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Panasonic banking on exoskeletons used in factories, to help workers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:35 pm

Panasonic and subsidiary ActiveLink have developed a new exoskeleton suit that is affordable and could find its way to workers in factories and manufacturing facilities. The new technology has already been tested in Osaka, Japan, and forestry workers are now giving it a try.




The suit, which connects to the back, thighs and feet of the wearer, is just 13 pounds and allows a person to carry an additional 33 pounds. The custom exoskeleton suit features a carbon-fiber motor and sensors able to determine when a person is lifting or carrying a heavy load.


"We expect that exoskeletons, or power-assist suits, will be widely used in people's lives in 15 years," said Mio Yamanaka, spokesperson for Panasonic, in a statement published by the MIT Technology Review. "We expect that they will be used for tasks that require physical strength, such as moving thinks and making deliveries, public works, construction, agriculture, and forestry."

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Woman receives most 'technologically advanced prosthetic' hand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 4:25 pm

Lizbeth Uzcategui recently received the i-limb quantum from Touch Bionics, a programmable and more precise prosthetic hand. Uzcategui was born without a hand or arm below her right elbow, but the i-limb quantum will give her the ability to live a more normal life.




The i-limb quantum has greatly improved battery life, has more strength when a wearer needs it, and is faster and smarter than other bionic prosthetics. Uzcategui noted that other prosthetic hands she has used were unable to keep up with her daily tasks - a common complaint among patients with prosthetics.


"This is the latest and greatest in upper extremity prosthetic hands. It's quicker, it's faster, it's lighter and smaller," said Matthew Klein, from the Hanger Clinic, in a statement to CBS News Miami.

Is radiation from Fukushima to blame for mutated daisies?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 9:08 am

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has created countless problems that must be addressed by scientists and researchers - and it looks like the latest story is mutated daisies. The unique looking plants were discovered in Nasushiobara City, located about 70 miles from Fukushima.




The Tweet from @san_kaido noted: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have two flowers connected each other, having four stems of flower tied beltlike. The left one has four stems up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower."


The Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Power Plant suffered a meltdown in 2011, following a massive magnitude-9 earthquake, which caused a brutal tsunami.

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Concerns and suspicions of pro cyclists using motors in their bikes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 7:33 am

The idea that a professional cyclist in the peloton has a secret electric motor, likely hidden in his seat tube, isn't something new. However, it looks like something the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking seriously, after checking bikes following four stages of the 2015 Tour de France.




During the most recent check, which took place after Stage 18, saw yellow jersey Chris Froome, mountains classification leader Joaquim Rodriguez, Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana, Pierre Rolland, and Romain Bardet all have their bikes inspected.


It simply wouldn't be the Tour de France if the media and fans didn't have something new to complain about - and so-called "moto doping" is just the latest trend.

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Stephen Hawking leads $100m search to find E.T

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 12:33 am

Theoretical scientist Stephen Hawking has exceeded his life expectancy by some 50 years, but at the age of 73 he has precious few years to attend to unfinished business. But now according to the Washington Post, Hawking has unveiled 'Breakthrough Listen', a $100 million project bankrolled by Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner to search the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life.



The fund will significantly boost availability of telescopes and allow scientists to collect significantly more data than currently able. Relying on statistical probability, Hawking says "We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth. So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life" but Milner is somewhat more circumspect. "I think it's a low probability but high impact event... Irrespective of what the answer is, it's a powerful answer. At any given time, we should apply the best technology and use the best instruments available to search for that answer."

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TSMC will crank into volume production of 10nm next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 20, 2015 11:25 am

TSMC will be ramping up its 10nm volume production in 2016, something that will see the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer overtaking Intel when it comes to 10nm. Intel will not be shifting to 10nm until 2017, but that's just on the surface. Things are much more complicated when you begin to peel layers away.




