When I think RoboCup, autonomous robots kicking soccer balls indoors is the first image that springs to mind. But there’s a lot more behind RoboCup than I realized.
RoboCup aims to use RoboCupSoccer to create a fully autonomous team of humanoid robots that can beat the human World Cup champion soccer team by 2050. But using the technologies originally developed for this challenge to essentially contribute to society is the main goal behind RoboCup. The organization developed RoboCup-Rescue to use RoboCup technologies in assisting search-and-rescue teams during large-scale disasters. RoboCup cites the Great Hanshi-Awaji earthquake in Kobe City, Japan as the "trigger" for RoboCup-Rescue. The organization has since developed urban search and rescue (USAR) robot competitions and a rescue simulation league aimed at emulating disaster phenomena.
RoboCup-Rescue focuses on several levels of disaster management – everything from teamwork coordination to, of course, actual autonomous robots for search and rescue. And the organization’s efforts have spawned related competitions including the Virtual Robots Competition, where participants actually simulate robotic behavior and The ALADDIN Project, aimed at dealing with coordinating the autonomous robots and using sensors to gather readings for uncertain disaster situations.
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is