Soft Robotics Project Exo-Biote 3D Prints Living Movement

BY HANNAH ROSE MENDOZA for 3DPrint.com:  Soft robotics is a relatively new field of research that aims to create flexible robots that are more easily adaptable to human interaction. Often, the forms of these creations and the mechanics of their movement are inspired by a close study of nature in an effort to ‘go organic’ with machines. 3D printing with flexible filament is one way in which this integration of robot and movement is taking on a flexible aspect.
For this particular installation, titled Exo-biote, the National Institute for Research in Computer and Control and the Department of Science and Visual Culture at the Imaginarium worked together, with support from Neuflize Bank, to create a robot organism that embodied the formal typologies and demonstrated the possibilities for movements in soft robots. After all, some of nature’s most amazing machines have nearly entirely soft bodies – think of the octopus, for example, able to lift, carry, walk, swim, shape change, camouflage itself, and fit through a tube no bigger than a quarter!  Cont'd...

eInfochips Boosts Qualcomm's Robotics Accelerator Program Powered by Techstars With Eragon SoMs and Services

eInfochips Eragon Product Line Comprising of Development Kit, System-on-Module and its Design Services will be Leveraged by the Robotics Accelerator Participants to Kick Start their Robotics Applications

Carnegie Mellon Faculty Will Share Visions of Robots, A.I., and Big Data at "Summer Davos"

University Sending Large Delegation to World Economic Forum Conference in China

CoaXPress Frame Grabbers Speed Up Data Transfer in Medical Imaging Applications

Miniaturization and portability of imaging equipment is a major growth driver in the medical imaging market.

Toyota hires robotics expert for AI push

Richard Waters for FT.com:  Toyota has hired the top robotics expert from the US defence department’s research arm and promised $50m in extra funding for artificial intelligence research, as it steps up the race between the world’s biggest carmakers to pioneer new forms of computer-assisted driving.

However, the Japanese carmaker maintained on Friday that completely driverless cars were still years away, and that AI and robotics would have a more complex effect on the relationship between humans and their vehicles than Google’s experiments with “robot cars” suggest.

Gill Pratt, who stepped down recently from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), will move to Silicon Valley to head Toyota’s robotics efforts, the company said. Darpa played a key role in stimulating interest in driverless cars with a competition in 2005 — the leader of the winning entry, Sebastian Thrun, who was then a professor at Stanford University, went on to found Google’s driverless car programme.  Cont'd...

Knowm Inc. First to Deliver Commercial Memristors Capable of Bi-Directional Learning, Clearing the Way for Advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications

Milestone Confirmed by Groundbreaking New Data; Bi-Directional Incremental Capability Allows Startup to Leapfrog IBM and Other Established Competitors in Emerging Computing Fields

Neurotechnology Releases SentiBotics Development Kit 2.0

The new SentiBotics version provides additional navigation, grasping and higher level behavior modules for the development of mobile robots.

Silicon Valley Robotics Innovator Invents Programmable Hoverboard for the Consumer Market

The Hoverboard is as much a "board sport" as it is a tech gadget.

New Wi-Fi enabled robot vacuum is Neato's smartest and best cleaning robot yet

Anywhere/anytime mobile app, legendary navigation and superior cleaning power distinguish new Neato Botvac Connected

Robotics Enter Hybrid Instruction

By Dian Schaffhauser for Campus Technology:  A doctoral program at Michigan State University has begun experimenting with the use of robots to pull on-campus and off-campus students closer together in class. The Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program focuses on the study of human learning and development and diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. During a spring course in 2015 all but one student participated by being present in the form of an Apple iPad affixed to a swivel robot that was stationary; one student was on a robot that could move around the classroom.

As Christine Greenhow, the faculty member who led the seminar course, explained, the experiment was intended to expand beyond traditional Web presence of online students. "When you are using videoconferencing, it's very common to see all these different faces on the screen if you're here in the classroom and not really know where to look. It creates this distance between the speaker who's online and the speakers in the class," she said in a video about the project. "What if we could put online students in the classroom in a robot? How would their presence change?"  Cont'd...

Corporate Leaders Say Robotics Offers Job Opportunities for Young People

Nation's educators need to better prepare students to fill key roles

RobotShop Acquires LetsMakeRobots.com

RobotShop.com announced today the acquisition of Let's Make Robots (LMR), a website that brings together the world's largest community of robot makers and enthusiasts.

OSI Optoelectronics Introduces Back-Illuminated Silicon Photodiodes

Each photodiode is designed on a square surface mount package with dimensions similar to the actual chip.

Intel camera gives robots 3D vision

Bot-maker Savioke announces an open-source wrapper for Intel's RealSense Camera, adding another low-cost 3D sensing solution to the roboticist's toolkit.

The wrapper will allow developers to make use of the RealSense Camera, which enables robots to sense rich three-dimensional environments. "Intel RealSense Cameras bring great low-cost depth sensing to robotics, in a platform that is widely available and easy to integrate using ROS," says Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke.

Until recently, bot makers looking to incorporate 3D sensing on the cheap have relied on a sensor made by Israeli company PrimeSense. But in late 2013 PrimeSense was acquired by Apple for $350M, an indication of just how much potential the Cupertino-based giant sees in 3D sensing technology.

Since the acquisition, robot developers have been eager for a flexible and cheap depth sensor. Intel, meanwhile, is making an aggressive move into the world of robotics, and the company was thrilled to offer ROS support for RealSense. 

Telepresence Robots Enable Oral Roberts University Students to Tour Campus, Take Classes, and Participate in Graduation from Anywhere in the World

ORU turns to Carousel Industries to support learning in a digital society

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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.