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After a some rocky times with the red planet in the late 1990’s, NASA finally succeeded with the Mars Rover. This cute little fellow may be near the end of its life, but it has survived years past its original 90-day mission. Popsci reports:
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A stuck robotic rover may have overtaken NASA’s Viking probe as the longest-surviving mission on Mars — so long as it’s still alive. But its robotic twin Opportunity could also still grab the record next month if the Spirit rover has slipped into its final winter slumber.
The golf-cart-sized Mars Exploration Rovers have long since outlived their 90-day missions; they both celebrated their six-year anniversaries on the red planet in January. Rather than sigh over the voided warranties, NASA’s rover handlers have celebrated their hardware’s persistence on a rugged and alien world.
Time and tough conditions finally caught up to the rover twins more recently.
More than 100 university robotics labs around the world have created a giant robot expo online, including MIT, Cambridge, Carnegie-Mellon and Oxford.
It includes the University of Reading's robot, which uses a biological brain, and humanoid robots from Osaka University, which can interact with humans.
The University of Michigan contributed its OmniTread snake robots, which can crawl through small holes, and the University of Zurich's ECCEROBOT (funded by the EU) even has human-like cognition.
And the expo also features MIT's robotic flower gardens and robot technology embedded into lamps and clothing, plus Leonardo, a socially intelligent animatronic robot capable of near-human facial expression that learns from natural human interaction.
Hiroshi Ishiguro (or his evil android twin, one) is back in business, and nearly four years after his Geminoid HI-1 startled youngsters everywhere, the Geminoid-F has arrived to consternate the grown-ups. Shown off this weekend in Osaka, Japan, the lifelike lady you see above (pictured left, just in case you were wondering) was designed to mimic human facial expressions that are fed in to its internal computer. The rubberized face has a rather insane amount of flexibility, enabling it to pull off subtle gestures that have thus far been impossible to replicate on a robot.