Frenetic Friday: Robotic Over Lords

As you enter the darkened room you hear the soft whisper of  the oxygen as if flows up the tubes into the nose of the sleeping figure.  You see the monitors showing blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels.  As you go closer to the sleeping figure you see him mutter and toss his head from side to side.  He mumbles out words you can barely hear, you lean closer to make out the words he is saying.  Suddenly a hand reaches out to grasp your arm in a vise like grip, a sweating snarling face closes with yours as the grip pulls you closer.  The eyes open, madness swirls deep in them and he says:  IT”S FRENETIC FRIDAY I AM BACK!

Yes the power of prayer and the wonders of modern medicine have pulled me back from the brink to bring you Frenetic Friday!  Because of my convalescent state this  is dedicated to our coming mechanical rulers, yes it is the Robotic Over Lords give them a big hand folks!

Take a look at this folks:

What you are seeing here is possible hope for paralysed patients.  It is a bionic spine made to interact with a person’s subconscious thoughts to control bionic limbs which when fitted upon a patient would allow them to once again walk.

Doctors will make a tiny cut in the neck of the patients and feed a catheter containing the bionic spine up through the blood vessels leading into the brain, until it rests on top of the motor cortex, the part of the brain where nerve impulses that initiate voluntary muscle movements come from. The catheter will then be removed, leaving the bionic spine behind.

The outside of the bionic spine is fitted with electrodes which will detect signals from the motor cortex and send them to a small device that will be implanted in the patient’s shoulder. This device will translate the signals into commands, which will be fed to the bionic limbs via bluetooth to tell them to move.

The procedure and device were developed by researchers from the Royal Melbourne hospital, the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and are detailed in a paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. <source>

And speaking of walking:

This is the Phoenix Exoskeleton designed to support paraplegics, and other mobility disorders.

The company has designed the Phoenix to be “accessible and versatile” with a goal of improving the technology until a child-friendly version of the exoskeleton can be produced. Children affected by neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida can avoid losing their mobility with intensive walking training.

Utilizing technology from the University of California, Berkley, Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, Phoenix is built as a modular exoskeleton. It has the capability for each foot, hip, and knee module to be removed and adjusted to create an exact fit for each individual. The exoskeleton can also be customized to the wearer’s height.

The exoskeleton has silent carbon-fiber orthotics capable of being customized to its wearer. Attached to the orthotics are small motors that provide mobility to the hips and legs. Crutches provide upper body support and are integrated into the orthotics, allowing the wearer to control the movement of each leg with the touch of a button. A built-in back-mounted battery pack provides the wearer with 8 hours of intermittent or 4 hours of continual use.  <source>

Maybe the two groups should get together what do you think?

SoftBank a cellphone store plans to open a branch in Tokyo staffed by Peppers.  Who’s a Pepper? (Yes I went there) Allow me to illustrate:

No it’s not the young lady it is the robot.  SoftBank’s cellphone store will be almost completely staffed by these robots which will interact with the customers and help them to buy their phone.  True there will be some humans but they are there to check the ids of customer who want to buy a cellphone.  Seems that there is still a few things that the robot can’t do, yet. <source>

And last but not least meet the farm of the future:

This Japanese farm is run by robots.

Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day.

Don’t expect a bunch of humanoid robots to roam the halls, however; the robots look more like conveyor belts with arms. They’ll plant seeds, water plants, and trim lettuce heads after harvest in the Kyoto, Japan farm.

The Vegetable Factory follows the growing agricultural trend of vertical farming, where farmers grow crops indoors without natural sunlight. Instead, they rely on LED light and grow crops on racks that stack on top of each other.

In addition to increasing production and reducing waste, indoor vertical farming also eliminates runoff from pesticides and herbicides — chemicals used in traditional outdoor farming that can be harmful to the environment.

The new farm, set to open in 2017, will be an upgrade to Spread’s existing indoor farm, the Kameoka Plant. That farm currently produces about 21,000 heads of lettuce per day with help from a small staff of humans. Spread’s new automation technology will not only produce more lettuce, it will also reduce labor costs by 50%, cut energy use by 30%, and recycle 98% of water needed to grow the crops. <source>

The future it is here now.  Well thanks for stopping by and until a robots takes over this blog (or have they already?) this is Keachfan signing off.


3 Replies to “Frenetic Friday: Robotic Over Lords”

  1. Wow, interesting stuff! And, yes I think those two groups should collaborate, sounds promising.

    Very glad to hear you are feeling better. Great Frenetic Friday.


    Your Fanatical, Frenetic Friday Friend.


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