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by ,   -   January 8, 2016

factory_arm_robot_packing_manipulationThe New Year is upon us and with that comes predictions of what 2016 has in store. Will Automated Guided Vehicle (AGVs) continue to drive materials on the factory floor? What is ‘Industry 4.0’ and when will it take shape? The factory of the future is around the corner and these three supply chain trends for 2016 are the ones that will take us there.

by ,   -   January 6, 2016

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As everyone starts to look for “the big technology trends of 2016″, it seems that one technology is overshadowing all others – the Internet of Things. We take a look at why robotics is actually ahead of the game with the IoT trend, and show that some industrial robotic companies have been involved with it for 10 years already. 

by   -   January 6, 2016

Intel Corp. has acquired German drone and autopilot developer Ascending Technologies. Ascending's LED light painting technology was used to fly and draw the Intel logo while the moves were shot with long exposure photography.

by   -   January 4, 2016
Image credit: Tony Webster via Flickr
Image credit: Tony Webster via Flickr

Lyft announced a $500M investment from GM with $500M more, pushing them to a $5.4B valuation, which huge but also just a tenth of Uber’s. This was combined with talk of a push to robocars: GM will provide a car rental service to Lyft drivers to start, but the speculation is that whatever robocar GM gets involved in will show up at Lyft.

by   -   January 4, 2016

Collaborative robots (also called co-bots) are robots designed to assist humans in the performance of their tasks, i.e., to work jointly on a project. Because co-bots are almost plug and play -- and very low-cost -- SMEs are buying and the segment is quickly growing.

by   -   January 4, 2016

From the 2015 archives of The Robot Report: 54 fundings of $1.267 billion, 31 acquisitions totalling over $1.97 billion, and one IPO -- all adding up to some surprisingly large figures.

by   -   January 2, 2016

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The use of Cortana, an AI personal assistant created by Microsoft initially for Windows phones, has been a big hit in Japan and China. The Mandarin language version, named Xiaoice, is being used daily by a TV station to report the morning weather.

by   -   December 29, 2015

The primary aim of these telepresence robots is to become more socially engaging and promote non-verbal communication. While many of us are used to the telephone, meeting face to face is a much more enriching experience, particularly when it comes to building relationships. Telepresence lowers this barrier with visual communication, but these robots aim to lower it even further.

by   -   December 28, 2015

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If you drive a car, it makes little difference what brand it is: all cars are driven in essentially the same way. The same applies to computers. If you have a Windows PC, the user interfaces won’t be affected by your computer hardware. But this is definitely not the case for industrial robots.

by   -   December 28, 2015

During my long experience at Pal Robotics developing humanoid robots, I learned just how much a good simulator can help speed up the development and maintenance processes of robot building. To my surprise, however, I recently discovered that lots of robotics companies don't use a simulator for this purpose. In this post I'll share with you the key reasons why you should be using a simulator for your robot development.

by ,   -   December 22, 2015

As head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, Dario Floreano knows a thing or two about flying robots. In the first segment of a two-part conversation, Waypoint caught up with Floreano to discuss his team’s drone research, the potential applications of such innovations, and more.

by   -   December 21, 2015

China is poised to emerge as a global technological heavyweight in the not-too-distant future as the Chinese government simultaneously pushes to improve the quality of manufactured goods, the lives of factory workers, and perhaps most importantly, the in-country control of their manufacturing industry.

by   -   December 18, 2015

Be careful what you wish for. Google had previously requested that state regulations on robocars be clarified, to help ensure that their driverless cars were legal. When California's DMV finally released its proposed regulations yesterday, Google found them quite upsetting. The state's draft operating rules effectively forbid Google’s current plan, making it illegal to operate a vehicle without a licensed and specially certified driver on board.

by ,   -   December 17, 2015
Savioke Relay Dash delivery robot. Source: Savioke
Savioke Relay Dash delivery robot. Source: Savioke

Robotics is finally stepping out of science fiction and into service, if not in our homes, then at least in our hotels, hospitals, restaurants, warehouses, hardware stores and other retail outlets. This new report series from Silicon Valley Robotics highlights the first steps of startups Fetch Robotics, Fellow Robots, Savioke and Adept into the emerging service robotics industry, with additional analysis contributed by industry experts.

by   -   December 16, 2015

Coming to life in the 1970s with then-instructor Professor Emeritus Woodie Flowers at the lead, 2.007 was at the forefront of a revolution in engineering education, becoming one of the first hands-on classes to teach students not only how to design an object but also how to build it. Today, it’s a fun celebration of making that ends in an annual head-to-head robot competition on MechE’s Innovation Day in May.

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