ELLIQ: Intuition Robotics Bridges Uncanny Valley To Cure Loneliness Epidemic

Red Herring: ELLIQ comprises a tablet screen and a small, bobble-headed assistant, which looks like two bell jars glommed together, that interacts with elderly users, the device and humans on the other end of communication.

The US coast guard is deploying drones to catch increasingly tech-savvy drug traffickers

Neha Thirani Bagri for Quartz: The drone takes into account things like a vessel's size, cargo, and movement, to determine if it might be a security threat. When a "target of interest" is detected, a go-fast boat is launched, and the chase begins.

Researchers developing robotic prosthetics to help restore balance in fall victims

Ryan Terry for Phys.org: Hur's prior research helped him answer two questions: "Can we predict a fall? Can we then reduce the number of falls?"

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Jeremy C. Ownens for MarketWatch: Musk will put his machinery where his mouth is with Model 3, battery and solar panel production lines launching soon

Abundant Robotics raises $10 million to commercialize its apple-picking robot

B©r©nice Magistretti for VentureBeat: Picking apples may seem like a fun weekend activity, but it's actually backbreaking manual labor. Abundant Robotics wants to help agricultural growers shoulder this task and today announced funding of $10 million, led by GV, to commercialize its apple-picking robot.

WiBotic Announces $2.5 Million in New Funding for its Wireless Power Solutions for the Robotics Industry

Company's Wireless Power and Battery Intelligence Solutions Enable Robots to Operate 100% Autonomously

Robotic Construction Platform Creates Large Buildings on Demand

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call "ripe for disruption." Researchers at the MIT Media Lab agree, pointing out in a paper just published in Science Robotics that construction "relies on traditional fabrication technologies that are dangerous, slow, and energy-intensive." Hey, sounds like a job for some robots, right?

The next great CEO could be a robot, Alibaba's Jack Ma says

Brett Molina , USA TODAY: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba, predicts "a robot will likely be on the cover of Time magazine as the best CEO" in 30 years, according to published reports.

More Farmers Considering Drone Use

Hoosier Ag Today: A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones.

Marble and Yelp Eat24 start robot food delivery in San Francisco

Lora Kolodny for TechCrunch: Marble is one of a handful of ventures developing ground-based robots that can navigate autonomously to a customer's address. Their machines look like a large kitchen appliance crossed with a Mars rover.

ASU's Tom Sugar explores the next step in wearable robotics

ASU Now: Engineering professor to host, present at WearRAcon17 robotics conference in Phoenix.

Army poised to transform ground robotics industry

Jen Judson for Defense The Army is poised to transform the ground robotics industry over the next year as it launches several competitions to define its future unmanned ground systems fleet.News:

Are security robots ready for prime time?

Joel Griffin for Security InfoWatch: The thought of using robots as guards may seem like a far-fetched notion to some, but the technology itself is already mature and starting to gain traction in the security industry.

The Unmanned Safety Institute launches drone STEM program.

The Unmanned Safety Institute, the leading provider of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and industry certifications to students interested in a career as professional remote pilots, announced today at the National Science Teacher Association's National Conference, that it has launched a major CTE workforce development initiative in conjunction with high schools and colleges throughout the United States.

Swiss hospitals will start using drones to exchange lab samples

James Vincent for The Verge: A pair of hospitals in the Swiss city of Lugano have been testing the use of drones to transport laboratory samples. Since mid-March, logistics company Swiss Post has operated more than 70 tests flights between the two hospitals, and announced today that it plans to establish a regular service by 2018.

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