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by   -   September 1, 2015

drone_target_law_mark_arrow_UAVLast week, the California state Assembly approved Senate Bill 142 which, if adopted, would restrict drone operators from flying below 350 feet above ground level (AGL) over real property unless they obtain the owner’s permission. The Bill passed on a 43-11 vote and will proceed to the Governor who will have an opportunity to veto it. Although the intent of the Bill – the protection of privacy – merits pursuit, the Bill as amended on June 30th is problematic in multiple respects and should be denied passage.

by   -   August 28, 2015

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The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has quadrupled in the last three years. We’ve previewed 38 thus far in 2015. The latest batch of 15 new ones cover a wide range of segments as well as the overall industry.

by   -   August 25, 2015
image: kopretinka/flickr
image: kopretinka/flickr

What should a robocar do when it meets another robocar on a very narrow road? If they’re in control, humans may resolve this in a number of ways, but it’s a widely held belief that this is one of the many problems baffling the developers of autonomous vehicles. Are they right? 

by   -   August 24, 2015

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NY Times tech writer John Markoff traces the origins of the AI embedded in today’s virtual and physical assistants and suggests a humane way to proceed.

by   -   August 18, 2015

194-chinese-robot-companies2_1_1024_579_80In China, the robotics industry is booming. Companies are deploying thousands of robots in all types of factories, particularly in the auto industry. Chinese companies that manufacture robots and their components are also growing. This article focuses on the robot makers.

by   -   August 14, 2015

alphabetEverybody has heard about Google’s restructuring. In the new setup, Google X, which includes the self-driving car division, will be a subsidiary of the new Alphabet holding company, and no longer part of Google.

In a place where news crews had been risking equipment and lives attempting to cover floods, Olewe's African skyCAM deployed drones to reduce the risk to reporters. Despite progress in the field, on January 15, the Kenyan government instituted a general ban on private drone use.

by ,   -   July 30, 2015

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NTT’s recent entry into consumer robotics suggests that it’s not just about Google vs Amazon, or Softbank vs NTT anymore, but about telcos vs big data companies. With two major and distinct sectors now competing for market share in consumer robotics, will this impact the way the whole robotics industry evolves?

by   -   July 29, 2015

The release last week of the study on adverse events in robotic surgery led to much discussion on the safety and effectiveness of robotic surgical procedures. While the hope is that this dialogue will mean safer and more effective robotic procedures in the future, the intense focus on safety and effectiveness seems to be compromising training opportunities for new robotic surgeons, who require many hours of “live” surgical practice time to develop their skills.

by   -   July 28, 2015

drone_cloud_thinking_judgement_storm_head_talking_conversation_communicationThe hype around the consumer drone industry is so thick that it clouds our judgement. It is as if our biggest boosters have forgotten what our technology stack really does, what it doesn’t do, and what it should do. 

by   -   July 27, 2015

cars_traffic_aerial_treeFrom small beginnings, over 800 people are here at the Ann Arbor AUVSI/TRB Automated Vehicles symposium. Let’s summarize some of the news.

by   -   July 24, 2015

robocar_autonomous_car_vs_traditional_car_scale_weigh_HandI’m in the Detroit area for the annual TRB/AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposium. Those in Ann Arbor attended the opening of the new test track at the University of Michigan, but I was at a small event with a lot of good folks in downtown Detroit, sponsored by SAFE, which is looking to wean the USA off oil. Much was discussed, but a particularly interesting idea was just how close we are getting to something I had put further in the future: robocars that are cheaper than ordinary cars.

by   -   July 23, 2015

Is robotics a science, or is it a technology, and how do we demonstrate/benchmark either? Robohub will be exploring a new focus series on the topic.

by   -   July 22, 2015

Rotimatic  One touch for fresh rotis and wrapsFirst it was robot vacuum cleaners; now it’s robot kitchen appliances. Robots are back in the popular imagination as household helpers, and industry seems to be taking a bet on leveraging that interest as a viable marketing strategy. 

by   -   July 21, 2015

tesla-motors-p85dWe know electric cars are getting better and likely to get popular even when driven by humans. Tesla, at its core, is a battery technology company as much as it’s a car company, and it is sometimes joked that the $85,000 Telsa with a $40,000 battery is like buying a battery with a car wrapped around it.



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