Browsing Category: AI

Crowdfunded 3-D augmented reality glasses aim to compete with Google Glass For several months, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Meta has been developing augmented reality glasses “that combine the power of a laptop and smartphone in a pair of thick Ray-Bans and a small pocket computer.” The Meta Pro will have an i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. […]

Year end review of “neuromorphic” chip prototypes MIT Technology Review today features an overview of processors that they claim are “about to narrow the gulf between artificial and natural computation—between circuits that crunch through logical operations at blistering speed and a mechanism honed by evolution to process and act on sensory input from the real world.” Caltech’s Carver Mead pioneered “brain […]

Nerve interface simulates touch in prosthetic hand Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University researchers have developed an interface that can convey a sense of touch from 20 spots on a prosthetic hand. It directly stimulates nerve bundles, known as peripheral nerves, in the arms of patients.   Two people have been fitted with the interface to date. […]

IBM unveils prototype of “brain-inspired” computer The human brain is 10,000 times more dense and efficient than any computer today. IBM is using the brain as a design template, including using fluids to cool the machine and distribute electrical power. This could enable processing power that is densely packed into 3D volumes rather than spread out across flat 2D circuit boards […]

Crowdfunded, tendon driven robot mimics human movement Univerity of Zurich’s AI Lab has crowdfunded its first version of an open source, flexible robot. Roboy, developed by Professor Rolf Pfeifer, has a four foot tall human shape and a set of “muscles” inspired by the human musculoskeletal system. The plastic muscles work together via electrical motors and artificial tendons. Its tendon-driven systems mimic […]

Personalized robot companion for seniors A European consortium of research institutes, universities and technology companies has developed a highly customizable robot companion to help seniors to maintain their quality of life, stay healthy and avoid social exclusion. The robot, a mobile wheeled semi-humanoid figure equipped with cameras, sensors, audio, and a touch screen interface, can remind users to take their […]

Neuromorphic chip mimics human brain in real time University of Zurich and ETH Zurich scientists have created a two by two millimeter microchip with 11,011 electrodes that mimics the brain’s processing power.   The brain-like microchips are not sentient beings, but can carry out complex sensorimoter tasks in real time.  Previous brain-like computer systems have been slower and larger.  This system, developed by Professor […]

Algorithm analyzes head movements to measure heart rate MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that gauges heart rate by measuring tiny head movements in video data.  A subject’s heart rate was consistently measured within a few beats per minute when compared to results from electrocardiograms. The algorithm was also able to provide estimates of time intervals between beats, which can be used to identify […]

Low cost GPU based neural network simulates the brain In a new paper, Stanford’s Andrew Ng describes how to use graphics microprocessors to build a $20,000 computerized brain that is similar to the cat-detector he developed with Google last year for $1M. To test his hypothesis about GPU-driven Deep Learning, he also built a larger version of the platform for $100,000.  It utilized […]

Nerve and muscle interfaces for prosthetic control DARPA continues to build technology with academic partners to enable amputees to control prosthetic limbs with their minds.  Examples follow: Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago demonstrated a type of peripheral interface called targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR). By rewiring nerves from amputated limbs, new interfaces allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles. Researchers […]