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by   -   May 13, 2015

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Privately held Danish company Universal Robots – the successful producer of the UR line of collaborative robots – has sold to Massachusetts-based Teradyne, a provider of electronic testing equipment.

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The benefits of assistive technologies are well known – reduced inefficiencies, low costs, available 24/7 and much more. But not so well known are the appropriate legal regulations that need to be negotiated in order for much assistive technology to be put to good use. A new interdisciplinary international workshop seeks to cover this terrain, bridging the gap between two very different disciplines.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announcing the Pathfinders Program at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta. Credit: Dan Gettinger

by   -   May 11, 2015

The Airware Aerial Information Platform   Powering Drones for the Enterprise   YouTubeAirware received an undisclosed investment from Intel Capital, which now joins GE Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and a host of other prominent VCs in funding this autopilot startup. The startup received $40.5 million prior to the Intel investment.

by   -   May 7, 2015
Rich Walker, Managing Director, The Shadow Robot Company
Rich Walker, Managing Director, The Shadow Robot Company

The Shadow Robot Company has been perfecting its robot hands for almost two decades, but it took just a short demo by the world’s first robot chef last month to propel this small, London-based startup into the global limelight. Despite the chef’s obvious attractions, Robohub’s Adriana Hamacher wanted to delve deeper: to discover what future robot hands have in the manipulator market and why they could soon turn up in a strawberry patch.

CyPhy Works raises 230K in first two days of crowdfunding for their new autopilot drone.

by   -   May 6, 2015

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The Soft Robotics Toolkit recently announced two competitions for robotics research and design. In July 2015, two expert panels will award prizes to soft robotics projects submitted by students, researchers, and designers. The first competition focuses on research contributions in the area of soft robotics, while the second awards novel designs that make use of soft components.

by   -   May 6, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Audi.
Photo: Courtesy Audi.

Last month, Swiss startup noonee completed the first round of testing for their Chairless Chair with German car manufacturer Audi. The Chairless Chair is a wearable sitting exoskeleton for people working on construction lines that is designed to allow movement while still providing enough support to prevent the repetitive stress and health problems that are so common in this kind of work. 

by   -   May 6, 2015
The Muribot platform. Source: Mid-Ohio Area Robotics
The Muribot platform. Source: Mid-Ohio Area Robotics

Muribot is an affordable, compact robot kit, designed to make coding and robotics easily accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. It packs in quality hardware, usually seen only at universities, and is intended to grow with the ability of the user. This makes Muribot significantly different from robotic platforms that are created for a specific skill level. By bridging the gap to a high-quality learning experience, Muribot aims to be a major competitor in the STEM market and is looking for crowdfunding to achieve that goal.

by   -   May 5, 2015

High-g-quadrocopter-trainingThis video shows tethered quadrocopters flying steadily together at high speeds exceeding 50 km/h in a confined space. With the tether exerting more than 13 gs of centripetal force, multiple quadrotors are able to fly 1.7m- radius circular trajectories in formation across different orientations in space and then successfully perform a coordinated braking maneuver.

by   -   May 5, 2015

ecoppia-PV-cleaner_800_534_80Industrial robots keep humming along, doing the dull, dirty and dangerous work of factories around the world. Newer applications are less often known but are quickly emerging. Here are two novel ones.

Anonymous graffiti artist KATSU used a drone to tag a massive billboard in New York City.

by   -   May 4, 2015
Crowds at Hannover Messe, 2015.
Crowds at Hannover Messe, 2015.

2014 set new records for robotics of all types, industrial, field and service. 2015 is also setting records for attendance and number of exhibitors at robotics-related trade shows, contests and events.

by   -   May 4, 2015

TYOC 18 52  Jeff Confinement ElectricField   YouTubeThe EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows how we used an electric underwater field to confine the robots of a specific area around the base station so that they don’t get lost.

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