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Artificial eye boosted by hemispherical retina
An artificial eye has been reported that incorporates densely packed, nanometre-scale light sensors into a hemispherical retina-like component. Some of its sensory capabilities are comparable to that of its biological counterpart.

Hongrui Jiang

Science fiction frequently features robots that have artificial eyes, as well as bionic eyes that interface with the human brain to restore the vision of people who are blind. Much effort has been made to develop such devices, but fabricating the spherical shape of a human eye — particularly a hemispherical retina — is an enormous challenge that severely limits the function of artificial and bionic eyes. In a paper in Nature, Gu et al.1 report an innovative, concavely hemispherical retina consisting of an array of nanometre-scale light sensors (photosensors) that mimic the photoreceptor cells in human retinas. The authors use this retina in an electrochemical eye that has several capabilities comparable to those of the human eye, and that performs the basic function of acquiring image patterns.

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Chinese-led scientists create tiny, bio-inspired robot
Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-13 20:46:24|Editor: huaxia

WUHAN, June 13 (Xinhua) -- An international team of scientists has created a miniature, bio-inspired, "footed" robot that can move smoothly and perform complicated tasks in tight cracks and harsh conditions.

Scientists from China and Germany got the inspiration from geckos and caterpillars and made the tiny robot, measuring only 2 centimeters long and weighing a minuscule 0.3 grams.

The robot is remotely powered by light with wavelengths ranging from ultraviolet to infrared, and moves with a caterpillar-like gait, according to Xue Longjian, a professor with the Institute of Technological Sciences under Wuhan University, which led the research team.

A biomimetic foot design allows the robot to move smoothly on various surfaces, said Xue, adding that it can also withstand high temperatures and severe cold, and carry loads up to 50 times its own weight.

Compared with traditional rigid robots, the footed, soft robot has great potential to be used in the medical and rescue fields.

The research results were recently published in the journal Materials Today.
 

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China's open another Robotics Restaurant, soon much more will come

Unmanned deliveries mass implementation in Beijing City


Welcome to the future :D
 

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China's State Grid puts fourth-generation robots to work - cnTechPost
2020-07-12 18:10:30 GMT+8 | cnTechPost


The State Grid, China's biggest electricity distributor, announced the fourth generation of artificial intelligence distribution live operation robot was put into use in Tianjin Binhai New Area.

The State Grid has successfully completed three types of artificial intelligence distribution live operation, namely, two-arm autonomous, one-arm human-machine collaboration and one-arm auxiliary autonomous robots.


This robot has gone through four generations of product development, using technologies including 3D environmental reconstruction, visual recognition and motion control, the company said.

It is the first to propose a deep learning-based path planning algorithm for a two-armed robot with electrically connected flow line operation to achieve autonomous robot recognition. Lead location, grabbing leads, completing stripping, threading and fire work.

This can effectively eliminate the personal safety risks associated with traditional manual live wire work, significantly reduce labor intensity and improve work quality.

The robot's modular design reduces its size by two-thirds and weight by one-third compared to its predecessor.

At present, the robot has successfully completed more than 80 operations in urban, suburban and mountainous areas of Tianjin, and is being extended to more than 20 other areas. Field applications are carried out in provinces and cities.


The robot industrialization base in Tianjin has an annual production capacity of 200 units.

 

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China's State Grid puts fourth-generation robots to work - cnTechPost
2020-07-12 18:10:30 GMT+8 | cnTechPost


The State Grid, China's biggest electricity distributor, announced the fourth generation of artificial intelligence distribution live operation robot was put into use in Tianjin Binhai New Area.

The State Grid has successfully completed three types of artificial intelligence distribution live operation, namely, two-arm autonomous, one-arm human-machine collaboration and one-arm auxiliary autonomous robots.


This robot has gone through four generations of product development, using technologies including 3D environmental reconstruction, visual recognition and motion control, the company said.

It is the first to propose a deep learning-based path planning algorithm for a two-armed robot with electrically connected flow line operation to achieve autonomous robot recognition. Lead location, grabbing leads, completing stripping, threading and fire work.

This can effectively eliminate the personal safety risks associated with traditional manual live wire work, significantly reduce labor intensity and improve work quality.

The robot's modular design reduces its size by two-thirds and weight by one-third compared to its predecessor.

At present, the robot has successfully completed more than 80 operations in urban, suburban and mountainous areas of Tianjin, and is being extended to more than 20 other areas. Field applications are carried out in provinces and cities.


The robot industrialization base in Tianjin has an annual production capacity of 200 units.

Dangerous jobs goes to Robots :enjoy:Congrats China !
 

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China's industrial robot output surges 29.2 pct in June
Source: Xinhua Published: 2020/7/19 10:19:44

A worker assembles an industrial robot in an industrial park in Haian, East China's Jiangsu Province on Monday. After several years' development, Haian has established a complete industrial robot supply chain. Photo: VCG

China's industrial robot production surged 29.2 percent year on year in June to 20,761 units, with the growth accelerating from 16.9 percent in May, official data showed.

In the first half of this year, the country produced 93,794 units of industrial robots, up 10.3 percent from the same period of last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

In 2019, the country's industrial robot production totaled about 177,000 units, down 3.1 percent from the previous year.

China strives to upgrade its labor-intensive manufacturing sector through technological innovation as it faces a shrinking working-age population and increasing labor costs.

In 2016, the country issued a guideline vowing to expand the use of robots in industries such as automobile manufacturing, electronics, home appliances, aviation, textiles and chemical.
 

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