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by   -   October 23, 2014
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SMART-NUS enhanced driverless buggy. The steering wheel has been removed and replaced with an in-vehicle touchscreen for alternate selection of destination. Researchers will shadow the buggy on electric bicycles during the demo.

Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course with 10 stops in the Singapore Chinese and Japanese Gardens. The public will be able to book rides online, and then summon and direct the vehicles with their phones. The vehicles will have a touch tablet where the steering wheel will go. Rides will be free, and will take place Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1.

by   -   October 22, 2014

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Venture funding is continuing to flow. Three recent recipients: $20 million to Medrobotics, $2 million to Monsieur and $55 million to Arago AG.

by   -   October 22, 2014

Tesla demonstrates its auto-lane change feature; Elon Musk predicts 'real' self-driving cars in 5-6 years; and Audi announces its self-driving race car.

by   -   October 21, 2014

The semi-finalists of the UAE Drones For Good award have been announced. Here is a highlight of the international contenders.

by   -   October 20, 2014

ROSConChicago_LayeredWe’re happy to announce that videos and speakers’ slides from ROSCon 2014 have been posted.

by   -   October 20, 2014

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Late last month KUKA made a public offer to Swisslog shareholders to purchase their shares at 8.9% above the market price. Swisslog’s Board of Directors have recommended that the offer be accepted.

by   -   October 16, 2014

RE.WORK’s Future Robotics Forum - which took place in London on Tuesday - was an opportunity to hear the stories of key influencers and developers of transformative robotic services and devices, and to learn about the challenges involved in commercialisation.

by   -   October 16, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivering an address at the Robot Revolution Realization Council. Source: Prime Minister's Office.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivering an address at the Robot Revolution Realization Council. Source: Prime Minister’s Office.

This fall the Japanese government held its first meeting of a new panel focused on its goal of a “robotics revolution,” a key item in the government’s economic growth strategy adopted in June. The panel is tasked with promoting measures to increase the use of robots and related technologies in various fields, extending out of the manufacturing sector and into hotel, distribution, medical and elderly nursing-care services. According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who instigated the robot panel, determining the appropriate use of robots will be a key to solving these problems.

by   -   October 16, 2014

 

At RoboBusiness this week in Boston, Pitchfire – a Shark Tank-like pitch and question session - presented 14 start-up companies who pitched their wares to 5 judges. Two honorable mentions and one winner were chosen at the event.

by   -   October 15, 2014

We have developed a visually controlled bipedal running robot named ACHIRES: Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System. This robot has a leg length of 14cm and 6 degrees of freedom, and can run in the sagittal plane at 4.2 km/h . Its key technologies are high-speed vision for recognizing the posture of the robot at 600 fps, and high-speed actuation for realizing high speed motion. The combination of these technologies plays an important role in the robot’s ability to run stably at high speeds.

by   -   October 15, 2014

Four recent research reports covering service robots, vision guided robotics, material handling robots, and robot component speed reducers, all predict steady growth, particularly in China.

by   -   October 14, 2014

 

RobotShop, one of Canada’s fastest growing small companies, continues to expand and acquire. Its most recent acquisition is FlyingEinstein, a Florida-based manufacturer that designs and produces flight controllers for drones.

by   -   October 14, 2014
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UCSD. Source: Wikimedia Commons

At a one-day forum at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Chancellor Pradeep Khosla did two unusual things: he spent most of the day at the Contextual Robotics Technologies International Forum, and he announced that UCSD will create five new faculty slots in robotics and plans to develop a world class robotics cluster  in the San Diego area.

by   -   October 14, 2014

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October 14, 2014 12:00PM EST Featuring Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.

by   -   October 9, 2014

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I’m at Breakout Labs 3rd ‘unboxing’ today at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. Founded by the Thiel Foundation in 2011, Breakout Labs provides seed stage funding of up to $350,000 to early stage companies who want to change the world. While the majority of the first startups are in biotech, there are one or two hardware companies. Breakout Labs portfolio manager Michelle Kim-Danely is on a mission to find more startups that are developing robots that can change the world.