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Mythbusters co-host Jaime Hyneman test flies a drone. Credit: DLC. Via: io9

by   -   July 27, 2015

cars_traffic_aerial_treeFrom small beginnings, over 800 people are here at the Ann Arbor AUVSI/TRB Automated Vehicles symposium. Let’s summarize some of the news.

by ,   -   July 27, 2015

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Renowned technology commentators and authors John Markoff, Jerry Kaplan and Martin Ford entranced the audience with their perspectives on robotics, automation, AI and the impact on society. The event at IDEO on July 16 was one of a new series of salon talks organized by Silicon Valley Robotics to create a venue for enjoyable, intelligent and informed discussion around the important issues in robotics and AI.

by ,   -   July 26, 2015
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Joseph F. Engelberger, Ars Electronica Symposium 1996 (image courtesy of Ars Electronica)

“Happy Birthday!” to industrial robotics pioneer Joe Engelberger who turns 90 today, July 26. That also means that robotics as an industry is around 60 years old. Joe Engelberger and Georges Devol formed Unimation, the world’s first robotics company in 1956 and the first Unimate arm was installed in General Motors in 1961, transforming the automotive industry. Today the robotics industry is a multibillion dollar business. While the automotive industry is still the largest piece of the robotics pie, the range of commercial uses for robotics is expanding into many of the service areas Engelberger also pioneered decades ago.

by   -   July 24, 2015

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Below are recaps of the eleven June and July fundings, IPOs and acquisitions for robot and robotics related companies, followed by a thoughtful piece by Farhad Manjoo of the NY Times about why start-ups are staying private.

by   -   July 24, 2015

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Link to audio file (35:34). Transcript below.

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sangbae Kim, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015. They speak about an electrically-powered quadruped called the Cheetah 2.

by   -   July 24, 2015

robocar_autonomous_car_vs_traditional_car_scale_weigh_HandI’m in the Detroit area for the annual TRB/AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposium. Those in Ann Arbor attended the opening of the new test track at the University of Michigan, but I was at a small event with a lot of good folks in downtown Detroit, sponsored by SAFE, which is looking to wean the USA off oil. Much was discussed, but a particularly interesting idea was just how close we are getting to something I had put further in the future: robocars that are cheaper than ordinary cars.

by   -   July 24, 2015

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ICRA 2015 is just behind us (see our coverage) and the team is already gearing up for the next edition in Stockholm, Sweden mid-May.

by   -   July 23, 2015

Is robotics a science, or is it a technology, and how do we demonstrate/benchmark either? Robohub will be exploring a new focus series on the topic.

by   -   July 23, 2015

Standards_In_HRI_NAOWhile the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) R&D community produces a large amount of research on the efficacy, effectiveness, user satisfaction, emotional impact and social components of HRI, the results are difficult to compare because there are so many different ways to test and evaluate interaction. As a result, we are still missing consensus and tools for benchmarking robot products and applications, even though both producers in industry and researchers in academia would benefit greatly from them.

by   -   July 23, 2015

Taking cues from the natural world is growing ever more popular in robotics. This week, in a paper published by the Royal Society, a team from NCCR Robotics and LIS, EPFL present a revolutionary new artificial compound eye, created with the fruit fly in mind.

by   -   July 22, 2015

Rotimatic  One touch for fresh rotis and wrapsFirst it was robot vacuum cleaners; now it’s robot kitchen appliances. Robots are back in the popular imagination as household helpers, and industry seems to be taking a bet on leveraging that interest as a viable marketing strategy. 

by   -   July 22, 2015

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 the robot Jeff diving along a preprogrammed trajectory.

by   -   July 22, 2015

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Zimplistic, the Singapore and Silicon Valley startup behind the Rotimatic, a robotic home flatbread maker, sold over $5 million at their launch last year. Today, they have a backlog of $72M in orders and over 5,000 distribution partnership requests. Also today, they received $11.5M in venture funding.

by   -   July 21, 2015

One of the main problems with putting cameras into the sky via a flying platform is weight. The heavier the camera, the bigger the rig you need to put it into the sky. This is why GoPro have successfully surfed the growth of the drone industry with their small, relatively cheap and lightweight package. But digital imaging experts have announced their new Z Camera. E1 is the smallest 4K camera with an interchangeable lens system.

Robots Podcast: CyPhy LVL 1 Drone, with Helen Greiner
June 12, 2015



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