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by   -   September 30, 2016
Source: GoPro
Source: GoPro

GoPro fans and the financial world have been looking forward to GoPro’s new Karma since GoPro announced last December that it was working on building its first drone. When they delayed the release from early summer until now, it only served to raise expectations.

by   -   September 29, 2016

Agency-wide effort to further science, engineering and education will address challenges in cities and communities nationwide.

by   -   September 29, 2016
Source: Uber
Source: Uber

As autonomous cars begin to hit world markets in pilot tests and other ways, and before the International Federation of Robotics clarifies whether those vehicles are robots or not, two research firms have combined those vehicles with other robots. Their results are below.

by , ,   -   September 27, 2016

An international group of researchers are developing a wearable, intelligent clothing system.

by   -   September 27, 2016

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Some people have wondered about my forecast in the spreadsheet on robotaxi economics about the very low parking costs I have predicted. I wrote about most of the reasons for this in my 2007 essay on Robocar Parking, but let me expand and add some modern notes here.

by   -   September 26, 2016

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Michigan’s Senate are reviewing several bills related to automated driving. SB995, 996, 997, and 998 are now out of committee, and SB 927 and 928 are not far behind. These bills seem to be a mixed bag. Critically, they are in desperate need of clarification followed by thoughtful discussion.

Editor’s note: Please note that this article refers to the versions that came out of the senate before moving to the house, where they have been slightly modified.

by   -   September 26, 2016

The nursing assistant for your next trip to the hospital might be a robot. This is the implication of research recently published by Dr. Elena De Momi and colleagues in the open access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

by ,   -   September 23, 2016
Source: The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

Ethics guidelines for robots; $1m grant for cobot research; Lyft fleet to be autonomous in 5 years; self-driving car policy; Russian bot arrested, and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   September 23, 2016

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Latency is an important practical concern in the robotics world that is often poorly understood. I feel that a better understanding of latency can help robotics researchers and engineers make design and architecture decisions that greatly streamline and accelerate the R&D process. I’ve personally spent many hours looking for information on the latency characteristics of various robotic components but have had difficulty finding anything that is clearly presented or backed by solid data. From what I’ve found, most benchmarks focus on the maximum throughput and either ignore the subject of latency or measure it incorrectly.

by   -   September 22, 2016
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube

Some people swear all tethers are bad. Some recommend attaching a tether to robots in order to provide power (to save the mass and volume of the batteries), for reliable fast communications, transfer of pressure or fluid, to track a robot’s position, or as a safety harness (in case the robot needs to be dragged out). However, before designing a tether there are several things you need to consider.

by   -   September 22, 2016

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The long awaited list of recommendations and potential regulations for robocars has just been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency that regulates car safety and safety issues in car manufacture. Normally, NHTSA does not regulate car technology before it is released into the market, and the agency, while it says it is wary of slowing down this safety-increasing technology, has decided to do the unprecedented — and at a whopping 115 pages.

by   -   September 22, 2016

Mobile robots can be a great help in search and research missions, especially in dangerous environments. However, there are restrictions in how far they can travel due to battery capacity. This research team is developing an algorithm for robots to collectively manage their energy, forming an energy supply chain to help push explorer robots further into environments without needing to come back and recharge.

by   -   September 21, 2016

The US Department of Transportation is enthusiastically embracing automated driving, saying that self-driving vehicles are coming in some form (or many forms) and that the agency can play a role not only in supervising but also in assisting this transportation transformation.

by   -   September 21, 2016
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different 'emotions' like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different ’emotions’ like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL

By measuring your heartbeat and breath, this device from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab can tell if you’re excited, happy, angry or sad
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by   -   September 20, 2016

Brad Templeton, from Robocars.com, discusses the latest robocar related news.



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