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by ,   -   July 8, 2016
Amazon Picking Challenge 2016 Pick Task Finals - Team Delft. Source: RoboValley/YouTube
Amazon Picking Challenge 2016 Pick Task Finals – Team Delft. Source: RoboValley/YouTube

Amazon’s robot champion; Bipedal robot’s testing terrain; Robots thinking like predators; Major flaw in Turing Test; Google car is cyclist-aware and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by ,   -   July 6, 2016
Bot & Dolly. Source: Box/YouTube
Bot & Dolly. Source: Box/YouTube

Do you ever wonder what happens to those faithful working industrial robots when they retire? Whether they are stored in a closet, used for new manufacturing cells or turned into art, every robot has a life after the assembly line. Bot & Dolly made an interesting, and now famous use of repurposed robotic arms that will leave you in awe of both the creative faculties of the mind and the incredible undiscovered power behind industrial robots. Reaching new parameters with recycled parts repurposed and remade, the now filmmaking robots, Iris and Scout, are the technology that made Bot & Dolly desirable in the eyes of Google’s robotics project. Acquired in 2013 by Google X, the story of two men and a creative vision for robotics will leave you in awe.

by ,   -   July 5, 2016

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A video surfaced last week that appears to show an MQ-9 Reaper flying over Benghazi, Libya. Via: YouTube
A video surfaced last week that appears to show an MQ-9 Reaper flying over Benghazi, Libya. Via:
YouTube

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria is the first major war in which drones have been used extensively to create aerial videos of events on the ground, providing a new perspective on warfare. Here’s what you need to know about who is making these videos and what they show us about the war.

by ,   -   July 4, 2016
Image: Messe München International
Image: Messe München International

Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – was the main theme at the largest robot and automation fair in the world, Germany’s AUTOMATICA, which took place in Munich throughout the last week of June. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how do developers and manufacturers big and small believe it will revolutionise production?

by   -   June 30, 2016
RoboCup 2016, Credit: Tom Schulze
RoboCup 2016, Credit: Tom Schulze

Robocup 2016 kicks off today in Leipzig, Germany. The event brings together 3,500 participants from 45 countries and regions competing in 17 disciplines.

by ,   -   June 30, 2016

What does a robot vision system see when it detects an object on the production line? Computer vision systems have become both advanced and intuitive in recent years. It can be easy to forget that they are still very rudimentary compared to human vision. In this article, we look at one common approach to robot vision and how it affects the computer vision used by your robot.

Workers with Virginia-based Hazon Solutions inspect a telephone poll using a drone. Credit: Dan Gettinger

Workers with Virginia-based Hazon Solutions inspect a telephone poll using a drone. Credit: Dan Gettinger

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The Federal Aviation Administration published its much anticipated Part 107 regulations, which govern the use of drones in non-recreational operations. Many would-be drone users have been waiting anxiously to see how the Part 107 rules would come down on numerous significant questions, such as whether or not drones can be used beyond visual line of sight. We reviewed Part 107 to identify the most crucial facets of the new rule. Here’s what you need to know.

by ,   -   June 24, 2016
Credit: Lijin Aryananda
Credit: Lijin Aryananda

Automatica coverage; new sUAS rules; limiting cuteness in robot design; bots to become electronic persons?; European Robotics League launches, and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   June 23, 2016
Spotmini by Boston Dynamics. Source: Boston Dynamics/YouTube
Spotmini by Boston Dynamics. Source: Boston Dynamics/YouTube

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.

by   -   June 23, 2016
Photo: Xi Jessie Yang
Photo: Xi Jessie Yang

MIT-SUTD researchers are creating improved interfaces to help machines and humans work together to complete tasks.

by   -   June 22, 2016
Source: ROBOTT-NET
Source: ROBOTT-NET

A new EU-funded, robot technology transfer partnership is looking to help manufacturing and robotics companies with robot consultancy, networking, and funding.

by   -   June 21, 2016

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This morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the highly anticipated rules governing the operation of small UAS (sUAS) for commercial purposes.  The new rules are scheduled to take effect in late August – until that time, commercial operators may continue to operate under Section 333 exemptions.  As expected, Part 107 generally follows the proposed rules that were contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was issued by the FAA in February 2015.

by   -   June 21, 2016

Developed at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, deep-learning vision system anticipates human interactions using videos of TV shows like “The Office."

The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times
The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have passed competing drafts of the National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes funding priorities for the Pentagon. We reviewed both bills to determine how they will affect the Department of Defense’s drone programs. Here’s what you need to know.

Also: The Korean Army conducted a demonstration of a delivery drone system that it hopes to deploy by 2018. (Korea Times)

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