A new article from the producting group leading by Giacomo Indiveri, a professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, explains how cognitive abilities can be incorporated into electronic systems made with so-called neuromorphic chips. In the article, they show how to assemble and configure these electronic systems to function in a way similar to an actual brain. Read the rest of this entry »
September 8, 2013|
June 21, 2013|
Visualize what your first personal or office service robot will look like. What do you imagine? Depending upon your age, you may think of Rosie Jetson, C-3PO or even Bender. (Greatest TV Robots of All Time.)
Your service robot is coming, but it won't look like any of the robots in the image above. Instead, it will probably look like an iPad on a stick or an iPhone in a tiny tractor. (See DoubleRobotics and Romotive.) Products that look like this will be on the market by the end of the year. And, they will be cheap. The Romotive product is just $150. (Romo store)
A major revolution is happening in the robotics market and it is driven by the smartphone. When you grab your phone to make a call, you may not think about the amazing array of sensors, processing power and memory in that device. Due to high volume smartphone manufacturing, components that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars just a few years ago are now just a few dollars or less. Look at the list in the graphic below:
The amazing thing is that your smartphone contains enough technology to be the central nervous system for a robot. Your smartphone can see, hear, feel and communicate. It has enough processing power to drive the wheels and, eventually, other appendages. Soon, they will fly.
April 21, 2013|
This recent CNN article by Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Romotive, sheds light on why we think (and hope...) robots will take off in the very near future.
As for many other things in life, money is one of the reasons...
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February 14, 2013|
GEEK, an American print magazine launched in 2006, is “a lifestyle magazine for geeks of every kind”. The February edition of GEEK features Max Versace, one of the Neurdon founders, in a broad-band interview with Matt Casey in topics ranging from robotics cutting edge technology, to robotics ethics,… to sci-fi movies.
Read the article here.
January 14, 2013|
The iRobot Roomba cleaning robots is still the most famous, and probably widespread robot in the world. Despite this has made many people happy not to clean their floors (e.g., me), Roomba is not exactly the robot many of us would have expected to keep the best selling position in the robotic industry for so many years. Who is next? Read the rest of this entry »
January 10, 2013|
Robots are everywhere. So they say... yesterday morning I was chatting with a colleague of mine, who remarked how if you type "robots" in the search box on Youtube, you get a sea of results (to be precise, 361,000) showing robots coming in all different sauces and incarnation, from cleaning, to flying, to climbing, to swimming. But here is a question each Neurdon is surely asking: other than on Yourube, where are they??!! Read the rest of this entry »
December 25, 2012|
The nth+1 book on how the brain works has appeared, this time at the hand of Ray Kurzweil. How many books have been written to date that claim to finally have cracked the brain, and promise that, for a mere $18.36, you can read it all? One too many... This FREE Neurdon article will save your next $20. Read the rest of this entry »
December 1, 2012|
Is the era of passionate, flash-and-bones explores like Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, all the way down to their modern counterparts Neir Armstrong, over once and for all? Are humans explored just not "sturdy" enough to face the hurdles of modern space exploration? May be yes, but with a twist. Read the rest of this entry »
November 24, 2012|
A new article on New scientist features Spikey, the new chip coming out of Karlheinz Meier's group. The University of Heidelberg, Germany, chip contains contains 400 "neurons". The original article (see link) describes the various networks the group was able to implement in the chip, which includes a variety of different circuits. Read the rest of this entry »
November 6, 2012|
Brain-computer interface is... just what it sounds like. Some device is used to transfer information about the brain's activity to a computer, or vice versa. So we end up with two flavors of BCI: recording (for the brain-to-computer direction), and stimulating (for the computer-to-brain path). Utilizing the lucky fact that electrical signals are the language of the brain, we can do both of these things with tiny electrodes placed either in, on, or next to cells. And with this dual pathway we can then read off motor cortex information in order to move a prosthetic limb, or send seizure-combating signals into an epileptic brain. It seems so simple, right? Read the rest of this entry »