Science, Disrupted: Crowdsourcing Visions About the Future

Attendees at DARPA's Wait, What? forum share visions of what's just over the techno-horizon

RE2 Robotics Partners with University of Texas Arlington to Develop Robotic Nursing Assistant

RE2's robotic manipulator arms will serve as the brawn for the robotic nursing assistant to aid patients and reduce on-the-job injuries suffered by nurses during lifting and maneuvering patients.

Robotics for Space Business Plan Competition!

LightSpeed Innovations is excited to announce the New Space Business Plan competition LA regionals that will feature and focus on robotics. Deadline to enter is 15 November 2015 with the regional event (with prizes) held Dec 3rd in Los Angeles. Regional competitions feature a live pitch to competition judges, investors, sponsors and business leaders. Using the NewSpace BPC's proven scoring rubric, competitors will be judged on the quality of their business plan and the team's ability to execute. The national competition will be held on July 20, 2016 in Seattle, at the Space Frontier Foundation's annual NewSpace Conference. For more information, visit www.lightspeedic.com!

Google robotics to become a separate entity under Alphabet?

By tech2 News Staff:  Earlier this year, Google had released an interesting video of Spot, a 160-pound dog robot navigating an office and then heading outside on its own. It is a smaller version of the Big Dog that first popped its head when Google acquired Boston Company. As the new changes come into effect, Boston Company is now Alphabet-owned and not a part of Google.

It will continue to build robots, and falls under Google X Projects (for now), a subsidiary of Alphabet. The other subsidiaries include Google, Nest Labs, Google X, Calico, Google Ventures, Google Capital and Google Life Sciences.

A new report says that the “company will create a separate division for robotics within the renamed umbrella entity Alphabet”, citing a person related to the matter. Google has acquired roughly eight companies related to robotics including military grade robotics company Boston Dynamics. It will likely allow Boston Dynamics to operate with some independence.  Cont'd...

RECORD NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS AT AUTOMATICA 2016

AUTOMATICA 2016 trade fair in Munich on June 21 to 24, 2016

Solutions, Inc. (ASI) as Platinum Sponsors and Reveals Program Details

December 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, California

TriTech and Double Robotics Partner to Bring Milwaukee the Double Telepresence Robot

TriTech Corporation of America, Wisconsin's choice for IT solutions, has partnered with Double Robotics to bring the Double telepresence robot to Milwaukee. This video conferencing solution gives the user a virtual presence as close as possible to being there.

Advances in farming robotics could address shortage in agricultural workers

By Steve Brachmann for IPWatchDog:  More and more, the agricultural world is looking towards the mechanization of labor processes through robotics as a way of potentially increasing their productivity. Robotics was identified as a sector of investment growth in agricultural tech by an April 2014 white paper on agriculture technologies published by the entrepreneurship and education non-profit Kauffman Foundation. Robotics is a regular focus of ours here on IPWatchdog, most recently visited in our coverage of the incredible advancements in walking and jumping robotics pioneered by Boston Dynamics, a Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary. With American farmers already heavily involved in the regulatory conversation involving the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, we thought that it would be interesting to delve into the world of farming robotics and see the recent advances in that particular field.

It’s important to understand first that the robotics being developed for commercial use on farms won’t be stand-alone humanoid units ranging through fields to pick crops. Any piece of hardware implementing an algorithm which automates some of the manual work of farming falls under this heading. One good example of this is the LettuceBot, a precision thinning technology which works to visually characterize plants in a lettuce row, identify which plants to keep and eliminating unwanted plants to optimize yield. The unit doesn’t move by itself but is guided along by a tractor instead. The technology has been developed by Blue River Technology of Sunnyvale, CA, a company which has attracted $13 million in investment between 2011 and 2014 to commercialize this product. The LettuceBot’s creators hope toprovide the technology as a third-party service to farm owners before manufacturing the unit for commercial sale.  Cont'd...

The Hague to Host European Trade Fair on Drones

On 2 - 4 February 2016, The Hague will host the second edition of the European trade fair The Unmanned Systems Expo (TUSExpo) at the city's World Forum. TUSExpo is aimed at the fast-growing market for unmanned systems such as drones and will feature both commercial and civil applications in areas including security, agriculture, industry, science, entertainment and environmental protection. The exposition is expected to attract 2,500 international visitors.

TUSExpo and World Forum begin long-term working relationship

The World Forum will be the location for the European trade fair 'The Unmanned Systems Expo' (TUSExpo) once again next year. The second edition will be held from 2 to 4 February 2016 in The Hague. TUSExpo is aimed at the fast-growing market for unmanned systems such as drones and will feature both commercial and civil applications in areas including security, agriculture, industry, science, entertainment and environmental protection. The exposition is expected to attract 2.500 international visitors.

Researchers Develop Three-Fingered Soft Robotic Hand with Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors

Optical sensors may be uniquely suited for use in robotic hands, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with multiple embedded fiber optic sensors. They also have created a new type of stretchable optical sensor.

Kickstarter - Cannybots Launches New Robot Smart Toys that Allow Kids to Design, Build, Program and Race their Own Custom Cars

Cannybots, exciting interactive and engaging high-speed toy robot race cars, introduce kids to the world of robotics with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Innorobo Kicks off Its Tour of Europe

First stop: The Docks de Paris, where the upcoming edition will take place on 24, 25 and 26 May 2016 in the French capital.

LEGO MINDSTORMS Introduces Mobile Programming With New EV3 Programmer App For Tablets

- MINDSTORMS Robot Makers Demonstrate Inventions at World Maker Faire and Smithsonian Innovation Festival to Inspire Next Generation of Innovators -

Top Exoskeleton Projects

Who wouldn't want to be the next Ironman wearing an indestructible suit? Fear not, help is on the way from a few cutting edge companies. Here are 5 of them.

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