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by   -   October 7, 2014

The future is in the hands of tiny robots, really tiny robots — and the expectation is that they will perform miraculous tasks, such as eye surgery and environmental cleanup.

by   -   October 7, 2014

On the third and fourth days of the euRathlon 2014 marine competition the teams faced two more tasks, and in the last day a combined scenario that included the tasks of the previous days. Visitors saw a demonstration of cooperation between an aerial robot and a land robot, as an advance of euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge.

by ,   -   October 6, 2014

A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news from the past month, our monthly digest is released on the first Monday of every month.

by   -   October 6, 2014

The latest project to take advantage of the benefits of marine drones - the Robotic Exploration of Ocean Fronts by British National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) - is one of largest and most ambitious unmanned ocean exploration missions to date.

by   -   October 2, 2014

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ScratchDuino is a highly customizable, simple and interactive open source robots construction kit based on Arduino. Magnetic mounted parts make the ScratchDuino easy to assemble, and can be programmed using MIT Scratch, a visual program language. Scratchduino makes an excellent interactive educational open source platform for kids and beginners, as well as a vast experimental kit for advanced robots enthusiasts, and is now taking pre-orders on Kickstarter.

by   -   October 2, 2014

With the majority of stepping motors, a backup battery is needed to store position data, and because batteries have a limited life, data can’t be stored for a long time. But the AZ Series doesn’t need a battery, so storing data isn’t a concern, even if the production equipment is stopped for a long time, or the unit is shipped overseas.

by   -   October 2, 2014
Team University of Gerona at the euRathlon 2014 Sea Challenge.
Team University of Gerona at the euRathlon 2014 Sea Competition.  ©euRathlon.

euRathlon is an outdoor robotics competition focused on realistic emergency-response scenarios inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. After a successful land-based competition in 2013, a marine-based competition takes place this year in La Spezia, Italy (29 Sept – 3 Oct).

by   -   October 1, 2014

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by   -   September 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, Pi Robot and I joined the Silicon Valley ROS Users Group (SV-ROS) to help with the effort (already under way) to prepare for a challenging robot navigation contest held at the end of this year’s IROS Conference in Chicago.

by   -   September 29, 2014

Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots, called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls. The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008.

by   -   September 26, 2014

IROS_WebcamMore pitches from the interactive sessions at IROS: soft untethered robots that jump, visual localization within LIDAR maps, time-delayed tele-operated surgical robotics, and grippers. See also Part 1 and Part 2.

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Photo from Aerial Mob, one of the six companies granted permission to conduct drone flights for commercial film use in the United States.

With a number of strict requirements, for the first time in the United States, film companies will be authorized to fly unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes.

by   -   September 26, 2014

Shakeys

Submit your video to the AAAI Video Competition for a chance to win one of the several Shakey Awards. This year we’ll be voting for the People’s Choice Award right here on Robohub. The submission deadline is October 15.

by   -   September 25, 2014

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The impact on businesses of the ongoing US ban on commercial UAV operation can be seen in a snapshot of this week’s drone news. Drones are very affordable these days, and there is nothing to stop anyone purchasing a drone and deploying it for fun. But you can’t use drones in anyway for ‘commercial purposes’ in the US. That means for example, that journalists publishing drone footage are actually in breach of FAA ruling. Until recently, individuals could largely still ‘get away with it’, but a rising awareness is seeing other organizations implement bans, shutdowns or recommendations on drone use.

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