Science Daily: When vertebrates run, their legs exhibit minimal contact with the ground. But insects are different. These six-legged creatures run fastest using a three-legged, or "tripod" gait where they have three legs on the ground at all times -- two on one side of their body and one on the other. The tripod gait has long inspired engineers who design six-legged robots, but is it necessarily the fastest and most efficient way for bio-inspired robots to move on the ground? Researchers at EPFL and UNIL revealed that there is in fact a faster way for robots to locomote on flat ground, provided they don't have the adhesive pads used by insects to climb walls and ceilings. This suggests designers of insect-inspired robots should make a break with the tripod-gait paradigm and instead consider other possibilities including a new locomotor strategy denoted as the "bipod" gait. The researchers' findings are published in Nature Communications. Cont'd...
World's Largest Model Aircraft Organization and Leading Drone Maker Expand Public Safety and Education Efforts
Robolliance Proudly Supports ISC West 2017 Inaugural "Unmanned Security Expo" April 5 - 7 in Las Vegas
Top-Tier Alliance Focused on Autonomous Robotics for Security and Surveillance Joins Industry Leaders at First-Ever Event Dedicated to Aerial Drones and Ground Robotics for Security Applications
Members of the European Parliament on Thursday urged the European Commission to propose rules on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) with a view to fully exploiting their economic potential and guaranteeing a standard level of safety and security. Parliamentarians noted that regulatory standards for the use of robots were currently being planned in several nations. They argued that the EU needed to take the lead on setting such standards so as not to be forced to follow those set by third countries. They also emphasized that draft legislation was urgently required to clarify liability issues, especially for the use of self-driving cars. MEPs suggested a mandatory insurance scheme and a supplementary fund "to ensure that victims of accidents involving driverless cars are fully compensated." Cont'd...
North American Distribution Agreement Offers Economical Path for Growers to Act Upon Drone Data Insights
Startup Showdown semi-finalists selected, winner announced on May 10 in Dallas
Lynne ODonnell for Sci-Tech Today: Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives. Robots, says Russell, have been with us for centuries -- as "Robots," his exhibit opening Wednesday at London's Science Museum, shows. From a 15th century Spanish clockwork monk who kisses his rosary and beats his breast in contrition, to a Japanese "childoid" newsreader, created in 2014 with lifelike facial expressions, the exhibition tracks the development of robotics and mankind's obsession with replicating itself. Cont'd...
Leading Aviation Insurance Provider Offers Easy Access to Drone Insurance
The top-notch R&D team at CloudMinds, a China-based firm specialized in the research, development and manufacturing of cloud intelligence (CI)-based applications, has created a CI ecosystem thanks to investments from several investors, including SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet firm.
Help spark interest in robotics and STEM education by hosting a National Robotics Week event
AeroVironment Advances Research with Farmers and University Partners; Adds Multi-Crop Support to Its Intuitive Quantix Drone and Decision Support System
-Research program entering third year to expand the agronomic analytics and capabilities of the company's innovative drone and analytics platform -AeroVironment growing its library of supported crops to provide targeted analytics with more precision and value to producers in key agriculture markets -Findings to provide a deeper understanding of how multispectral data can be used to speed awareness and empower faster decisions for greater yields
SMP Robotics Systems Announces New Partnership with Tokyo-Based Distributor Altech to Expand Presence in Japan
SMP Robotics Systems Corp. (http://smprobotics.com) a manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots, today announced a new partnership with Altech Co. Ltd, a Tokyo based trading company for industrial machinery, providing its national and international customers with industrial machines and equipment boasting the latest technologies from Europe and United States.
Kayla Matthews for VentureBeat: Lying in general is a bad idea, but lying to your would-be customers is an especially awful thing to do. That’s the lesson allegedly being learned by Lily Robotics, which, at the end of January, was raided by San Francisco police as part of a potential criminal investigation. Let’s back up. Why is the SFPD raiding the headquarters of a robotics company? It’s been a long, strange road, but let’s go back to the beginning. In 2016, Lily Robotics took more than 60,000 preorders for an upcoming product — preorders valued at more than $34 million. Naturally, these customers expected the product to be delivered within the specified time frame and to work as depicted in the company’s promotional videos. Cont'd...
Intuition Robotics to Open Silicon Valley Office
PrismTech's Vortex OpenSplice Selected by DexROV Project to Help Deliver Safer and More Cost-effective Dexterous Undersea Operations with Remotely Operated Vehicles
Vortex OpenSplice is robust to disruptions allowing very low bandwidth network connectivity information sharing between the ROV, satellite and piloting centres.
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