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Google has announced a minor partnership with Chrysler where they will be getting Chrysler to build 100 custom versions of their hybrid minivans for Google’s experiments.

Young People In The Robotics ClassroomOATV, or O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, is a seed stage investment firm based in San Francisco with a track record of backing robotics startups in emerging areas. As well as investing in Fetch Robotics, some of their other hardware investments include 3D Robotics, Planet Labs, Misfit Wearables, Littlebits and Sight Machine. OATV typically invest between $250,000 and $2 million into startups at a critical early stage of development. This pre-revenue runway helps startups refine their prototypes, determine product/market fit, and achieve strong follow on rounds. OATV invests early, typically before market categories are well defined.

by   -   May 4, 2016
Source: Deepfield Robotics
Source: Deepfield Robotics

Farmers are increasingly under pressure to feed more people. The UN predicts that the world population will rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050. This growing population has become pickier about the food they eat. In the EU alone, the organic market grew by 7.4% in 2014 with sales valued at €24 billion. Beyond organic food, there is an overall push to make farming greener by using less water and pesticides.

by   -   May 4, 2016

The ICRA 2016 conference in Stockholm, Sweden, 16-21 May, is approaching! This year, the robotics community reflected on the strong and natural relationship between robots and rubber duckies. Vote for your favourite poem!

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The euRathlon/TRADR Summer School on Heterogeneity in Robotics Systems is designed as a five-day course to provide participants with both theoretical and practical insight in multi-domain real robotic systems for deployment in disaster response scenarios. Focus will be specifically on multi-modal heterogeneous mapping, semantic analysis and reasoning and (collaborative) planning under uncertainty. The summer school will take place from 22-26 August 2016 in Oulu, Finland.

The White House announced a series of public workshops on artificial intelligence (AI) and the creation of an interagency working group to learn more about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence. The first workshop Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy will take place on May 24 at the University of Washington School of Law, cohosted by the White House and UW’s Tech Policy Lab

The Monospinner, developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, is the mechanically simplest, controllable, flying machine in existence. It has only one moving part (the rotating propeller), but can still fully control its position in space. The vehicle features no additional actuators or aerodynamic surfaces.

by   -   May 3, 2016
Photo Credit: Adriana M. Groisman
Photo Credit: Adriana M. Groisman

More than 20,000 students from around the globe traveled to St. Louis to compete in the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. The 4-day event ended Saturday night in front of a crowd of more than 40,000.

Paul Trillo’s “Chromacity.”
Paul Trillo’s “Chromacity.”

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

From April 11 to 15, the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons convened hundreds of delegates from member states and non-governmental organizations for its third annual meeting to debate lethal autonomous weapons. Here’s a summary of what was discussed and what wasn’t.

by   -   May 2, 2016

Octopusby Rex Merrifield

Keyhole, or minimally invasive, surgery can offer many benefits over more traditional, open operations, including reduced risk of infections, quicker recovery times and less scarring. But internal organs can get in the way when hard robotic arms are used, given that access can be very limited and soft tissue can sometimes move in unexpected ways.

by   -   May 2, 2016

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April was a big month for investing in robotics – 19 companies were funded to the tune of $175 million vs. $15.8M in January, $18.6M in February, and $45.4M in March. Four companies were acquired with 3 of the 4 reporting selling prices totaling $422 million.

YuMi robot |  photo ABB
YuMi robot | photo ABB

Innovation platform, The IdeaHub, is once again recruiting robotics and software innovators worldwide to take on the challenge of improving the way we work and interact with the next generation of industrial robots. Working on behalf of ABB Robotics, IdeaHub will help successful applicants pitch their ideas and secure uniquely tailored support packages to maximise their venture’s commercial potential, including funding, mentoring and access to cutting edge hardware.

interview by   -   May 1, 2016

Guido

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews Guido De Croon about Evolutionary Robotics and its use to design behaviors for flying robots.

by ,   -   April 29, 2016

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Musk for Mars; Mexican robotics revolution; Russia “battle bot”; MIT student’s robot kitchen; Integrating automation; and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.



Looney the Robot
January 23, 2015


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