AI News, Video Friday: World Cup Exoskeleton, Robot Cockroaches, and Chocolate Drone

Video Friday: World Cup Exoskeleton, Robot Cockroaches, and Chocolate Drone

The much-hyped mind-controlled cybernetic exoskeleton kickoff of the World Cup in Brazil was a bit of a letdown: it took place on the sidelines, and the official television broadcast almost missed it, but here it is anyway, along with a little bit of background on the system from GeoBeats News:

If there was ever a place that the FAA wouldn't have a problem approving autonomous drone flights, you have to figure that it would be in the middle of nowhere, but we have to wonder how long (and how much in the way of 'financial investment') it would take to convince the FAA to let this same sort of thing happen over urban (or even rural) areas.

Researchers and students from CMU's Robotics Institute and School of Drama worked for months to prepare HERB to play Bill to Olivia's Betty in the comedy where two people meeting for the first time have their conversation continually reset by a bell that rings when one of them responds negatively to the other.

When he is not acting, HERB serves as the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks in places where people live and work.

This is nice, because it means it's now easy to tell the difference between the major industrial robot arm manufacturers: KUKA arms are the orange ones, ABB gets white now, and FANUC is yellow.

While I'm personally not entirely sold on the whole social networking thing, I do like the design and the 3G connectivity, which would (theoretically) enable you to control the drone from anywhere with a cellular signal.

Peloton Tech has successfully tested a sort of enhanced cruise control for trucks that lets one truck draft behind another, generating 10 percent fuel savings while taking advantage of a combined autonomous safety system.