Series of images related to a technology used to draw maps during a fight fire emergency
Robotics

Mapping the Inferno

An AI-powered eye in the sky is helping firefighters control woodland blazes. California used maps drawn by neural networks to fight fires that threatened Yosemite National Park earlier this year.
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Example of Occupancy Anticipation, a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles, working
Robotics

Guess What Happens Next

New research teaches robots to anticipate what’s coming rather than focusing on what’s right in front of them. Researchers developed Occupancy Anticipation (OA), a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles in addition to observing those in its field of view.
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Autopiloted aircraft
Robotics

Deep Learning Is in the Air

An aviation startups is using neural networks to put air freight on autopilot.What’s new: Xwing, a California startup, is test-flying an autonomous pilot system aboard cargo aircraft with an eye toward crewless commercial flights in 2022.
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Dozens of drones coordinating movements
Robotics

Drones of a Feather

Deep learning is coordinating drones so they can flock together without colliding. Caltech researchers Soon-Jo Chung and Yisong Yue developed a pair of models that enables swarms of networked drones to navigate autonomously through cluttered environments.
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Man with prosthetic leg walking
Robotics

AI Steps Up

A prosthetic leg that learns from the user’s motion could help amputees walk more naturally. Researchers from the University of Utah designed a robotic leg that uses machine learning to generate a human-like stride.
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Mobile robot arm lab assistant working
Robotics

Scientific Discovery on a Roll

A mechanical lab assistant could accelerate chemistry research.What’s new: Researchers at the University of Liverpool trained a mobile robot arm to navigate a lab, operate equipment, handle samples, and obtain results far faster than a human scientist.
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AI-powered camera spotting a damaged product
Robotics

Assembly Line AI

Computer vision has been learning how to spot manufacturing flaws. The pandemic is accelerating that education. Companies like Instrumental and Elementary are making AI-powered cameras that automate the spotting of damaged or badly assembled products on factory assembly lines.
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Dishwashing robot working
Robotics

AI Does the Dishes

A pioneer in dishwashing robots is reaching into commercial kitchens. Dishcraft Robotics uses machines equipped with computer vision to scrub dirties for corporate food services and, soon, restaurants.
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Graphs and data related to Scan2Plan, a model that segments 3D scans of empty indoor spaces into floor plans
Robotics

Finding a Floor Plan

Robot vacuum cleaners are pretty good at navigating rooms, but they still get stuck in tight spaces. New work takes a step toward giving them the smarts they’ll need to escape the bathroom.
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Video of Ai-gen-cy, an artist management firm that represents robots
Robotics

Robots to Hollywood: Call My Agent

Seeking a robot star for your movie, music video, or bat mitzvah? You need a new breed of talent scout. Ai-gen-cy is an artist management firm that exclusively represents robots, reports GeekWire.
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Robotic hand identifying transparent objects
Robotics

Seeing the See-Through

Glass bottles and crystal bowls bend light in strange ways. Image processing networks often struggle to separate the boundaries of transparent objects from the background that shows through them. A new method sees such items more accurately.
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Excerpts from promotional video for music-composing robot named Shimon
Robotics

Algorithm and Blues

Bored with your Spotify playlists? Let this robot singer/songwriter take you on a trip “Into Your Mind.” A music-composing, marimba-playing robot named Shimon has learned to write and sing its own lyrics, IEEE Spectrum reports.
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Robotic hand controlled by an amputee taking a can
Robotics

AI Gets a Grip

Amputees can control a robotic hand with their thoughts — plus machine learning. University of Michigan researchers developed a system that uses signals from an amputee’s nervous system to control a prosthetic hand.
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Drone following a person riding an ATV
Robotics

Imitation Learning in the Wild

Faster than a speeding skateboard! Able to dodge tall trees while chasing a dirt bike! It’s … an upgrade in the making from an innovative drone maker.
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Information and images related to 6D-Pose Anchor-based Category-level Keypoint-tracker (6-PACK)
Robotics

Deep Learning for Object Tracking

AI is good at tracking objects in two dimensions. A new model processes video from a camera with a depth sensor to predict how objects move through space.
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