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by   -   July 15, 2015

Buddy-Welcome BUDDY has something to smile about.  The new open source companion robot by Blue Frog Robotics, launched an Indiegogo campaign on July 7th and sailed past its $100K crowdfunding goal in under 24 hours. And just a few hours ago it unlocked its fourth stretch goal when it achieved $200K in funding. BUDDY is designed to be a friendly companion that entertains and educates, makes video calls and sends messages to family and friends, acts as your calendar and alarm clock, and monitors your home. 

The Philippines issued its first commercial drone permit last week. Source: Business World Online

by   -   July 13, 2015

The press were all a-twitter about a report from Reuters that there had been a near miss between Delphi’s test car and one of Google’s, though it was quickly denied that anything happened.

by   -   July 13, 2015

It wouldn’t be June in Colorado without the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition.

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph

Just as drones are finding applications within journalism, so too are they finding more uses among the international development and human rights communities. And in many cases, drone deployment for a humanitarian initiative can go hand-in-hand with tremendously important reporting.

by   -   July 13, 2015

Cyberdyne, the inventor of the HAL exoskeleton, is expanding their product line and Japan’s Haneda Airport is their first customer.

by   -   July 10, 2015
Alan Turing animatronic robot. Source: Skolkovo
Alan Turing animatronic robot. Source: Skolkovo

Tho startups from the robotics cluster at Skolkovo — Nanosemantics and Lexy — teamed up with the Russian Neurobotics, to recreate a robotic version of the British computer science pioneer Alan Turing. The robot, which recognizes natural speech and has nine degrees of freedom for its facial animatronics, made its debut at the 2015 Startup Village event Skolkovo’s Hypercube last month. Check out the video of Alan interacting with the public. 

by   -   July 10, 2015

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Siemens has joined the Robot Launch as a sponsor, offering an impressive “Industrial Robotics Award” consisting of access to the Siemens Frontier Partner program, which provides mentorship and industry leading commercial software. It’s hard to put a dollar value on such a big award because the startup will receive access to a wide range of products and services, but this easily brings the total value of prizes offered to over $100,000, including $5,000 cash or travel prize for Grand Winner. There are still two days to enter Robot Launch – Don’t miss the July 12 deadline! 

by   -   July 9, 2015

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th, 2015 at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered flight: the crossing of a full day-night cycle on solar power alone. More than 28 hours later, on July 1st at 15:35, the aircraft landed safely and with fully recharged batteries, thus showing AtlantikSolar’s long-endurance flight capability. This is of significant interest for large-scale disaster support, industrial inspection or meteorological observation missions, especially in the compact form of a hand-launchable 7kg UAV such as AtlantikSolar.

by   -   July 8, 2015

ICRAcam_00_900pxwIn Part Five of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about passively stabilizing MAVs without using inertial sensors, a robot that learns different swimming gaits from experience, building high level motor tasks from a library of basic motion and transition primitives, and a high-speed robotic system for injecting C. elegans for large scale biomolecule screening. A special thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event to bring you highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing the final ICRAcam videos soon, so watch this space! Check out all our ICRA coverage here

by   -   July 7, 2015

Nothing proves a robot’s mettle like a live demonstration in front of a discerning crowd. Check out these photos and videos from Demo Day at the recent Field and Service Robotics conference (FSR) in Toronto. 

Until the FAA implements comprehensive regulations for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft in US skies, the only companies legally permitted to fly drones are those in possession of a Section 333 exemption. We have compiled a comprehensive database of every company and individual with an exemption. This database offers the most detailed view to date of the emergent domestic commercial drone industry.

by ,   -   July 6, 2015
Promotional image for Spillikin. Source: Engineered Arts

Robotics company Engineered Arts has teamed up with Pipeline Theatre for a new play, Spillikin: a love story between a robot and an elderly woman. The collaborators plan to debut their work at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, but they need your help and have created a campaign with some exclusive robocentric rewards.

by   -   July 2, 2015

Innorobo is one of the the premiere EU event dedicated to robotics and disruptive technologies. Running now through July 3 in Lyon, France , the event features talks from the likes of Carlo Ratti, Rodney Brooks, Brad Nelson, Jaime Paik, Shigeo Hirose and many many more. Robohub's Audrow Nash is on site - check out the live tweets below.

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