Tag: Manufactured Animals

Doge on windos operating system
Wild Systems

Computers Need Domestication

One of the most rewarding parts of our relationship with dogs is how we humanize them, they seem to smile at us, speak and understand our feelings. But in the end we are just putting a human layer on an animal with a brain that is still a mystery to us. What we know very well is how to train them, we study their reaction to certain basic stimuli and take advantage of it to get them to perform a specific task. This method was set thanks to the behavioural studies developed by physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Now, more that 100 years after, his research became relevant again because we have to deal with a new kind of mysterious brain that needs to be trained: deep machine learning.

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The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.
Manufactured Animals

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

Behold the Octobot! This robot is the first of its kind fully made of soft materials and aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans. Developed through a combination of 3D printing, molding and soft lithography, the robot operates without being tethered to a power source.

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By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray that is alive.
Manufactured Animals

This Robotic Stingray is Alive

Researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray. By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, this robot is actually alive. The cyborg stingray was introduced on Science journal. Responsive to flashes of light, the movement of the creature gives the scientists a better understanding on how the human heart pumps blood.

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Google sheep view 360
Manufactured Animals

Google Sheep View

There is a piece of the world that has not been mapped by Google’s all-seeing eye, and that’s a shame according to Visit Faroe Islands, the tourist agency of the “sheep islands” that launched a petition to get Google there. With a population of 49.188 humans and 80.000 sheep, the archipelago rightfully deserves its name. As part of Denmark, the 18 tiny islands in the north Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland are invisible to the maps of Google Street View, so they invented their own Street View technology. Introducing, Sheep View 360.

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Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality
Manufactured Animals

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Our peculiar image of the week shows a Pigeon Air Patrol that monitors air quality. In March ten pigeons have been released in London, each of them equipped with a tiny backpack. The backpack integrates lightweight pollution sensors by Plume Labs able to measure nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentrations. The analysis of the air quality was then sent back in real-time. Pigeon Air Patrol was the winner of the Twitter campaign #PoweredByTweets, that challenged innovators to think about the potential of objects that are, you guessed it, powered by Tweets.

Via New Scientist