A new standard in robotics

Phys.org:  On the wall of Aaron Dollar's office is a poster for R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), the 1920 Czech play that gave us the word "robot." The story ends with the nominal robots seizing control of the factory of their origin and then wiping out nearly all of humanity. Dollar, fortunately, has something more cheerful in mind for the future of human-robot relations.

He sees them as helpers in our daily lives—performing tasks like setting the table or assisting with the assembly of your new bookcase. But getting to the point where robots can work in the unstructured environment of our homes (as opposed to industrial settings) would take a major technological leap and a massive coordination of efforts from roboticists around the globe. The living room has been called the last frontier for robots—but first, the robotics community needs some standards that everyone can agree on.

Enter a suitcase-sized box containing 77 objects. It contains things like hammers, a cordless drill, a can of Spam and a nine-hole peg test. As ordinary as they may seem, these carefully curated household items could be the future of a new kind of standardization for robotics. Known as the Yale-CMU-Berkeley (YCB) Object and Model Set, the intent is to provide universal benchmarks for labs specializing in robotic manipulation and prosthetics around the world.  Cont'd...

New Standard Helps Optical Trackers Follow Moving Objects Precisely

Throwing a perfect strike in virtual bowling doesn't require your gaming system to precisely track the position and orientation of your swinging arm. But if you're operating a robotic forklift around a factory, manipulating a mechanical arm on an assembly line or guiding a remote-controlled laser scalpel inside a patient, the ability to pinpoint exactly where it is in three-dimensional (3-D) space is critical.

Pilot Labs Moorebot is Now Shipping

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Rising Media Announces 3D Printing, VR/AR, and Robotics Startups Selected to Compete in the Frontier Tech Showdown December 14 in San Diego, California

Rising Media, Inc. and Asimov Ventures have revealed the eight startups selected to compete in the Frontier Tech Showdown, coming to the San Diego Convention Center on December 14, 2016 during the Frontier Tech Forum.

Leading automotive perception technology conference, AutoSens, doubles up in 2017 due to widespread demand

For those who missed the opportunity to attend in 2016, organisers Sense Media have released two dates and locations for these "best in class" conferences next year. Both venues provide the perfect backdrop for the continuation of technical discussion concerning the future of vehicle perception technology.

RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt is back this year!

Robotics Tomorrow is stoked to let you know that RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt is back this year! Participate in RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt sale by searching their catalog in order to find your free product.

Innovative Machine Learning Training Method Opens New Possibilities for Artificial Intelligence

From AZoRobotics:  As a result of a new machine learning algorithm formulated by engineering researchers Parham Aarabi (ECE) and Wenzhi Guo (ECE MASc 1T5) at University of Toronto, smartphones may soon be able to provide users with honest answers.

The researchers prepared an algorithm that was capable of learning directly from human instructions, instead of an existing set of examples, and surpassed conventional techniques of training neural networks by 160%.

But more astonishingly, their algorithm also surpassed its own training by 9% - it learned to identify hair in pictures with better reliability than that enabled by the training, signifying a major leap forward for artificial intelligence.  Cont'd...

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Partner with Easy Aerial to Develop a Unique Search and Rescue Drone Platform

Project First Responders seeks to answer some of the biggest problems facing search and rescue drone operations, such as how to coordinate multiple drones at once, from locations anywhere in the world and share information with experts dispersed at various geographic locations.

Brain Corp Launches Its First Artificial Intelligence-based Product, EMMA, Receives Innovation of the Year Award

Brain Corp unveils AI-based technology for self-driving vehicles at ISSA's Interclean tradeshow and selects major OEMs as partners

Irishman's soft robotics exosuit wins major tech award

Colm Gorey for SiliconRepublic:  Irishman Conor Walsh’s soft robotics exosuit was among the award winners at the recent Rolex Awards, due to the creator’s continuing efforts to develop tech for the benefit of humanity.

Now in its 40th year, the Rolex Awards are part of an international philanthropic programme that supports new and ongoing projects by individuals taking on major challenges to benefit humankind.

Hosted last night at a public awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the awards were presented to 10 laureates – including five young laureates – that included such wide-ranging topics as opthamology and agritech.  Cont'd...

Westfalia Technologies, Inc. Announces Website to Highlight Parking Solutions

Leading logistics provider partners with Westfalia Logistics Solutions Europe GmbH & Co. KG and AutoPark Parking Solutions to bring more than 45 years of automation expertise to the parking industry

ARGO's Space & Robotics Division Unveils Rebrand and Launches New Website

The division has adopted the 'XTR' acronym as part of their rebrand in an effort to highlight their flagship product - Xtreme Terrain Robotics.

Analog Devices Acquires Laser Beam Steering Technology from Vescent Photonics to Enable Mainstream Adoption of Automotive LIDAR Systems

This acquisition strengthens ADI's position as a major automotive safety system technology partner for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving applications and builds on ADI's 20-year history in advancing automotive safety.

ROOBO and Nuance to Deliver Conversational AI Robots Globally

ROOBO to leverage the Nuance Mix platform to integrate voice and natural language capabilities into service and educational robots

Utilizing MapleSim to Improve Assisted Living Devices

We took biomechanical data from actual human trials and applied them to a robotic model that mimics human movements when transitioning between sitting and standing positions.

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