iCandy: Robots--Medical, Musical, Manservants

Automatons do chores, play tunes, and talk among themselves

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Photo: University of Queensland/Reuters
These tiny robotic cars, developed at the University of Queensland, in Australia, use cameras, sonar, and laser range finders to learn about their environment. But the standout feature of these “lingodroids” is their ability to talk to each other and continually develop a shared language that they use to describe location, distance, and direction. Their games could improve the safety and navigation systems in full-scale vehicles.

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