Amazon's robotics group asked the FCC to test special wireless equipment

Jillian D'Onfro for Business Insider:  Amazon is ramping up its robotics efforts and testing new technology that could make it safer to operate the fleet of robots toiling in its warehouses, according to recent FCC filings.  The FCC gave Amazon Robotics an expedited experimental license to test a "proximity sensing system" that the company hopes to deploy in fulfillment centers outside the U.S. Amazon Robotics "seeks to evaluate radiolocation technology to be used in the operation of robotics in fulfillment centers outside the United States," the company said in the filing, the first such FCC filing by Amazon Robotics. While Amazon stresses that the technology is strictly for internal use, and not something it intends to sell to "end users," the filing underscores the company's increasing investment and innovation in robotics, which has the potential to transform a broad swath of industrial and consumer markets.   Cont'd...  

MecklerMedia's RoboUniverse Conference & Expo to Host Robotics Startup Competition with $10,000 Prize, Courtesy of Asimov Ventures

December 15, 2015 in San Diego, California

Build the Best Performing Robotics Portfolio for Your Chance to Win a Drone from ROBO Global

ROBO Global, formerly ROBO-STOX, is hosting its inaugural Stock Picking Challenge just in time for the holidays - know the market and win a drone.

Global Hardware Accelerator HAX Showcases the Best in Medical, Robotic and Agricultural Innovation at Seventh Demo Day

Thirteen Startups That Solve Hard Problems Unveiled New Hardware Products during HAX Accelerator Demo Day in San Francisco

Simbe Robotics Unveils Tally; World's First Fully Autonomous Robotic Shelf Auditing and Analytics Solution for Retail Industry

Tally Helps Retailers Decrease Inventory Issues, Increase Revenue and Improve Customer Satisfaction

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.

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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.