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by ,   -   July 29, 2016
Photo: Cirque du Soleil - PARAMOUR on Broadway - at the Lyric Theatre. Featuring Flying Machine Design and Choreography by Verity Studios. Pictured: Ruby Lewis as 'Indigo' Ryan Vona as 'Joey'. ©, Cirque du Soleil Theatrical. Photo by: Richard Termine
Photo: Cirque du Soleil – PARAMOUR on Broadway – at the Lyric Theatre. Featuring Flying Machine Design and Choreography by Verity Studios. Pictured: Ruby Lewis as ‘Indigo’ Ryan Vona as ‘Joey’. ©, Cirque du Soleil Theatrical. Photo by: Richard Termine

Since April, a troupe of eight flying machines has been performing in a Cirque du Soleil Broadway show called Paramour. This group of quadcopters has now completed its first 100 shows in front of a live theater audience, without a single incident. Given the string of recent safety incidents with drones (there’s more), this begs the question: How was this accomplished?

by   -   July 28, 2016
Image credit: Robin Ritz
Source: Robin Ritz, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich.

The IDSC Tailsitter has been designed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, as a testbed for novel control algorithms for tailsitter vehicles. The goal of the project is to develop controllers that enable agile and robust flight for all flight regimes, such that the full potential of these vehicles can be exploited.

Facebook’s Aquila drone flew for the first time last week. Credit: Facebook
Facebook’s Aquila drone flew for the first time last week. Credit: Facebook

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A federal judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to require Austin and Bret Haughwout to turn over documents relating to two homemade drones. In 2015, the Haughwouts built multirotor drones that were equipped with a handgun and a flamethrower. The FAA is seeking to determine whether the Haughwouts benefited financially by creating and publicizing the drones. (Ars Technica)

by ,   -   July 22, 2016

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Softbank spending $32 billion on ARM; tactile intelligence is the future of robotic grasping; a ‘cyborg’ robot is built out of sea slug muscles and 3D printing; a German robot grills up sausages and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   July 22, 2016

Marty is a WiFi enabled, programmable walking robot that can be customised with 3D printed parts. Designed to be easy to use for beginners, Marty can nonetheless be used for some pretty advanced stuff.

Photo: Jackie Kay (OSRF) presenting Real-time Performance in ROS 2.
Photo: Jackie Kay (OSRF) presenting Real-time Performance in ROS 2.

ROSCon is an annual conference focused on ROS, the Robot Operating System. Every year, hundreds of ROS developers of all skill levels and backgrounds, from industry to academia, come together to teach, learn, and show off their latest projects.

Here is the next set of posts from the OSRF blog, along with videos.

by   -   July 20, 2016

The RoboCup tournament held its 20th competition in Leipzig this year. Its goal has always been to improve and challenge the capacity of artificial intelligence and robotics, not in the abstract but in the much more challenging form of physical robots that act and interact with others in real time.

by   -   July 18, 2016

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News media are reporting that the EU is considering turning robots into electronic persons with rights and apparently industry spokespeople are concerned that Brussels’ overzealousness could hinder innovation.

The report is far more sedate. It is a draft report, not a bill, with a mixed bag of recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics in the European Parliament. It will be years before anything is decided.

Nevertheless, it is interesting reading when considering how society should adapt to increasingly capable autonomous machines: what should the legal and moral status of robots be? How do we distribute responsibility?

Ice Cream Drone delivery service tested at Lincolnshire Beach. Source: YouTube
Ice Cream Drone delivery service tested at Lincolnshire Beach. Source: YouTube

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

A cache of personal documents seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011 includes several letters that refer to the drones used by the U.S. to target members of al-Qaeda. These letters offer an inside perspective on the effects of drone strikes on al-Qaeda’s leadership. Here’s what you need to know.

by   -   July 18, 2016

In June, we conducted a field test at an old sand and gravel pit in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. We taught our robot a 5 km network of interconnected paths, then carried out 120 km of autonomous repeats on these paths using only stereo vision for feedback. The video shows some sections being repeated. 

by   -   July 15, 2016

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10 years after the release of the EURON Roboethics Roadmap and we are witnessing a technology revolution. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen: Google’s self-driving car, Amazon’s KIVA system, drones, SoftBank’s Pepper, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, ROSS System and AlphaGo technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a concept in science fiction but the next wave to change our society. More interestingly, the intersection of AI & law will not only affect how people think but also, what people do in their daily lives, how they will behave.

For this interview, we invited Ms. Mady Delvaux-Stehres to share her insights on European perspectives in robot law.

by ,   -   July 13, 2016

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We need you! Silicon Valley Robotics and Robohub have just launched the 2016 Robot Launch global online startup competition. Pitch your robotics startup online to an audience of top VCs, investors and experts, with live finals in Silicon Valley. Entries close August 15.

In previous Robot Launch competitions we’ve had hundreds of entries from more than 20 countries around the world. Our finalists have also reached the finals of major startup competitions like Tech Crunch Disrupt, and gone on to raise millions of dollars of funding making strong industry partnerships, such as working with Siemens Frontier Program.

Researchers use robot, mathematical models and studies of amphibious fish to explore critical evolutionary leap. The researchers developed a simplified, mudskipper-like version of a robot, which they call “MuddyBot,” on which they could systematically vary the angle and movements of the robot’s flipper-like limbs and tail.

Robots are an increasingly common sight in U.S. police departments. These unmanned ground vehicles are used for roles that are deemed too hazardous for law enforcement officers, such as inspecting and disarming explosive ordnance.

by ,   -   July 12, 2016

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Anki’s new robot Cozmo (with free SDK) shows that this consumer robotics startup has got bigger plans than simply dominating the smart toy category. Founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute graduates, Anki has become one of the most successful consumer robot companies around. Anki is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Two Sigma, and was named a “Top 50 Most Innovative Company” by Fast Company.





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