MSL Curiosity did the most detailed geological research on Mars
Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction is one of the most accurate methods of mineralogical analysis. Due to this method it is possible to find out the mineral composition, not the chemical. For example, diamond and graphite are identical in terms of chemistry, but the different formation conditions affected the crystal lattice structure and radically changed the mineral nature. The purpose of Curiosity was just to determine what conditions led to the mineral formation on Mars in the past.
Racing simulator experts know that the computer always uses the ideal trajectory, and it does not make any mistakes, but this is only in the game. What about the real life?
This cyberplatform is able to carry up to 9 grams of useful load.
Let’s take a look at a caterpillar. At some point it turns into a butterfly. Here is a simple question, namely is it possible to give it the synthetic components that allow building a cyborg-insect? Answer would be yes it is. Michel Maharbiz, associate professor did it.
I want to have a robot! It would entertain me ...dance ...cook ... and clean for me. While you are continuing to dream, I am going to talk about the wonderful robot that now you can buy at a reasonable price, and at the same time we will look into the over mentioned things, which the robot could do, namely dancing, entertaining, and washing socks. This robot is named Bioloid. It is made by Robotis Korean Company. This Bioloid has an interesting peculiarity, namely using its kit of parts you can build different types of robots, starting from a simple lift gate and finishing with a dinosaur robot or an android. In fact, you can build your own unique robots.
The technological progress is moving from the futuristic androids to more practical developments.
A few days ago, Boston Dynamics that is a maker of the Big Dog has posted a video on internet about another project - Petman. Previously, it has already been written about it, however the development of this project had not been finished in that time. What we see now is truly amazing.
Here is some information about the project:
Petman is an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing that are being used by the U.S. Army. In contrast to the previous suit testers, which had a limited set of motions and had to be supported mechanically, Petman will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents. Petman will also simulate human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary, all to provide realistic test conditions.
The last few weeks were marked by two major robot exhibitions in Asia that were held one after another. It all has begun with the Korea’s Robot World 2011 exhibition and ended with Japan’s IREX 2011. There were shown amazing prototypes despite the fact that android- engineering is only a small part of the Asian (and global) robotics technology.
Fully automated minibuses (pods) were launched at the Heathrow Airport:
• Their speed is at up to 40 kilometers per hour.
• Carrying capacity of one pod is four passengers.
• They have fully automatic operation.
• The pods are at 70% more efficient than cars, and at 50% that usual buses.
• More than 100 000 people have been used this transport since April.
It is recommended to see a video, this was a project at that time and now, it is a reality.
Here is a link to the video and article how it works now.