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Robots and dinosaurs

11/04/2013 1 comment

After giving up the idea of cloning dinosaurus, Clive Palmer built a Jurassic Pak with 117 animatronic dinosaurs at the Palmer Coolum Resort at north of Brisbane.

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Palmer started his collection by putting two animatronic behemoths. Those are Tyrannosaurus rex called Jeff and an Omeisaurus named Bones.

The creatures in the park will soar up to 6m and have a weight over a ton. That’s not all, they’ll be able to move their tails and blink.

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dinos park

Is the innovation in technology for everyone?

23/03/2013 3 comments

The evolution of the technology is very fast! Lots of new robotic things have been found, that can make you life easer. But the question is, is this innovation applicable to everybody?!          Has ‘every man’ in the world an advantage of it? Or moreover, has ‘every man’ in the world the possibility to use the new invented/innovated machines?

To explain my point of view, I’ll give you an example.

Here you can see ‘a grasrobot’. The robot is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, a rain sensor and a star shaped blade. It’s a user friendly robot and easy to program. The cutting height of the robot can be set, depending on the hight of the grass. In addition, due to auto programming, it is possible only to mow the grass if it is necessary.

grasrobot

Well, that sounds great!

If I ask you the question, would you buy a grasrobot? Then probably your answer will be; ‘yes, why not!’

Only until the moment you become aware of the price!

The price of a grasrobot is around 1250 Euro.

If I ask you now the same question, you will be less satisfied to say yes.

My point of view is that the engineers and the scientist should also be aware of this. Yes, a rich man has the possibility to buy every new thing, doesn’t matter how expensive it is. But what about the middle class people? Do you think that he’ll buy this grasmachine? He also wants to try it, but maybe has no possibility to buy it.                                                                In this way, in my point of view, rich people will become richer and the middle class people will become ‘arm’.

What is your opinion about it?

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The grasrobot

The grasrobot 2

The three laws of robotics

13/03/2013 7 comments

Isaac Asimov, a writer invented “The three laws of robotics” to write some science fiction stories.

The three laws of robotics are;

1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;

2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law;

3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law;

The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

Do you think that these laws are all true nowadays? What is your opinion about them?

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Isaac Asimov

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The nanorobot

27/02/2013 5 comments

Robots are not only present at centimeter or millimeter scale, they are also present at nano scale!

Havard medical school in Boston developed cancer-killing nanorobots. The nanorobot is made of DNA and it seeks out for cancer cells in your body. After detecting a cancer cell it injects its payload of DNA-altering molecules,wherby the cancer is self-destruct.

drug-delivering-nanorobot

It is called ‘nanorobot’ because it is capable of doing some robotic tasks. The robot has a barrel shape, each barrel is about 35 nanometers in diameter. It contains different sites at the inside for attaching some molecules. On the outer site it has two aptamers, short nucleotide strands with special sequences for recognizing molecules on the target cell. Once the correct target is reached, the aptamers spring open, to release the payload.

For an illustrated explanation of how nanorobots(in general) work, see the video below.

However, the nanorobots are not ready to enter the human body, because the researchers are not sure about how the robot itself will be cleaned after doing his tasks. If this kind of problems are solved, then it is possible that this kind of robots become real in therapeutics.

Now the researchers are beginning to thing to test such kind of robots on mice. Do you think that this is a good idea? Suppose that the mouse body react on a negative way on it, can they then sacrifice mice lives?

Havard develops cancer killing nanorobots

dna robot could kill cancer cells

nanorobot moedigt kankercel aan tot zelfmoord

The Telenoid

03/02/2013 6 comments

Do you sometimes have the feeling of missing someone? Well,

Osaka university and ATR developped a robot, called Telenoid. It’s a portable teleoperated android robot, that can transfer people’s presence.

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The robot owns appearances similar to actual persons and can transfer to presences of actual persons.
But this is not all! The Telenoid also behaves like a human. It can appear as both, male and female and as both old and young. Thanks to his design, soft and pleasant skin texture, it allows people to feel as if an acquaintance in the distance is next to you.

What do you think about such kind of robots?

Telenoid

New technology, new life – Can we handle it?

07/01/2013 8 comments

New day, new technology, new world!

With this growing world in technology, there are a lots of upcoming positive and negative consequences.

Nowadays quadrotors are mostly used on workplaces, disaster areas, … But what if they enter in the normal daily life of a human being?  Can you imagine that a father sends a quadrotor after his child to bring him/her to school or to the busstation?

If this forecasting becomes true, will you then use a quadrotor in you daily life for this kind of applications?

A world record by choreographed quadrotors

08/12/2012 3 comments

The AscTec Hummingbird a quadrotor specially designed for aggressive and fast flying manoeuvres. Due to the flexibility in the propellers, harder landings are possible.

AscTec-Hummingbird_uav

A world record is created by the use of 49 AscTec Hummingbird quadrotors in Austria. Electronica Futurelab and Acsending technologies  choreographed those quadrotors for a visual display to lit up the Austrian town of Linz.

This diplay was a part of an art festival consulting of quadrotors with pulsating LED-lights.

 

References

quadrotors.net

Ascending technologies