HIT Robot Group to Attend 2016 WRC, Bringing its Latest Nano-Robotic Manipulation System to the Stage

Through years of research, HIT Robot Group made a breakthrough in integrating position sensors to nanomanipulating systems in a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) vacuum environment.

UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Forum, on October 28, 2016, Will Focus on Shared Autonomy

On October 28, 2016, the University of California San Diego will host the annual Contextual Robotics Forum, a one-day event featuring talks by world leaders and local researchers developing robotics for the benefit of society. This year's theme is "Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction".

Roboming Announces the Launch of Their New Product: A Personal Robot for Home Assistance, Monitor and Fun

Roboming Fellow is a groundbreaking interactive personal robot assistant for companionship, home security, and convenience produced by Streamind Co. Ltd.

Our Concept of an Open-Source Online Platform for Makers and Educators to Share Their Projects in the Robotics Makers Community

This is an outline plan to create and develop an open-source robotics community. If you have some ideas and want to share them, please let me know.

Japan Robot Week 2016 Gearing up to Welcome Visitors from October 19th to 21st

This year's event features The 7th Robot Award ceremony and exhibition, joint exhibitions from universities and laboratories, and other fascinating programs related to service robots.

A Look at a Danish Robotics Cluster

Clusters don't just happen by accident. They need knowledge sharing, community spirit and participation by all of the stakeholders.

PRIZM™ Brings Coding to the TETRIX® Robotics World

TETRIX® robotics has been affecting classrooms and competitions around the world since 2008. The TETRIX MAX and TETRIX PRIME building systems have brought simplicity, reliability, and quality to the remote-controlled robotics space - and now Pitsco Education brings those same virtues to autonomous robotics with the introduction of the TETRIX PRIZM™ Robotics Controller.

Diakont Launches Underwater Robotic Cleaning and Decontamination Services for BWR and PWR Refueling and Other Cavities

Diakont, a leading provider of refueling services and tooling to the nuclear industry, is now performing underwater cleaning and decontamination of reactor refueling cavities while flooded, using advanced robotic tooling.

Carnegie Council's Journal "Ethics & International Affairs" Explores the Ethics of Autonomous Weapon Systems (aka Killer Robots)

"Ethics & International Affairs" journal is committed to furthering the debate on Autonomous Weapon Systems, and presents a collection of recent work on the topic.

Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Just Two Moving Parts

Byron Spice for Carnegie Mellon University:  More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollisinvented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball.

The only other active moving part of the robot is the body itself.       

The spherical induction motor (SIM) invented by Hollis, a research professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, and Masaaki Kumagai, a professor of engineering at Tohoku Gakuin University in Tagajo, Japan, eliminates the mechanical drive systems that each used on previous ballbots. Because of this extreme mechanical simplicity, SIMbot requires less routine maintenance and is less likely to suffer mechanical failures.   Cont'd...

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Competition

The $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration.

Artificial Intelligence Finally Gets Governance, Former Healthcare CFO Leads the Initiative

In response to the rising global concerns about artificial intelligence, Washington DC area based American Institute of Artificial Intelligence has pioneered a multidimensional and comprehensive governance framework and product for artificial intelligence governance. The Institute is announcing the launch of the artificial intelligence governance framework.

Nilfisk Launches The Horizon Program to Bring to Market the Most Technologically Advanced, Autonomous Cleaning Solutions in the Industry

Partnership with Carnegie Robotics Enables Intelligent Cleaning Products

Clearpath Robotics Raises $30M to Expand Indoor Self-Driving Vehicle Market

Funding from iNovia Capital, Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures and previous investors will expand new OTTO Motors division

Reviving Japan's Dairy Industry, One Milking Robot at a Time

Aya Takada for Bloomberg:  Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry -- one robot at a time.

In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’s milk output tumbled over two decades, touching a 30-year low in 2014. Costs rose faster than prices as the economy stagnated, eroding profit, and aging farmers quit the business because they couldn’t find enough young people willing to take on the hard labor of tending to cows every day.

But technology is altering that dynamic. On the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan’s top dairy-producing region, Kawaguchiya transformed the 20-cow farm he inherited from his father-in-law 16 years ago into Asia’s largest automated milking factory. Robots extract the white fluid from 360 cows three times a day and make sure the animals are fed and healthy. The machines even gather up poop and deposits it in a furnace that generates electricity.  Cont'd...

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