The DelFly

Author: G.C.H.E. de Croon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401792080
Release Date: 2015-11-26
Genre: Technology & Engineering

This book introduces the topics most relevant to autonomously flying flapping wing robots: flapping-wing design, aerodynamics, and artificial intelligence. Readers can explore these topics in the context of the "Delfly", a flapping wing robot designed at Delft University in The Netherlands. How are tiny fruit flies able to lift their weight, avoid obstacles and predators, and find food or shelter? The first step in emulating this is the creation of a micro flapping wing robot that flies by itself. The challenges are considerable: the design and aerodynamics of flapping wings are still active areas of scientific research, whilst artificial intelligence is subject to extreme limitations deriving from the few sensors and minimal processing onboard. This book conveys the essential insights that lie behind success such as the DelFly Micro and the DelFly Explorer. The DelFly Micro, with its 3.07 grams and 10 cm wing span, is still the smallest flapping wing MAV in the world carrying a camera, whilst the DelFly Explorer is the world's first flapping wing MAV that is able to fly completely autonomously in unknown environments. The DelFly project started in 2005 and ever since has served as inspiration, not only to many scientific flapping wing studies, but also the design of flapping wing toys. The combination of introductions to relevant fields, practical insights and scientific experiments from the DelFly project make this book a must-read for all flapping wing enthusiasts, be they students, researchers, or engineers.

Living machines

Author: Tony J. Prescott
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191662560
Release Date: 2018-04-26
Genre: Science

Contemporary research in the field of robotics attempts to harness the versatility and sustainability of living organisms. By exploiting those natural principles, scientists hope to render a renewable, adaptable, and robust class of technology that can facilitate self-repairing, social, and moral—even conscious—machines. This is the realm of robotics that scientists call "the living machine". Living Machines can be divided into two entities-biomimetic systems, those that harness the principles discovered in nature and embody them in new artifacts, and biohybrid systems, which couple biological entities with synthetic ones. Living Machines: A handbook of research in biomimetic and biohybrid systems surveys this flourishing area of research. It captures the current state of play and points to the opportunities ahead, addressing such fields as self-organization and co-operativity, biologically-inspired active materials, self-assembly and self-repair, learning, memory, control architectures and self-regulation, locomotion in air, on land or in water, perception, cognition, control, and communication. In all of these areas, the potential of biomimetics is shown through the construction of a wide range of different biomimetic devices and animal-like robots. Biohybrid systems is a relatively new field, with exciting and largely unknown potential, but one that is likely to shape the future of humanity. Chapters outline current research in areas including brain-machine interfaces-where neurons are connected to microscopic sensors and actuators-and various forms of intelligent prostheses from sensory devices like artificial retinas, to life-like artificial limbs, brain implants, and virtual reality-based rehabilitation approaches. The handbook concludes by exploring the impact living machine technology will have on both society and the individual, by forcing human beings to question how we see and understand ourselves. With contributions from leading researchers drawing on ideas from science, engineering, and the humanities, this handbook will appeal to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of biomimetic and biohybrid technologies. Researchers in the areas of computational modeling and engineering, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, artificial life, biorobotics, neurorobotics, and human-machine interfaces, will find Living Machines an invaluable resource.

Digital Culture Society DCS

Author: Ramón Reichert
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 9783839442661
Release Date: 2018-08-31
Genre: Social Science

Digital Culture & Society is a refereed, international journal, fostering discussion about the ways in which digital technologies, platforms and applications reconfigure daily lives and practices. It offers a forum for inquiries into digital media theory, methodologies, and socio-technological developments. This issue shows: The meaning of AI has undergone drastic changes during the last 60 years of AI discourse(s). What we talk about when saying AI is not what it meant in 1958, when John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky and their colleagues started using the term. Biological information processing is now firmly embedded in commercial applications like the intelligent personal Google Assistant, Facebook's facial recognition algorithm, Deep Face, Amazon's device Alexa or Apple's software feature Siri to mention just a few.

