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by   -   January 23, 2015
Example of visualization of the euRathlon 2013 Common Shared Data Set (CSDS) for the scenario "Search and rescue in a smoke-filled underground structure". Technically, it's a ROS rviz visualization of a recorded sensor rosbag. Photo credit: euRathlon
Example of visualization of the euRathlon 2013 Common Shared Data Set (CSDS) for the scenario “Search and rescue in a smoke-filled underground structure”. Technically, it’s a ROS rviz visualization of a recorded sensor rosbag. Photo credit: euRathlon

euRathlon is an EU-funded project that aims to set the standard for research through robotics competitions. It not only provides opportunities to test advanced emergency response robots in very challenging outdoor scenarios, but also recognises that there is an urgent need to develop useful metrics that will advance the field. A series of Common Shared Data Sets of real data gathered before and during the competitions are now available to the robotics community through a cloud tool sponsored by ECmanaged.

by   -   January 23, 2015

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, who is a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University and a comedian. Hunter performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics. Lloyd discusses making people laugh with his robot partner, why he does it, and how what he’s learned as a comedian relates to robotics.

by   -   January 23, 2015

By Martin Cote

The Arduino family of micro controllers has quickly become a go-to board for hobbyists due to its ease of use. Often times roboticists must create communication protocols to allow their embedded hardware to communicate with a computer. One of the most powerful aspects of ROS is that it can communicate with a large variety of hardware. That’s where rosserial comes in! Rosserial is a general protocol for sending ROS messages over a serial interface, such as the UART on Arduino. This allows you to easily interface any sensors attached to Arduino into your ROS environment. Read on to learn more!

by   -   January 23, 2015
Photo: General Motors
Photo: General Motors

Let me confess a secret fear. I suspect that the first “autopilot” functions on cars are going to be a bit boring.

by   -   January 22, 2015

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US President Barack Obama linked robots and jobs in his sixth State of the Union address this Tuesday. The State of the Union Address is usually delivered annually by the President in a joint session of the US Congress, and is a platform for highlighting the President’s legislative agenda and national priorities.

by   -   January 22, 2015

Roboticize-Me-Doc-Zone-CBCRoboticize Me is a new documentary co-hosted by Peter Keleghan and his android sidekick RoboThespian. Produced by CBC’s Doc Zone, the documentary looks at what’s driving our need to develop intelligent and emotional machines. Roboticize Me airs tonight at 9pm EST on DocZone @cbcdocs , and will be available online after the broadcast. Preview below.

by   -   January 22, 2015

door_open_book_science_fiction_data_mind_face_AI_intelligence_creativeOpen science isn’t one thing – it is a set of practices that range from making sure your papers are openly accessible (which is relatively easy), to open notebook science, which makes the process open – and not just the results. Open notebook science is, of course, much more demanding.

by   -   January 21, 2015

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By Paul Bovbel

Udev is a device manager for Linux that dynamically creates and removes nodes for hardware devices. In short, it helps your computer find your robot easily. By default, hardware devices attached to your Linux (Ubuntu) PC will belong to the root user. This means that any programs (e.g. ROS nodes) running as an unpriveleged (i.e. not root) user will not be able to access them. On top of that, devices will receive names such as ttyACMx and ttyUSBx arbitrarily based on the order in which they were plugged in. Luckily, you can solve this, and more, with udev rules.

by   -   January 21, 2015

Just like the GUI overlapped and largely replaced the command line, NLP is now being used by robots, the Internet of things, wearables, and especially conversational systems like Apple's Siri, Google's Now, Amazon's Echo and others. These interfaces are designed to simplify, speed up, and improve task completion. Natural language interaction with robots, if anything, is an interface, and it needs to be designed.

by   -   January 21, 2015
The DALER is a winged robot that can also walk.
The DALER is a winged robot that can also walk.

The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics today, a team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics propose a new kind of flying robot that can also walk. Called the DALER (Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot), the robot uses adaptive morphology inspired by the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, meaning that the wings have been actuated using a foldable skeleton mechanism covered with a soft fabric so that they can be used both as wings and as legs (whegs).

by   -   January 20, 2015

From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 30 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures. UPDATED Jan 20, 2015 to include additions from Travis Deyle’s Hizook blog, and on January 7 to include Rethink Robotics equity funding and the acquisition of RobotWorx. 

by   -   January 20, 2015

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The EU has co-funded 17 new robotics-related projects under Horizon 2020, the mechanism that the European Commission is using to stimulate the region’s global competitiveness in technical innovation. Each of these projects focus on developing critical technologies for commercialized industrial and service robotics applications and all (except one) are managed by a consortium of corporate and academic/research partners. Emphasis is placed on quick technology transfers and rapid commercialization, which is why each project has at least one corporate partner.

by   -   January 20, 2015

SwarmbotAndSwarmLink to audio file (27:29), or listen on iTunes

James McLurkin works with swarm robots at Rice University, and his unique work on robot communication has landed him on PBS’s “Nova,” in addition to speaking engagements at events like TED and Singularity Summit.

A group of civilians called АРМІЯ SOS, or Army SOS, released aerial video last Friday of the war-ravaged Donetsk Airport, which they obtained using a small, fixed-wing drone. It was possible to extract and process frames from the video in order to generate more information about damage to the Donetsk Airport.



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