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by ,   -   November 27, 2015

Simple-Natural-Language-Interaction-with-Consequence-Reasoning---YouTubeResearchers teaching robots to disobey human instructions; bug-zapping robot helps 8-year old; new drone regulations; robot tractors; and more.

by   -   November 27, 2015
Robothespian welcomes visitors to Bristol Robotics Lab during #ERW2015. Image: euRobotics
Robothespian welcomes visitors to Bristol Robotics Lab during #ERW2015. Image: euRobotics

Bridging the gap between cutting-edge research in academia and the vibrant robotics startup ecosystem is no easy task. This Wednesday in the UK city of Bristol, a free public event titled “From Imagination to Market” — the centre piece of European Robotics Week 2015 — took on that challenge by bringing together leading innovators, researchers, startups and strategists. Below are the key moments and insights from the event.

by   -   November 26, 2015
"Robots and Society" panel discussion at the Bristol Robotics Lab during European Robotics Week 2015 ERW2015
“Robots and Society” panel discussion during European Robotics Week 2015. #ERW2015

A mouthwatering array of over 750 events has been taking place throughout Europe this week as the continent celebrates Robotics Week 2015. The festivities began with an eye-opening debate on “Robots and Society” in the UK city of Bristol on Tuesday, with experts versed in strategy, business, academia, law and policy. But, for many, the star of the show was Nao, in his guise as robot avatar.

by   -   November 26, 2015

In episode twenty four we talk with Ben Vigoda about his work in probabilistic programming (everything from his thesis, to his new company).

In this video lecture, IEEE Fellow Raja Chatila shares his views on why roboticists are duty-bound to educate the wider public on the state of advanced robotics, and also to understand the consequences of their own research and the potential commercialisation of it.

by ,   -   November 25, 2015

forward_kinematicsCalculating the forward kinematics is often a vital first step to using a new robot in research. While there are some good tutorials available online, up until now there hasn’t been a simple step-by-step guide for calculating forward kinematics. In this post, we provide a simple guide along with some tips on calculating the kinematics of any robotic manipulator.

by   -   November 24, 2015

The Robot Race to Hawaii is a robotics contest where participants program a humanoid Nao robot to run a 10-meter race in the shortest time possible. The whole competition is run in a Webots simulation inside The Construct hosting platform. Participants need only a computer equipped with web browser to participate, and are not required to download any applications. There is no cost to enter.

by   -   November 24, 2015


After the Task Force agreed that it was outside the scope of their objectives to debate or discuss the DOT Secretary’s decision to require registration, they undertook to develop and recommend a registration process that ensures accountability and encourages a maximum level of compliance. Here are their recommendations.

by   -   November 24, 2015

It's not easy to bring a swarm of underwater robots and run live experiments at a consumer electronic show!

A task force established by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that new and existing drones be registered with the federal government. The panel, which included members of the drone industry and aviation safety community, proposes that drones weighing as little as 250 grams would have to be registered.

by   -   November 23, 2015

Google_Car_ticket_police_trafficAlmost every newspaper in the world reported the story of how a motorcycle cop pulled over one of Google’s 3rd generation test cars, the 2-seaters, and many incorrectly reported that the car was given a ticket for going too slow.

by   -   November 23, 2015

One of our choices for your summer reading — Martin Ford’s ‘Rise of the Robots‘ — won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award at a ceremony held last week in New York. 

by   -   November 23, 2015
Source: Bloomberg
Source: Bloomberg

On Singles Day 2015, a holiday for the Chinese singles and youth market, Ecovacs Robotics sold $47 million worth of robotic products. Ecovacs only has three robotic products: a line of vacuum cleaners, a window cleaner, and a security and air purification device.

by ,   -   November 20, 2015

Japanese researchers have found that humans empathize with robots; Zano mini drone Kickstarter shut down; police pull over Google car; and more. 

by   -   November 20, 2015

Check out this great little film by drone startup PRENAV, which took home the LOL WTF prize at the Flying Robot International Film Festival last night.

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