Tag Results for dummies (9)

  1. We've been learning a lot from dummies -- crash test dummies, I mean

    OK, so crash test dummies are not robots; they are more like human-shaped sensor-packed devices. They can sense their "environment" (that would be a car during a crash) but they can't walk around and strap themselves to a vehicle. Yet. Dummies are getting smarter, as we report in Anatomy of a Crash Test Dummy this month in Spectrum. They're carrying more sensors (called load cells) and gathering better data. Below a movie we captured during our visit to Denton ATD, one of the word's leading makers of crash test dummies. This side impact experiment uses an EuroSID 2 dummy. The metal …

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  2. When humans and robots collide, literally

    German researchers are exploring a new dimension of human-robot interaction: the "interaction" that occurs when a 200-kilogram industrial robot accidentally strikes a 90-kilogram person in the head, torso, or pelvis. Susanne Oberer and Rolf Dieter Schraft at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart are conducting human-robot "crash tests" to understand what kind of injuries result in such cases and how safety could be improved. Continue reading this post at IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog, Automaton... …

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