Robotic Cooks, Servers and Noodle-cutting Devices

In many places in China and Japan - and now in Southern California - Chinese cooking, serving and noodle-cutting robots are entertaining customers and helping out in the kitchen.

Transcend Robotics Introduces ARTI3 Product Line for Mobile Ground Robotics

Breakthrough Stair Climbing Innovation Mobilizes Wide Range of Applications. Transcend Robotics, an innovator in ground-based robotic mobility, has introduced the ARTI3 family of products: ARTI3 Mobility Platform for integrators and developers, and ARTI3 Vantage for end user applications such as tactical and dangerous situations. These products leverage the patented Articulated Traction Control (ARTI) technology for quickly climbing stairs and other obstacles

Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat

Brad Stone and Jack Clark for Bloomberg Business:  The video, published to YouTube on Feb. 23, was awe-inspiring and scary. A two-legged humanoid robot trudges through the snow, somehow maintaining its balance. Another robot with two arms and pads for hands crouches down and lifts a brown box and delicately places it on a shelf -- then somehow stays upright while a human tries to push it over with a hockey stick. A third robot topples over and clambers back to its feet with ease. Tens of millions of people viewed the video over the next few weeks. Google and the division responsible for the video, Boston Dynamics, were seemingly pushing the frontier in robot technology.  But behind the scenes a more pedestrian drama was playing out. Executives at Google parent Alphabet Inc., absorbed with making sure all the various companies under its corporate umbrella have plans to generate real revenue, concluded that Boston Dynamics isn’t likely to produce a marketable product in the next few years and have put the unit up for sale, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans. Possible acquirers include the Toyota Research Institute, a division of Toyota Motor Corp., and Amazon.com Inc., which makes robots for its fulfillment centers, according to one person. Google and Toyota declined to comment, and Amazon didn’t respond to requests for comment.   Full Article:

Robomatter, Inc. and Engineering For Kids Announce Partnership to Bring STEM Education to Students across North America

The new partnership between Robomatter and Engineering For Kids will deliver Robomatter's robotics and computer science STEM education content to students in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Panasonic Develops Assist Robots

Back support offering Assist Suit: AWN-03 was developed to provide lower back support. When lifting and holding heavy objects, it reduces stress on the user's lower back by 15kg.

AUTOMATICA 2016: Mobile platforms for industry and the service sector

Professional Service Robotics

RE2 Robotics Founder, Jorgen Pedersen, Named Carnegie Science Start-up Entrepreneur Award Winner for 2016

Pedersen was selected from a field of highly qualified candidates by a committee of his peers in the Pittsburgh science and technology community.

Effective Agile Development Announces the Use of the Interbotics HR-OS1 Humanoid Research Robot from Trossen Robotics in Effective Scrum Developer Training

The mission is to make the process of developing software more productive using Agile product development using the Scrum framework. The 21st Century Robot Project provides an excellent platform to make that mission more fun and interesting.

I Sing the Body Electric

Prosthetic technology is advancing rapidly, but not without sticking points.

Hydroid Introduces the New Generation REMUS 100 AUV

Updated vehicle features unparalleled technology and advanced capabilities

Yost Labs Closes $1 Million Series A Funding

Ohio VCs Make Strategic Investment in Virtual Reality Sensor Firm

Mining Everyday Technologies to Anticipate Possibilities

DARPA's "Improv" effort asks the innovation community to identify commercial products and processes that could yield unanticipated threats

18 months since the toolkit's release, soft robotics is flying

Gordon Hunt for SiliconRepublic:  Pioneered in Ireland by the likes of Dr Dónal Holland, with a plethora of departments in Harvard University in the US involved, the Soft Robotics Toolkit has gone on to foster significant interest in an area exploding into the mainstream. More than 76,000 people have engaged with the service since it was created, represented across 150 different countries, with the toolkit identified as having made one of the most significant contributions to the development of the nascent industry to date. While robotics engineering used to focus much more attention on creating the rigid, hard-bodied prototypes like Bender from Futurama, for example, lately there has been a push towards soft, malleable structures that take their inspiration from nature.   Cont'd...

WPI Software in Play at FIRST Robotics Competitions

FRC teams across the world are using tools WPI helped develop, including 40 teams this weekend in Worcester

Maplesoft and Instructure team up to allow easy integration of Canvas and Maple T.A.

Collaboration unites course management with STEM testing tools

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Maplesoft - Free Whitepaper: Developing a Robot Model using System-Level Design

Maplesoft - Free Whitepaper: Developing a Robot Model using System-Level Design

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.