Japanese Innovation Returns to SXSW Interactive 2016

Japan House enhances humanity with robotics, AI, medtech, innovative mobility, and entertainment tech

Artificial Skin That Glows, Stretches Could Change Robotics?

By Brendan Byrne for ValueWalk:  Researchers at Cornell University have developed an electronic artificial skin that doesn’t mind being stretched to 500% its original size (cell phone), glows in the dark and can move a bit like a worm. In a paper published yesterday in the journal Science, a team of researchers showed off glowing electric skin that could be put to use in future wearables. While artificial skin that responds to commands has been done before, electronics embedded in the skin have generally broken when stretched. However, the team seems to have leaped over this hurdle by using hyperelastic, light-emitting capacitor (HLEC) technology. “It’s actually much, much, much more stretchable than human skin or octopus skin,” says Chris Larson, a doctoral candidate and researcher in Cornell’s Organic Robotics Lab. “In terms of texture, it’s actually more like a rubber band or a balloon.” While Larson freely admits that he doesn’t know much about cephalopods, the team was inspired by biology, specifically, the octopus beak with its ability to both move and stretch. “The researchers created a three-chamber robot from the material, with the newly developed ‘skin’ layers on top, and inflatable layers below that allow movement,” according to a release from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “As the chambers expand linearly, the robot moves forward with a worm-like wiggle.”   Cont'd.. .

Sheffield holds first Global Workshop for Robotics in Mining

The event, held at the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, saw over 55 attendees from the mining, robotics and autonomous systems sector coming together for a collaborative workshop on how to solve some of the major challenges within mining.

March Event Will Showcase Pittsburgh as World Leader in Robotics

Panelists from Uber, Seegrid, Carnegie Robotics and Coal Hill Ventures

New Maple 2016 offers advanced problem-solving for math, science, engineering

Release enhancements include mathematical algorithms, interactive application development, usability

Indiegogo: Aido, the world's most advanced social home robot, launches pre-orders

Social home robot uses latest technology, raises $250,000+ in pre-orders in first 5 days

Nervana Delivers New Cloud Platform With Advanced AI Capabilities For On-Demand Deep Learning

10x faster than other AI cloud platforms and optimized to handle complex problems at scale, Nervana Cloud enables enterprises to leverage deep learning to solve their most difficult data problems

Seegrid Adds Industry Veterans to Operations and Product Teams

Additions Highlight Sustained Growth for Leader in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

RobotShop Chooses Robot Lab to Accelerate the Development of MyRobots.com, the "Facebook® For Robots"

RobotShop announces the creation of a spin-off for MyRobots, The "Facebook® for robots", which will be integrated into the Robot Lab network, the first robotic incubator.

element14 launches Raspberry Pi 3

New faster, more powerful board is the first "out of the box IoT ready" Raspberry Pi

Rising Media's RoboUniverse Conference & Expo Returns to New York City for its Second Edition; Reveals Tracks and Program Details; April 11-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center

Launched in New York City in May 2015, RoboUniverse is the first global conference and trade show series dedicated to advancing the Service Robotics industry. Following its 2015 launch, RoboUniverse has produced events in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, San Diego, and Singapore.

Would you buy meat from a robot butcher?

Greg Nichols for The Kernel:  In an era when hunks of cow and pig are packaged and distributed like Amazon Prime parcels, butchering has retained a surprising degree of its old-world craftsmanship. Workers armed with knives and hooks anachronistically slice flesh from bone the same way they have for hundreds of years. That’s because cutting meat—be it on an assembly line or in a niche shop in Santa Monica, California, or Brooklyn, New York—is a skill that requires exceptional dexterity, a good eye, and a honed tactile sense for texture and firmness. Industrial robots may be perfectly suited to welding chassis and painting cars, but they don’t have the touch to cut a succulent T-bone steak. That’s likely to change. JBS, one of the country’s largest meat processors, recently acquired a controlling share of Scott Technology, a New Zealand-based robotics firm. Now JBS is looking at ways to automate its facilities. Robots don’t sleep, don’t collect overtime, and don’t suffer the horrific repetitive stress injuries that plague meat workers. Meat is already packed using machines, and if engineers can figure out how to make automated systems that approximate the deft hands of a butcher, there’s little question giants like JBS, Cargill, and Tyson will replace many of their line workers with robots. In the next decade, adroit robots that can see, feel, and move like humans may finally kill off the butcher.   Cont'd...

GeckoSystems, an OTC Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Co., Forecasts Net Profits

GeckoSystems has been developing innovative artificial intelligence robotic technologies for over eighteen years. It is CEO Martin Spencer's dream to make people's lives better through robotic technology.

Automatic Programming makes Swarm Robots safer and more reliable

Researchers from Sheffield Robotics have applied a novel method of automatically programming and controlling a swarm of up to 600 robots to complete a specified set of tasks simultaneously.

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on Robotics to Reach $135 Billion in 2019 Driven by Strong Spending Growth in Manufacturing and Healthcare

The new spending guide measures purchases of robotic systems, system hardware, software, robotics-related services, and after-market robotics hardware on a regional level across thirteen key industries and fifty-two use cases.

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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.