Velodyne's Popular VLP-16 3D LiDAR Puck Guides ESIGELEC Team to Win in First ARGOS Challenge Oil & Gas Robotics Competition

As Team Prepares for Round Two in March, Robot Points Way to Total Autonomy

Woolpert Acquires Leica ALS80 Lidar Systems to Expand Aerial Data Acquisition Capacity

High-quality, high-productivity sensors enable Ohio-based firm to support more clients, including important state and federal mapping programs.

Toyota Invests $1 Billion in AI and Robots, Will Open R&D Lab in Silicon Valley

By Erico Guizzo and Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Today in Tokyo, Toyota announced that it is investing US $1 billion over the next five years to establish a new R&D arm headquartered in Silicon Valley and focused on artificial intelligence and robotics. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) plans to hire hundreds of engineers to staff a main facility in Palo Alto, Calif., near Stanford University, and a second facility located near MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
Former DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, an executive technical advisor at Toyota, was named CEO of TRI, which will begin operations in January. Toyota president Akio Toyoda said in a press conference that the company pursues innovation and new technologies “to make life better for our customers and society as a whole,” adding that he wanted to “work with Gill not just because he’s an amazing researcher and engineer, but because I believe his goals and motivations are the same as ours.”  Cont'd...

GoCart V2.0, Autonomous Meal-Transport Robot For All Elderly And Health Care Facilities Unveiled

On-site test at elderly care facilities in the US and EU in 2014; Field test in Spain in September, 2015; Features d-SLAM Yujin Robot's new machine vision technology

Robotics Alley Conference & Expo Announces 2015 Keynotes, Highlights

New for 2015 highlights at the Minneapolis-based event include a chance to meet IBM's Watson, a robotics expert from Disney Imagineering, more robotics demos, drone flying lessons, a competition for investment dollars, a robot parade, and more.

For Second Year in a Row, Velodyne 3D LiDAR Sensor Enables Embry-Riddle Entry to Take First Place in RoboBoat Competition

Popular VLP-16 LiDAR Puck Guides the Way Toward Second Win in Maritime Event

Wink STEM Robot From Plum Geek Helps Parents, Educators Introduce Kids to Wide World of Programming

Wink's hardware empowers users to be creative; once the basics of code are well understood, the possibilities are almost endless.

Crowdfunding Projects For November

Here are a few projects we think are worth looking into. Be careful... it is crowdfunding.

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries for £1

By Sophie Curtis, video by Robert Midgley:  You've heard of Amazon's plan to deliver packages using drones; now a new company called Starship is promising to disrupt local delivery with the launch of a self-driving robot that can deliver groceries to customers' doors in under 30 minutes for less than £1.

The Starship robot has been developed by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. It drives on pavements at an average speed of 4mph, and uses proprietary mapping and navigation technology to avoid crashing into obstacles, (check out the video we made).  Cont'd...

 

Robots in Restaurants

Here are three examples where Robots are beginning to take over in the restaurant.

UCSD to create robots that see, think and do

By Gary Robbins for the San Diego Union Tribune:  UC San Diego is creating a robotics institute that will develop machines that can interpret everything from subtle facial expressions to walking styles to size up what people are thinking, doing and feeling.

The “See-Think-Do” technology is largely meant to anticipate and fulfill people’s everyday needs, especially the soaring number of older Americans who want to live out their lives in their own homes.

Engineers envision robots that are so good at sizing up people, places and situations that they could help evacuate crowds from dangerous areas and pick through the rubble of an earthquake to look for survivors.

The newly created Contextual Robotics Institute will be formally announced on Friday when some of the nation’s top scientists meet at UC San Diego to discuss the future of robotics. The campus has already lined up support from such San Diego companies as Qualcomm, which needs new markets for its computer chips, and Northrop Grumman, which develops unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Our plan is to do the research and development that’s needed to realize robots of the future — robots that are safe, useful and autonomous in any environment,” said Albert Pisano, dean of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.  Cont'd...

RE2 Robotics Wins Navy Contract to Design Inflatable Underwater Manipulator Arms

The inflatable manipulator arms will be designed as a payload for AUVs.

Wise School Opens the Tyberg Art & Innovation Lab

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Tyberg Art & Innovation Lab on November 3, 2015

FIRST® Announces Scholarship Program Milestone: $25 Million Available to High-School Students

Nearly 200 Providers Offer College Scholarship Opportunities to FIRST Alumni

Six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000

Suryansh Chandra claims the affordable robotic arm his company Automata is developing could lead to robots becoming as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers.
"Today, every design studio has a 3D printer," Chandra says. "Soon, we hope to get to the point where every design studio has a robotic arm."

Chandra founded Automata together with Mostafa Elsayed five months ago, after they became frustrated by the expense and complexity of industrial robots while working at the research division at Zaha Hadid Architects.

"If you're out to get a robot today, you'd have to spend 50 or 60 thousand dollars," Chandra explains. "Our goal is to democratise robotics through a low cost hardware platform and easy to use software."

Automata's first product is a plastic six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000 (£2,000).

"Unlike industrial robots that are heavy and expensive, Eva is low cost and lightweight," Chandra says. "She can pick up 750 grams when fully outstretched and about a kilogram in a more recessed position."  Cont'd...

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