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Nicola Tomatis on “What does it take to get from imagination to market?”

RBI Update The short answer is: a lot of patience and perseverance! More seriously, this is one of the most frustrating aspects of entrepreneurship. High-tech entrepreneurs are supposed to be inno...
14 March 2014, by

Robert Morris on “What does it take to get from imagination to market?”

This is a really important question, and one that our community should focus on more. That said, the answer is not truly profound or particularly obscure. It takes three things: doing something people...
12 March 2014, by

Andra Keay on “What does it take to get from imagination to market?”

The rise of online crowdfunding platforms over the last decade has created a whole new pathway for some robot startups. In the process, crowdfunding campaigns have helped to catapult hardware and robo...
12 March 2014, by

Mark Stephen Meadows on “What does it take to get from imagination to market?”

There are two parts to this process: the invisible and visible. Rodin once said that sculpture is an art dedicated to holes. What he meant is that great work is invisible: if you are building a tec...
12 March 2014, by

Alan Winfield on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

  Judging by the levels of media coverage and frenzied speculation that has followed each acquisition, the short answer to what does it mean is: endless press exposure. I almost wrote 'priceless exp...
12 February 2014, by

Mark Stephen Meadows on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

  Google, is the wild card for me.  With more acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, Redwood Robotics, Industrial Perception, Meka, Schaft, and others) than Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microso...
12 February 2014, by


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AJung Moon on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

We have reasons to feel both excited and uneasy about giant corporations’ investment in robotics. It’s exciting for the robotics community that the giants (Google, Apple, and Amazon) are active...
12 February 2014, by

Mark Stephen Meadows on “If you could enhance yourself with some robotic accessory or implant, what would it be?”

There are two kinds of cyborgs - those that have broken the skin, and those that have not. Iron Man comes to mind as a cyborg of the second category, in that he can remove his enhancement (save for th...
15 January 2014, by

AJung Moon on “If you could enhance yourself by some robotic accessory or implant, what would it be?”

As a researcher in robotics, I tend to cringe whenever someone asks how long it will take until people start to see terminator-like robots on the streets. It’s a fun question to think about, but it ...
15 January 2014, by

Daniel H. Wilson on “If you could enhance yourself by some robotic accessory or implant, what would it be?”

The potential of robotic implants is limitless, but I am not interested in super-human powers. Instead, I’d be happy with human powers, and in particular the ability to remember. Growing up, I would...
15 January 2014, by

Andra Keay on “What were the top stories in robotics from 2013?”

'David and Goliath' was the most exciting story in robotics this year. 2013 has seen huge companies showing an interest in robotics, starting with Apple launching Anki live on stage at their global de...
11 December 2013, by

Frank Tobe on “What were the top stories in robotics from 2013?”

As Editor and Publisher of the Robot Report, I follow robotics news closely, especially in business and finance. Here are my top picks for 2013:...
11 December 2013, by

AJung Moon on “What were the top stories in robotics from 2013?”

2013 was a year filled with talk of drones. I’m not saying this just because I’m biased by the recent news reporting on how large companies (Amazon, DHL, and UPS to be exact) are exploring t...
11 December 2013, by

Lynne Parker on “What were the highlights at IROS/iREX this year?”

I found the plenary speeches at IROS to be especially interesting. Marc Raibert gave an entertaining talk on the robots being developed at Boston Dynamics. It's encouraging to see that robots are beco...
13 November 2013, by

Frank Tobe on “What were the highlights at IROS/iREX this year?”

Two images remain in my mind from IROS 2013 last week in Tokyo. The respect for Professor Emeritus Mori and his charting of the uncanny valley in relation to robotics, and the need for a Watson-type s...
13 November 2013, by

Andra Keay on “What were the highlights at IROS/iREX this year?”

For me, the highlight of IROS was the Uncanny Valley special session, although the sheer size of the IROS conference and the parallel iRex industrial and service robot expo also gave much food for tho...
13 November 2013, by

Robert Morris on “Is open source a good business model for robotics?”

The premise of this question is that robotics companies are manufacturers and that there is choice between an open source and closed source business model.  Robotics companies are best thought of as ...
09 October 2013, by

Brian Gerkey on “Is open source a good business model for robotics?”

The IT economy has powerfully demonstrated what happens when companies can leverage open source infrastructure when they build new products and services.  A company like Google would never have come ...
09 October 2013, by

Frank Tobe on “Is open source a good business model for robotics?”

To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. Freedom means not using proprietary software. - Richard Stallman, o...
09 October 2013, by

Matthew Schroyer on “What is the best way to get a robotics education today?”

A quality learning experience centered on robotics is hard to find for many students who lack STEM resources through their own schools. Although new science standards hope to improve the situation, K-...
16 September 2013, by

Terry Fong on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”

We look for good people from all over the world who have had some formal education in robotics theory, particularly in the basics of kinematics, perception, and cognition. Many universities offer cour...
15 September 2013, by

Mark Tilden on “What is the best way to get a robotics education today?”

In the past, a robotics education started with any inspiration that filtered through the sparse media of the time. Imagine a dull illness during a bland winter, black and white TV on a fuzzy channel, ...
15 September 2013, by

Theresa Richards on “What’s the best way to get a robotics education today?”

At the high school or middle school level there is no single best way for students to get a robotics education: there are many ways, and each way reaches the students differently. The easiest way is f...
15 September 2013, by

Jonathan Roberts on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”

We are looking for researchers who are highly motivated, and who are passionate about seeing the results of their research come to fruition and be used by industry or the public. They should have a de...
15 September 2013, by

Nicola Tomatis on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”

When hiring at BlueBotics, we first assess the personal profile, soft competencies, and team compatibility. After that, we go into a deep technical assessment. Today, the product sales with the ...
15 September 2013, by

David Robert on “Do robots need heads?”

As a robot animator I can attest to the fact that robots don't "need" heads to be treated as social entities. Research has shown that people will befriend a stick as long as it moves properly [1]. ...
15 August 2013, by

AJung Moon on “Do robots need heads?”

Are you curious about what your future robotic assistants will look like? My bet is that by the time you buy your very first robotic butler, it will have a friendly head on it that moves. In fact, ...
15 August 2013, by

Mark Stephen Meadows on “Do robots need heads?”

I don't know about you, but if something has a head I assume it has thoughts. When watching a movie I stare at the character's face because I want to know what they feel. So for me a head's a pretty i...
15 August 2013, by

Travis Deyle on “Do robots need heads?”

The obvious answer to this question is "No: there are lots of robots without heads." It's not even clear that social robots necessarily require a head, as even mundane robots like the Roomba are anthr...
15 August 2013, by

Long view required to keep economic policy in step with developments in robotics

Policy is really about long-term thinking — a process we should do but don't do for various reasons. Though China is a notable exception, very few governments make long-term planning a priority. ...
16 July 2013, by







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