Monthly Archives: June 2012

Infrared Sensors Inspired by Beetles

The Jewel beetle may be able to detect forest fires up to 80km away… could they help humans do the same? Judging by their glamorous iridescent colouring, you could never tell that a Jewel beetle’s preferred hang out is among … Continue reading

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Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Huggable Robot

After a bad day, there’s nothing like a Hugvie If you’re a fan of bizarre robots, you’ve got to be familiar with some of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s work. As the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan, … Continue reading

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Magnificent Maneuvers

Robots designed to move like cockroaches and geckos It’s suspected that the earliest forms of cockroaches were present over 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period while our modern roach’s history dates back to the more recent Cretaceous period, … Continue reading

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Robotic Therapy Gets Paralysed Rats Walking and Running

These rats are back in action! Grégoire Courtine and his team at The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been using a robotic harness and electro-chemical stimulation to get rats with damaged spinal cords up and running again.

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Technology as Empowerment

Joanne O’Riordan’s Address to the UN On April 26, 2012, 16 year old Joanne O’Riordan gave a speech to the United Nations for Girls in ICT Day. Although Joanne was born with one of rarest conditions we know of, Total … Continue reading

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Fishing for New Ways to Monitor Water Pollution?

The SHOAL project develops robotic fish to help keep our waters clean! SHOAL is a European research project that aims to produce a network of robotic fish to monitor pollution in aquatic environments.The project is being lead by BMT Group … Continue reading

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Up Next… Neo-Humanity?

Check out Russia 2045 Could we reach an age of cibernetic immortality? It’s a controversial question (to say the least) however, Dmitry Itskov is now making it loud and clear that he thinks the answer is yes and the Russian … Continue reading

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