Robophysics: Robots in Motion

Researchers are investigating the core fundamentals of locomotion as it exists in nature and as it applies to the movement of robotic systems. Great strides have been made in giving motion to robots, but we have a long way to go to have robots duplicate biological life.

Open Source Robotics Foundation Teams Up With Toyota Research Institute for Software Research

Organizations to Focus on Tools for Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles

Velodyne LiDAR Announces Puck Hi-Res™ LiDAR Sensor, Offering Higher Resolution to Identify Objects at Greater Distances

Industry-leading, real-time LiDAR sensor impacts autonomous vehicle, 3D mapping and surveillance industries with significantly higher resolution of 3D images

Sharp Selects Bell and Howell to Provide Service and Support for Its New Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV)

Services will include installation, remote monitoring, technical support, maintenance and repair

Super Smart Society: Society 5.0

In order to get along with other nations and proffer solutions to Japan's ageing societal problems, Japanese companies and all other stakeholders are developing a policy involving the use of robots, IOT and AI.

The human face of AI - The world's most social robots visit Silicon Valley with EIT Digital @SEC2SV

Furhat Robotics - makers of the world's most social robots - is in San Francisco for the Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) programme - September 12-20.

Sarcos Robotics Secures Investment from Caterpillar, GE and Microsoft

The infusion of capital will be used to expand the Sarcos team and to accelerate the production and deployment of Sarcos' Guardian line of robots that are significantly reducing the risk of injury and the cost of performing many of the world's most dangerous and difficult tasks.

GeckoSystems Featured as One of Six Key U.S. Vendors in Service Robotics Market

...their experienced market researchers are sufficiently astute to accept that small service robot firms, such as GeckoSystems, can nonetheless develop advanced technologies and products as well, or better, as much larger, multi-billion dollar corporations such as Google Inc., etc.

Sharp and Autonomous Solutions, Inc. launch fully autonomous security robot

The INTELLOS A-UGV, launched today at the ASIS International show in Orlando, Florida, is a cost-effective, mobile sensor platform that can capture video, audio and environmental data as it patrols assigned areas. Organizations will be able to address the needs of a changing security landscape with the capabilities offered by INTELLOS.

Educational Robots Land on Earth -- Abilix 2016 New Product Release Conference

Krypton series brick robot has a unique six-side attachable building mechanism which makes it world's first brick robot with the most mechanical possibilities. Preteens and teens can build Krypton series into different things, such as plane, motorcycle, the Eiffel Tower, etc.

Swarms of Robots Manage to Not Run Into Each Other

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  At Georgia Tech, Li Wang and professors Aaron D. Ames and Magnus Egerstedt have been developing ways to allow infinitely large teams of mobile robots to move around each other without colliding, and also without getting in each other’s way. This is very important for people like me, who have 37Roombas at home, but also for anyone imagining a future where roads are packed with autonomous cars.

The fundamental issue here is robot paranoia. When robots move around, they typically maintain a sensor-based “panic zone” for safety, and if anything enters that space, they panic, and stop moving. If you have only two robots moving around, they can keep clear of one another, but as the number of robots increases, the odds that two “panic zones” will intersect also increases, to the point where they overlap and you just end up with a completely paralyzing global robot freakout. Or as the Georgia Tech researchers put it (in a much fancier way), “as the number of robots and the complexity of the task increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to design one single controller that simultaneously achieves multiple objectives, e.g., forming shapes, collision avoidance, and connectivity maintenance.”  Cont'd...

Liquid Robotics announces Maritime Robotics as new Business and Technology Partner for the Nordic Countries

Joining Liquid Robotics' Open Oceans Partner Program, Maritime Robotics is now an authorized partner to sell Liquid Robotics' Wave Gliders and associated mission and integration services to customers throughout the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

ROBOTIQ LAUNCHES DoF A COMMUNITY FOR ROBOTICS PROFESSIONALS

DoF is meant as a medium for sharing ideas and solving automation problems. "We realized that the know-how is locked in the head of automation engineers who can't talk to each other because they are far apart, focused on making their factory run," explains Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq.

Epson Partners with DJI to Create AR Smart Glasses Solutions for Piloting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Partnership designed to enhance safety and capabilities of DJI drone piloting using Epson Moverio BT-300; launch to mark first mass-market consumer application of AR glasses

LG Electronics To "Aggressively Invest" In Robotics

Joshua Swingle for Android Headlines:  LG is certainly no stranger when it comes to robotics and smart appliances, but until now, such products have had limited use. With the company’s latest announcement, this will change. The electronics giant has confirmed that it’s currently investing a lot of resources into robots in the hope of capitalizing on advanced AI, which could eventually be implemented into products that combine hardware with artificial intelligence in order to work with smart home appliances as well as to develop machines that could perform everyday tasks. “We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business’s capabilities,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business.

As of now, there’s no time frame for when we’ll see the results of these investments on the shelves, but LG already has plans for products that will work with air conditioners and washing machines, though combining AI with self-driving cars is also something the company is researching. Although such plans aren’t exactly detailed, the investment does hint at a change in the way LG is treating robotics. Up until now, the company has only experimented with products of limited use, but the new change in focus hints at robotics becoming one of LG’s main focus points, meaning that, for consumers, having a robot in their homes could become the norm. Currently, LG has not confirmed the amount of money it plans to invest in robotics.  Cont'd...

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