air-breathing battery can store electricity for months
Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the grid.
Snake robot used in search for Mexico quake survivors
Researchers deployed a snake-like robot to search for trapped survivors in a Mexico City apartment building that collapsed in the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook the city September 19.
Machine-learning system enables smoother streaming
We've all experienced two hugely frustrating things on YouTube: our video either suddenly gets pixelated, or it stops entirely to rebuffer. Both happen because of special algorithms that break videos into small chunks that load as you go.
Revolutionising animated characters' speech
Animating the speech of characters such as Elsa and Mowgli has been both time-consuming and costly. But now computer programmers have identified a way of creating natural-looking animated speech that can be generated in real-time as voice actors deliver their lines.
Interactive tool helps novices and experts make custom robots
A new interactive design tool enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators.
Using distinctive body locations to control mobile devices
Researchers are placing ultra-thin, electronic tattoos on distinctive body locations. The user can touch, squeeze or pull them, and thereby intuitively control mobile devices such as a music player, or easily make indicators light up.
Low-cost touch sensing added to objects of almost any shape
Touch sensing is most common on small, flat surfaces such as smartphone or tablet screens. Researchers, however, turn surfaces of a wide variety of shapes and sizes into touchpads using tools as simple as a can of spray paint.
Stretchable rubber packs a thermal conductive punch
Researchers have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.
Flying robot is the newest expert inspecting your city's bridges
Researchers have joined forces to develop the Aerial Robotic Infrastructure Analyst. This tabletop-sized drone uses photo and video capture techniques, as well as state-of-the-art laser scanners, to create a high-resolution 3-D model of the bridge, which can then be safely analyzed by an inspector on the ground.