Velodyne LiDAR Announces ULTRA Puck™ VLP-32A, High Definition Real-Time 3D LiDAR Sensor for the Automotive Market

Advanced, Small Form-Factor 32-Channel Unit To Make Public Debut at SAE 2016 in Detroit

Toyota Expands AI, Robotics Research to Third Facility

Kirsten Korosec for Fortune:  Toyota  will expand the footprint of its artificial intelligence and robotics research center by adding a third facility in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, made the announcement on Thursday during his keynote speech at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. The Ann Arbor facility will be located near the University of Michigan, where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics, and materials science.

Last year, the world’s largest automaker said it would invest $1 billion over the next five years in a research center for artificial intelligence to be based in Palo Alto, Calif. The institute aims to bridge the gap between research in AI and robotics in order to bring this technology to market. The technology is largely being developed for self-driving cars, but the institute is also researching and developing AI products for the home.  Cont'd...

Robots Helping Grads Get Jobs

Not many students can claim they have hands-on experience with automation and robotics going into an interview. Looking at the question with a macro lens, our students are offered job opportunities on being well-rounded, even at the sophomore-level when many accept summer/semester-long internships.

DAIHEN Licenses WiTricity Magnetic Resonance Technology for Wireless Charging of Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

DAIHEN to target wireless charging applications for the rapidly expanding industrial market

Maple T.A. 2016 Enables Easy Authoring of STEM Testing Content

New release incorporates customer feedback to enhance user experience

Insect eyes enable drones to fly independently

After studying how insects navigate through dense vegetation, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have come up with a system that can be applied to flying robots. By adapting the system to drones, they can be made to adjust their speed to their surroundings and fly on their own- completely without human intervention and control.

XPONENTIAL - UAS Magazine Announces UAS Energy In Sight Summit Co-Located at AUVSI's 2016 Xponential in New Orleans

Produced by UAS Magazine, this one-day event will highlight the connection between the energy industry and UAS technology or services

Anything Technologies Media Inc., Completes Acquisition of GSP an Innovative Technology Company focused on the Development of Drones

GSP is also the owner of proprietary rights to develop drones for a wide range of uses for Agriculture, Disaster Relief, Military, and Environmental research. GSP has partners in China and India to develop their new innovative drones.

IEEE Standards Association Introduces Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems

Industry Connections Program to identify needs and build consensus for standards, certifications and codes of conduct regarding the ethical implementation of intelligent technologies

XPONENTIAL - Fifteen Startups to Compete at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Unmanned systems entrepreneurs and innovators pitch ideas for a chance to win $15,000 and more

The New Mobile App from Festo Enables Fast Delivery of Parts, Greater Productivity, and Lower Inventory Cost

Festo engineered the new mobile app with unbeatable features and ease of use for accessing product information and securing FAST delivery.

Gestures improve communication - even with robots

Robot avatars programmed to talk with their hands to be understood better

Efficient 3D Object Segmentation from Densely Sampled Light Fields with Applications to 3D Reconstruction

From Kaan Yücer, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Oliver Wang, Olga Sorkine-Hornung:

Precise object segmentation in image data is a fundamental problem with various applications, including 3D object reconstruction. We present an efficient algorithm to automatically segment a static foreground object from highly cluttered background in light fields. A key insight and contribution of our paper is that a significant increase of the available input data can enable the design of novel, highly efficient approaches. In particular, the central idea of our method is to exploit high spatio-angular sampling on the order of thousands of input frames, e.g. captured as a hand-held video, such that new structures are revealed due to the increased coherence in the data. We first show how purely local gradient information contained in slices of such a dense light field can be combined with information about the camera trajectory to make efficient estimates of the foreground and background. These estimates are then propagated to textureless regions using edge-aware filtering in the epipolar volume. Finally, we enforce global consistency in a gathering step to derive a precise object segmentation both in 2D and 3D space, which captures fine geometric details even in very cluttered scenes. The design of each of these steps is motivated by efficiency and scalability, allowing us to handle large, real-world video datasets on a standard desktop computer... (paper)

Rising Media to hold the 3rd annual 'Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo,' Asia's largest 3D Printing Tradeshow on June 22-24, 2016 in Seoul

This is the largest 3D Printing event in Korea and one of the most important and state-of-the-art 3D Printing tradeshows in the Asian region. This year's event promises to demonstrate more excitement than ever before with soaring popularity of new AM (Additive Manufacturing) technologies that foster innovation in various fields across the globe.

Endeavor Robotics the Industry's Leading Ground Robot Company Goes Private to Capitalize on Emerging Opportunities

New Independent Company Formerly The Defense and Security Business Unit of iRobot Corporation

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