A new wireless glove that can teach piano lessons could help people with spinal cord injuries regain some motor control, according to researchers at Georgia Tech. The fingerless gloves buzz to indicate which piano keys to play, and people who used it in a study experienced improved sensation in their fingers.
De-boning a chicken, duck or other bird can be an arduous and unpleasant task — even Julia Child said it could take way too long “because of fright.” Yet with patience and the right knife, any human can do it. But a robot?
Robots may be able to assist with surgery, but chicken butchering is, in some ways, more of a challenge, and one that engineers at Georgia Tech are hoping to solve.
Here’s a heartwarming story about one of our favorite robots, the adorable PR2. We’ve already seen it performing cute household tasks like folding laundry and baking cookies, but now PR2 is serving a decidedly more useful function: helping a paraplegic man help himself.
A swarm of intelligent, autonomous robots from Georgia Tech may soon be leading the charge into dangerous and uncertain situations, providing valuable mapping intel to first responders, military, or police behind them. A team of researchers there have developed a team of small, rolling robots that can autonomously communicate with one another to quickly build a detailed floor plan map of an entire structure and beam it to nearby humans.
Phishing scams are bad enough, but vishing – or voice phishing – is enjoying a renaissance with the emergence of cellular and voice over IP (VoIP) networks that allow scammers to forge caller ID info and route fraudulent calls through multiple networks, making them difficult if not impossible to trace. So Georgia Tech researchers have created a novel way to identify fraudulent calls with a digital fingerprint that is unique to each individual phone as well as each individual call.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.