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by ,   -   July 3, 2015

It may be low budget, but sci-fi adventure Robot Overlords is an action-packed feast full of technical prowess. Learn about the tech and VFX that made these robots so convincing on the silver screen.

by   -   July 3, 2015

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Xi Jinping, China’s President, last year called for an “industrial robot revolution.” Since then China has created policies giving value added tax refunds and subsidies to companies making robots, and robot user companies can qualify for tax breaks.

by   -   July 3, 2015

nandoResearchIn episode fourteen we talk with Nando de Freitas. He’s a professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a senior staff research scientist Google DeepMind. Right now he’s focusing on solving intelligence. (No biggie.)

by   -   July 2, 2015

Innorobo is one of the the premiere EU event dedicated to robotics and disruptive technologies. Running now through July 3 in Lyon, France , the event features talks from the likes of Carlo Ratti, Rodney Brooks, Brad Nelson, Jaime Paik, Shigeo Hirose and many many more. Robohub's Audrow Nash is on site - check out the live tweets below.

by ,   -   July 2, 2015

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Almost one year ago, Leka won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Robot Launch competition for Moti, a robotic toy that helps autistic children learn to regulate their own emotions through play. Leka cofounder and CEO Ladislas de Toldi writes about where Leka is now.

by   -   June 30, 2015

ICRAcam_00_900pxwIn Part Four of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about . A special thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event to bring you highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space! Check out all our ICRA coverage here

by   -   June 30, 2015

CoCoRo56The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows the agile, autonomous robot, Jeff, in a search and exploration task for a magnetic target. 

A USDA poster released in May warning hobbyists not to fly near wildfires. Credit: USDA

by   -   June 29, 2015

For those with extreme mobility problems, such as paralysis following spinal cord injury or neurological disease, telepresence can greatly help to offset social isolation. However, controlling a mobile telepresence device through obstacles like doorways can be difficult when fine motor skills have been compromised. Researchers from CNBI, EPFL and NCCR Robotics this week published a cunning solution that uses brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to enable patients to share control with the robot, making it far easier to navigate.

by   -   June 28, 2015
Google's self driving car. Source: Google
Google’s self driving car. Source: Google

Google is putting 25 new self-driving cars onto the streets of Mountain View, California, but agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere reminds us that it already has tens of thousands of self-driving tractors in service around the world.

by   -   June 27, 2015
RoCKIn at work (left) and at play. Source: RoCKIn
RoCKIn@home (left) and RoCKIn@work (right). Source: RoCKIn

Over the last 20 years, robot competitions have emerged as a powerful means to foster progress in robotics research and development (R&D). RoCKIn is part a of new generation of scientific robotics competitions that were launched out of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.

by   -   June 26, 2015

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Lei Cui from Curtin University about his team’s work on 3D printable hand orthosis for rehabilitation, a  task-oriented 4-DOF robotic device for upper-limb rehabilitation and a 3-DOF platform providing multi-directional perturbations for research into balance rehabilitation. They also discuss a high-speed untethered robotic fish for river monitoring and an amphibious robot for monitoring the Swan-Canning River System.

by ,   -   June 26, 2015

A glimpse behind the scenes of sci-fi blockbuster Ex Machina, with visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst.

by ,   -   June 25, 2015
Source: Special Eurobarometer 427 – Autonomous Systems
Source: Special Eurobarometer 427 – Autonomous Systems

A major study into European attitudes toward automation has found that while almost two thirds of people polled feel generally positive about robots, public acceptance of them in the EU is in decline. This comes despite the finding that personal experience with robots is on the rise, and the more personal experience people have with robots, the more favourably they tend to think of them.

by   -   June 24, 2015

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Japanese robotics company Yaskawa Electric Corporation pitted one of the most skilled swordsmen in the world against one of their machines and the results are incredible.

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