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by   -   June 27, 2014

Teams of roboticists from around the globe will convene in Los Angeles for the third and final round of the DARPA Robotics Challenge on June 5th and 6th, 2015. For this phase, DARPA will be cutting the safety tethers, power cords, and network connections that previously assisted robots. The roster of participants has also changed, with Japan, Korea, and the EU electing to sponsor teams and Team SCHAFT, winners of the last phase, deciding to withdraw from the competition.

by   -   December 24, 2013

Recent Google acquisition, Schaft, a spin-off from Tokyo University, attained the highest score in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials and wins $1 million to work towards the final challenge at the end of 2014. Read details in DARPA Robotics Challenge story below.

by   -   December 17, 2013

chimpterrainCarnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Rescue Team has completed assembly of its 400 pound 5-foot-2 inch tall simian-like robot that will compete in the first annual DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in Homestead, FL from December 20 to the 21st.  The DRC, motivated by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is a push to develop technology to allow people and robots to work together in environments too dangerous for humans. Success of the technology will make robots more robust to both natural and man-made disasters and mitigate effects in first hours when disaster is still happening.

by   -   December 4, 2013

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If you’ve recently wondered where all the roboticists were going, the answer is to an unassuming complex in Palo Alto. Google has backed Android developer Andy Rubin to acquire at least 7 major robotics companies, including Schaft, Industrial Perception Inc, Meka and Redwood Robotics. Other companies include Holomni, makers of high tech wheels, Bot&Dolly and Autofuss, the super cool robotics software companies behind the special effects in the film Gravity. Unsurprisingly, a number of the new acquisitions are also involved in the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge, where robots take on human scale problems in the latest Grand Challenge.

by   -   December 3, 2013

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The first real world trial in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) will be held on December 20-21 2013 at Homestead Freeway in Florida. Yes, it’s open to the public. Anyone can come along and watch humanoid robots try to perform difficult disaster relief human type tasks. This is the geekolympics, it’s nerdvana. Honestly, it’s like sport only better. Here’s the basic background and the rundown on the top teams.

by   -   September 20, 2014

IROS_WebcamMore pitches from the interactive sessions at IROS. See also Part 1.

by ,   -   July 7, 2014

A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news from recent weeks, our monthly digest is released on the first Monday of every month.

by   -   July 2, 2014

teller300.jpg Seth Teller, a renowned robotics professor at the MIT CSAIL, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 50.

He had just brought the MIT Team to the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge with one of the best performing humanoids in the competition.

by   -   April 7, 2014

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A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news from the past month, our new monthly digest will be released on the first Monday of every month.

March 2014 was a contentious month for the robotics community. An intense debate about the commercialization of drones in the US was sparked (or re-ignited) after a US Court ruled against the Federal Aviation Administration in the case of a 29-year old Austrian who had been accused of operating a drone recklessly and without a license. With the FAA’s appeal, regulation of drones in the US is still a hot topic and will probably remain so for some time to come.