Soft robotic gripper can pick up and identify wide array of objects

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulat...
02 October 2015, by

Teaching a brain-controlled robotic prosthetic to learn from its mistakes

Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs) -- where brain waves captured by electrodes on the skin are used to control external devices such as a robotic prosthetic -- are a promising tool for helping people w...
01 October 2015, by

euRathlon 2015 announces Grand Challenge winners

Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the euRathlon competition is the first outdoor competition where teams of land, sea and air robots must cooperate in a realistic disaster-response scenario. F...
29 September 2015, by

Live tweets and pictures from #IROS2015

The 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) is taking place this week in Hamburg, Germany....
29 September 2015, by

Fifty planes in the air running ROS & Gazebo

The Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA recently flew fifty small autonomous planes together using ROS....
23 September 2015, by

Day One at euRathlon 2015: Video recap

Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, euRathlon is a civilian outdoor robotics competition focused on realistic cooperative disaster response scenarios. euRathlon 2015 takes place in the area surro...
21 September 2015, by

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Documentary of a cyborg drummer

[focus08] Beautiful short documentary by The Atlantic about amputee drummer Jason Barnes and Georgia Tech professor of music technology Gil Weinberg that explores "how robotics and artificial int...
18 September 2015, by

Watch flying machines weave a rope bridge you can walk on

[tweetquote]Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across.[/tweetquote] Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridg...
18 September 2015, by

#eurathlon2015 tests robotic air/land/sea systems in realistic emergency response scenarios

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami and earthquake struck Fukushima Dai-ichi energy plant causing a major disaster. Since then emergency services have deployed robots to inspect the area and collect data. So...
16 September 2015, by

Icelandic research institute unveils ethical robotics policy

The Icelandic Institute of Intelligent Machines (IIIM) has become the first R&D centre in the world to adopt a policy that repudiates development of robotic technologies intended for military oper...
16 September 2015, by

SMEs need robots that know their limitations and ask for help

Socrates famously said that “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." Yet while we often equate human intelligence with the ability to recognize when help is needed and where to see...
15 September 2015, by

Video: Qualcomm demos Snapdragon Flight for smaller, lighter camera drones

The Snapdragon Flight developer platform had its first public demo today at Qualcomm's Robotics Accelerator event, Techstars Demo Day. Designed specifically for the consumer drone market, Snapdragon F...
10 September 2015, by

Former DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt to direct Toyota’s new $50M robotics investment

In a surprise move today, Toyota held a press conference (see video below) announcing a substantial investment in robotics and AI research to develop "advanced driving support" technology, with forme...
04 September 2015, by

When you need someone from Canada to calibrate your robot in New Zealand

Many researchers think that robot calibration is an issue that has been successfully resolved decades ago, but they are wrong. While the underlying theory is well established, its practical applicatio...
20 August 2015, by



Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, with Leanne King and Ioan Alexandru

Transcript below. In this interview, Audrow Nash talks to two teams from Mobile Microrobotics Challenge at the 2015 International Conference for Robotics and Automation (ICRA)....
07 August 2015, by

Towards standardized experiments in human robot interactions

While the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) R&D community produces a large amount of research on the efficacy, effectiveness, user satisfaction, emotional impact and social components of HRI, the res...
23 July 2015, by

Alan Turing robot makes its debut at Startup Village 2015

Tho startups from the robotics cluster at Skolkovo — Nanosemantics and Lexy — teamed up with the Russian Neurobotics, to recreate a robotic version of the British computer science pioneer A...
10 July 2015, by



Towards Automating Fieldwork, with Hans-Peter Grothaus

Transcript included. In this episode, Per Sjöborg talks to Hans-Peter Grothaus, from CLAAS, about automation in agriculture....
10 July 2015, by

Solar powered day/night autonomous flight achieved: Airborne for 28 hours without fuel!

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th, 2015 at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered flight: the crossing of a full day-night cycle on solar power ...
09 July 2015, by

#ICRAcam (Part 5): Flying w/o sensors, learning to swim, manipulating from primitives, & injecting at high speed

In Part Five of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about passively stabilizing MAVs without using inertial sensors, a robot that learns different swimming gaits from experience, building high level m...
08 July 2015, by

#ICRAcam (Part 4): Robot-assisted microsurgery, clothing de-wrinkler, collaborative interaction, & 3D scene reconstruction

In Part Four of our ICRAcam series, you’ll learn about control for a microsurgical device for soft tissue, a robot that can find wrinkles in clothing and straighten them out, collaborative task le...
30 June 2015, by

Study shows public perception of robotics generally positive in EU, but declining

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 dec...
25 June 2015, by and

Field and service robotics: Live tweets and pics from #FSRToronto

FSR, the biannual single track meeting on field and service robotics, is on now in Toronto. With 42 papers on a range of applications and keynotes by Chris Urmson (Google[x]), Paul Newman (Oxford...
24 June 2015, by

#ICRAcam (Part 3): IKEA assembly-bots, RoboSherlock, MRI-powered millirobots and human-robot contact

In Part Three of our ICRAcam series, you'll learn about what it takes to get a robot to build IKEA furniture, information processing for robot perception, an MRI-powered millibot that shoots like a G...
23 June 2015, by

#ICRAcam (Part 2): Handheld cobots, magnetic manipulators, mini robotic probes, and the Butterfly problem revisited

Thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event, we've got some more highlights from some of this year’s exciting papers. We’ll be sharing lots more ICRAcam videos over the next ...
18 June 2015, by

#ICRAcam (Part 1): Adhesion grippers, robot life cycles, car-towing bots, and motion planning

There was so much great research presented at ICRA in Seattle this year that it was tough to find the time to see it all. Thanks to IEEE RAS ICRA, who allowed us to film at the event, we are able to...
16 June 2015, by

What’s hot in robotics? Four trends to watch

Four diverse trends are having a big effect on the robotics industry worldwide, and the global media and financial gurus are paying attention to the process....
11 June 2015, by

‘Tailsitter’ flying robot hovers and recovers easily thanks to new algorithm

In August 2014 Google [x] announced that they had been secretly developing a drone delivery program to rival Amazon's Prime Air. Called Project Wing, the system was based on a mechanically simple "t...
04 June 2015, by

Talking Machines: The economic impact of machine learning, with Baidu’s Andrew Ng

In episode twelve we talk with Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu, about how speech recognition is going to explode the way we use mobile devices and his approach to working on the problem....
04 June 2015, by

Amazon challenges robotics’ hot topic: Perception

Capturing and processing camera and sensor data and recognizing various shapes to determine a set of robotic actions is conceptually easy. Yet Amazon challenged the industry to do a selecting and pick...
02 June 2015, by

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