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by   -   November 4, 2015

Starship Technologies unveil delivery robots: changing the face of retailing and last-mile logistics.

by   -   November 3, 2015

Smith & Nephew, a global medical tech conglomerate that is expanding into robotics-assisted surgeries, announced that they are paying $275m to acquire Pittsburgh startup Blue Belt Technologies.

by ,   -   October 29, 2015

Robotics research has such strong links with several other research fields that, without it, the modern world might not have some of its most promising consumer technologies.

by   -   October 28, 2015

Google_Tesla_robocar_In the buzz over the Tesla autopilot update, a lot of commentary has appeared comparing this Autopilot with Google’s car effort and other efforts and what I would call a “real” robocar — one that can operate unmanned or with a passenger who is not paying attention to the road. We’ve seen claims that “Tesla has beaten Google to the punch,” but while the Tesla release is a worthwhile step forward, the two should not be confused as all that similar.

by   -   October 24, 2015
Image: Dyson
Image: Dyson

After a six-month delay to hone the robot for Japanese homes, and a year after the original launch announcement, the Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner has finally gone on sale in stores all over Japan and in Dyson’s new flagship retail store in Tokyo.

by   -   October 21, 2015
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (South Korea). Source: Minseong Kim via Wikimedia Commons
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (South Korea). Source: Minseong Kim via Wikimedia Commons

The South Korean government funded Samsung $14.8M to develop and manufacture industrial robots; the US FDA just gave approval to Corindus Vascular Robotics for a new medical device; and the US FAA set up a task force and put them on a tight deadline to figure out how to register drone owners.

by   -   October 21, 2015


Business class telepresence is where high tech meets high price. Typically starting at $3,000 USD, often with a monthly service fee, these robots are a lot more than just tablets on a stick.

by   -   October 16, 2015

Though it's been anticipated for a few months now, Tesla announced yesterday the release of their highway cruise update for Model S cars from the last year.

by   -   October 15, 2015

If you follow technology news — or even if you don’t — you have probably heard that numerous companies have been trying to develop driverless cars for a decade or more. These fully automated vehicles could potentially be safer than regular cars, and might add various efficiencies to our roads, like smoother-flowing traffic. Or so it is often claimed. But the promise of artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, and self-driving cars could be achieved without full autonomy, argue scholars with deep expertise in automation and technology — including David Mindell, an MIT professor and author of a new book on the subject.

by   -   October 15, 2015


AI researcher Toby Walsh gives a talk at TEDx Berlin on Killer Robots. Walsh will be participating in a side event and media briefing for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee Meeting on Disarmament and International Security on October 20.

by   -   October 13, 2015
ICRA 2015 Organising Committee
ICRA 2015 Organising Committee

Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer, and heralded symbolic logic by demonstrating future applications for the universal computing machine that Charles Babbage proposed. She was exceptional in her era for her mathematical brilliance, but though she imagined future applications for a multitude of technological innovations, women at that time were not encouraged to speak about or publish their work, so Lovelace’s genius was appended as ‘notes’ onto the work of others and not seen as a major contribution in its own right.

The fact that the contributions of women such as Lovelace have not been celebrated until recently gives us cause to remedy the situation. Now in its third year, our list of ‘25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About’ is both a shoutout and a call to look at what all these women in robotics have achieved! 

by   -   October 9, 2015

Telepresence robots have been around since the early 2000s, with a research project called PEBBLES out of Ryerson University in Toronto. When I first started covering this area a little over three years ago, there were only a handful of products available. Since then, the market has exploded, with a slew of robots ranging from the table-top Kubi and the sleek Double to the highly advanced Ava 500. They’ve also been on the move, heading out of the office, attending conferences, and touring museums. In this series I’ll be updating you on telepresence as is stands today, the various market categories, and where the field is headed.

by   -   October 8, 2015
Learning how to solder at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.
Learning how to solder at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.

As advancements to how we approach STEM education and initiatives are on the rise around science, engineering and mathematics, we’re seeing a greater impact on how we recognize children’s development and understanding of now-vital tech skills, robotics will continue to play an important role.

by   -   October 8, 2015

photo: Volvo Cars

In a statement released yesterday, Volvo said it would accept full liability whenever one of its cars is in autonomous mode.

by   -   October 7, 2015

Future models of the robocar will be incredibly cheap. Particularly the “city cars” that never go on the highway and only carry one or two people.

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