VIDEO: STEFFI PAEPCKE OF OPEN SOURCE ROBOTICS FOUNDATION

We speak to Steffi Paepcke, Lead Designer and Co-Founder of Open Source Robotics Foundation. Located in Silicon Valley this non-profit organization is focussed on help promote open source software in the field of robotics.

This interview with Paepcke is part of our Women in Science and Technology series. Paepcke is the only non-engineer in her organization. We spoke to her about how she developed an interest in robotics, the role of a mentor and women in science and technology.

This interview was aired in San Francisco Bay area and was sponsored by Zoho Corporation.

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PODCAST: ON ROBOTS & ROBOT OPERATING SYSTEMS WITH BRAIN CORP’S DR. TODD HYLTON

Dr. Todd Hylton, Brain Corp

Dr. Todd Hylton, Brain Corp

Ever wondered about the brains of a robot or the robot operating systems (ROS)? Is there a standardized ROS for robots? How do robots learn? How do you teach a robot? And then there other questions about Artificial Intelligence (AI), ethics and the future of robots in our society.

We spoke with Dr. Todd Hylton, Senior Vice President of Brain Corporation to find out more about the world of robots. We also wanted to find out how he developed an interest in science. Was there a teacher that inspired his love for science? Brain Corp develops software technologies for robots.

LISTEN TO DR. TODD HYLTON OF BRAIN CORP

Dr. Hylton worked at DARPA and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) before joining San Diego-based Brain Corp. He got his undergraduate degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his PhD from Stanford University.

Photo courtesy: Brain Corp

 

 

VIDEO: SRI ROBOTICS RICH MALONEY ON SUPERFLEX EXOSUIT

Imagine attaching a one pound device to your leg and instanly adding strength to your joints and reducing fatigue?  Imagine adding 200 pounds of pull from that one pound device. That is exactly what SRI Robotics has done with SuperFlex, a technology platform of light weight component technologies.

SRI Robotics’ Dr. Rich Maloney explains how this one pound device works. Think of it like an exomuscle or an extra muscle attached to the calf of your leg that adds strength. The initial goal was to reduce fatigue to soldiers, but they now want to extend it to older people with knee and joint problems or children with  muscular dystrophy explains Dr.Maloney.

Currently what we see in the videa above  is a research prototype and they plan to spin off a company and commercialize it says Mahoney.

VIDEO: ROBOT THAT HEALS ITSELF

Robots are coming. You have probably heard about the coming of robots with increasing frequencey in the past few month and how they may steal our jobs and hearts.  You probably watched the new film “Ex Machina” an easily accessible film that takes you into the world of humans and sentient robots. Now, meet a robot that can heal itself in under 2 minutes. Recently, French roboticist Jean-Baptiste Mouret and his team unveiled their research on how these robots heal themselves in Nature. You can also read about it in Live Science.

Watch this utterly fascinating video that gives you a peek into how Mouret and his team worked on their healing robot project. Fascinating is not the right word. Lower jaw permanently unhinged is a better way to describe when you watch how this robot dynamically learns and adapts by intelligent trial and error process. This includes losing more than one leg and a motor and then learning how to adapt within minutes and in some cases within seconds.This kind of healing has lots of practical applications espeically in a disaster situation.