The Swarmbots Project
Software and hardware
- Toward a More Human Robot (BusinessWeek article) - Interview with Takeo Kanade. As director of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001, Takeo Kanade has been one of the pioneers in the field of robotics. On the future of robotics, the US research situation and playfulness.
- Japanese robot to chat lonely elderly out of senility (Yahoo News) - Japan's growing elderly population from will be able to buy companionship in the form of a 45-centimeter (18-inch) robot, programmed to provide just enough small talk to keep them from going senile.
- Army to deploy robots that shoot (News.com article) - Next year, the U.S. Army will give robots machine guns, although humans will firmly be in control of them.
- Pyro (Project) - Pyro, Python Robotics is a top-down approach to programming real and simulated robots. It is a library, GUI, and set of objects in Python that allows beginning and experienced roboticists alike to easily control mobile robots. It comes with a simulator, and also works with Player/Stage/ Gazebo. Hardware supported includes ActivMedia's Pioneer, K-Team's Khepera and Hemisson, Sony's AIBO, Evolution's ER1, and others. It also contains Python code for artificial neural networks, genetic algorithm/programming, vision (V4L), self-organizing maps, mapping, localization, and more AI-related code.
- New EU Cognitive Robot Project (Robots.net) - There is a new four-year, â¬6.25 million European project to develop a cognitive robot capable of learning, internal representations, planning, understaning language meaning, and social interaction. According to a new ElectronicsWeekly.com article, researchers plan to put the robot together using the best existing AI components that have been developed to date for things like natural language, voice recognition, machine vision and other cognitive and sensory processes. Researchers at the Univeristy of Birmingham describe the process of combining all those bits and pieces into something that works as ambitious and hard.
- The ten secrets of embedded debugging (Embedded.com article) - Debugging your system may be the most important step in the development process. Here are ten hard-won lessons from the embedded trenches. The article covers common problems like memory leaks and optimization problems as well as more unique issues such as debugging software that has to interface with the world through noisy sensors.
- The Real da Vinci Code (Wired article) - Is his mysterious three-wheeled cart a proto automobile? A remote-controlled robot? A rolling Renaissance computer? The quest to rebuild Leonardo's "impossible machine."
- Supercomputer breaks speed record (BBC article) - The US is poised to push Japan off the top of the supercomputing chart with IBM's prototype Blue Gene/L machine. DOE test results show that Blue Gene/L has managed speeds of 70.72 teraflops.
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