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by   -   May 13, 2016

With warmer winters and drier summers, climate change might even be having an effect on your favourite bottle of wine.

by   -   May 12, 2016

ICRAduckies

The robotics community have created a series of video tributes that showcase some of the contributions to ICRA, the largest conference in the field of robotics and automation. Episode three features 3D printing technologies, robot manipulation tasks, and an autonomous rally car at one-fifth scale.

Stay tuned for our final video: mini-micro robots.

by   -   May 11, 2016

Animals have evolved sophisticated ways of processing sensory data to make sense of their surroundings. Now, robotics researchers are drawing inspiration from biological processes to improve the way machines handle information, perceive their surroundings, and react to stimuli.

Viv is an AI personal assistant launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. It promises to radically simplify our interface with everything. Siri cofounders, Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, are looking to create a developer ecosystem so Viv will be the way every device interacts with you in the future.

by   -   May 10, 2016

ICRAduckies

The robotics community have created a series of video tributes that showcase some of the contributions to ICRA, the largest conference in the field of robotics and automation. Episode two features robots that iron garments, use spoons and spatulas to scoop up objects, and, of course, move rubber duckies!

Stay tuned for episode three: Incredible machines

FRANKA EMIKA can be operated and programmed by anyone, regardless of technical skill, in just a few minutes through a visually intuitive setup process.

DC Drone Day 2016 at Walt Good Field on May 7, 2016. Photos by Dan Gettinger.
DC Drone Day 2016 at Walt Good Field on May 7, 2016. Photo by Dan Gettinger.

By Dan Gettinger

On May 7, 2016, a group of model aircraft hobbyists gathered at Walt Good Field in Boyds, Maryland to celebrate the D.C. Drone Day. The small airfield, situated some 22 miles outside of Washington, D.C., where rows of suburban housing developments transition abruptly to farmland, is home to D.C. Radio Control, a 65-year-old association of local hobbyists and a charter club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Across the country, other model aircraft clubs took part in similar events to mark the second annual International Drone Day.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is forming an unmanned systems advisory committee to guide policies on domestic drone integration. In a speech at the Xponential convention in New Orleans, FAA administrator Michael Huerta also said that students will soon be allowed to fly drones for educational and research purposes without going through the same permission process required of commercial drone users.

by   -   May 9, 2016

ICRAduckies

The robotics community have created a series of video tributes that showcase some of the contributions to ICRA, the largest conference in the field of robotics and automation. Episode one features flying robots that can fly, walk, and grasp, with rubber duckies!

Stay tuned for episode two: daily life activities. 

chi2016-event

ACM CHI the premier Human-Computer Interaction conference is being held at San Jose ‘in the heart of Silicon Valley’ May 7 – 12.  There are panels and papers on robotics, and about the next generation of interfaces that will impact robotics and all our technologies. Live streaming to begin Monday May 9, at 08:30 (PST).

by   -   May 7, 2016

Instructors modeled the competition’s obstacle course after major landmarks from the American Revolution, including replicas of Boston’s North Church, Concord’s Old North Bridge, and the “H.M.S. Beaver.” Photo: Tony Pulsone
Instructors modeled the competition’s obstacle course after major landmarks from the American Revolution, including replicas of Boston’s North Church, Concord’s Old North Bridge, and the “H.M.S. Beaver.” Photo: Tony Pulsone

by Jennifer Chu

On Thursday evening, just before nightfall, a revolution was afoot at MIT. The battleground was set, the munitions were stocked, the targets were marked, and the soldiers were … robots.

by   -   May 6, 2016
Source: The Robot Report
Source: The Robot Report

May and June offer two important trade shows and conferences for professional and personal service robotics: Innorobo, held in Paris May 24-26 and AUTOMATICA, held June 21-24 in Munich.

Google has announced a minor partnership with Chrysler where they will be getting Chrysler to build 100 custom versions of their hybrid minivans for Google’s experiments.

by   -   May 4, 2016
Source: Deepfield Robotics
Source: Deepfield Robotics

Farmers are increasingly under pressure to feed more people. The UN predicts that the world population will rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050. This growing population has become pickier about the food they eat. In the EU alone, the organic market grew by 7.4% in 2014 with sales valued at €24 billion. Beyond organic food, there is an overall push to make farming greener by using less water and pesticides.

by   -   May 4, 2016

The euRathlon/TRADR Summer School on Heterogeneity in Robotics Systems is designed as a five-day course to provide participants with both theoretical and practical insight in multi-domain real robotic systems for deployment in disaster response scenarios. Focus will be specifically on multi-modal heterogeneous mapping, semantic analysis and reasoning and (collaborative) planning under uncertainty. The summer school will take place from 22-26 August 2016 in Oulu, Finland.

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