Engineering Update 12: A beer-pouring robot ... finally
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines:
· A Beer-Pouring Robot: Computer scientists at Cornell are in the process of producing a robot with anticipatory cognitive abilities. They've programmed a PR-2 robot to accomplish typical robotic tasks, as well as the ability to pour you a drink... and anticipate when you want another.
· Making Robots ... Softer: Portable Chargers For Soldiers: The new field of study known as soft robotics is finding its inspiration from invertebrates. Now, a new kind of hydrogel that flexes in response to light may make these kinds of robots possible.
· Portable Chargers For Soldiers: The US Army has developed a military-grade Universal Battery Charger designed to be a lighter, wearable battery that could be integrated into the soldier's uniform, potentially turning each cargo pocket into a charging station.
· Google Takes A Shot At Wind Power: Google and Makani Power are developing an AWT designed to fly at altitudes of up to 1,950 ft., while transmitting electricity to the ground through a tether.
· Pills and Tattoos Replacing Passwords: Google is currently funding research with Motorola for developing electronic tattoos and authentication pills. The stretchy silicon tattoo and pill capsule work with your body as an authentication device.