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by   -   August 28, 2015

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The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has quadrupled in the last three years. We’ve previewed 38 thus far in 2015. The latest batch of 15 new ones cover a wide range of segments as well as the overall industry.

by ,   -   August 28, 2015

Ava, android star of British indie film The Machine, is a robot to be reckoned with.

by   -   August 28, 2015

Do you like cat videos? Or maybe you prefer golden eagles hunting goats by throwing them off cliffs? Or perhaps you favor strange new life forms, recently discovered at the bottom of the Pacific? Anything that you like watching creatures do could also eventually be possible with virtual creations.

by   -   August 27, 2015
image: Thomas Hawk/flickr
image: Thomas Hawk/flickr

In episode eighteen we talk with Sham Kakade, of Microsoft Research New England, about his expansive work that touches on everything from neuroscience to theoretical machine learning.

by   -   August 27, 2015
Professor Robert J. Flatt. Source: DFAB
Professor Robert J. Flatt. Source: DFAB

Being able to control the moment when concrete turns from liquid to solid is crucial for digitally fabricated concrete structures. The timing of this process can be controlled by tuning the chemistry and adding small amounts of specific substances at just the right time. Robert J. Flatt, Professor of Building Materials at ETH Zurich, discusses this process and the innovations in concrete chemistry and digital fabrication he and his team are working on to reduce the environmental footprint of the most used building material in the world.

by   -   August 25, 2015
image: kopretinka/flickr
image: kopretinka/flickr

What should a robocar do when it meets another robocar on a very narrow road? If they’re in control, humans may resolve this in a number of ways, but it’s a widely held belief that this is one of the many problems baffling the developers of autonomous vehicles. Are they right? 

by   -   August 25, 2015

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The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows a series of experiments we performed on the relay chain, a chain of Lily robots that connects two spatially separated points in the underwater habitat.

LightCense, a California-based company, has proposed to create drone “license plates” using blinking LED lights. Credit: LightCense

by   -   August 24, 2015

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NY Times tech writer John Markoff traces the origins of the AI embedded in today’s virtual and physical assistants and suggests a humane way to proceed.

by   -   August 21, 2015

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Eleanor Sandry of Curtin University about her new book Robots and Communication. In the interview, we explore human to animal communication and what we can learn from it; human to humanoid robots interaction; and human to non-humanoid robots interactions. Also, we discuss Western and Eastern perceptions of robotics.

by   -   August 20, 2015

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Many researchers think that robot calibration is an issue that has been successfully resolved decades ago, but they are wrong. While the underlying theory is well established, its practical application continues to be in its infancy. This is the first of a series of posts that will provide evidence that it is still very hard for a user to get an accurate industrial robot. So hard indeed that a company in New Zealand didn’t hesitate to ask one of my postdocs to fly in for help.

by   -   August 19, 2015

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This month, Robohub readers can vote for the “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’re publishing 10 videos from our Top 30. Our ultimate Robohub Readers’ Favorites, along with lots of other prizes, will be announced in a September live final. Every week we’ll showcase different aspects of robotics startups and their business models, from consumer facing robots to B2B service robotics and component technologies. This week we kick off round two. Make sure you vote for your favorite – below – by 11:59pm EDT,  25 August, spread the word through social media using #robotlaunch2015 and come back next week for the next 10!

by   -   August 19, 2015
Flying Fotokite close up
Flying Fotokite close up

Zurich-based robotics company Perspective Robotics this week unveils Fotokite Phi, their first consumer targeted, affordable, accessible, tethered flying camera. The Fotokite Phi is available now for pre-order on Indiegogo for $349 USD.

by   -   August 18, 2015

194-chinese-robot-companies2_1_1024_579_80In China, the robotics industry is booming. Companies are deploying thousands of robots in all types of factories, particularly in the auto industry. Chinese companies that manufacture robots and their components are also growing. This article focuses on the robot makers.

by   -   August 18, 2015

cocoro_33The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This week, we show several instances of a relay chain, in the middle phase of our “combined scenario #1″ 

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