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Season 10 will start on August 1, but before that happens, the island will become a battleground between a giant robot and a monster in an event called The Final Showdown.Each season of Fortnite has a story that plays out over the course of 12 weeks and ends with a season-ending event.The event changes the island and gives some new life to the game in time for the start of the next season.Data miners found the name of the event Wednesday within the v9.40 update: The Final Showdown.Developer Epic Games confirmed the name via a tweet later in the day.For this season, players saw something strange at Polar Peak.
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This week’s Fortnite patch has landed, and like the ones from previous weeks, it’s rather light on new content.It won’t be that way forever, as dataminers have discovered a big event that’s going down this weekend.As you might have already guessed, it involves that giant robot that’s been constructed in the remnants of the island’s volcano.First, though, those patch notes.This week’s Fortnite update, which brings the game to v9.40, adds epic and legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun to the loot table.They’ll do 83/87 maximum damage per shot depending on the rarity and both have a headshot multiplier of 2.25.
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Robot technicians from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) together with colleagues from the Far Eastern Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS) developed a command-and-control plugin for intelligent industrial robots.The new software allows the robots to build up high quality 3D computer models of workpieces quickly, precisely, and in the fully automated mode.The solution developed by FEFU scientists helps solve the issue of hard programming of industrial robots that prevents them from adapting to changing working conditions.From that very moment, there is no need in time-consuming manual re-adjustment of such robots to prepare them for production launch.Thanks to the new software, one can fix the in-process workpieces on universal positioning devices as opposed to large-scale equipment designed for rigid fixation.The plugin even allows for certain positioning aberrations and deformations while still saving time.
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Not many robotics companies can boast legions of fans online, but not many robotics companies make robots quite like Boston Dynamics.And when a parody video circulated last month showing a CGI “Bosstown Dynamics” robot turning on its creators, many mistook it for the real thing — a testament to how far the company has pushed what seems technologically possible.Its earlier life was shaped by government contracts, and in 2013 it was bought by Google’s parent company, as part of an abortive attempt for the search giant to enter the robotics industry.The robots of tomorrow, by comparison, will be agile and dynamic; capable of working alongside humans and reacting to changing environments and behavior.“They were on the government dole then on the Google dole,” Erik Nieves, founder of automation company Plus One Robotics, tells The Verge.As well as making Spot into a salable robot, the company has also bought logistics startup Kinema Systems to pave the way into warehouse automation.
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Scientists are working hard to perfect tiny robots that can work with more of their kind to perform tasks on a larger scale.The tiny robot seen below was created by Georgia Tech and is called micro-bristle-bot.The scientists say that these tiny robots might one day work in groups to sense environmental changes, move materials, and possibly one day repair injuries inside the human body.The prototype robots are designed to respond to different vibration frequencies depending on their configurations.The different vibrations they respond to allow researchers to control individual bots by adjusting the vibration frequencies.The minuscule little robots are only about two millimeters long, which is about the size of the world’s smallest ant.
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Sitting side by side and bundled up to ward off the cold, he and his University of Michigan colleague Ram Vasudevan pedaled to keep up with their robot, which was plying the streets of Ann Arbor on its own.One handled the steering while the other worked the laptop that oversaw the REV-1, the autonomous vehicle they created to mimic human bike messengers.At just 100 pounds (not counting cargo) and driving at 10 to 12 mph, it can stop in about 5 feet, reducing the need to spot obstacles hundreds of feet ahead and mitigating the damage of any crash.That lets the REV-1 get around with a relatively modest and inexpensive sensor suite.It also uses ultrasonic sensors (the ones that beep when you’re about to back your car into a lamp post), whose limited range isn’t a problem here.It’s now working with two Ann Arbor restaurants, making deliveries to the startup’s employees and hoping to expand to the general public in the coming months.
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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.Elon Musk’s Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next yearMusk said that in the long term, Neuralink really is about figuring out a way to “achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”For now, however, the plan is to use a robot that operates somewhat like a “sewing machine” to implant threads, which are incredibly thin, deep within a person’s brain tissue, where it will be capable of performing both read and write operations at very high data volume.AI photo editor FaceApp goes viral again on iOS, raises questions about photo library access
Proving that his brain can still generate grand ideas, the man responsible for Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company took to a San Francisco stage on Tuesday evening to shed some light on Neuralink, an outfit launched by Elon Musk in 2016 aimed at developing “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.”The billionaire entrepreneur had, until today, revealed little about Neuralink, but at the special event he said its main goals were to understand and treat brain disorders, and also to “preserve and enhance your own brain” to keep pace with artificial intelligence (A.I.).Musk said Neuralink is already developing a system for people suffering paralysis that will allow actions to be performed just by thinking about them.It means, for example, that those unable to move their limbs would be able to control devices such as smartphones and computers simply with thoughts.Musk said Neuralink is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start human trials as early as 2020.Notably, its technology uses a highly intricate, custom-built robot capable of performing procedures — under the direction of a neurosurgeon — with far more precision and much less risk than existing methods, with operations able to take place under local anesthetic.
Quadcopters are capable of extraordinary acrobatic feats, but even the most skilled pilots and algorithms can’t avoid every obstacle.That’s why a pair of scientists in the department of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the City University of Hong Kong developed an airframe inspired by origami (and insects), which they describe in a newly published preprint paper (“A Quadrotor with an Origami-Inspired Protective Mechanism”).When a quadcopter outfitted with this frame collides with another object mid-flight, the design mechanically unfurls, reconfiguring its structure to protect sensitive components like cameras, computers, and thermal sensors.Despite attempts to circumvent an accident, it is still likely unforeseen circumstances would lead to an undesired collision that destabilizes the flight,” wrote the coauthors.“The impact from a subsequent fall could lead to destructive damage on the robot.”The scientists say the airframe’s folding mechanism was modeled after pill bugs’ “conglobating” behavior — i.e., the way their segmented exoskeletons curl tightly to protect sensitive innards.
Elon Musk‘s ambitious brain-computer interface company, Neuralink, finally told us today what it’s been up to.As per Bloomberg’s report, right now it can ‘read’ a rat’s mind with the help of tiny electrodes implanted into the animal’s neurons and synapses.The company plans to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) next year to start trials on humans.Neuralink’s President, Max Hodak, told journalists in a briefing that the company‘s planning to drill 8mm holes into a paralyzed human’s skull and install implants through which they can control phones and computers.The team has developed a special robot with a 24-micron needle to insert threads into the brain, that’ll ‘read’ its activities.Hodak said that these threads have to be firmly under the skull and around 60 microns away from the neurons.
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Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the first time.The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paraplegic humans, allowing them to control phones or computers.The first big advance is flexible “threads,” which are less likely to damage the brain than the materials currently used in brain-machine interfaces.These threads also create the possibility of transferring a higher volume of data, according to a white paper credited to “Elon Musk & Neuralink.” The abstract notes that the system could include “as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.”The threads are 4 to 6 μm in width, which makes them considerably thinner than a human hair.The company aims for human trials as soon as the second quarter of next year, according to The New York Times.
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Epic has announced the release date and time for its Fortnite version 9.40 update, marking one of the last big updates in the game’s ninth season.The battle royale title has seen major changes during Season 9, including the arrival of a futuristic version of the popular Tilted Towers destination, which is now called Neo Tilted.Here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s update.We’re days away from the next major Fortnite event, which is expected to involve the giant robot currently being built at Pressure Plant and the monster that has started making an appearance around the game after a period of dormancy.In a tweet around 2PM ET today, Epic announced that the game’s version 9.40 update will arrive at 4AM ET tomorrow, July 17.The most exciting arrival in Fortnite version 9.40 will likely be the Epic and Legendary tiers of the game’s ever-presented Tactical Shotgun.
