From AZoRobotics: As a result of a new machine learning algorithm formulated by engineering researchers Parham Aarabi (ECE) and Wenzhi Guo (ECE MASc 1T5) at University of Toronto, smartphones may soon be able to provide users with honest answers. The researchers prepared an algorithm that was capable of learning directly from human instructions, instead of an existing set of examples, and surpassed conventional techniques of training neural networks by 160%. But more astonishingly, their algorithm also surpassed its own training by 9% - it learned to identify hair in pictures with better reliability than that enabled by the training, signifying a major leap forward for artificial intelligence. Cont'd...
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Partner with Easy Aerial to Develop a Unique Search and Rescue Drone Platform
Project First Responders seeks to answer some of the biggest problems facing search and rescue drone operations, such as how to coordinate multiple drones at once, from locations anywhere in the world and share information with experts dispersed at various geographic locations.
Brain Corp Launches Its First Artificial Intelligence-based Product, EMMA, Receives Innovation of the Year Award
Brain Corp unveils AI-based technology for self-driving vehicles at ISSA's Interclean tradeshow and selects major OEMs as partners
Colm Gorey for SiliconRepublic: Irishman Conor Walsh’s soft robotics exosuit was among the award winners at the recent Rolex Awards, due to the creator’s continuing efforts to develop tech for the benefit of humanity. Now in its 40th year, the Rolex Awards are part of an international philanthropic programme that supports new and ongoing projects by individuals taking on major challenges to benefit humankind. Hosted last night at a public awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the awards were presented to 10 laureates – including five young laureates – that included such wide-ranging topics as opthamology and agritech. Cont'd...
Leading logistics provider partners with Westfalia Logistics Solutions Europe GmbH & Co. KG and AutoPark Parking Solutions to bring more than 45 years of automation expertise to the parking industry
The division has adopted the 'XTR' acronym as part of their rebrand in an effort to highlight their flagship product - Xtreme Terrain Robotics.
Analog Devices Acquires Laser Beam Steering Technology from Vescent Photonics to Enable Mainstream Adoption of Automotive LIDAR Systems
This acquisition strengthens ADI's position as a major automotive safety system technology partner for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving applications and builds on ADI's 20-year history in advancing automotive safety.
ROOBO to leverage the Nuance Mix platform to integrate voice and natural language capabilities into service and educational robots
We took biomechanical data from actual human trials and applied them to a robotic model that mimics human movements when transitioning between sitting and standing positions.
Endeavor Robotics (FKA iRobot Defense & Security) completes move to new advanced robot development center
The newly configured, state-of-the-art 35,000 sq. ft. facility has been outfitted for advanced robot design, development, manufacture, and for sustained company growth.
"There is considerable learning and judgment skill that can only be acquired through experience. Furthermore, proper driving requires the ability to make split second decisions, and do so in situations the driver may not have experienced before!"
By Fraunhofer IPA via RoboHub: In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Care-O-bot 4, alias Paul, approaches Saturn customers and welcomes them to the store. If they ask him about a certain product, he accompanies the customer to the department and points them in the direction of the relevant shelf. As he indulges in small talk about the weather, or another subject, Paul turns out to be a most charming contact partner. However, he prefers to leave actual customer service to his human colleagues. Paul is able to call another member of staff for support via “Voice over IP”. Before Paul bids a fond farewell and returns to the store entrance, he still has time to ask for feedback. In this way, he discovers whether customers appreciated the interaction or not. Martin Wild, Chief Digital Officer at Media-Saturn-Holding: “With Paul, we are offering our customers the opportunity to get to know one of the most advanced robots in the world.” Cont'd...
Robotics is a division of science that embraces different trades of engineering. It contracts with the design, construction, operation, and customs of robots as well as hardware and software systems for their control, sensory response, and information handling. These machineries are used to advance machines that can be substituted for us, humans. Robots are given any form and some are created to resemble as humans, both in appearance and performing tasks like humans too. Human robots or humanoids challenge to replicate walking, lifting, speech and recognition, and basically everything that a normal human can perform. Today, robotics is a speedily growing arena, because the technological advances are on a spree; exploring, crafting, and constructing new robots to serve various purposes, whether natively, commercially, or regimentally. It is also seen to lend its applications in STEM (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as a training aid.
Nathaniel Mott for Inverse: Ordering room service can be a lesson in embarrassment. It could arrive right after you’ve taken off your clothes, while you’re indisposed, or while you’re in the middle of other hotel-related behavior. Thankfully, a robot butler named Relay is here to take that embarrassment (and other inconveniences) out of hotel deliveries. Relay is basically an autonomous locker on wheels. Guests ask for an item, a hotel worker puts the object inside Relay’s compartment, and then the robot scoots over to the guest’s room with its cargo. It then calls the guests to let them know their item is ready before heading back down to the lobby so it can recharge before its next assignment. Cont'd...
GOSY continues to gain traction in the consumer, professional healthcare and commercial security markets.
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This paper uses NAO, the humanoid robot from Aldebaran Systems, to demonstrate how MapleSim can be used to develop a robot model, and how the model can be further analyzed using the symbolic computation engine within Maple.