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If you really want to see what imagination and a bit of opportunity can do for an industry I urge you to attend one of these Expos. You won't regret it and you might even come away with a new and unique solution to something you need.

Four Market Forces That Will Shape Robotics Over The Next Year

Richard Mahoney for TechCrunch:  As 2016 approaches, robotics is poised to traverse from a narrow set of industrial and military use cases to broader market applications that include commercial drones, telepresence robots, delivery robots and, of course, mobile vacuum cleaners.

But, are robots ready to be a part of our daily life?

Gill Pratt, a visionary who served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and oversaw the DARPA Robotics Challenge, postulated earlier this year that robotics might soon be headed for a “Cambrian Explosion.”

The term refers to a period of time roughly half a billion years ago when the numbers and diversity of animals became critical to evolution.  Pratt offered that technology developments are ushering in a similar upsurge in the diversification and applicability of robotics.  Cont'd...

Robots to Reside in more than 1 in 10 American Households by 2020, Finds Juniper Research

Convenience Trumps Compromise, With AI Improving Slowly

Advanced Robotics: Meet Milo, an Intelligent Robot That is Really Good at Teaching Children with Autism Social Skills

Milo is an advanced social robot that uses children's voices developed by Acapela Group to help children with autism strengthen their communication skills.

HRI Case Study of Wireless Control: 5D Robotics

When you're building something for the military to use, you have to be sure it can survive the toughest working conditions.

Panasonic Introduced Its Tomato-picking Robot and Parallel Link Robot at International Robot Exhibition 2015

This robot will autonomously deliver items to destinations.

Robotics: The Only High School Sport Where Every Kid Can Go Pro

FIRST Builds Momentum for Robotics as Official Extracurricular Sports Activity; Texas joins growing list of states to sanction robotics program as official sport

UIL Announces Statewide Robotics Program

BEST and FIRST programs selected as robotics partners to further STEM education in Texas

'Rushing into robotics revolution without considering impact,' warn scientists

From RT.com:  Governments should examine the effects of robotics on human civilization before automated machines leap “out of factories to automate all aspects of our lives,” a group of scientists warns.

The Foundation for Responsible Robotics, launched on Friday in London, aims to persuade governments and industries to look at the ways robots will impact on society. They want organizations to look at the way robots could disrupt the job market, and believe policymakers have so far failed researched the issue.

Robotics professor at Sheffield University and Chairman of the foundation Noel Sharkey said the potential problems must be considered.

“We are rushing headlong into the robotics revolution without consideration for the many unforeseen problems lying around the corner. It is time now to step back and think hard about the future of the technology before it sneaks up and bites us.”

Sharkey said growing numbers of robots are being used in the service industry, whereas historically robots have usually been used to automate factory work.  Cont'd...

Robotics Company Sphero Partners with CWIST to Launch Online Educational Community

CES 16 - Toyota to Announce New Details of Artificial Intelligence Research at Consumer Electronics Show

Convention will also showcase Toyota's next-generation framework for connected vehicles

IREX - Japan Robot Exhibition Expo Report

The IREX Event recorded attendance around 160,000 visitors spanning for 4 days, with 50 plus country delegations including Ambassadors and other VIP`s taking an special tour at the event.


Robotics competitions have evolved from the time I participated in them during my college days. Thanks to microboards such as the Raspberry Pi, it's much more accessible - it could quite literally be described as 'child's play'. Mike Horne, the organizer of PiWars and co-organiser of CamJam, alongside his friend Tim Richardson, has taken his close connection to the Raspberry Pi project to inspire tech fans and hackers of all ages. PiWars is unique- it's not just about knocking over your combatant's robot, or following the terrain, it's about the entire learning and development process.I was lucky enough to get to talk to Michael about PiWars, robotics and the immense popularity of Raspberry Pi.

'Darwin' the thinking robot teaches itself how to walk, just like a child

Andre Mitchell for ChristianToday:  Just like a real human toddler, a robot is learning how to take baby steps inside a laboratory at the University of California Berkeley.

The state-of-the-art robot mimics the behaviour of a child so realistically that it also falls as it attempts to take its first steps.

What is even more impressive is that the robot, nicknamed "Darwin," is actually teaching itself how to walk, much like a little child.

The robot's developers, Pieter Abbeel and his team at UC Berkeley's Robot Learning Lab, explained that Darwin is not like other robots that are programmed to do only a set of things.

This robot has a neural network designed to mimic the human brain, through which it undergoes the process called "reinforcement learning."

"Imagine learning a new skill, like how to ride a bike. You're going to fall a lot, but then, after some practice, you figure it out," one of Darwin's developers, computer scientist John Schulman, explained in an article on NBC News.  Cont'd...

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