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...

Kurion Acquires Premier UK Robotics and Remote Systems Firm Oxford Technologies

Oxford Technologies Provides Complementary Capabilities, a European Base of Operations and Entryway into New Markets

The New Family Member: A Robotic Caregiver

The issue of nursing care in an ageing society is a major social concern and will continue to be so. Therefore, we can expect to see robotic devices become the caregivers of the future.

Budgee The Robot That Is Rocking The World, Is Now Appearing In Homes Near You

Budgee, the Friendly Robot that Follows You and Carries Your Things is now being shipped to consumers and appearing in households all over the world.

IREX - Meet the Japanese robots that do what humans can't

By Sam Byford for The Verge:  Nearly half the jobs in Japan could be performed by robots in a decade or two, according to a recent study by Nomura Research Institute. If that's the case, then the International Robot Exhibition — IREX for short — is going to be the best place possible to get a glimpse of Japan's future.

Held in Tokyo once every two years since 1973, IREX is the biggest robot show in the world, and it features everything from cute communication bots to immensely powerful industrial machinery. Companies like Fanuc, which makes robot factory equipment used by Apple and Tesla but generally stays out of the spotlight, take center stage at IREX to demonstrate how effortlessly their articulated arms can pick up entire cars.

It's a show where online video companies' dancing idol robots rub shoulders with government-sponsored androids designed to save lives in natural disasters. As you might imagine, it's quite the place to walk around.  Cont'd...

SoftIntegration Releases C/C++ Interpreter Ch 7.5.1 for Learning Coding, Math, and Robotics

Ch is also an embeddable cross-platform scripting engine and can be embedded in other applications for scripting.

Extreme Tech Challenge 2016 Unveils Top 10 Semi-Finalist For CES, On The Road To Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island

The 2nd annual Extreme Tech Challenge announces top 10 Semi-Finalists in advance of presenting to top names at CES January 8th 2016. XTC narrowed the pack from over 1,000 submissions for the most innovative and compelling tech pitches, who are vying to make the final three for a chance to present on Sir Richard Branson's very own, Necker Island.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2016 Program Announced

More than 60 world-leading experts will present the latest advances in LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing technology at International LiDAR Mapping Forum Feb 22-24, 2016 in Denver.

RoboUniverse Shanghai Announces AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners as Keynote Speaker

RoboUniverse confirmed that AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners, will deliver the opening keynote session at its Shanghai event, taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on December 8-10, 2015.

Festo's R&D Timeline - Part 4

More interesting stuff from Festo - ExoHand, CogniGame, SmartInversion, NanoForceGripper

AUTOMATICA 2016: Automation in the plastics industry complete Machining in Plastic

The plastics industry is booming.

Festo's Bionic Learning Network Presents New Automation Technology at SPS IPC Drives 2015

At SPS IPC Drives 2015, the international exhibition for electric automation, systems and components from 24th to 26th November in Nuremberg, Festo presents current research projects from the Bionic Learning Network. The FlexShapeGripper and the eMotionButterflies are inspired by natural principles and demonstrate ways to transfer those to automation.

On Cyber Monday, Friendly Robots Are Helping Smaller Stores Chase Amazon

DAVEY ALBA for Wired:  Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently.
What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead.  Cont'd...

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