These tiny, wearable robots can cling to your clothes and drive around your body
They may one day assemble into a screen on your arm.
Wearables generally stay in place, like on your wrist or clipped under clothes, but they won’t always be so stationary.
At a conference in Tokyo on Monday, researchers from MIT and Stanford shared new miniature on-body robots they’ve developed, called Rovables. The tiny robots crawl vertically on unmodified clothing, meaning there’s no need to wear a special shirt to have them drive on you.
The robots are held in place and able to scale garments with the help of magnetic gripping wheels that sit on either side of the fabric. Using sensors and artificial intelligence, the mini-rovers are partially autonomous. The researchers describe a scenario where the on-body robot crawls into your pocket when it’s not needed.
MIT invented an invisible ‘second skin’
cream that makes wrinkles disappear.
It’s easy to apply, protects any wounds
underneath, reduces moisture loss, can
safely deliver medications and withstand
washing for up to 24 hours, and tightens
the skin to eliminate wrinkles. Source
Welcome to the “Nightmare Machine,” a horror-imagery project created by three researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian and Iyad Rahwan used artificial intelligence algorithms “to learn how haunted houses, or toxic cities look. … Then, we apply the learnt style to famous landmarks and present [to] you: AI-powered horror all over the world!”
The project website is up just in time for Halloween but the method is not new — the algorithm they use is a so-called “deep learning” system published last year by computer scientists, which is capable of creating “artistic images of high perceptual quality” based on examples of images created by humans.
The researchers taught the algorithm at least eight horror styles for haunted places: haunted house, fright night, slaughterhouse, toxic city, ghost town, inferno, tentacle monster and alien invasion.