We can handle the imaginary terror of UFOs and nightmarish, flying mammals. But, robots that can jump like a human and then glide like a colugo? Now you’re just filling Mr. Spielberg with even more sci-fi, end of days fodder. Carnegie Mellon researchers Matthew Woodward and Metin Sitti have crafted a prototype jumping and gliding bot at the university’s NanoRobotics Lab that springs into action using a pair of human knee-like joints. The automated hi-jinks don’t end there either, as the duo’s invention then spreads its legs to catch some air and glide on back to terra firma. The project isn’t just some bit of engineering whimsy; the team plans to adapt this tech for use in “unstructured terrain” — i.e. non-level, wargadget territory. For now, this lord of the leaping gliders can reach comfortable human-sized heights of up to six feet. Give it some time, however, and we’re sure this lil’ android’ll give Superman a bound for his money. Click on past the break for a real world demo.
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Have you nerds heard? The cloud is the word, and Intel’s ready to put its bank account where the industry’s buzzing mouth is. Investing $30 million over a span of five years, the company has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to open two new Intel Science and Technology Centers. The academic research labs will laser in on cloud and embedded computing research, providing open source innovations that tackle mass data analytics, real-time information service distribution and refinements to a future, cloud-connected lifestyle. Curious as to what this brain collective has up its sleeves? Imagine wearing a pair of Intel-powered glasses that overlays data linked to the people and objects you see. Not the Minority Report type? Alright, then consider its proposed intelligent car of the future, capable of recommending “routing, retail, dining, and entertainment” options tailored to passenger profiles and real-world conditions. Whether you’re ready or not, this is the future folks — one big, passive scoop of computer-generated coddling. Hit the break for the full PR, and Peter Griffin’s take on our sponsored tomorrow.
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Continue reading Intel places $30 million bet on the cloud, opens two new labs at Carnegie Mellon
Intel places $30 million bet on the cloud, opens two new labs at Carnegie Mellon originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 21:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Some people never forget a face and the same, it seems, can be said for the internet. With some off-the-shelf facial recognition software, a connection to the cloud and access to social networking data, Carnegie Mellon University researchers have proved tagging can be the everyman’s gateway to privacy violation. Using a specially-designed, AR-capable mobile app, Prof. Alessandro Acquisti and his team conducted three real-world trials of the personal info mining tech, successfully identifying pseudonymed online daters and campus strolling college students via Facebook. In some cases, the application was even able to dredge up the students’ social security digits and personal interests — from their MySpace pages, we assume. Sure, the study’s findings could have you running for the off-the-grid hills (not to mention the plastic surgeon), but it’s probably best you just pay careful attention to that digital second life. Full PR after the break.
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Carnegie Mellon researchers use photo-tagging to violate privacy, prove nothing social is sacred originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cars and other vehicles may be the first thing that springs to mind at the mention of fuel cells, but the technology can of course also be used for plenty of other devices big and small, and a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are now looking to take them to a few new places that haven’t been possible so far. To that end, they’ve developed what they claim is the world’s smallest biological fuel cell, which is the size of a single human hair and “generates energy from the metabolism of bacteria on thin gold plates in micro-manufactured channels.” That, they say, could make it ideal for use in places like deep ocean environments where batteries are impractical — or possibly in electronic devices with some further refinements, where they could potentially store more energy than traditional batteries in the same space. The university’s full press release is after the break.
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Carnegie Mellon researchers develop world’s smallest biological fuel cell originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The world at large owes a good bit to Maxwell Smart, you know. Granted, it’s hard to directly link the faux shoe phone to the GPS-equipped kicks that are around today, but the lineage is certainly apparent. The only issue with GPS in your feet is how they react when you waltz indoors, which is to say, not at all. In the past, most routing apparatuses have used inertial measurement units (IMUs) to track motion, movement and distance once GPS reception is lost indoors, but those have proven poor at spotting the difference between a slow gait and an outright halt. Enter NC State and Carnegie Mellon University, who have worked in tandem in order to develop a prototype shoe radar that’s specifically designed to sense velocity. Within the shoe, a radar is attached to a diminutive navigational computer that “tracks the distance between your heel and the ground; if that distance doesn’t change within a given period of time, the navigation computer knows that your foot is stationary.” Hard to say when Nike will start testing these out in the cleats worn by football players, but after last week’s abomination of a spot (and subsequent botching of a review by one Ron Cherry) during the NC State – Maryland matchup, we’re hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
NC State and CMU develop velocity-sensing shoe radar, aim to improve indoor GPS routing originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.