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Cooperative payload transportation with UAVs

Delivery robots are touted as gaining widespread popularity in the near future. Wheeled models could be suitable for urban areas, while UAVs have great potential in accessing difficult areas and carr...
27 April 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Auke Ijspeert and BioRob

The Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) is part of the Institute of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In this video, meet Professor Auk...
25 April 2017, by

World Book Day 2017: 20 robot related books to inspire kids and teens

Happy International World Book and Copyright Day! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, held annually on 23 April---a symbolic date coinciding with the anniversary of the ...
23 April 2017, by

#ERF2017 workshop: Developing the next level Model Driven Robotic Software Ecosystem

The first public RobMoSys Workshop took place on at the ERF in Edinburgh with more than 50 participants. The room was packed. When the interaction discussions began, the crowd split into small groups ...
20 April 2017, by

Why it’s difficult to trust robots

Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, it might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humani...
19 April 2017, by

PLA vs. ABS: What’s the difference?

PLA and ABS are the 2 most common FDM desktop printing materials. Both are thermoplastics, meaning they enter a soft and moldable state when heated and then return to a solid when cooled. Via the FDM ...
14 April 2017, by


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A vision for Nigeria’s youth: FIRST LEGO league competition held in Nigeria

In March, robot programming students took part in the 2016-17 FIRST LEGO LEAGUE competition (FLL) with the theme ‘ANIMAL ALLIES’. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a program that supports children and...
14 April 2017, by

Robots pick up the challenge of home care needs

This article was first published on the IEC e-tech website. Advances in sensors have increased the ability of assistive robots to perform domestic handling and mobility assistance tasks as well as ...
12 April 2017, by

The legal issues of robotics

Robots are the technology of the future. But the current legal system is incapable of handling them. This generic statement is often the premise for considerations about the possibility of awarding ri...
06 April 2017, by

ROS robotics projects

A new book by Lentin Joseph, ROS Robotics Programming, outlines more than 14 robotics projects using ROS that can be engaged with without requiring a lot of hardware. The book starts with an introdu...
04 April 2017, by

The cheap arm project: An affordable, open-source robotics project

What do you get when you put together wood and rope? Well according to Plymouth University's Professor Guido Bugmann: a low-cost, open source, 2 meter tall robot! All buildable for under £2000. The C...
30 March 2017, by and

Robot’s Delight: Japanese robots rap about their artificial intelligence

"Robot’s Delight - A Lyrical Exposition on Learning by Imitation from Human-Human Interaction" is a video submission that won Best Video at the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot...
28 March 2017, by

Classroom robotics: Training teachers to code

*All images credit: ROBBO 30 teachers arrived, excited to learn. They rolled up their sleeves and placed laptops and Robot kits on the floor. The room filled with excitement (and laughter!) as ever...
22 March 2017, by

Envisioning the future of robotics

Robotics is said to be the next technological revolution. Many seem to agree that robots will have a tremendous impact over the following years, and some are heavily betting on it. Companies are inves...
16 March 2017, by

Developing ROS programs for the Sphero robot

You probably know the Sphero robot. It is a small robot with the shape of a ball. In case that you have one, you must know that it is possible to control it using ROS, by installing in your computer t...
13 March 2017, by

UgCS photogrammetry technique for UAV land surveying missions

 UgCS is easy-to-use software for planning and flying UAV drone-survey missions. It supports almost any UAV platform, providing convenient tools for areal and linear surveys and enabling direct ...
09 March 2017, by

Programming for robotics: Introduction to ROS

This handy video-tutorial course gives an introduction to the Robot Operating System (ROS), including many of the available tools that are commonly used in robotics. With the help of different example...
07 March 2017, by

Sneak peek inside two Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs) in Europe

Robotics Innovation Facilities, or RIFs, are robotic labs, financed via the ECHORD++ project by the European Commission. They offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk; us...
03 March 2017, by

Artificial intelligence: Understanding how machines learn

From Jeopardy winners and Go masters to infamous advertising-related racial profiling, it would seem we have entered an era in which artificial intelligence developments are rapidly accelerating. But ...
24 February 2017, by

Motor control systems: Bode plots and stability

I was asked on the Robots for Roboticists forum about tuning motors and understanding Bode plots. Many motor control software packages come with tuning tools that can generate Bode plots. This post is...
21 February 2017, by

RoboLaw: Regulating robotics (video)

What legal rights should a robot have? In this video, Polo Sant'Anna Valdera, one of the leading research centres for robotics, raises this important question. Innovation raises new legal and ethica...
14 February 2017, by

Python programming your NAO robot

These videos aim to teach you how to begin programming your NAO with Python. The NAO can be programmed using several programming languages, including C++, MATLAB, JAVA, LabVIEW and Python. Instead of...
09 February 2017, by

TERESA project adds a vital component to human-robot interaction: social intelligence

TERESA is a 3-year research project funded by the European Union and carried out by six institutions from four European countries. Its goal is to develop a new socially intelligent semi-autonomous te...
02 February 2017, by

The Frontiers of Machine Learning: Live webcast

The webcast will take place on today from 9am-5:30pm EST and February 1st from 9am-5pm EST. Webcast participants are encouraged to submit questions for the presenters by e-mailing Michelle Schwalbe a...
31 January 2017, by

Into the deep: Underwater machines keep an eye on climate change

The shells on crustaceans and molluscs off the Norwegian Atlantic coast are not as thick as they once were. This is because of ocean acidification, where increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphe...
26 January 2017, by

How to mount an external removable hard drive on a robot

We often want to add an external hard drive to our robots in order to have a dedicated drive for data collection. Having the dedicated drive lets the primary drive remain uncluttered, have less wear-a...
23 January 2017, by

Catalia Health uses social robots to improve health outcomes

Catalia Health is leading the surge in social robotics, with Mabu, their patient care management system. Catalia Health likes to be seen primarily as a health company that utilizes robots, rather th...
17 January 2017, by and

What is machine learning?

In this fascinating animation from Oxford Sparks, we take a look at how statistics and computer science can be used to make machines that learn for themselves, without being explicitly programmed....
16 January 2017, by

Robotics, maths, python: A fledgling computer scientist’s guide to inverse kinematics

So – you’ve built a robot arm. Now you’ve got to figure out how to control the thing. This was the situation I found myself in a few months ago, during my Masters project, and it’s a problem c...
13 January 2017, by

#CES2017 in pictures

CES 2017 has come and gone. As a first-timer in attendance, I couldn't help but marvel at the featured robots and all robotics related gadgets, toys, start-ups, wearables, and AI coming to market. I'l...
13 January 2017, by







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