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by   -   October 1, 2014

How did another year sneak up on us so quickly? Today marks Robohub's second anniversary, and this post looks at how far we've come!

by   -   October 1, 2014

Bathing is typically a private activity, and having a robot to accommodate that privacy could be a good thing. But how much does this trump over the need to control the robot?

by   -   September 30, 2014

We set out to experimentally test our robot with a consequence engine, and ended up building a minimally ethical robot which - remarkably - appears to implement Asimov's first and third laws of robotics.

by   -   September 30, 2014

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By Ryan Gariepy

As we’ve made more of a name for ourselves within various startup communities, we’re commonly asked how we moved from our beginnings with little resources and no connections to a worldwide concern in robotics, especially with the field exploding as it has. In truth, there is a great deal to be said for “being in the right place at the right time”, but there are a few key simple lessons we’ve learned along the way that others with good ideas might be able to benefit from.

by   -   September 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, Pi Robot and I joined the Silicon Valley ROS Users Group (SV-ROS) to help with the effort (already under way) to prepare for a challenging robot navigation contest held at the end of this year’s IROS Conference in Chicago.

by   -   September 29, 2014

While 75% of readers said that they’d want a robot “to help me with house chores” vs. only 19% who said they would want one as a companion for themselves or their family, the majority see the whole family, including their parents/grandparents and children, as benefitting from home robots in the future.

by   -   September 29, 2014
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently noticed that as I respond to questions about the Canadian regulations surrounding commercial drones, I often begin by stating that our regulatory framework is quite distinct from that of the US – here’s why…

by   -   September 29, 2014

Vision-guided motion is a growing field within robotics, with a number of vendors, integrators and alternative methods such as vision guided robots (VGR), advanced vision guided robots (AVGR) and machine learning guided robots (MLGR).

by   -   September 29, 2014

Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots, called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls. The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008.

by   -   September 26, 2014

IROS_WebcamMore pitches from the interactive sessions at IROS: soft untethered robots that jump, visual localization within LIDAR maps, time-delayed tele-operated surgical robotics, and grippers. See also Part 1 and Part 2.

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Photo from Aerial Mob, one of the six companies granted permission to conduct drone flights for commercial film use in the United States.

With a number of strict requirements, for the first time in the United States, film companies will be authorized to fly unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes.

by   -   September 26, 2014

Shakeys

Submit your video to the AAAI Video Competition for a chance to win one of the several Shakey Awards. This year we’ll be voting for the People’s Choice Award right here on Robohub. The submission deadline is October 15.

by   -   September 25, 2014

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The impact on businesses of the ongoing US ban on commercial UAV operation can be seen in a snapshot of this week’s drone news. Drones are very affordable these days, and there is nothing to stop anyone purchasing a drone and deploying it for fun. But you can’t use drones in anyway for ‘commercial purposes’ in the US. That means for example, that journalists publishing drone footage are actually in breach of FAA ruling. Until recently, individuals could largely still ‘get away with it’, but a rising awareness is seeing other organizations implement bans, shutdowns or recommendations on drone use.



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