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by   -   September 17, 2014

While vacuum robots continue to dominate the ‘robots at home’ market, with Jibo taking on the role of the top 5 most funded Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, and Pepper expected to arrive at stores in Japan in early 2015, there’s a lot of excitement about interactive, social or ‘companion‘ robots entering our homes.

Looking into the near future, what do you think about robots being developed for your home or being present as a companion? Share your thoughts with us now; we’ll report our findings in two weeks.

by   -   September 16, 2014

It seems like our most popular visions of the future always end with environmental collapse, authoritarian oppression … and the ever-popular zombie apocalypse. Project Hieroglyph challenges science fiction writers to collaborate deeply with researchers working at the cutting edge of knowledge, not just as fact checkers, but as equal partners. We need your help transforming these big ideas into new collective realities. Won’t you join us?

by   -   September 15, 2014

Will autonomous cars take away our jobs? Will we be better off with the cars even if they do? According to our latest poll results, most people think autonomous cars will be a net positive, even though more jobs may be displaced than created.

by   -   September 15, 2014

ReWalk, the Israeli developer of exoskeletons, joins Ekso and Cyberdyne as publicly-traded companies on international stock exchanges. Their IPO Friday sold 3 million shares at $12 per share. The stock then went on to double and close at $25.60!

by   -   September 15, 2014

For confusing reasons, Unbounded Robotics has shut down. Their $35,000 UBR-1 single-armed mobile robot that was shown late last year with great fanfare is no longer offered for sale.

“Why?” is the big question.

This is an excerpt from The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues, a free, one-stop, handbook addressing the basic and fundamental questions around drones in all their contexts, from foreign theaters of war to domestic civilian use. This basic report covers technology, history, strategy, law, and culture, and includes a portfolio of drone art.

by   -   September 10, 2014

Dyson's new robot vacuum, the 360 Eye, is scheduled will hit the Japanese market in spring 2015. Why is Japan the first (and for the time being, only) market to get this hot new commodity?

by   -   September 10, 2014

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Recent robotic vacuum cleaner product launches by Dyson and Samsung have transformed what once was a niche market of early adopters and robot enthusiasts into a marketplace of serious consumer products for home cleaning.

by   -   September 9, 2014

This is not what you might describe as a high-speed contest. The robots walk to take a kick or a tackle and, really, waddle might be a more apt word for their approach. But the game is far from boring ...

by   -   September 5, 2014

Already there are a bunch of talking avatars running wild out there, and they’re turning out to be pretty valuable.

by   -   September 5, 2014

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The public may be expecting to see robot cyborgs battle it out in distant galaxies, but back here on earth the battle of the robots is taking on a distinctively quotidian reality. The double announcements today of Dyson’s 360 Eye and Samsung’s Powerbot VR9000 come as a challenge to robot vacuum market leader iRobot’s Roomba, and hails the arrival of a new competitive era of the robot-as-appliance .

by ,   -   September 3, 2014

While we made up the term “Airchaeology”, we define it as the study of human activity in the past, conducted from the air in the present. Our Airchaeology Expedition in Southern Turkey included dozens of flights over the ancient cities of Aphrodisias and Ephesus. Check out the high-resolution aerial maps we produced.

by ,   -   September 3, 2014

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Link to audio file (23:28), or  listen on iTunes

In this interview, TechEmergence talks to Dr. Beata Jarosiewicz from Brown’s BrainGate project about the science of making sense of the brain’s inner electrical activity, and how the brain might be used to control a variety of devices if calibrated correctly. 

by   -   September 3, 2014

One of the most popular questions when it comes to discussing robotics is the jobs question. But what about autonomous cars? Will they create jobs, or displace them? Tell us what you think!

Not only would a hi-vis vest show ownership and responsibility for drone operations, it would also promote a professional image, and make the public more aware of when a drone operation is in progress.