NASA's new $1 million Space Robotics Challenge to prepare robots for Mars journey

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Last year at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, NASA announced a new challenge for humanoid robots: the Space Robotics Challenge (SRC), which will “prepare robots for the journey to Mars.” Just like the DRC, the first stage of the SRC will consist of a virtual challenge, run in the Gazebo simulator, followed up by a physical challenge using NASA’s R5 Valkyrie robots.

As of yesterday, NASA has opened registration for the SRC, and we’ll take a look at the format of the competition, the challenges that teams will need to complete, and what they can take home for winning.  Cont'd...

As Intuitive Surgical Continues to Shine, Competitors Are Entering the Fray

The surgical robot device market was estimated to be $3.2 billion in 2014 and forecast to reach $20 billion by 2021 as next generation devices, systems and instruments are introduced to manage surgery through small ports in the body instead of large open wounds.

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Signs U.S. Joint Venture Agreement

Artificial intelligence technologies and applications span: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Statistics, Mobile Robots, Social Robots, Companion Robots, Service Robotics, Drones, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars, Driver Assisted Cars, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes, UGV's, UAV's, USV's, AGV's, Forward and/or Backward Chaining Expert Systems, Savants, AI Assistants, Sensor Fusion, Point Clouds, Worst Case Execution Time (WCET is reaction time.) Machine Learning, Chatbots, Cobots, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Subsumption, Embodiment, Emergent, Situational Awareness, Level of Autonomy, etc.

Simbe Robotics Uses Intel RealSense Camera to Aid Robot Guidance, Navigation

As part of their participation at this week's Intel Developer Forum, Simbe Robotics today announced that it is now using the Intel RealSense camera in its pioneering Tally robot.

Pepper the 'emotional robot' makes its way to Silicon Valley

Lauren Goode for The Verge:  Pepper, the humanoid robot created by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile, is slowly making its way to the US — and it’s starting in Silicon Valley. The robot was seen in action this week at the b8ta store in Palo Alto, California, a gadget shop launched by former Nest employees.

Pepper was on a demo loop at the store, so we weren’t able to fully interact with it. But the idea behind Pepper is that it’s supposed to interpret and respond to a variety of customer needs. Using a combination of 2D and 3D cameras in its eyes and mouth, plus four multi-directional microphones, Pepper is able to "read" four human emotions — happiness, joy, sadness, and anger — and respond accordingly. It rolls up to you, raises its hands in greeting when you introduce yourself, and turns its head toward you when you move or talk. It is toylike and adorable.  Cont'd...

inVia Robotics Launches the First "Goods-to-Box" Robotics Solution to Simplify e-Commerce Fulfillment

Automation Powered by inVia Robotics' GrabIt and TransIt Robots Improves Efficiency and Profitability While Ensuring Scalability

BitFlow Helps Inspire Purdue University Students to Engineer Next Generation of Ultra High-Speed Transportation

BitFlow frame grabber accelerates development of human-scale passenger capsule for SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

HIT Robot Group Helps College Students Reach Robotic Business Dreams

Among the award winners was Tsinghua University's intelligent transportation system LinkTravel, which uses new technologies such as the Internet of Things and cloud computing to transform traditional transportation models.

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Gains Traction: LOI with NYC AI Firm

Recently the Company revealed a new AI mobile robot concept for better, lower cost public safety. All of those affiliated with the Company, as do most Americans, share the abject horror we are all still trying to process regarding the recent, indoor (and outdoor) mass shooting and murdering of dozens of innocent victims.

Disrupting the Apple Cart: Abundant Robotics to Automate Orchard Harvests

Leading-Edge AgTech Company Leverages Technology from SRI International to Make Nutritious Food More Accessible

Japanese Exhibitors are increasing at ROBODEX- Expo

Exhibitors are planning to introduce their new technologies in the expo has gained attraction already with in Japan market.

RobotLAB - Robots that help to educate in the Classroom

Our programs are all-inclusive. We provide the robots, and a login to a learning portal with all the lessons, exercises, and the programming interface.

Service Robotics Market - Global Industry Analysis Report, Share, Size, Growth, Price Trends and Forecast, 2016 - 2024: Fractovia.org

"Service Robotics Market Size By Application, Industry Outlook Report, Regional Analysis, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2015 - 2022"

R&D Spending Expected to Spike in Robotics Industry Until 2020

Kagan Pittman for Engineering.com:  As Chinese companies move to expand their market share in industrial robotics, so too are companies in the West, with some of the biggest power-plays coming from R&D departments.

A recent report by Technavio predicts that global R&D spending in the robotics industry will grow at a CAGR of more than 17 percent between 2016-2020.

Technavio analysts cite the following factors as key drivers in the growth of R&D spending:

  • A race for robotics patents
  • Demand for lower system engineering and installation costs
  • Growing demand for industrial robots from non-automotive industries

The report’s analysis considers market trends across user segments including: defense, healthcare, automotive, domestic, food and beverage, electricals, electronics, oil and gas, textiles and packaging.  Cont'd...

Liquid Robotics and Hydro Systems Development Delivers Japan's First Long-Term Ocean Observation Network

Fleet of Wave Gliders Delivered to the Japan Coast Guard for a Multi-Year, Environmental Mission

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