A robot closely similar in performing human qualities like standing, carrying, and pushing items? Recently, in an article provided by eetims.com, in Massachusetts a company called Boston Dynamics that is also owned by Google has been working and developing a 5 foot and 9 inches tall robot also known as ATLAS, that can completely amaze you to what it can do. (Click here to learn more about Boston Dynamics!) It was designed, and improved-on by engineers coming from Boston Dynamics. This robot weighs 180 pounds, (82 kg) and is battery powered and remains wireless. (The robot used to weigh 330 pounds in a previous model.) This agile humanoid robot can walk on unevenly rough terrain and not fall, however it constantly stumbles. This robot has the abilities to operate and walk flawlessly on any surface, can pick up/lift and hold items that weigh up to 10 pounds, can push items, and can surprisingly lift itself up when it is pushed on the ground. It can operate both indoors and outdoors, and in ANY climate temperatures as well. This robot uses sensors and cameras to 'see' its surroundings to be able to accurately walk around. It uses micro-electrical sensors that send oriented information to the processor in order to move around. ATLAS has been used by the United States Army, the Navy, and the Marines in their military bases. This robot was improved with a sleeker design from Boston Dynamics compared to their other previous robots for example like: old ATLAS (previous robot), next generation ATLAS (current one), BigDog, WildCat, and AlphaDog. (This is one of the coolest robots I think that has been released from the line-up of Boston Dynamics.)
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I think that a research advanced technology company like Boston Dynamics, and Google all in one big team is really ahead on the research and engineering in the robotics world in general. They have NOT ONLY made the updated ATLAS, but have made wild and crazy robotic ideas that seem interesting like: the BigDog, WildCat, AlphaDog, and the ATLAS itself. In particular, Boston Dynamics is working on implementing their robotic inventions into military bases and purposes. I think that more into the new and improved ATLAS, this robot has more human qualities and possible actions that are being put into the robot. I think that more and more robots have the abilities to perform more human tasks that can pretty much EXACTLY act like a robot. Overall, what surprised me the most is that this robot can completely lift itself up when it is thrown with so much force against the ground. I have noticed that this robot uses simple actions that are really really similar to how a human would do for example like: when walking, pushing items, lifting items, and lifting itself up. Also, since a company like Google has teamed-up with Boston Dynamics, then I suspect that we hear more coming from both companies later in the future as how Boston Dynamics begins to take out more military based robots, and how Google focuses more on wearable tech. With both of these companies, I wonder how they will both improve the ATLAS robot even more to make it EVEN BETTER! (I still think robots will take over humanity in the future if the world!)
This is a video provided by Boston Dynamics, how they demonstrate and showcase their robot ATLAS, and the several capabilities it has in performing. (Also, how this robot is being bullied by humans themselves.)
Recently, NASA wants to improve the use of aviation in the United States by building and designing quieter, faster and cleaner planes and jets. In order for NASA to achieve this goal of aviation, they are bringing back an experimental program for their X-Plane nearly around 2017. This will later-on improve the amount of people that are exposed to the new form of traveling which is along the air, in planes. (To learn more about NASA click here!) In the article, provided by digitaltrends.com, and article provided by gizmag.com, "NASA is ready to dive back into the X-plane field. “We’re at the right place, at the right time, with the right technologies,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. NASA will use the program to test cutting edge technologies, such as coatings that reduce bug buildup on wings and high-tech fans that reduce engine noise. NASA will use the next several years to design and prototype the vehicles, with the first flights planned for 2020. As part of this testing, NASA will work with major airlines." This means that, with the new technology that we have, NASA will be able to join other luxurious airlines for instance like: Delta Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, just to name a few. Also, NASA states that they will be working on hybrid airplanes and jets meaning that they'll be using less gasoline, which would be considered 'green' and healthy for the environment. First, when NASA is building and designing their design of their plane, they build a prototype model in scale, that works sort of like a plan.
A project that NASA has in mind, is to create a jet that could be a supersonic aircraft. This aircraft would not travel faster than light, or faster than sound, but could go at an accelerating speed by using bio-fuels and have only one wing on one side in the design, that would minimize the sonic booms to a level against the ground. (The pressure when a jet/plane takes-off the earth's ground.) The one-sided wing idea could be another subsonic X-Plane according to gizmag.com. Also another target that NASA has, is working on a NOT SO LOUD noise when there's a take-off with one of their aircrafts. "The full potential of these technologies can't be realized in the tube-and-wing shape of today's aircraft. We need the X-planes to prove, in an undeniable way, how that tech can make aviation more Earth friendly, reduce delays and maintain safety for the flying public, and support an industry that's critical to our nation's economic vitality," says Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
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