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by   -   June 18, 2015

ICRAcam_00_900pxwThanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event, we’ve got some more highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space! In Part Two: cooperative handheld robots, reconfigurable magnetic manipulation in medical robotics, mini robotic probes for surgery, and a new approach to the Butterfly Robot benchmark. Check out all our ICRA coverage here

by ,   -   June 18, 2015
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Preparing eBees for flight with help from local villagers.

Exactly one year after our first mission to Namibia for the SAVMAP project, a team made up of Drone Adventures, EPFL’s LASIG lab and Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve came together again in the Southern African savanna from May 16 to 23, 2015 to apply last year’s findings and push the limits of civilian drone use for nature conservation applications one step further.

by   -   June 18, 2015

RobotLaunch

Robot Launch 2015 is bringing together a great pool of prizes and services for robot startups. All startups in the semis or finals are eligible for awards as we search for offers such as “Crowd Pleaser” or “Best European Startup”. And for the first time, we’ll be offering a grand prize of $5,000 to the winner, in cash or travel. Deadline to enter: June 30! Register now!

by   -   June 18, 2015

Jade_MimeticsThe Jade Robot is a fully-developed educational robot designed to engage and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. It has just completed six months of in-classroom testing with students ranging from Grade 5 to 11, teaching them about robotics and programming while changing their attitudes towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (aka “STEM”). Having tested the robot and classroom materials, we are now crowdfunding to help bring the Jade Robot to more students.

by   -   June 17, 2015

Fetch-DURUS

*updated* SoftBank today announced a $236 million investment into their robotics division by Alibaba and FoxConn for marketing and distribution, including Pepper and Fetch robots. Fetch Robotics has just announced a $20 million Series A round lead by SoftBank, on top of the earlier seed investments of $3 million from Shasta Ventures and O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures. Fetch is a mobile manipulator aimed at the logistics and warehouse industry. At the same time, SRI International and Sandia National Laboratory have been showing off their new humanoid robots at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Expo. While DURUS is still a research robot, we can now see that useful humanoids have a pathway to commercialization.

by   -   June 17, 2015

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Fetch Robotics, which just demo’d their Fetch and Freight robot system at ICRA in May, announced receiving $20 million from SoftBank, O’Reilly AlphaTech and Shasta Ventures.

by   -   June 16, 2015

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Transenterix raised $50 million from an IPO and market switch that transferred their stock from the over-the-counter market to the special small-cap MKT Exchange on the NYSE.

by   -   June 16, 2015

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There was so much great research presented at ICRA in Seattle this year that it was tough to find the time to see it all. Thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event, we are able to bring you highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space! In Part One: Adhesion grippers, robots life cycles, car-towing bots, and motion planning in uncertainty.

by   -   June 15, 2015

TYOC 23 52  Lily Aggregation Experiments   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 a swarm of underwater robots working together to search and make decisions collectively .

by   -   June 11, 2015
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Earlier this week Baidu announced they will be collaborating with BMW to launch an autonomous vehicle prototype later this year.

Here’s a roundup of news stories in the field of robocars.

by ,   -   June 10, 2015
Thing, Addams family. Source: Golan Levin/Flickr
Thing, Addams family. Source: Golan Levin/Flickr

Automating vehicles simplifies operation for humans but also increases complexity. In order to negotiate a safe journey within a crowded transportation system, cars must communicate messages not only to various parts of themselves but possibly also to other cars. Successful social cooperation requires each agent, person and vehicle to have a common view of critical information. Thing Theory is proposed as a network model that can help cars make sense of a multitude of messages.

by   -   June 9, 2015

Today, building envelopes tend to be static and unable to adapt to changing conditions. Now, for the first time, an adaptable façade has been used for the newly inaugurated House of Natural Resources (HoNR) that produces electricity and regulates light and heat generation.

by   -   June 9, 2015
S​elf-driving car keeping track of multiple moving objects at once, in this instance two cyclists, depicted as red rectangles. Source: Google.
S​elf-driving car keeping track of multiple moving objects at once, in this instance two cyclists, depicted as red rectangles. Source: Google.

Google has started publicly disclosing details of accidents involving its self-driving cars.

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