Robotics Alley Introduces "Invest in Innovation" Competition

Calling Robotics Start-ups: Apply to Compete for Publicity and Possible Venture Capital.

BLUE OCEAN ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES 3D BIN PICKING PLATFORM

A standard solution based on collaborative robot and proven 3D vision technology

Robotics Startup Unveils Humanoid Servant

One of the technology breakthroughs of Alpha 2 is the servo technology that was designed specifically for this robot. The servos are miniaturized while providing maximum torque giving Alpha 2 the dexterity and range of movements currently only seen in robots costing 20K or more.

Simbe Robotics launches new retail robot

By Silicon Valley Robotics via Robohub:  The area of service robotics is getting active, with a new retail robot startup launching today. Tally is one of several robotics startups launching today at Haxlr8r’s 7th Demo Day. Tally is an inventory tracking robot platform fromSimbe Robotics and the “world’s first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution” according to the press release. Tally is in trials with several North American retailers and will traverse aisles scanning and auditing merchandise to help stores maintain ideal product placement, fill inventory gaps, and find misplaced or mispriced items. Tally is also capable of autonomously returning to base to charge. “When it comes to the retail industry, shopper experience is everything. If a product is unavailable at the time the shopper wants to buy it, the retailer has missed an opportunity and disappointed their customer,” according to Brad Bogolea, CEO and Co-founder of Simbe Robotics. “Tally helps retailers address these challenges by providing more precise and timely analysis of the state of in-store merchandise and freeing up staff to focus on customer service.”   Cont'd...

EDGE Accelerator Announces Ten Startups Accepted to 2015 Cohort

Companies to receive up to $170,000 in funding in a three-month intensive boot camp and the chance to showcase and secure additional funding during National Education Week

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.

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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.