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by   -   June 30, 2015

ICRAcam_00_900pxwIn Part Four of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about . A special thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event to bring you highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space! Check out all our ICRA coverage here

by   -   June 30, 2015

CoCoRo56The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows the agile, autonomous robot, Jeff, in a search and exploration task for a magnetic target. 

A USDA poster released in May warning hobbyists not to fly near wildfires. Credit: USDA

by   -   June 29, 2015

For those with extreme mobility problems, such as paralysis following spinal cord injury or neurological disease, telepresence can greatly help to offset social isolation. However, controlling a mobile telepresence device through obstacles like doorways can be difficult when fine motor skills have been compromised. Researchers from CNBI, EPFL and NCCR Robotics this week published a cunning solution that uses brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to enable patients to share control with the robot, making it far easier to navigate.

by   -   June 28, 2015
Google's self driving car. Source: Google
Google’s self driving car. Source: Google

Google is putting 25 new self-driving cars onto the streets of Mountain View, California, but agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere reminds us that it already has tens of thousands of self-driving tractors in service around the world.

by   -   June 27, 2015
RoCKIn at work (left) and at play. Source: RoCKIn
RoCKIn@home (left) and RoCKIn@work (right). Source: RoCKIn

Over the last 20 years, robot competitions have emerged as a powerful means to foster progress in robotics research and development (R&D). RoCKIn is part a of new generation of scientific robotics competitions that were launched out of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.

by   -   June 26, 2015

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Lei Cui from Curtin University about his team’s work on 3D printable hand orthosis for rehabilitation, a  task-oriented 4-DOF robotic device for upper-limb rehabilitation and a 3-DOF platform providing multi-directional perturbations for research into balance rehabilitation. They also discuss a high-speed untethered robotic fish for river monitoring and an amphibious robot for monitoring the Swan-Canning River System.

by ,   -   June 26, 2015

A glimpse behind the scenes of sci-fi blockbuster Ex Machina, with visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst

by ,   -   June 25, 2015
Source: Special Eurobarometer 427 – Autonomous Systems
Source: Special Eurobarometer 427 – Autonomous Systems

A major study into European attitudes toward automation has found that while almost two thirds of people polled feel generally positive about robots, public acceptance of them in the EU is in decline. This comes despite the finding that personal experience with robots is on the rise, and the more personal experience people have with robots, the more favourably they tend to think of them.

by   -   June 25, 2015

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Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, Rise of the Robots; Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the Amercan Dream – new books that have recently come to market. You may find some or all of them of interest.

by   -   June 24, 2015

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Japanese robotics company Yaskawa Electric Corporation pitted one of the most skilled swordsmen in the world against one of their machines and the results are incredible.

by   -   June 23, 2015

ICRAcam_00_900pxwIn Part Three of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about what it takes to get a robot to build IKEA furniture, information processing for robot perception, an MRI-powered millibot that shoots like a Gauss Gun to make tiny holes for surgical applications, and coordinated motion and contact in HRI. A special thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event to bring you highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space!  Check out all our ICRA coverage here

by   -   June 23, 2015

Industrial robotic arms building chart on white background

Businesses, analysts and investors often need and are willing to pay for more facts than they can gather from their sales and R&D departments; detailed comparative reviews of the landscape of a particular industry segment in which they have an interest. The research industry attempts to provide that data, which (in the case of service robotics) is a fast-moving emerging and global industry, and is hard to capture. Nevertheless these 11 reports recently hit the market …

Image: Phil Roeder/flickr
Image: Phil Roeder/flickr

What are the challenges facing governance and regulation of emerging robotic technologies? Peter Asaro of the New School, Jason Millar of Queen’s University, Kristen Thomasen of the University of Ottawa, and David Post of the New America Foundation discuss the issues in this We Robot 2015 panel titled “Robot Governance”.

An ongoing campaign in Ukraine aims to crowdfund a drone (pictured) for the Ukrainian military. Credit: People’s Drone, People’s Project.

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