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by   -   February 13, 2016

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ROSCon is an annual conference focused on ROS, the Robot Operating System. Every year, hundreds of ROS developers of all skill levels and backgrounds, from industry to academia, come together to teach, learn, and show off their latest projects. ROSCon 2015 was held in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s a recap of the first videos posted on the OSRF blog.

by   -   February 13, 2016

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took an important step towards interpreting safety standards in ways that could make self-driving cars a reality for the public: it said that computers controlling those cars can be considered drivers just like humans.

by   -   February 13, 2016

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A first look at numbers from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) report on industrial robots shows that worldwide robot sales grew again in 2015, and were 15% more than 2014. Explosive growth was seen in the automotive industry and technological advances enabling small and medium size manufacturers (SMEs) to compete using collaborative robots.

by ,   -   February 12, 2016
Mechanical Chameleon through Dynamic Real-Time Plasmonic Tuning. Source: Wired UK/youtube
Mechanical chameleon through dynamic real-time plasmonic tuning. Source: Wired UK/youtube

Soft bots; record-breaking North American robot sales; robots saving refugees; chameleon robot blends in with its surroundings; Robot Law and more.

The scientist is looking at the error message of the giant robot's operating system.
The scientist is looking at the error message of the giant robot’s operating system.

In this video lecture Carme Torras, Research Professor at the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC) looks at the process of working on assistive robots employed as helpers to disabled or elderly people, shopping helpers, cleaning aids, even co-workers in workshops and factories. Her research in the Perception and Manipulation group focuses on enhancing the perception, learning, and planning capabilities of robots in human environments.

by   -   February 10, 2016
Dance troupe of 540 robots . Source: youtube
Dance troupe of 540 robots. Source: youtube

In a TV spectacle celebrating the Chinese New Year and seen by more than 640 million viewers, 540 Chinese-made robots danced to a song sung by a Chinese superstar and 29 neon-colored drones flew in unison overhead.

by   -   February 10, 2016

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A team of Swiss researchers have taught drones to recognise and follow forest trails. This research unlocks applications of drones for search and rescue in wilderness.

by   -   February 9, 2016

The ETH knee perturbator is a remotely actuated knee exoskeleton and is studying the impedance modulation in healthy subjects during various modes of gait.

by   -   February 9, 2016
Underpass in city. Photo credit: Brad Templeton
Underpass in city. Photo credit: Brad Templeton

I recently read a report of a plan for a new type of intersection being developed in Malaysia and I felt it had some interesting applications for robocars.

by   -   February 8, 2016

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At the Phoenix Open PGA Golf Tournament held February 4-7 in Scottsdale Arizona, Golf Laboratories, an independent golf testing facility for clubs, shafts and ball testing based in San Diego, brought a robot to the tee-off spot and promptly hit a hole-in-one.

A U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone crashed in southern Turkey shortly after taking off from Incirlik Air Base. According to a statement from the 39th Comptroller Squadron, the cause of the crash was a mechanical failure.

interview by   -   February 6, 2016

Airbus assembly floor. Source: Airbus Group
Airbus assembly floor. Source: Airbus Group

In this episode, Andrew Vaziri speaks with Curtis Carson, Head of Research and Technology in Industrial Strategy and Systems at Airbus. They speak about the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge to be held at ICRA 2016, and discuss the need for a new generation of industrial robots for aircraft manufacturing.

by   -   February 4, 2016

iRobot+710+Warrior+3In a transaction valued at $45 million, iRobot has sold its Defense and Security division to Arlington Capital Partners. Sean Bielat, who takes over as the CEO, says the new company will be the largest independent provider of ground-based robots to the Department of Defense.

by ,   -   February 4, 2016

The pioneer of artificial intelligence left us at 88 years old; Google’s ‘AI’ breakthrough; Robotic customer service; the army showcases examples of driverless trucks; world fastest Rubik cube solving, and more. 

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.

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