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by   -   September 2, 2015

readerspick

The Robot Launch competition finals will be held on Friday Sept 18 when a selection of great startups will pitch live to an investor panel. Are Robohub readers on the same wavelength as our expert panelists? Let’s see! Here are the most popular startups so far out of the 30 semifinalists as judged by our readers. This week is your final vote for the “Readers’ Pick”. Will it be the same startup as the judges pick in our finals?

Make sure you vote for your favorite Robot Launch startup favorite by 11:59pm EDT, 8 Sep  . Spread the word through social media using #robotlaunch2015, stay tuned for the finals on September 18, and don’t forget to vote below!

by   -   September 2, 2015

Jibo_sw

Jibo may be a robot, but the last thing the team wants is for Jibo to sound like a robot. In these two video interviews, Jibo’s design team talks about how they selected Jibo’s voice, how that then manifests itself as the voice you’ll hear when you interact with Jibo, as well as the engineering challenges of Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology and how the team solved for them.

 

by   -   September 2, 2015

35under35

The MIT Technology Review’s annual list of 35 Innovators Under 35 aims to illustrate the most important emerging technologies of the moment. Released this August, the 2015 list features a number of robotics and AI visionaries. Check them out.

by   -   September 1, 2015

Launched in 2009 by a group of Waterloo engineering students, Clearpath's unmistakeable bright yellow and black robots have become synonymous with unmanned vehicle research in university research labs around the world. Now, as the field of robotics matures, Clearpath is forging into industrial applications, too. We caught up with Clearpath's CTO Ryan Gariepy at the 2015 Field and Service Robotics conference (FSR), to talk about their roots in research, the role of ROS and open source in their business model, and the challenges and opportunities of launching a robotics startup in Canada.

by   -   September 1, 2015

Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley startup providing truck platooning technology, got $17 million from strategic investors after receiving $16M this April. Denso Intl. was the lead investor in both funding rounds.

by   -   September 1, 2015

Shakeys

Submit your video to the AAAI Video Competition for a chance to win one of the several Shakey Awards. We’ll be voting for the People’s Choice Award right here on Robohub. Last year’s videos were viewed over 1 million times! The submission deadline is October 15.

by   -   September 1, 2015

drone_target_law_mark_arrow_UAVLast week, the California state Assembly approved Senate Bill 142 which, if adopted, would restrict drone operators from flying below 350 feet above ground level (AGL) over real property unless they obtain the owner’s permission. The Bill passed on a 43-11 vote and will proceed to the Governor who will have an opportunity to veto it. Although the intent of the Bill – the protection of privacy – merits pursuit, the Bill as amended on June 30th is problematic in multiple respects and should be denied passage.

by   -   August 28, 2015

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The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has quadrupled in the last three years. We’ve previewed 38 thus far in 2015. The latest batch of 15 new ones cover a wide range of segments as well as the overall industry.

by ,   -   August 28, 2015

Ava, android star of British indie film The Machine, is a robot to be reckoned with.

by   -   August 28, 2015

Do you like cat videos? Or maybe you prefer golden eagles hunting goats by throwing them off cliffs? Or perhaps you favor strange new life forms, recently discovered at the bottom of the Pacific? Anything that you like watching creatures do could also eventually be possible with virtual creations.

by   -   August 27, 2015
image: Thomas Hawk/flickr
image: Thomas Hawk/flickr

In episode eighteen we talk with Sham Kakade, of Microsoft Research New England, about his expansive work that touches on everything from neuroscience to theoretical machine learning.

by   -   August 27, 2015
Professor Robert J. Flatt. Source: DFAB
Professor Robert J. Flatt. Source: DFAB

Being able to control the moment when concrete turns from liquid to solid is crucial for digitally fabricated concrete structures. The timing of this process can be controlled by tuning the chemistry and adding small amounts of specific substances at just the right time. Robert J. Flatt, Professor of Building Materials at ETH Zurich, discusses this process and the innovations in concrete chemistry and digital fabrication he and his team are working on to reduce the environmental footprint of the most used building material in the world.

by   -   August 26, 2015

readerspick3

For the past two weeks, Robohub readers have been voting for the “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. This week we publish the final 10 videos from our Top 30. During our live final in September (details TBD), we’ll announce the ultimate Robohub Readers Favorites. Each week we’ve been showcasing a different aspect of robotics startups and their business models, from consumer facing robots, to B2B service robotics, to component technologies suitable for use by the robotics industry. Make sure you vote for your favorite – below – by 11:59pm EDT,  1 September and spread the word through social media using #robotlaunch2015.

by   -   August 25, 2015
image: kopretinka/flickr
image: kopretinka/flickr

What should a robocar do when it meets another robocar on a very narrow road? If they’re in control, humans may resolve this in a number of ways, but it’s a widely held belief that this is one of the many problems baffling the developers of autonomous vehicles. Are they right? 

by   -   August 25, 2015

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The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows a series of experiments we performed on the relay chain, a chain of Lily robots that connects two spatially separated points in the underwater habitat.

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