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by   -   February 19, 2015

In September a new Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication will be offered by the Gramazio Kohler Research chair at ETH Zurich. This one-year, full-time program focuses on digital design and full-scale fabrication using state-of-the-art robotic fabrication facilities at ETH.

by   -   February 7, 2014

ETH Zurich and EPFL are jointly entering into a new research partnership with Microsoft Research. Over five years, Microsoft Research will provide five million Swiss francs of funding to support IT research projects. Microsoft researchers will also work closely with the scientists at the two universities.

The Monospinner, developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, is the mechanically simplest, controllable, flying machine in existence. It has only one moving part (the rotating propeller), but can still fully control its position in space. The vehicle features no additional actuators or aerodynamic surfaces.

An unmanned undersea vehicle undergoing tests in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Specialist 3rd Class Jonah Stepanik/ US Navy
An unmanned undersea vehicle undergoing tests in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Specialist 3rd Class Jonah Stepanik/ US Navy

4/18/16 – 4/24/16

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The recently released movie Eye in the Sky offers a sobering portrait of contemporary counterterrorism operations. In an interview, director Gavin Hood tells us what he hopes viewers will take away from the movie, and why the issue of targeted killings demands close attention. And if you’re wondering what kind of drone technologies appear in the film and how they actually work, here’s what you need to know.

Drone company DJI launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Yuneec, another drone maker. The suit, which was filed in California, claims that Yuneec violated DJI patents for interchangeable mounting platforms and target tracking systems. The two China-based drone manufacturers develop small multirotor drones aimed at consumers and professional operators.

by   -   March 30, 2016

Tanya Anandan interviews Michael Oitzman, Sr. Product Line Manager at Adept Mobile Robots, about the applications for Adept mobile robotics in the service sector.

by ,   -   March 29, 2016

To create robots with feelings, researchers are programming them to learn and develop emotion the way human children do.

by   -   March 23, 2016
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT

By: Abdul Montaqim
Professor Knoll, one of the most influential roboticists in Europe, is currently the co-ordinator of the European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development (Echord), and one of the key scientists involved in the $1.5 billion-dollar Human Brain Project. In this interview he gives his views of the state of robotics today.

interview by   -   March 14, 2016

Happy Pi(bot) Day! In honor of Pi Day, we are reposting our podcast with Harry Gee, founder and creator for the Raspberry Pi and Pi zero. Enjoy!

by   -   March 11, 2016
Source: nycdronefilmfestival.com
Source: nycdronefilmfestival.com

The New York City Drone Film Festival’s mission is to help progress the art of aerial cinematography using drones. The 2016 festival had a very successful sophomore year.

Check out all the NYCDFF winning videos below.

by   -   February 22, 2016

Last week Raffaello D’Andrea, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and founder of Verity Studios, demonstrated a whole series of novel flying machines live on stage at TED2016: From a novel Tail-Sitter (a small, fixed-wing aircraft that can optimally recover a stable flight position after a disturbance and smoothly transition from hover into forward flight and back), to the “Monospinner” (the world’s mechanically simplest flying machine, with only a single moving part), to the “Omnicopter” (the world’s first flying machine that can move into any direction independent of its orientation and its rotation), to a novel fully redundant quadrocopter (the world’s first, consisting of two separate two-propeller flying machines), to a synthetic swarm (33 flying machines swarming above the audience).

by   -   February 3, 2016

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2015 was a phenomenal year for funding and acquiring robotic companies. Over $1.32 billion in seed, crowd, series A,B,C,D and VC fundings and more than $2.27 billion in acquisitions. And they’ve begun again in 2016.

by   -   February 1, 2016

There’s been a lot of talk about package delivery via flying drones. While this is an interesting vision of the future, current economics make this an unlikely substitute for base-load ground delivery for the next 5–10 years. Flying delivery drones can make a compelling marketing tool or ultra-premium feature, but their current hype doesn’t mesh with immediate reality.