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by   -   March 28, 2015

This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide the regulatory framework to allow RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) operations throughout Europe from 2016 onwards.

by   -   March 27, 2015

Part startup/investor mixer, part public showcase, part industry/academic workshop, part hackathon, the Skolkovo International Robotics Conference has its sights on becoming the largest robotics gathering in Europe.

Robots are expensive, and they are also hard to program. As a result, researchers often use software simulations instead of real robots to study human-robot interaction. But do people interact with simulated robots in the same way they would with real robots? 

by ,   -   February 17, 2015

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UPDATE 30/27/15 Thanks to all our supporters – especially our partner, Robohub! We surpassed our funding goal with time to spare! Now with just days remaining, we are hoping to reach our stretch goal (unlocked at $25,000). We will be offering backers a choice of 5 colors for all 3D printed parts. We can’t wait to get ORIGIBOTs into the hands of many users and get our community going. Remember: ORIGIBOT’s potential is almost limitless due to our use of standard components including Arduino and android – users can add sensors, modify code, and create their own apps for increased functionality.

by   -   March 27, 2015

grease_gunIn 2008, the Mars Science Laboratory’s launch was delayed, in large part due to issues with lubrication. Lubrication can dramatically impact the performance of your system: improper lubrication can cause your mechanical parts to wear out and fail, and lead to increased power usage and annoying audible sounds. This post looks at the main types of lubrication and where you should use them.

by   -   March 26, 2015
Source: Automatic Statistician.
Source: Automatic Statistician.

In episode seven of Talking Machines we talk with Zoubin Ghahramani, professor of Information Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His project, The Automatic Statistician, aims to use machine learning to take raw data and give you statistical reports and natural languages summaries of what trends that data shows.

by   -   March 26, 2015

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3D Robotics has unveiled DroneKit, an open-source development kit for app development. This is a clear invite for the wider development community to build upon 3DR’s flight control software.

by   -   March 26, 2015

Recently, Mathworks released a new toolbox for Matlab. This is exciting for a number of reasons: it includes everything from data analysis to coordination of multiple robots. In today’s post, we explore using this Robotics System Toolbox to connect to both real and virtual Jackal robots.

by   -   March 25, 2015

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The head of Google’s moonshot lab Google X has recently announced they have scrapped the initial ‘Project Wing‘ design that they have been testing in Australia. According to X lab Director Astro Teller, the old design was difficult to control and they are now working on a new design. 

by   -   March 25, 2015

In this post I tear down a Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 to see just what makes these computers so rugged.

by   -   March 23, 2015

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For over two years, Intuitive Surgical has been sued, tried, analyzed and criticized about the efficacy of their da Vinci surgical robots. But they have continued to thrive, grow and improve their products.

Delivery drones approved, FAA rules, combat drone action and falcon training uavs. Read more drone related news on the Drone Center's Weekly roundup.

by   -   March 21, 2015

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ThalmicLabs’ MYO gesture-based armband is making inroads driving robots, moving robot arms and on the arms of a Dutch trance music producer, DJ and radio personality.

by   -   March 21, 2015

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Two robotics-related companies just got funding. Hansen Medical sold 53,846 shares to get $35M; and Clearpath Robotics got $11.2M for an unusual reason.

by   -   March 18, 2015

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By Martin Cote

After working in the terminal, gazebo and RViz, it’s time for a change of pace. For this ROS101 tutorial we’ll be detailing the basics of creating your own rqt dashboard! A dashboard is a single rqt window with one or more plugins displayed in movable, re-sizable frames. Dashboards generally consist of a number of plugins that, in combination, provide a suite of UI capabilities for working with robots and robot data.

by   -   March 17, 2015
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YouTube starlet and CBBC actress Kate Mandeville sports a Swarovski-crystal-adorned prosthetic at London’s Wearable Tech Show. Designed and 3D printed by Open Bionics, Mandeville’s bionic arm is a statement in fashion and personality.

The personalisation of healthcare devices has been a growing trend in the maker-sphere. From gold-plated hearing aids, neon walking sticks, and sparkling blade prosthetics to 3D printed arm casts, people with disabilities are no longer waiting for health services to catch up – they are dragging their medical devices into the future on their own.

by   -   March 17, 2015

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Sky-Futures, a UK-based company offering drone inspection services to the global oil and gas industry, through their Houston office, was awarded an FAA exemption allowing their drones to fly in US air space.

by   -   March 17, 2015

We hear the second part of our conversation with with Geoffrey Hinton (Google and University of Toronto), Yoshua Bengio (University of Montreal) and Yann LeCun (Facebook and NYU), who talk with us about the history (and future) of research on neural nets. 

by   -   March 17, 2015

The future of productivity is coming, and it will rely on Artificial Intelligence.

Robots Podcast: AirDog
September 21, 2014



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