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by   -   October 1, 2014

How did another year sneak up on us so quickly? Today marks Robohub's second anniversary, and this post looks at how far we've come!

by   -   October 1, 2014

Bathing is typically a private activity, and having a robot to accommodate that privacy could be a good thing. But how much does this trump over the need to control the robot?

by   -   September 30, 2014

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By Ryan Gariepy

As we’ve made more of a name for ourselves within various startup communities, we’re commonly asked how we moved from our beginnings with little resources and no connections to a worldwide concern in robotics, especially with the field exploding as it has. In truth, there is a great deal to be said for “being in the right place at the right time”, but there are a few key simple lessons we’ve learned along the way that others with good ideas might be able to benefit from.

by   -   September 29, 2014

While 75% of readers said that they’d want a robot “to help me with house chores” vs. only 19% who said they would want one as a companion for themselves or their family, the majority see the whole family, including their parents/grandparents and children, as benefitting from home robots in the future.

by   -   September 29, 2014
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Source: Wikipedia

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently noticed that as I respond to questions about the Canadian regulations surrounding commercial drones, I often begin by stating that our regulatory framework is quite distinct from that of the US – here’s why…

by   -   September 29, 2014

Vision-guided motion is a growing field within robotics, with a number of vendors, integrators and alternative methods such as vision guided robots (VGR), advanced vision guided robots (AVGR) and machine learning guided robots (MLGR).

by   -   September 24, 2014
 A camera man gets up, close, and personal with the human and machine actors on the "Sparked" set.
A camera man gets up, close, and personal with the human and machine actors on the “Sparked” set.

If you thought “SPARKED” – the new short film by Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios – is too real-looking to be CGI, you were right. But why go to all the trouble of using quadrotors to get those lampshades dancing in the air for real? We asked Bill Keays, Science and Technology Advisor at Cirque du Soleil, to give us an insider’s perspective about Cirque’s motivation for the film and how it came together.

by   -   September 24, 2014

DHL launches first authorized autonomous delivery flights by ”parcelcopter” to and from the North Sea island of Juist, 7.5 miles off the coast of Northern Germany.

by   -   September 24, 2014

I suggest that our current robotics policy agenda needs to be reformed and better informed. This article provides a review of some recent policy reports and considers the changing shape of 21st century scientific debate.

by   -   September 24, 2014

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Today between 08:30-17:00 CET This live webstream by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue brings together a comprehensive spectrum of perspectives and expertise on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, and their potential impact on the re/insurance industry.

by   -   September 22, 2014

The dance between human and machine has never looked quite like this.

by   -   September 19, 2014

A major new sci-fi movie, Automata, promises to not only provide a feast for the eyes (see below for a clip from the film), but an overdue opportunity to spotlight some of the ethical dilemmas arising from autonomous systems.

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.

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