INTERPOL World 2017 builds up momentum with strong support from public and private sectors

INTERPOL World provides a strategic platform for mutually beneficial collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. It encapsulates the vision of a safer world through a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces.

New IDTechEx report reveals much larger drone opportunity

Just when many investors are running for the exit, having burnt their fingers with toy drones and the like, IDTechEx reveals a much bigger picture with considerable potential for the level-headed.

Quantum Spatial to Present at International LiDAR Mapping Forum

Geospatial analysis leader to showcase use of advanced topo-bathy LiDAR and UAVs for coast and wetland mapping.

WPI Robotics Team Has a Mission with Mars

-WPI team is a finalist in the NASA-sponsored Space Robotics Challenge; -Team to program a virtual robot to perform critical tasks to repair a Martian habitat

RE2 Robotics Wins Navy Contract to Develop Underwater Manipulator Arms

RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, announced today that the Company has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to develop an inflatable Underwater Dual Manipulator system for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR).

First Paralyzed Man to Walk Across the Finish Line of Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon

Adam was told he would never walk again - at the age of 19 - after a car accident. Paralyzed from waist down, but thanks to the incredible technologic of a robotic Exoskeleton, he completed five miles of the 2017 Surf City event, in over 12,000 steps.

Valmie's Vertitek Ups Its Game, Opens Enhanced UAV Production Component

Vertitek's Engineering and Services Department is located at its new center of operations in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and features the most modern technologies, including several 3D printers and a custom-fabricated, large-scale CNC machine, with many other pieces of machinery enroute.

Inside Amazon's robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

Josh Kosman for NY Post:  If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.

That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below.

The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its recently unveiled “Amazon Go” convenience store, with a bigger layout that could span anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet — would be devoted to goods that shoppers typically like to touch, sources briefed on the plans told The Post.  Cont'd...

Intel Drones Light Up Lady Gaga Performance During Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

• Three hundred Intel® Shooting StarTM drones light up the sky over Lady Gaga to kick off the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show performance. • Following the show, a 10-second Intel ad showcased the drones forming a Pepsi logo that morphed into an Intel logo.

Watch a new robot fly just like a bat

Lindzi Wessel for ScienceMag:  Forget drones. Think bat-bots. Engineers have created a new autonomous flying machine that looks and maneuvers just like a bat.

Weighing only 93 grams, the robot’s agility comes from its complex wings made of lightweight silicone-based membranes stretched over carbon-fiber bones, the researchers report today in Science Robotics. In addition to nine joints in each wing, it sports adjustable legs, which help it steer by deforming the membrane of its tail.   Full Article:

MIT Tech Conference to explore Robotics, AI, VR, IoT, and Synthetic Biology

Technologies of the Future Showcase to follow

FAA Certifies 17,000 Drone Pilots with a 91% Pass Rate

750,000 new UAS operators will need to get a Remote Pilot Certificate this year. UAS operators will need to get started studying now and get their Part 107 Remote Pilot testing completed now before the rush on the limited testing FAA centers.

MIT Builds Invisible Fish Grabbing Robot

Matthew Humphries for PCMag:  Catching a fish can be tough, even if you are just trying to net a goldfish in a small tank. That's because the fish spots the danger and makes a swim for it. But what if you didn't need a net because you're controlling an invisible grabbing robot?

That's what Xuanhe Zhao, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT succeeded in creating, but its applications go way beyond catching and releasing fish unharmed.

The robot is constructed of a transparent hydrogel, which is strong and durable but mostly made of water. As the video below explains, each arm of the robot is constructed from 3D-printed hollow cubes of hydrogel, which are then linked together. By injecting water using a syringe it's possible to make the arms curl and uncurl quickly in a grabbing motion.  Cont'd...

OMRON Launches Promotional Website for AI-equipped Mobile Robot LD Series

Since the LD Series was announced in October last year, customers from a number of industries, ranging from automotive and electronics to foods and pharmaceuticals, have begun deploying the Mobile Robots in their manufacturing facilities.

A robotic barista is now serving - really fast

Jon Swartz for USA TODAY:  Something futuristic is brewing in a shopping complex here.

The first robotic barista in the U.S., nicknamed "Gordon," started serving up to 120 coffee drinks an hour Jan. 30— ironically, just several thousand feet away from a Starbucks in the same complex.

"A lot of us spend a lot of time in line waiting for coffee," says Henry Hu, CEO of Cafe X Technologies, the local start-up that created the robot. "And we decided to do something about it."

For about a year, the firm built a toll-booth-sized Cafe X with a sleek industrial design. The automated cafe offers seven drinks like espresso and cafe latte for $2.25 to $2.95 per 8-ounce cup. An app allows for mobile orders. (A quick sample of drinks, each flavored with hazelnut, caramel or vanilla, can attest to quality. The robotic arm moved a cup between several stations — from beans freshly ground to the pouring of coffee).  Cont'd...

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