Especially when it comes to 7nm, where TSMC will be using "10nm elements" in its 7nm note, which leads us to believe TSMC's implementation of 7nm will heavily borrow from 10nm. Intel on the other hand, should have a true 10nm node in 2017, and when it scales down to 7nm, we should expect it to not be borrowing much from its delayed 10nm process.


KitGuru reports that President and co-CEO of TSMC, C.C. Wei, said: "We ramp up 10nm in the Q4 2016 next year, but the real product shipment will be in Q1 2017". Mark Liu, President and co-CEO of TSMC added: "The recent progress of our 10 nanometer technology development is very encouraging and on track with our plan. Technology risk start qualification is targeted at the end of this year, followed by many customer's product qualifications. Our volume production is planned to start from the end of 2016".

Tesla's 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade' for Model S costs $10,000 more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 12:35 pm

Tesla has just added a new upgrade to its flagship electric vehicle, the P85D Model S, if you've got another $10,000 to spend, that is. Tesla has dubbed the upgrade 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade', improving the 0-60 time by 10%.




The Ludicrous Speed Upgrade to the P85D Model S can run a quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds, with the electric vehicle maker promising that the upgrade can offer a run to 155 miles per hour, 20% faster than the standard P85D. Tesla Motors founder and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has said that the upcoming Model X would have the Ludicrous Speed as an option, but the lighter P85D would be a little faster, still.


The $10,000 upgrade for the P85D requires the upgraded 90kWh battery, which costs $3,000. But Musk has teased that the acceleration with the new Ludicrous Speed Upgrade is "faster than falling" - which is true, as you're receiving a huge 1.1G of force. Insanity.

Japanese hotel replaces its entire staff with robots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 6:35 am

If you've ever wanted to stay in a unique hotel, we would suggest the Weird Hotel in Japan, where nearly every single person working at the hotel, is a robot. The receptionist when you check-in, the porter that's an automated trolley taking luggage to your room, it is nearly all run by robots.




In order to check-in, you'll need to talk to a female robot, the one that you see above. But, they've also got a dinosaur robot that we have pictured below, a robot that will greet you when you first arrive at the Weird Hotel. The reason for the use of robots throughout the hotel is to save money, but we're wanting to know how the guests will feel about the lack of a human touch.




Japan's Weird Hotel also features facial recognition technology at the doors, so you'll only be allowed into your room, and not someone with your key. You can stay at the Weird Hotel for around $80 for a night, with the hotel opening its robotic doors on July 17.

Tesla says batteries and solar will usher in cheap electricity soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 4:31 am

Tesla has come along way from being an electric vehicle manufacturer, as it is now stepping out into the limelight of battery technology, and so much more. It wasn't too long ago that Tesla unveiled Powerwall, its Internet-connected home battery.




Now we have Tesla Motors' Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel, taking to the stage of Intersolar's opening ceremony talk about energy density and other benefits of lithium-ion batteries for electronic cars. The Tesla CEO also said that the company is confident in renewable energy to make solar and wind available on-demand after sunset, or when the wind starts to slow down.


Straubel said that battery costs will tumble much quicker than expected, and that demand for energy storage equipment will expand rather quickly, with the same going for solar panels. This one-two punch will create a great path for cheaper electricity, especially when compared to what the world currently pays from fossil fuel-based power plants. Straubel added that "we are within grasping distance of that goal". He added: "I'm quite certain that it will happen in the next 10 years".

Japan accepts recently issued giant robot challenge from US company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 6, 2015 10:44 pm

It looks like the United States has a dance partner, after Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry accepts a giant robot challenge. Suidobashi founder Kogoro Kurata is more than willing to accept the challenge from a MegaBots challenge issued a few days ago.



However, it's a bit of showmanship by Kurata to mention the use of real weapons: "you know what we really need: melee combat. If we're gonna win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it." We're awaiting an official response from MegaBots.


Details regarding a future match must be ironed out, so it's something far from confirmed. Robotics research in Japan has helped the country in recent years, and has become a well-supported industry by the government. Meanwhile, the United States often attracts some of the best design and software experts in the world.

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