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by   -   October 9, 2015

Telepresence robots have been around since the early 2000s, with a research project called PEBBLES out of Ryerson University in Toronto. When I first started covering this area a little over three years ago, there were only a handful of products available. Since then, the market has exploded, with a slew of robots ranging from the table-top Kubi and the sleek Double to the highly advanced Ava 500. They’ve also been on the move, heading out of the office, attending conferences, and touring museums. In this series I’ll be updating you on telepresence as is stands today, the various market categories, and where the field is headed.

by   -   October 8, 2015
Learning how to solder at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.
Learning how to solder at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.

As advancements to how we approach STEM education and initiatives are on the rise around science, engineering and mathematics, we’re seeing a greater impact on how we recognize children’s development and understanding of now-vital tech skills, robotics will continue to play an important role.

by   -   October 8, 2015

photo: Volvo Cars

In a statement released yesterday, Volvo said it would accept full liability whenever one of its cars is in autonomous mode.

by   -   October 8, 2015

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlaepfer and Flyability, and filmed without special effects, the movie shows how robots can transform onscreen into living creatures.

by ,   -   October 7, 2015
Rock Print, Architectural installation at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015 from Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich and the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create “Rock Print” — a full-scale architectural installation on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial until January 3, 2016.

by   -   October 7, 2015

Future models of the robocar will be incredibly cheap. Particularly the “city cars” that never go on the highway and only carry one or two people.

by ,   -   October 6, 2015
Credit: Karen Falk
Credit: Karen Falk

What happens when you mix ancient Bushmen knowledge with the latest in drone technology? Our experiment of joining these two very opposite worlds makes up for a completely new way of counting wildlife. By Matthew Parkan and Sonja Betschart.

by ,   -   October 6, 2015

Robots in Depth is a new video series featuring interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, VC investors, and policy makers in robotics, hosted by Per Sjöborg. In this interview, Per talks to Melonee Wise, lifelong robot builder and developer, and CEO of Fetch Robotics.

by   -   October 6, 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 CooRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This week’s video shows the mechanisms used in the “social inhibition algorithm” in more detail and our experiments with swarms of robots in a vertical aquarium. 

ASL_aerial_ground_robot_collaboration_ETHZThis video shows how a robot team can work together to map and navigate toward a goal in an unknown terrain that may change over time. Using an onboard monocular camera, a flying robot first scouts the area, creating both a map of visual features for simultaneous localization and a dense elevation map of the environment. A legged ground robot then localizes itself against the global map, and uses the elevation map to plan a traversable path to a goal.

by   -   October 5, 2015


The service robotics industry is relatively new, diverse and picking up steam daily. Service robotics covers every activity except those described as industrial. These are robots that perform useful tasks for humans and are categorized as either personal or professional.

NASA is preparing a fleet of small drones that will accompany the crew of the International Space Station, carrying out a variety of tasks such as checking sound levels or searching for missing items.

by   -   October 5, 2015
Image: John Matthies/flickr
Image: John Matthies/flickr

Most of you will have heard about the revelations that Volkswagen put software in their cars to deliberately cheat on emissions tests in the USA and possibly other places. It’s very bad for VW, but what are the implications for robocars?

interview by   -   October 2, 2015

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Brad Nelson, Professor at ETH Zurich, about his research regarding micro and nano robotics. They discuss many of Nelson’s projects: retinal and heart surgery, crystal harvesting, and robots with simulated flagella for mobility.

by   -   October 2, 2015

The newly released IFR's World Robotics Industrial Robots statistical review of 2014 (with projections through 2018) forecasts a 15% CAGR, thereby doubling the annual number of units sold to around 400,000 by 2018.

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