Are Robotics a Key to the Next Phase of Recycling?

Arlene Karidis for Waste360:  About 10 years ago, computer scientist Matanya Horowitz became intrigued at how far robotics had come within some industries and he started thinking about its potential in recycling, particularly for recognizing and sorting materials. Horowitz postulated that intelligent systems could have a huge impact if they could be designed to identify any material in a waste stream and pull it out. But there were unique challenges to address within the recycling niche, and Horowitz went to work to troubleshoot them. After years of tweaking, the proprietary technology he created under the Denver-based company, AMP Robotics, is running in several material recovery facilities (MRFs). The robotic system, called the AMP Cortex Robotic Sorter, has the attention of several stakeholders, including the Closed Loop Foundation and a federal government agency.   Cont'd...

XPONENTIAL 2017 - State Pavilions at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 Highlight UAS Business Development Efforts

Eight state pavilions to focus on opportunities for unmanned systems

Crashing Drones Into Test Dummies for Safety

Alan Levin for Bloomberg:  Hank sat impassively on a Virginia Tech athletic field, ready to take it on the chin for the future of drone commerce. About 30 yards away, an eight-rotor unmanned copter hovered, buzzing like a swarm of bees. The 21-pound drone tilted forward, accelerated sharply and slammed into Hank’s head, smacking the crash-test dummy’s neck backward and embedding shards of shattered propeller in his plastic face. There is little disagreement that the small- and medium-sized drones flooding the U.S. market can seriously injure or even kill someone. Understanding and minimizing the risk will be key to convincing regulators to expand their permitted uses, clearing the way for plans by Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. to have them deliver packages or news outlets such as Time Warner Inc.’s CNN to use them for aerial video.   Cont'd...

DiDi Launches U.S. Labs in Silicon Valley to Build Global Nexus of Innovation

DiDi Labs will primarily focus on AI-based security and intelligent driving technologies, with an aim to attract top engineering talents to advance transformation in the global transportation industry.

Innovative Aeromon drone measurement platform delivers accurate, real-time industrial emissions mapping

Aeromon, a Finnish cleantech startup that utilizes its innovative analytics platform and mobile sensors to flexibly map emissions in real-time, successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of drone-mounted platforms for measuring industrial emissions.

Forty of Nation's Brightest Young Scientists Named Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017 Finalists

Finalists to Compete for Top Awards in Most Prestigious U.S. Science and Mathematics Competition for High School Seniors Over $3 Million in Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Will Be Distributed in 2017

Endeavor Robotics, leading U.S. Ground Robotics Company, Hosts House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry

Key Congressional leader is most recent of a series of Congressional visits demonstrating the high level of Congressional interest in Endeavor Robotics cutting edge and battle proven technology.

Dynamic, inspiring and insightful speakers at AutoSens - the leading vehicle perception technology meeting in Detroit

AutoSens, now established as the world's most forward-thinking ADAS technology conference, this year takes to the stage in Detroit, Michigan USA (22-25 May) and Brussels, Belgium (19-21 September).

Gamma 2 Robotics Invited to Speak at New Unmanned Security Expo @ ISC West

CEO Lew Pincus to speak about transforming the future of security with robotics technology.

First Autonomous Test Vehicle Developed Entirely By Toyota Research Institute Displayed At Prius Challenge Event At Sonoma Raceway

New platform expands sensor array and advances autonomous vehicle research Developed for flexible, plug-and-play testing of 'Chauffeur' and 'Guardian' research tracks

PowerVision Announces Global Launch Tour for "Best of CES 2017" Award Winner PowerRay Underwater Robot to Start in Munich Then Other Major Cities in Europe, USA, and Asia

PowerVision announced its "Best of CES 2017" award winner, PowerRay, will be featured during a Global Launch in cities worldwide

Cobalt Robotics Introduces a (Mostly) Autonomous Mobile Security Robot

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can “work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone.” The key realization here is that security guards spend the vast majority of their time doing almost nothing, and even in a worst case scenario (like someone trying to break in, or a fire or other serious problem), their primary responsibility is making the right phone call as quickly as possible as opposed to dealing with the situation directly.   Full article:

Xilinx Demonstrates Responsive and Reconfigurable Vision Guided Intelligent Systems at Embedded World 2017

Xilinx's tools, libraries and methodologies infuse machine learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, and connectivity into vision guided intelligent systems

VStar Systems Inc. Announces Successful Flight Test of MA-C Signal Intelligence Sensor Aboard Martin UAV's V-Bat

San Diego-based Aerospace and Defense Company sensor successfully flies 2 lbs. SIGINT on Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

Andrew Orlowski for The Register:  Britain's most successful engineer Sir James Dyson is taking on Google and Facebook with a $2.5bn investment to turn the former RAF base at Hullavington near Malmesbury into a research campus for robotics, AI, and other advanced technology, including batteries and vision systems. The size of the planned facility dwarfs the existing HQ.  The investment marks both a change of direction for Dyson, which will now begin to challenge US data giants in the race to find practical implementations of AI, and expresses a vote of confidence in a post-EU British economy. The founder recently hinted that it was examining how to incorporate pattern recognition and decision making into its 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner.   Cont'd...

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