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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.



by and   -   March 19, 2014

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When Google bought Boston Dynamics last December, the news made headlines, but it was not the first time the Internet giant has invested in DARPA-funded robotics. As part of Robohub’s Big Deals series, we asked Gill Pratt, Program Manager of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, to shed some light on what DARPA thinks about Google’s robotics acquisitions, and what it might mean to the robotics and open source communities.



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 20, 2013

The DRC is a $2 million competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It is sponsored by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).  Teams have been tasked to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of extremely difficult tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance


by   -   December 20, 2013

The time has come for the robots competing on the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to make their first public appearance. The trials for the final 2014 event will take place on December 20-21, 2013 and you can watch them live (or up close if you are lucky!). As stated on DARPA’s website:
“The Trials will provide a baseline on the current state of robotics and determine which teams will continue on to the DRC Finals in 2014 with continued DARPA funding. Competing in the 2014 Finals will lead to one team winning a $2 million prize.“
Click after the jump for the live video and twitter stream or go directly to http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/.



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 13, 2013

In this episode, Sabine Hauert interviews Paul Oh, the Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab at Drexel University. His team, spanning 10 universities, is competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) with the HUBO humanoid made by KAIST in South Korea.



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.