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by   -   December 18, 2014

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If you’re a robot geek hoping to curl up with some good books this holiday, check out this list of Robohub recommends. Covering our favorite robot-inspired fiction, educational reads, business books and techno-philosophy, these books are sure to keep you entertained this season.

by   -   December 17, 2014

From ArtiMinds Robotics:

Dear Robohub,

Our robots lights the advent wreath with matchsticks!

by   -   December 17, 2014

South Korea has finalized its 2015 robotics budget at around $145.8 million (US), an increase of about 8.3 percent from last year. The budget for the robot sector represents 1.76% of the total budget of South Korea's Ministry of Industry.

by   -   December 17, 2014

The Intelligent Systems Control Department at Sandia is developing a humanoid robot intended for energy-efficient walking.

by   -   December 16, 2014

Our first holiday robot video of the season is in! From the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems:

Dear Robohub- and Robots Podcast-Team,

We are happy to share with you our latest Robotics Christmas video!

As the aerial view becomes more accessible, questions persist about how to properly read an aerial image. Revisiting Harun Farocki’s Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988), Chanterelle Menashe Ribes considers the process of gazing at aerial images, and describes how when we look at a photo we only see what we want to see.

by   -   December 15, 2014

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UPDATED 12.16.14: Robots for palletizing, logistics, packaging, and speciality materials handling (e.g.: in life science labs and for pharma, food and beverage, semiconductor and electronics) are projected to grow at a 10.1% CAGR and reach $31.3 billion by 2020.

by   -   December 15, 2014

SkySense

Skysense is a Berlin-based start up designing and manufacturing a range of products to enable the remote operation of drones. Their first two products are the Skysense Charging pad and Skysense Hangar. 

by   -   December 12, 2014

ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are founding a new translational research centre at the interface of medicine, science and engineering: the Wyss Translational Center Zurich. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the new centre aims to accelerate the development and application of innovative medical therapies and groundbreaking robotic systems.

by   -   December 12, 2014

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Robohub is now running its annual holiday fundraising campaign and everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a Parrot minidrone! Our summer campaign raised $6K, enough to cover our operating costs for about one month, and we want to do even better this round. We are very grateful to our top donors from our last campaign, including 3D Robotics, OSRF, Frank Tobe of The Robot Report, and AJung Moon of the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi).

by   -   December 10, 2014

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Planned for deployment at Singapore’s Timbre Group 12-inch Pizza & Records restaurant in late 2015, these flying robotic waiters were recently presented to Singapore’s Prime Minister at the launch of National Productivity Month.

Photo credit: John Long.
Photo credit: John Long.

Hypotheses about the evolution of traits in ancient species are difficult to test, as the relevant animals have often been extinct for thousands or millions of years. In the present study, a population of physical, free-swimming robots modeled after ancient fish evolved vertebrae under selection pressures for predator avoidance and foraging ability, showing how evolutionary robotics can be used to help biologists test hypotheses about extinct animals 

by   -   December 9, 2014
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced updated rules that will give operators an annual permission to operate in built up areas.

Your weekly roundup of drone news: In 2007, Addie Wagenknecht started using drones to make abstract paintings. Her works both challenge and celebrate the aerial robot and its power. In an in-depth conversation with Arthur Holland Michel, Wagenknecht explains how to make a drone painting, and what she thinks it means to make art by drone.

by   -   December 8, 2014

Voith GmbH, among the biggest family-owned businesses in Europe, acquired 25% of robot maker Kuka AG by buying the shares held by Grenzebach GmbH. The transaction was valued at €555 million ($683 million), based on Bloomberg closing share prices.