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Oct 11, 2019

Sensitive synthetic skin makes for hug-safe humanoid robot

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Back in 2011 we looked at an array of small hexagonal plates created to serve as an electronic skin that endows robots with a sense of touch. The team responsible had placed 31 of these hexagonal “skin cells” on a small robot, but now they’ve gone a lot further, equipping a human-sized robot with 1,260 cells to create what they claim is the first autonomous humanoid robot with artificial skin covering its entire body – even the soles of its feet.

In the eight years since the original touchy-feely robot, Professor Gordon Cheng and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have refined the look of the individual sensor cells, but they still boast the same basic capabilities. They’re still hexagonal in shape, allowing them to be placed in a honeycomb arrangement, and they can still measure proximity, pressure, temperature and acceleration.

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Oct 11, 2019

Biologically-inspired skin improves robots’ sensory abilities

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, information science, robotics/AI

Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings—a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.

The developed by Prof. Gordon Cheng and his team consists of hexagonal about the size of a two-euro coin (i.e. about one inch in diameter). Each is equipped with a microprocessor and sensors to detect contact, acceleration, proximity and temperature. Such artificial enables robots to perceive their surroundings in much greater detail and with more sensitivity. This not only helps them to move safely. It also makes them safer when operating near people and gives them the ability to anticipate and actively avoid accidents.

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Oct 10, 2019

Accidental Discovery of an Unbreakable “Molecular Pinball Machine”

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, physics

An organic material that can repeatedly change shape without breaking would have many useful applications, such as artificial muscles, pumps or as a switch. Physicists at Radboud University accidentally discovered a material with that property. Their findings were published in the scientific journal Nature Communications today October 8, 2019.

“I tend to call it the ‘molecular pinball machine,’” says Theo Rasing, professor of Spectroscopy of Solids and Interfaces at Radboud University. Together with colleagues from Nijmegen and China, he demonstrates the shape-changing abilities of the material by having it fling a glass bead at high speed. In that process, the organic crystal material called 4-DBpFO delivers a force corresponding to ten thousand times its own weight.

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Oct 7, 2019

Japan Pledges $900 Million to Cyborg, Human Hibernation Research

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It’s happening, folks.

Oct 6, 2019

Meet the cyborg artists who have merged themselves with technology

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, space

Neil Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to feel colour, while Moon Ribas has sensors in her feet that allow her to feel earthquakes.

Oct 5, 2019

Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, internet, robotics/AI

J.C.R. Licklider’s proposals for “man-machine symbiosis” led to the invention of the Internet.

Oct 5, 2019

Paralyzed man able to walk with mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, space

He said it felt like being the first man to walk on the moon.

Oct 4, 2019

Paralysed man walks using mind-controlled exoskeleton

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

A first: paralyzed man uses brain signals to control a robot exoskeleton.


Doctors who conducted the trial said though the device was years away from being publicly available, it had the potential to improve patients’ quality of life and autonomy.

The patient, identified only as Thibault, 28, from Lyon, said the technology had given him a new lease of life. Four years ago his life was permanently changed when he fell 40ft (12 metres) from a balcony, severing his spinal cord and leaving him paralysed from the shoulders down.

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Oct 4, 2019

Paralysed man moves in mind-reading exoskeleton

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A man who had not walked for two years was able to move all his limbs thanks to new technology.

Oct 3, 2019

A cyborg magician implanted 26 microchips and magnets in her body

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, media & arts

L AS VEGAS — At a biohacker conference convened here the other day, panelists took to the stage, settled into their chairs, and launched into their slide decks. Not Anastasia Synn.

With Frank Sinatra crooning “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” over the loudspeakers, Synn pulled out a giant needle and twisted it deeper and deeper into her left forearm as the music played on. It was only after finishing her routine, capped off by loud applause from the crowd of biohackers, that Synn sat down for a fireside chat about her work as a “cyborg magician.”

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