A Robot Finds Its Way Using Artificial “GPS” Brain Cells

A Robot Finds Its Way Using Artificial “GPS” Brain Cells

One robot has been given a simulated version of the brain cells that let animals build a mental map of their surroundings.

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their surroundings. Now one robot has been given a similar cluster of virtual cells to help it find its own way around.

Robot dog can navigate unknown terrain with the help of a flying drone

Robot dog can navigate unknown terrain with the help of a flying drone


Every now and again, we share videos of advances in robotics with you. Sometimes it’s inspiring – like these flying drones that can assemble a rope bridge that a human can walk across – and sometimes it’s just downright creepy, like watching people kick Darpa’s evil-looking ‘Big Dog’. The video above is somewhere between those two points, and shows a four-legged dog-like robot from Autonomous Systems Lab navigating a route through rough terrain by communicating with a drone flying ahead. While it’s just a lab conditions demo for now, it’s pretty incredible that the aerial drone can be used to map out…

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