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by   -   November 12, 2014

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by   -   November 12, 2014

UPDATE: ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET), it’s the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved and it’s a great milestone for space exploration and Europe.

by   -   November 11, 2014

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ABB Technology Ventures, the VC arm of ABB, joins a long list of notables investing in artificial intelligence startup Vicarious Systems that include Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Vinod Khosla and Ashton Kutcher.

by   -   November 10, 2014

Transport Canada’s new exemption notification simultaneously signals a relaxation of commercial drone regulations and an increased focus on academic use.

by   -   November 10, 2014

At Maker Club, we make 3D printed robotics projects that teach electronics, programming and CAD design. Every project is remote controlled using our Arduino-based bluetooth chip, the MakerConnect, and our iOS and Android apps. Check out our Indiegogo campaign!

by   -   November 10, 2014

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Boston Consulting Group (BSG) recently released a global robotics market study that projects industry growth of 10.4% CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate).

by   -   November 6, 2014

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ROBO-STOX® licenses their proprietary index to ETF Securities to provide European investors with highly diversified access to a new age of growth in robotics and automation.

by   -   November 6, 2014
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Australia-based aerial filming company SWARM UAV works on a multirotor. Companies that use RPAS in Australia are looking at developing and using smaller and lighter aircraft, which would allow more regulatory freedom to operate. Photo courtesy of Ryan Hamlet, PSDJ board member and RPAS operator for SWARM UAV.

As Australia’s air authority considers relaxing regulations for small drones, experts there are optimistic about the future for drone journalism.

by   -   November 6, 2014

Imperial College London today announced it is to develop the UK's most advanced aerial robotics laboratory. The aim of this state-of-the-art laboratory is to become one of the UK's leading centres for aerial robotics research and development. It is predicted that the global market value of unmanned aerial robot manufacturing is to reach an estimated $US 89 billion in the next ten years.

by , ,   -   November 6, 2014

When we look at a fine art painting, we can infer information about its style (e.g. Baroque vs. Impressionism), genre (e.g. a portrait or a landscape), and even the artist who painted it. This impressive ability of human perception for learning and judging complex aesthetic-related visual concepts has long been thought to not be a logical process. In our research, however, we tackle this problem using a computational methodology, to show that machines can in fact learn such aesthetic-related concepts.

by   -   November 5, 2014

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In September 2014 Amazon announced the Amazon Picking Challenge, a new robot manipulation contest as part of the ICRA robot challenges. The idea was to take a difficult problem from the warehouse order-fulfillment industry and see how far contestants can get applying innovative robotics research.

by   -   November 5, 2014

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The Pionners Festival took place again this year at the Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, bringing together startups and investors from all over the world to talk about entrepreneurship and future technologies. While last year’s robotics startups focused on home appliances, aiming to support elderly or handicapped people to organize their household, this year’s startups are set on fun, entertainment, and learning for the young and the young at heart.

by   -   November 4, 2014

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Meet Wigl! Wigl is an interactive educational robot with a musical ear. We’ve launched our Indiegogo campaign for Wigl, the first musical robot buddy for kids. Wigl is controlled by musical notes through instruments such as a recorder, guitar, fiddle, and even a singer’s voice! By sequencing notes together, like lines of code in a program, children can make Wigl dance and even uncover secret dances. This fusion of right brain creativity with left brain logic engages children and promotes cross-disciplinary learning.

by   -   November 4, 2014

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A new action/sci-fi thriller by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is due in theatres March 6, 2015. Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver, Chappie follows an experimental humanoid as it learns to think and feel for itself, and explores the resulting awe and fear that comes from the humans that encounter it on its path to “the next step in evolution”. Watch the trailer.

by ,   -   November 3, 2014

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