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Smarter and More Versatile Robots From AI

By Dick Weisinger

Google has announced a new artificial intelligence model that can help it train robots to understand tasks like throwing out trash, choosing a drink, or moving objects to a specific location. The model, called Robotics Transformer 2 (RT-2), is a

Embedded Imaging: Widespread Applications for Compact Low-Cost Vision

By Dick Weisinger

The cost of the electronics and cameras needed for computer vision have plummeted making low-cost embedded vision for industrial robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles, a real possibility. The technology for computer and embedded vision exists, is now quite cheap, and

Drones as Pesticide: Bringing Sustainability to Agriculture

By Dick Weisinger

As an alternative to the use of chemical pesticides which can have harmful affects on humans and the environment, farmers are experimenting with the use of drones. Drones are being used to apply pesticides with more precision so that less

Robot Swarms: Incredible Potential for Both Good and Bad

By Dick Weisinger

A robot swarm is a collection of similar robots where each is autonomous but also able to coordinate their movement and activities with the entire group. Typically a single robot in the swarm will be equipped with environment sensors like

Robotics: Building Soft Robots to be Human Assistants

By Dick Weisinger

Robots are being designed to dexterously and safely grab onto and hold objects. The technology to do this is called ‘soft robotics’ and requires feedback circuits that determine the appropriate pressure to apply when holding the object. Historically, robots have