Graphcore Secures $30m to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

Graphcore Ltd, a startup developing new technology to deliver massive acceleration for machine learning and AI applications, has completed a $30m Series-A funding round from a world-class line up of venture capital and strategic investors.

As seen on TV! Neural Enhance

From Alex J. Champandard:  As seen on TV! What if you could increase the resolution of your photos using technology from CSI laboratories? Thanks to deep learning and #NeuralEnhance, it's now possible to train a neural network to zoom in to your images at 2x or even 4x. You'll get even better results by increasing the number of neurons or training with a dataset similar to your low resolution image.

The catch? The neural network is hallucinating details based on its training from example images. It's not reconstructing your photo exactly as it would have been if it was HD. That's only possible in Hollywood — but using deep learning as "Creative AI" works and it is just as cool! (github)

Sentera Launches Disruptive Technology With Quad-Rotor Omni™ UAV

First UAV to provide data capture from virtually any angle - up, down, and all around

Sweden places ban on flying camera drones without surveillance permits

Zoya Teirstein for The Verge:  The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden just ruled that camera drones qualify as surveillance cameras and require a permit under Sweden's camera surveillance laws. The ruling requires owners to cough up a sizable fee in order to get their equipment off the ground, and paying to start the process is no guarantee a citizen will be granted the right to fly. County administrators will have to consider whether use of a "surveillance camera" overrides the public's right to privacy on a case-by-case basis.

Aerial photographers and recreational drone users may have to rely on alternative methods to get their footage. The justices said dash cams and cameras affixed to bicycle handlebars are not in violation of the public's right to privacy because the devices are within reaching distance of the people who operate them.

The ruling targets recreational and commercial users alike, and makes zero exceptions for journalists. Sweden's leading drone company Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) said up to 3,000 people may lose their jobs as a result of the court's decision.  Cont'd...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to Speak, The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore to Host AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2017

FAA Drone Advisory Committee chair and renowned meteorologist to participate in largest trade show for unmanned systems and robotics industry

"Future of Drones: Clearing the Flight Path to a Connected World" to Be Opening Day Keynote at Drone World Expo

Second Day Keynote to Address the Realities of Drone Delivery

Perrone Robotics, Inc. Receives Funding From Intel Capital

Financing to help with further commercialization and market

Virtual Immortality: Reanimating characters from TV shows

From James Charles, Derek Magee, David Hogg:

The objective of this work is to build virtual talking avatars of characters fully automatically from TV shows. From this unconstrained data, we show how to capture a character’s style of speech, visual appearance and language in an effort to construct an interactive avatar of the person and effectively immortalize them in a computational model. We make three contributions (i) a complete framework for producing a generative model of the audiovisual and language of characters from TV shows; (ii) a novel method for aligning transcripts to video using the audio; and (iii) a fast audio segmentation system for silencing nonspoken audio from TV shows. Our framework is demonstrated using all 236 episodes from the TV series Friends (≈ 97hrs of video) and shown to generate novel sentences as well as character specific speech and video... (full paper) 

DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm

First-of-its-kind demonstration opens new possibilities for interaction between humans and machines

DJI Launches Aerial Zoom Camera To Unlock Powerful Industrial Applications

Zenmuse Z30's capabilities mean faster, safer & more-precise inspections

Chinese UAV Maker Areox Releases New Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

The PIRO Smart Gimbal delivers a level of stability previously only available to professionals

The 10 Coolest Drones at the World's Biggest Robot War Games

David Hambling for Popular Mechanics:  Unmanned Warrior is the world's biggest robot war game, currently taking place for two weeks off the coast of Scotland. It was proposed by First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas to give airborne, surface, and underwater drones from various suppliers a chance to show off their prowess. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, an exercise involving 30 warships and submarines from 18 nations. But for the newly inaugurated robot portion, the U.S. is a strong presence, with teams from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

As robots continue packing increased capability in smaller, lower-cost packages, these exercises are a glimpse into the future of naval warfare. Of course, none of these drones are armed for these exercises. These Unmanned Warriors are not trusted to carry weapons—at least not yet.

The first-ever Unmanned Warrior will wrap up on October 20.  Cont'd...

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Now Trading as OTC Current Information

For over nineteen years, GeckoSystems has dedicated itself to development of "AI Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service(tm)."

KUKA ROBOTICS SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH ITW WELDING

At Hannover Messe 2016, KUKA Roboter GmbH signed a memorandum of understanding with ITW Welding, a leading North American manufacturer of welding Equipment.

AEROSPACE: KUKA OMNIMOVE DELIVERS GIGANTIC AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS WITH MILLIMETER PRECISION

Airbus uses two powerful KUKA omniMove heavy-duty mobile transport vehicles for the construction of its A380 flagship in Hamburg. With their Mecanum wheels, they are able to transport aircraft components weighing up to 90 tonnes with millimeter precision in confined spaces.

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