news    views    talk    learn    |    about    contribute     republish     crowdfunding     archives     calls/events
by   -   November 25, 2014

Deregulation and strategic funding are at the heart of Japan's and Abe's 5-year growth plan and their New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NITDO).

by   -   November 25, 2014

Data from our latest poll suggest that readers are optimistic about the role of robots as care assistants for senior members of their families. The majority of our participants were of the opinion that robots will enable seniors to socialize with other people better, using teleconferencing systems such as Skype/FaceTime. However, opinions are split on whether robots themselves will be able to keep seniors company.

by   -   November 25, 2014

The fourth annual EU Robotics Week is on across Europe, with more than 300 activities happening this week in 25 EU countries.

by   -   November 24, 2014

When Rosetta deployed its Philae probe, the first-ever vehicle to land (or rather dock) on the surface of a comet, it was cause for cheer from three intersecting communities who all have a stake in space mining: science, exploration, and commercial interests.

by   -   November 24, 2014

mecklermedia2

MecklerMedia, a trade show organizer, is launching a new three-day, two-track workshop, seminar and exhibition on most verticals in robotics (other than heavy industry, military and space) to be held May 11-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

by   -   November 24, 2014

A new book on artificial intelligence as an existential risk - titled SuperIntelligence, Paths, Dangers, Strategies - has been in the headlines since Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview that AI is nothing short of a threat to humanity. But Artificial Intelligence may be one of the areas where we overreact.

by   -   November 21, 2014
Minesweepers_1
Minesweepers competition arena with surface and buried mines.

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-Free World is an outdoor robotic competition initiated by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Egypt Chapter that aims to raise public awareness of the seriousness of the landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) contamination and the role of science and technology in solving this serious problem. The final competition took place last month at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. 

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture and NASA announced $31.5 million in new awards to spur the development and use of co-robot — robots that work cooperatively with people.

by   -   November 20, 2014

On Singles Day, a made-up holiday for the Chinese singles and youth market, Ecovacs sold $24.8 million worth of robotic products, mostly their robotic vacuum cleaners.

by   -   November 19, 2014

On November 18th of this year the NTSB issued a decision saying that the current federal regulations applying to manned aircraft also apply to UAV or drones. Also, NTSB ruled that the FAA definition of aircraft as “any device … used for flight in the air” applies to “any aircraft, manned or unmanned, large or small.” In essence, this could mean that the flight in the air of a paper plane or a toy wood balsa glider could subject the operator to FAA penalties.

by   -   November 19, 2014
Jackal on the water ramp at the University of Massachusetts Lowell NERVE Center in Boston.
Jackal on the water ramp at the University of Massachusetts Lowell NERVE Center in Boston.

By Meghan Hennessey

What’s the NERVE Center, you ask? It’s the robot testing facility at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and THE place to be when visiting the Boston area. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the site and test our bots across all NERVE Center courses. 

by ,   -   November 18, 2014
Supermagnetic_Twist_Acutator_ETHZ
Illustration of the different micro-actuators that can be coated with active compounds. (Illustration: Peters C et al. Advanced Functional Materials 2014, reprinted with permission of Wiley.)

Researchers have developed improved forms of tiny magnetic actuators thanks to new materials and a microscopic 3D printing technology.



Subscribe to our calendars: calls / events