Sicherheit von Leichtwasserreaktoren

Author: Günter Kessler
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783642283819
Release Date: 2013-01-08
Genre: Technology & Engineering

In einer für Laien verständlichen Form erläutern die Autoren die Risiken, die von Kernkraftwerken ausgehen, und den verantwortungsbewussten Umgang mit ihnen. Dazu werden die Grundlagen der Technologie erklärt ebenso wie die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen – auch im Hinblick auf Störfälle aus der Vergangenheit. Die Autoren beziehen neben den Ergebnissen probabilistischer Analysen und früherer Risikostudien auch aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse mit ein, die vor allem das Sicherheitskonzept für die neuen europäischen Druck- und Siedewasserreaktoren betreffen.

Sonnentaucher

Author: David Brin
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641136277
Release Date: 2014-01-13
Genre: Fiction

Wer gab der Menschheit "Starthilfe"? Schon längst ist die Menschheit nicht mehr die einzige intelligente Spezies auf dem Planeten. Als die Menschen ins Weltall vorstoßen und auf andere hoch entwickelte Zivilisationen treffen, ergeben sich allerdings Fragen: Hat sich die Intelligenz der Menschen von selbst entwickelt, oder wurden sie »upgeliftet«? Wenn ja, von wem? Eine Mission ins Herz der Sonne soll Antworten geben ...

Flying Insects and Robots

Author: Dario Floreano
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540893938
Release Date: 2009-10-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Flying insects are intelligent micromachines capable of exquisite maneuvers in unpredictable environments. Understanding these systems advances our knowledge of flight control, sensor suites, and unsteady aerodynamics, which is of crucial interest to engineers developing intelligent flying robots or micro air vehicles (MAVs). The insights we gain when synthesizing bioinspired systems can in turn benefit the fields of neurophysiology, ethology and zoology by providing real-life tests of the proposed models. This book was written by biologists and engineers leading the research in this crossdisciplinary field. It examines all aspects of the mechanics, technology and intelligence of insects and insectoids. After introductory-level overviews of flight control in insects, dedicated chapters focus on the development of autonomous flying systems using biological principles to sense their surroundings and autonomously navigate. A significant part of the book is dedicated to the mechanics and control of flapping wings both in insects and artificial systems. Finally hybrid locomotion, energy harvesting and manufacturing of small flying robots are covered. A particular feature of the book is the depth on realization topics such as control engineering, electronics, mechanics, optics, robotics and manufacturing. This book will be of interest to academic and industrial researchers engaged with theory and engineering in the domains of aerial robotics, artificial intelligence, and entomology.

Der Winterschmied

Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 9783641156039
Release Date: 2015-02-23
Genre: Fiction

Tiffany Weh ist eine Hexe in Ausbildung und im besten Teenageralter. Da sie sich ungern etwas verbieten lässt, schon gar nicht das Tanzen, kann sie sich auch bei der Feier, die den Übergang vom Sommer zum Winter markiert, nicht zurückhalten. Und so passiert das Unvermeidliche – der Winterschmied selbst, Herr über Eis und Schnee, wird auf Tiffany aufmerksam und verliebt sich in sie. Von Stund an überschüttet er sie mit Schneeflocken, und Tiffany muss sich schnell etwas einfallen lassen, wenn es jemals wieder Frühling werden soll auf der Scheibenwelt ...

Brigitte Bardot B B Das Sexsymbol der 1950 er Jahre

Author: Ernst Probst
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783656186212
Release Date: 2012
Genre:

Dokument aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Kunst - Fotografie und Film, Note: -, -, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Frankreichs ber hmteste Filmschauspielerin der 1950-er Jahre war zweifellos Brigitte Bardot ( B.B."). Sie galt in ihrer Glanzzeit als eine neue Art von Sexsymbol. Ihre Markenzeichen sind ihr Schmollmund und ihr lebhafter Sexappeal gewesen. ber sie hie es: Gott erschuf sie, Roger Vadim polierte ihre Kurven." F r die Regenbogenpresse in aller Welt lieferten ihre vier Ehen und ihre zahlreichen Liebhaber viel Lesestoff. Die Kurzbiografie Brigitte Bardot" des Wiesbadener Autors Ernst Probst schildert ihr bewegtes Leben.