Technology Algorithms help robot dogs trot more like real animals
Two Men Attacked By Dogs In NW Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade police are investigating after two men were attacked by dogs, one of those animals possibly a pitbull. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncIt happened near NW 24th Court and 52nd Street in northwest Miami-Dade. One man suffered a serious bite wound to his leg and ankle and was taken to a hospital. Witnesses said he was viciously attacked. Another man said when he saw the man on the ground bleeding, he went over to help. That’s when he was attacked. “The next thing you know they started charging me. I started backing up and fell.
can move efficiently, but not all that naturally -- and no, doesn't count. Virginia Tech researchers think they can do better. They're a combination of algorithms and sensors that help robots move with gaits more like those of real animals. The system mimics the behavior of vertebrates, whose balance control comes largely from oscillating neurons in the spinal cord, using a combination of encoder sensors (to read relative positions for joints) and inertial measurement units (to measure the body's orientation relative to the ground). The result is a mechanical canine that can walk, run and trot with more grace and speed than usual.
Louisville man accused of training dogs to fight
A Louisville man believed to be training dogs to fight has been taken into custody. According to an arrest slip, police have been investigating William Washburn, 46, for several months. Washburn has been posting videos and pictures of the dogs he is training, with captions like "1XW," which means "one-time winner," and "won in 42," which means "won in 42 minutes" in dogfighter lingo, according to police. A search warrant was executed at a home on Peaslee Road where Washburn would train the dogs. The arrest slip said multiple items indicative of dogfighting paraphernalia were confiscated, according to police.
Cameras and LiDAR are also present to help robots avoid collisions. This doesn't require dramatic changes to the bots themselves, at least. The test units are Ghost Robotics designs augmented with sensors to test the new algorithms.
The initial work has proven fruitful, but there's a lot of work left before you could see this in robots beyond the lab. Assistant professor and key researcher Kavel Hamed also stressed that it wasn't just about making the algorithms more effective -- they also have to be genuinely "bio-inspired." As such, it could be a while before there's athat moves just as smoothly as the real thing.
Developers can now program the actions of Sony's robot dog Aibo .
Aibo, the robotic dog by Sony, recently received a software update that lets developers customize the pup's actions. For years, Sony has been developing robot dogs that have the capacity to emulate the behavior of real pups. Last year, the sixth generation of Aibo went on sale in the US complete not only with pooch mannerisms, but also with AI and cloud-connected technology. Since this launch, Aibo has become as much of a house watchdog as a companion thanks to software updates that take advantage of the device's cameras and sensors to send owners live reports of their house while they're away.
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