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by ,   -   September 23, 2016
Source: The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

Ethics guidelines for robots; $1m grant for cobot research; Lyft fleet to be autonomous in 5 years; self-driving car policy; Russian bot arrested, and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   September 23, 2016

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Latency is an important practical concern in the robotics world that is often poorly understood. I feel that a better understanding of latency can help robotics researchers and engineers make design and architecture decisions that greatly streamline and accelerate the R&D process. I’ve personally spent many hours looking for information on the latency characteristics of various robotic components but have had difficulty finding anything that is clearly presented or backed by solid data. From what I’ve found, most benchmarks focus on the maximum throughput and either ignore the subject of latency or measure it incorrectly.

by   -   September 22, 2016
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube

Some people swear all tethers are bad. Some recommend attaching a tether to robots in order to provide power (to save the mass and volume of the batteries), for reliable fast communications, transfer of pressure or fluid, to track a robot’s position, or as a safety harness (in case the robot needs to be dragged out). However, before designing a tether there are several things you need to consider.

by   -   September 22, 2016

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The long awaited list of recommendations and potential regulations for robocars has just been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency that regulates car safety and safety issues in car manufacture. Normally, NHTSA does not regulate car technology before it is released into the market, and the agency, while it says it is wary of slowing down this safety-increasing technology, has decided to do the unprecedented — and at a whopping 115 pages.

by   -   September 22, 2016

Mobile robots can be a great help in search and research missions, especially in dangerous environments. However, there are restrictions in how far they can travel due to battery capacity. This research team is developing an algorithm for robots to collectively manage their energy, forming an energy supply chain to help push explorer robots further into environments without needing to come back and recharge.

by   -   September 21, 2016

The US Department of Transportation is enthusiastically embracing automated driving, saying that self-driving vehicles are coming in some form (or many forms) and that the agency can play a role not only in supervising but also in assisting this transportation transformation.

by   -   September 21, 2016
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different 'emotions' like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different ’emotions’ like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL

By measuring your heartbeat and breath, this device from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab can tell if you’re excited, happy, angry or sad
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by   -   September 20, 2016

Brad Templeton, from Robocars.com, discusses the latest robocar related news.

by   -   September 20, 2016

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."

by   -   September 19, 2016

It takes off like a helicopter, then tilts 90 degrees and flies like a plane, using a single rotor blade. Because of that, it is light-weight and can fly long distances. Meet the delftAcopter: a new autonomous hybrid drone, developed in the MAVLab of Delft University of Technology.

Sharp Electronics has unveiled a security patrol unmanned ground vehicle called the INTELLOS A-UGV, and more.

by   -   September 19, 2016

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Two self-driving car events of note: Uber just began operating a fleet of Volvo self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, and nuTonomy launched the first autonomous pilot taxi program last month in Singapore. Both still require a driver, although he/she will be as hands-off as much as possible.

interview by   -   September 17, 2016

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In this episode, Ron Vanderkley interviews Jürgen “Juxi” Leitner, a researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Robots Vision in the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Leitner speaks about a system being developed for the Google Lunar XPrize, called LunaRoo.

by ,   -   September 16, 2016

The new AI100 report explores how AI could affect life in a typical North American city in 2030.

by   -   September 16, 2016

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InterDrone concluded their 2nd annual trade show and conference in Las Vegas. The differences between the 2015 event and this one reflect the rapid changes in the industry and can be seen as a predictor for the next few years.



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