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This evening during a press conference in San Franciso, scientists at Elon Musk’s Neuralink — a startup founded in 2017 with the stated goal of creating “ultra-high-bandwidth brain-machine interfaces” that connect humans with computers — gave an update on progress.“Neuralink didn’t come out of nowhere — there’s a long history of academic research here,” said Neuralink president Max Hodak during the presentation.At maximum capacity, the robot can insert six threads containing 192 electrodes per minute.An abstract in a Neuralink white paper published today notes that the system could include “as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.”High-resolution brain-machine interfaces, or BCI for short, are predictably complicated — they must be able to read neural activity such that they can pick out which groups of neurons are performing which tasks.Implanted electrodes are well-suited to this, but historically, hardware limitations have caused them to come into contact with more than one region of the brain or produce interfering scar tissue.
Prime Day 2019 ends on July 16, so it's worth acting quick if you find something that you like.Amazon Prime Day 2019 has finally arrived, and it's an amazing time to shop if you're building a smart home.The iRobot Roomba 891 boasts the ability to work on carpet or hard floors, plus you can control it in the iRobot Home app or via voice commands with Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant.The Kasa smart in-wall plug has to be wired in place of an existing outlet, after which you'll be able to control it from your home and use it in conjunction with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant.Buy for $39.99 (you save $15)Kasa Smart Wi-Fi 3-way light switch, $39.99 (originally $54.99) [You save $15]
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Rick and Morty fans have been waiting a long time for any hints about the quirky cult animated show, which hasn't aired new episodes since October 2017.Finally, a sneak peek: On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly revealed two images from the upcoming season, which will air on Adult Swim in November.The two images are very different, but both feature mad scientist Rick, Morty's grandfather.In the first image, Rick seems to have cut himself a path through a field of a golden wheat-like crop.Entertainment Weekly says he's "on an alien planet," which is nothing new for Rick.In the second image, Rick is facing down a group of grim-faced crocodile-robot-alien-soldier things.
Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers.But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional.It would also make it possible to 3D print robots without human supervision, for example on the moon or Mars.That's because soft, flexible robots often have complex surfaces and movements that are difficult to equip and cover with sensors made with traditional manufacturing techniques.These types of robots are more flexible than their rigid cousins and can safely work side by side with humans.The UC San Diego researchers' insight was twofold.
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Generally, however, the surface friction of soft material is high, which makes releasing more difficult.A group led by Prof. Tetsuyou Watanabe at Kanazawa University has been conducting research on control technology for grasping objects by the fingertips of robot hands.In the present study, the group aimed to develop a friction control system.As seen in Figure 1, a nitrile rubber film was bonded to the sides of the fingertip foundation to create a space for filling with chain saw oil to make a "fluid fingertip."Then a silicone "texture"*1) was bonded to coat the rubber film; the material of the "texture" was a silicone sealant with slits, whose interval was 1.5 mm, perpendicular to the load direction.The slits were introduced for a large friction under a water-wet condition and for lubricant spreading.
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MIT has taken inspiration from the way a cucumber plant grows to create contracting fibers that imitate the coiling-and-pulling mechanisms that the cucumber plant uses to pull itself upwards to get the most sunlight.The team says that the contracting fibers could be used as artificial muscles for robots or used in prosthetic limbs or other mechanical and biomedical applications.The new fiber-based system MIT has developed is extremely lightweight and can respond very quickly.The key to the process is mating two materials together that have very different thermal expansion coefficients.The two materials have different rates of expansion when they are heated, MIT notes this is the same principle used in many thermostats.With two different polymers bonded together, a highly stretchable cyclic copolymer elastomer and much stiffer thermoplastic polyethylene, the team created a fiber that could be stretched to several times its length.
Nasa's Mars rover and its constraints.for Example, the weighing of the un security council, just under 900 pounds, and the six wheels has been a relatively straight-forward off-road use.at the same time, there are many different types of regions on the red planet, which will need to be explored, for example, it may be difficult to reach the rocks, as the great bargains are found.Nasa has developed a robot that can climb up into the mountains.the Lemur (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot), was built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and it was originally supposed to be a reparationsrobot on-board the international space station.at the end of the four legs is held by a hand with 16 fingers that are covered in the 250-fish-hooks.
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