Teachers College to Host Global Human-Robot Collaboration Experts for IEEE's 25th International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016)

From a boot camp for teachers using virtual reality as learning tools to the robotic seal "PARO," that provides animal assisted therapy, some of the freshest innovations and most sophisticated minds in robotics will be present at Teachers College, Columbia University, as it becomes the first graduate school of education to host the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)'s 25th International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016), August 26-31, 525 West 120th Street, Manhattan, New York City.

What is an Electroadhesive Clutch?

The electroadhesive clutch is a general-purpose clutch for exoskeletons, offering increased functionality while being lightweight and consuming very little energy.

Seegrid Secures $25M in Additional Financing

Funding will support continued rapid growth

One Step Closer to the Seafloor - New Underwater Robotic Vehicle Tested in Guam

Schmidt Ocean Institute brings the Ocean to the public through its latest underwater vehicle SuBastian.

Inside 3D Printing and RoboUniverse Join with IFA Berlin to Host 3DPrinting@home and Robot@home; September 4-7, 2016

The 3DPrinting@home and Robot@home expo takes place within IFA Global Markets, an exhibition which focuses on the B2B2C and retail channels. In addition to consumer and retail 3D printers and robots, other cutting-edge exhibitor groups from around the globe will be on display within IFA Global Markets. IFA attracts over 249,000 visitors, 60% of whom are from the channel.

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Cecilia Laschi for IEEE Spectrum:  The sun was sparkling on the Mediterranean Sea on the afternoon when a graduate student from my lab tossed our prize robot into the water for the first time. I watched nervously as our electronic creation sank beneath the waves. But the bot didn’t falter: When we gave it the command to swim, it filled its expandable mantle with water, then jetted out the fluid to shoot forward. When we ordered it to crawl, it stiffened its eight floppy arms in sequence to push itself along the sandy bottom and over scattered rocks. And when we instructed it to explore a tight space beneath the dock, the robot inserted its soft body into the narrow gap without difficulty.

As a professor at the BioRobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy, I lead a team investigating soft robotics. This relatively new field of research has the potential to upend our ideas about what robots are capable of and where they can be useful. I chose to build robots that mimic the form of the octopus for two reasons. First, because they’re well suited to demonstrate the many advantages that come when a machine can flex and squish as needed. Also, it’s an excellent engineering challenge: An octopus with eight wiggly arms, which must work together in the face of complex hydrodynamic forces, is very difficult to design and control.  Cont'd...

With Human Emotion Recognition AI, MJI's Communication Robot Tapia Can Now Understand Your Emotion

MJI adoptes Smartmedical's Empath, a vocal emotion recognition technology

Virtual Reality, BattleBots® and Much More Take over Minneapolis September 21-22

Largest co-located Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) and Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Bring Together the Latest Tech in Robotics, Virtual Reality, and Medtech

NASA's new $1 million Space Robotics Challenge to prepare robots for Mars journey

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Last year at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, NASA announced a new challenge for humanoid robots: the Space Robotics Challenge (SRC), which will “prepare robots for the journey to Mars.” Just like the DRC, the first stage of the SRC will consist of a virtual challenge, run in the Gazebo simulator, followed up by a physical challenge using NASA’s R5 Valkyrie robots.

As of yesterday, NASA has opened registration for the SRC, and we’ll take a look at the format of the competition, the challenges that teams will need to complete, and what they can take home for winning.  Cont'd...

As Intuitive Surgical Continues to Shine, Competitors Are Entering the Fray

The surgical robot device market was estimated to be $3.2 billion in 2014 and forecast to reach $20 billion by 2021 as next generation devices, systems and instruments are introduced to manage surgery through small ports in the body instead of large open wounds.

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Signs U.S. Joint Venture Agreement

Artificial intelligence technologies and applications span: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Statistics, Mobile Robots, Social Robots, Companion Robots, Service Robotics, Drones, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars, Driver Assisted Cars, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes, UGV's, UAV's, USV's, AGV's, Forward and/or Backward Chaining Expert Systems, Savants, AI Assistants, Sensor Fusion, Point Clouds, Worst Case Execution Time (WCET is reaction time.) Machine Learning, Chatbots, Cobots, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Subsumption, Embodiment, Emergent, Situational Awareness, Level of Autonomy, etc.

Simbe Robotics Uses Intel RealSense Camera to Aid Robot Guidance, Navigation

As part of their participation at this week's Intel Developer Forum, Simbe Robotics today announced that it is now using the Intel RealSense camera in its pioneering Tally robot.

Pepper the 'emotional robot' makes its way to Silicon Valley

Lauren Goode for The Verge:  Pepper, the humanoid robot created by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile, is slowly making its way to the US — and it’s starting in Silicon Valley. The robot was seen in action this week at the b8ta store in Palo Alto, California, a gadget shop launched by former Nest employees.

Pepper was on a demo loop at the store, so we weren’t able to fully interact with it. But the idea behind Pepper is that it’s supposed to interpret and respond to a variety of customer needs. Using a combination of 2D and 3D cameras in its eyes and mouth, plus four multi-directional microphones, Pepper is able to "read" four human emotions — happiness, joy, sadness, and anger — and respond accordingly. It rolls up to you, raises its hands in greeting when you introduce yourself, and turns its head toward you when you move or talk. It is toylike and adorable.  Cont'd...

inVia Robotics Launches the First "Goods-to-Box" Robotics Solution to Simplify e-Commerce Fulfillment

Automation Powered by inVia Robotics' GrabIt and TransIt Robots Improves Efficiency and Profitability While Ensuring Scalability

BitFlow Helps Inspire Purdue University Students to Engineer Next Generation of Ultra High-Speed Transportation

BitFlow frame grabber accelerates development of human-scale passenger capsule for SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

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