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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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by   -   November 3, 2014
A new foldable actuator has been successfully used to fly a MAV.
A new foldable actuator has been successfully used to fly a MAV.

Traditionally, many key robot components (including sensors and actuators) are rigid, and this makes it difficult for researchers and industry to make them truly compliant with their surroundings. It’s with this problem in mind that a team from NCCR Robotics in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and the Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory both at EPFL in Switzerland have developed a new soft actuator that enables robots to fold.

by   -   November 3, 2014

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Earlier this year Softbank announced the launch of Pepper, a robot created specifically for SoftBank and the Japanese market. Last week Nestlé announced that it will use Pepper to sell its Nescafé products.

by   -   October 31, 2014

Andy Rubin, the Google executive who was in charge of the company’s robotics group and spearheaded the Android operating system before that, resigned from Google and will start a tech incubator focused on hardware.

by   -   October 30, 2014
ALCOR laboratory’s  BlueBotics Absolem in the field.
ALCOR laboratory’s BlueBotics Absolem in the field.

ALCOR Lab members describe their experience.

From September 23rd to October 2nd the first TRADR Joint Exercise (TJEx) took place at the Tremora hospital (ex American hospital of Calambrone) near Pisa, Italy, in cooperation with the TRADR partners and the firefighters from the Firebrigade of Pisa. Using a proven-in-practice user-centric design methodology, TRADR develops novel science and technology for human-robot teams to assist in disaster response efforts over multiple missions.

by   -   October 29, 2014
Orbital Science corp. Antares orb-3, pre-launch (photo: NASA)
Orbital Science corp. Antares orb-3, pre-launch (photo: NASA)

A very unfortunate incident for NASA and the commercial orbital transportation services program took place yesterday. The Antares rocket that was about to send the Cygnus spacecraft on the ISS exploded a few seconds after its launch from NASA’s Wallops flight facilities. No casualties or even small injuries were reported, although the area is being contained and treated with caution. It is a major incident for US spaceflight that breaks a trouble-free period and could have important implications for the private spaceflight sector.

by   -   October 29, 2014
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2″ Gridbots Stinger Robot brought out 30″ wooden log from a 12″ pipeline at TATA Power bringing unit alive again! Source: @GridBots

Gridbots Technologies, a start-up located in Ahmedabad, India, has focused their efforts on providing the power industry, particularly nuclear power companies, defense organizations and space agencies with robotics, AI and vision products.

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