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by   -   September 1, 2014

Korean-based Yujin Robot continues to release thoughtful new products. They just announced a meal-transport robot designed to operate in eldercare and other hospitality and health care facilities.

by ,   -   September 1, 2014

A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news from the past month, our monthly digest is released on the first Monday of every month.

by   -   September 1, 2014

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Has Dyson finally cracked its 16-year mission to create a robot vacuum cleaner?  The company’s  teaser video hints at a new release which looks a lot like a rival for the best-selling Roomba, and perfectly illustrates how fast the conditions necessary to create viable robotic products are evolving. 

by   -   August 29, 2014

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The Atlantic revealed the inside story of Google’s two-year secret X-labs drone-delivery project in a detailed story by Alexis Madrigal. Project Wing, as the drone-delivery venture is called, has already conducted test flights delivering small packages to rural areas of Australia. Watch the Google promo video:

by   -   August 28, 2014

Spark Aerial Kickstarter project aims to build an Aerial Cinematography video training series and accompanying online resource center for anyone interested in aerial filming. The free video training series (with some premium content) is intended to emphasize flight safety, and would move from such basics as taking off for the first time to advanced piloting maneuvers like the buttonhook sweep, which enables a video camera to remain focused on one place while the drone circles around.

by   -   August 28, 2014

Robots are increasingly being developed to work in close collaboration with humans to perform physical tasks. In these contexts, it's important that we can infer the robot's intent based on the motion it is making. However, the most logical movement for the robot is not necessarily the most intuitive for us to interpret.

by   -   August 26, 2014

At the Morita Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Keio University Faculty of Science, researchers are advancing with research and development of unique robots from the perspective of mechanisms, control, skill, and an integration of each of these areas.

This past May, Drone Adventures teamed up with Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve, as well as the Polytechnic of Namibia to carry out a two-week mapping mission to explore the variety of uses that drone mapping can offer nature conservation.

by   -   August 25, 2014

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The Robot Report’s database of robotics-related companies, research facilities, schools, start-ups and ancillary businesses has grown to 3,000+ and is displayed free in our seven industry directories and global map. Help us keep it up to date!

by   -   August 22, 2014

Small_UAV_CoalitionLast week USA Today reported that Amazon, 3D RoboticsParrot and DJI had banded together to form a “Small UAV Coalition”, hiring DC-based lobbying firm Akin Gump to represent their interests before US regulators and ease the way for the commercial drone industry in that country. Akin Gump lobbyist Michael Drobac says that, since the USA Today report was first published, Airware and GoPro have joined the fold and others in the small UAV business will soon be following suit. But does the small UAV industry need its own lobbying effort, and how will the inclusion of retail giant Amazon impact its ability to represent the broader group?

by   -   August 22, 2014

Google’s recent acquisition of Emu Messenger is just one of many items in recent news about improvements in perception and artificial intelligence (AI).

by   -   August 18, 2014

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be both safe and maneuverable, but their small size means they can’t carry much payload and their battery life only allows for short flights. To increase the range of a small UAV, one idea is to pair it with an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can carry it to a site of operation and transport heavier cargo.

by   -   August 17, 2014

Imagine a robot reaching for a mug on the table, only to realize that it is too far, or that it would need to bend its arm joint backwards to get there. Understanding which objects are within reach and how to grasp them is an essential requirement if robots are to operate in our everyday environments.