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interview by ,   -   June 25, 2016

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This is the second of two episodes where Audrow Nash interviews several companies at the International Conference for Robotics and Automation (ICRA). ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s biggest conference and one of the leading international forums for robotics researchers to present their work. The 2016 conference was May 16-21 in Stockholm, Sweden.

by ,   -   June 24, 2016
Credit: Lijin Aryananda
Credit: Lijin Aryananda

Automatica coverage; new sUAS rules; limiting cuteness in robot design; bots to become electronic persons?; European Robotics League launches, and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   June 24, 2016
National Geographic's new movie, Robots 3D, proves that robots don’t need to be sci-fi to be compelling.
National Geographic’s new movie, Robots 3D, proves that robots don’t need to be sci-fi to be compelling.

The team behind RoboThespian, a life-sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment, have launched a new YouTube channel: Robot’s World. The robot is very much real and enjoys a bit of profanity in its first episode about the confusion between AI and robots.

by   -   June 24, 2016
Image: The Construct
Image: The Construct

By Miguel Angel

One of the most wanted robot simulations is a robot that can be used for anything. Robonaut is one like this. NASA kindly gave this simulation for public use and we thought here in The Construct that we could use it to make an even better user-friendly version. We created a test to demonstrate the possibilities that The Construct has to offer in Space Zero gravity simulations.

by   -   June 23, 2016
Spotmini by Boston Dynamics. Source: Boston Dynamics/YouTube
Spotmini by Boston Dynamics. Source: Boston Dynamics/YouTube

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.

by   -   June 23, 2016

Abstract electric circuit with brain tecnology concept

John McCormac discusses his takeaways from the RSS 2016 Workshop ‘Are the Sceptics Right? Limits and Potentials of Deep Learning in Robotics’ and highlights interesting themes and topics from the discussion.

by   -   June 23, 2016
Photo: Xi Jessie Yang
Photo: Xi Jessie Yang

MIT-SUTD researchers are creating improved interfaces to help machines and humans work together to complete tasks.

by   -   June 22, 2016
Source: ROBOTT-NET
Source: ROBOTT-NET

A new EU-funded, robot technology transfer partnership is looking to help manufacturing and robotics companies with robot consultancy, networking, and funding.

by   -   June 22, 2016
Source: IFR Statistical Department
Source: IFR Statistical Department

Worldwide sales of industrial robots set a new record: 248,000 units sold in 2015, 12% more than 2014. 66,700 units sold in China of which 20,400 were made in China.

Asia is still the strongest growth market with 156,000 units for the region, a 16% increase over 2014, but that figure is much lower than the 27% projected. The rate of growth of China-made robots penetrating the market also didn’t grow at the projected rate but it did grow at a healthy 31% rate.

by   -   June 21, 2016

Aeryon_SkyRanger_drone_UAV

This morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the highly anticipated rules governing the operation of small UAS (sUAS) for commercial purposes.  The new rules are scheduled to take effect in late August – until that time, commercial operators may continue to operate under Section 333 exemptions.  As expected, Part 107 generally follows the proposed rules that were contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was issued by the FAA in February 2015.

by   -   June 21, 2016

Developed at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, deep-learning vision system anticipates human interactions using videos of TV shows like “The Office."

by   -   June 20, 2016
Generating faces with Torch. Photo source: torch.ch
Generating faces with Torch. Photo source: torch.ch

In episode twelve of season two, we discuss generative adversarial networks, take a listener question about using machine learning to improve or create products, and lastly, speak with Iain Murray from University of Edinburgh.

by   -   June 20, 2016
Source: George Fomitchev
Source: George Fomitchev

3D-printers have opened endless possibilities for home production and rapid prototyping. You can easily create practically any model in a 3D-program and 3D print it. But until now, only a few people thought about the possibility to 3D print electronics for particular solutions (model).

Until recently, in order to make a circuit board for a prototype, you had to make it using a soldering iron, or order a short production run. However, many of us can make it using a conventional iron and a laser printer.

The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times
The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have passed competing drafts of the National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes funding priorities for the Pentagon. We reviewed both bills to determine how they will affect the Department of Defense’s drone programs. Here’s what you need to know.

Also: The Korean Army conducted a demonstration of a delivery drone system that it hopes to deploy by 2018. (Korea Times)

by   -   June 17, 2016
Mercedes Benz autonomous concept car at the IAA 2015. Photo: VanderWolf Images/Bigstockphoto
Mercedes Benz autonomous concept car at the IAA 2015. Photo: VanderWolf Images/Bigstockphoto

What does that car of the future look like? There is no one answer; in this world, the car that is sent to pick you up can be tailored for your trip. The more people traveling, the bigger the car. If your trip does not involve a highway, it may not be a car capable for the highway.



Robotics Business Review
June 28, 2013


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