Pics everywhere: Top 2014 robot pictures
by Frank Tobe
This is the time when many suggest their list of top 2014 robotic pictures in various settings. Drones, humanoids, telepresence, home robots, vacuums, toys and robotic camel jockeys! Good recaps and terrific pics.
- Top 10 Drone Stories: includes Facebook’s new Titan drones; Google’s Project Wing and DHL’s Parcelcopter delivery drones; ARS Electronica, Cirque du Soleil and Verity Studio’s entertainment drones; plus many others.
- A Huffington Post article called 10 Robots to Watch in 2014: including a failed company (Unbounded Robotics) ; another that went public (Ekso Bionics); a few remote presence bots; Parrot’s Mini Drone and Jumping Sumo robots (I saw MANY of these devices as gifts this Xmas); and more.
- The NY Times listed The Year in Robots: includes robotic vacuums, lawnmowers and floor cleaners; a grill bot; a cat-litter robot; a programmable baby rocker; a couple of learning toys; and a precise watering device for your garden.
- A guide to the Best Robot Vacuums of 2014: side-by-side comparisons of different types of floor and carpet cleaners including the Chinese best selling Ecovacs Deebot (which sold over 70k vacuums in one day on Alibaba).
- From ChinaDaily came an series of photos describing the Top 10 amazing robots in the world: includes the Willow Garage PR2 making pancakes; the space robot Kibo; a robot band; human-looking robots for defense, research, entertainment, and as actors; the camel jockey robots (fascinating!); and more.
- And finally, Robohub.org and Robot Launch 2014 posted their Top 30 Startup Companies.