A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Robot To Detect The Source Of Odors
Where is that smell coming from? Tien-Fu Lu of the University of Adelaide in Australia believes he has the answer and is working on the programming that a robot will need to follow the scent.
(Proposed odor source localization robot)
He has written a software routine that allows a robot to seek a hydrogen sulphide source which stinks like rotten eggs in a set of offices.
The algorithm can only store the current odour concentration and the previous two, as well as the robot's position when the measurements were taken. If the level goes down as the robot moves, it means it is no longer facing the source so it returns to the previous position to try another direction.
Science fiction writers have been thinking about bioelectronic noses for many years. An electronic nose, or sniffer robot was featured in the 1985 movie Runaway, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
(Sniffer robot from the movie Runaway)
The mechanical hound from Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 was also able to detect scents by setting the "ticking combinations of the [hound's] olfactory system".
"- nose so sensitive the Mechanical Hound can remember and identify ten thousand odor indexes on ten thousand men without resetting!"
See also this earlier article Sniffer Robot With Infotaxis Algorithms On The Hunt that also uses methods derived from insects for finding the source of odors.
From Indoor odour source localisation using robot: Initial location and surge distance matter? via NewScientist.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 6/29/2013)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
Burro Robot Follows You And Gets Smarter
'Oh, there you are! the balloon piped at the amorphous mass of living tissue...' - Philip K. Dick, 1964.
Auto-Targeting Fire Sprinkler Systems Now Reality
I think every kitchen should have one of these.
LEONARDO Robot Has Legs And Thrusters, Can Skateboard, Slackline
'a walking balloon proceeded with long strides of its aluminum legs over a slant of steep upland.' - George Parsons Lathrop, 1897.
Xavier Robots On Patrol For 'Anti-Social Behavior'
'This was as close as a robot could get to a cop in uniform.' Harry Harrison, 1958.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Omni Hoverboard Envy Of Green Goblin
'I brought it back to the ship, charged it up, reprogrammed the inertia chips and voila!'
Jetson ONE Speeds Through The Forest
'Over there! Two more of them!'
Facebook's Algorithmic News Feed Knows Better Than You Do
'Their playmates were not real, but they were a lot realer than, say, a Betsy-Wetsy doll.'
Tselina Spacecraft Platform Destroyed In Russian Anti-Satellite Test
'pirate three-vee satellites sanded out of orbit...'
Burro Robot Follows You And Gets Smarter
'Oh, there you are! the balloon piped at the amorphous mass of living tissue...'
Tiangong Space Station! Exercise Like It's 1953
'He couldn't imitate actual gravity, of course...'
Facebook Unexpectedly Turns Away From Sfnal Face Recognition
'... the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell.'
Taihang Solar Farm Accurately Pictured In 1911
'The entire expanse, twenty kilometers square, was covered ... the photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.'
Galaxy Z Fold 3 Perfect For William Gibson's 'Control-Face'
'Chia recognized the square as the control-face of the computer she'd seen in his room.'
Amazon Automatic Packaging Catches Up With Gernsback's 1911 Book
'The automatic packing machine could pack anything from a small package a few inches square up to a box two feet high by three feet long.'
Your Car Will Be Watching You!
'Mr. Garden, you are in no condition to drive...'
Orbital Reef: Bezos' High Orbit Archipelago
'Tessier-Ashpool ascended to high orbit's archipelago to find the ecliptic sparsely marked with military stations and the first automated factories of the cartels.'
Best Space Tacos Made From ISS-Grown Chilis
That's some spicy tacos.
Poor Humans. Miami Herald Bot Writes Great Real Estate Articles.
'Nothing of news-interest escape it...'
International Space Mission Never Leaves Earth
'That gives it complete isolation.'
Seriously, Was Our Universe Created In A Lab?
'It is an instrument with which I am going to create a microcosm.'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories