The moon is the closest neighbor of the Earth, and now mankind continues to actively study our satellite. Not so long ago, the Chinese sent a station to the moon, which completed a number of scientific tasks. Now the European Space Agency plans to join the direct study of the moon. Only not its surface, about which a lot is known, but caves.
Yes, there are caves on the moon, and quite a few. Some of them can serve as a reliable shelter for lunar colonists, which will allow them to avoid a number of dangers that threaten on the surface. ESA collected lots of ideas proposed by scientists and engineers and selected the five most promising. Then another stage of selection followed, so now the agency has three ideas that are planned to be implemented. They are all interconnected.
Now developers from around the world are trying hard to create software for all kinds of robots, including the quadrotors with "intelligence". Recently, KMel Robotics company and the University of Pennsylvania have introduced a new design of quadrotor, which shows some progress in the development of software for the robots interaction.
In the showcase presentation were 20 nano quadrotors, each of them is equipped with a balancing system as well as able to interact with the "colleagues". In addition, each unit can operate independently, for example, it is able to round encountered obstacles. In this case, the remaining quadrotors will not repeat the movements of its “colleague”.
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.
A pair of talking robots, initially did not know any language to communicate with each other, droids have developed it during the interaction. They have gradually agreed and determined that, for example, the word «jaya» means “in the center of the room”.
Amusing experiment was conducted by Ruth Schulz and her colleagues from the University of Queensland. They researched the formation of a language from scratch in the case of two robots. The project was named as “ Lingodroids”.