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by   -   September 16, 2014

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Shame that the missing engineering hero on the cover of IEEE Spectrum’s July issue looks like superMAN , because the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) lunch at IROS 2014 was a super gathering of high achievers who are making statements about 6% representation looking more like a glass half full, if you harness the potential. Lynne Parker, for example, is the General Chair of ICRA 2015, with a 50 strong all-female organizing committee for the premier robotics research event .

by   -   September 16, 2014

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This post is part of our ongoing efforts to make the latest papers in robotics accessible to a general audience.

Individual robots have accomplished many impressive feats. However, certain tasks are much better suited for a team of robots. The use of multiple robots enables the team to divide the task space into regions and commence the task simultaneously in each region of the space (e.g., consider the case of multiple robotic lawn mowers simultaneously cutting grass over a large patch of land). The presence of multiple robots in a team makes it easier to recover from failures. The failure of a highly capable robot doing a task by itself leads to the mission being aborted. However, the failure of a robot in a team often means that the team can continue with the mission.

by   -   September 15, 2014

+Brauer carefully chooses vintage objects that have an industrial past, alters their appearance, sculpts them, and incorporates light sources into their structure before assembling the parts together to create a unique and poetic artwork.

by   -   September 15, 2014

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The first winners of the inaugural “Drone Social Innovation Award” are a landmine detection project and a project providing aid to disaster victims in the Philippines. The two drone projects were selected from dozens of applicants and will split the $10,000 cash prize.

by   -   September 15, 2014

ReWalk, the Israeli developer of exoskeletons, joins Ekso and Cyberdyne as publicly-traded companies on international stock exchanges. Their IPO Friday sold 3 million shares at $12 per share. The stock then went on to double and close at $25.60!

by ,   -   September 8, 2014

Conor Russomanno is the founder and research developer of OpenBCI, a low-cost open-source hardware platform that records the brain’s electrical signals and uses devices and software languages to make the data easily accessible. Russomanno and co-founder Joel Murphy aim to accelerate the advancement of BCI through collaborative hardware and software development.

by   -   September 4, 2014

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James Dyson announced his new 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner, which goes on sale in Japan later this year for $1,250. It will then be available in the UK, Europe, China and Australia later in 2015.

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

DysonMystery

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.