Science Daily: When vertebrates run, their legs exhibit minimal contact with the ground. But insects are different. These six-legged creatures run fastest using a three-legged, or "tripod" gait where they have three legs on the ground at all times -- two on one side of their body and one on the other. The tripod gait has long inspired engineers who design six-legged robots, but is it necessarily the fastest and most efficient way for bio-inspired robots to move on the ground? Researchers at EPFL and UNIL revealed that there is in fact a faster way for robots to locomote on flat ground, provided they don't have the adhesive pads used by insects to climb walls and ceilings. This suggests designers of insect-inspired robots should make a break with the tripod-gait paradigm and instead consider other possibilities including a new locomotor strategy denoted as the "bipod" gait. The researchers' findings are published in Nature Communications. Cont'd...
Robolliance Proudly Supports ISC West 2017 Inaugural "Unmanned Security Expo" April 5 - 7 in Las Vegas
Top-Tier Alliance Focused on Autonomous Robotics for Security and Surveillance Joins Industry Leaders at First-Ever Event Dedicated to Aerial Drones and Ground Robotics for Security Applications
Members of the European Parliament on Thursday urged the European Commission to propose rules on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) with a view to fully exploiting their economic potential and guaranteeing a standard level of safety and security. Parliamentarians noted that regulatory standards for the use of robots were currently being planned in several nations. They argued that the EU needed to take the lead on setting such standards so as not to be forced to follow those set by third countries. They also emphasized that draft legislation was urgently required to clarify liability issues, especially for the use of self-driving cars. MEPs suggested a mandatory insurance scheme and a supplementary fund "to ensure that victims of accidents involving driverless cars are fully compensated." Cont'd...
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Startup Showdown semi-finalists selected, winner announced on May 10 in Dallas
The collaborative workspace includes the labs and equipment needed to help young robotics companies develop and scale their concepts and prototypes. Located at 12 Channel Street in Boston's Seaport Innovation District, the organization is leasing nearly 15,000 sq. ft. and will develop an additional 25,000 sq. ft. MassRobotics is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 17, 2017 to officially open the space.
Lynne ODonnell for Sci-Tech Today: Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives. Robots, says Russell, have been with us for centuries -- as "Robots," his exhibit opening Wednesday at London's Science Museum, shows. From a 15th century Spanish clockwork monk who kisses his rosary and beats his breast in contrition, to a Japanese "childoid" newsreader, created in 2014 with lifelike facial expressions, the exhibition tracks the development of robotics and mankind's obsession with replicating itself. Cont'd...
The top-notch R&D team at CloudMinds, a China-based firm specialized in the research, development and manufacturing of cloud intelligence (CI)-based applications, has created a CI ecosystem thanks to investments from several investors, including SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet firm.
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SMP Robotics Systems Announces New Partnership with Tokyo-Based Distributor Altech to Expand Presence in Japan
SMP Robotics Systems Corp. (http://smprobotics.com) a manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots, today announced a new partnership with Altech Co. Ltd, a Tokyo based trading company for industrial machinery, providing its national and international customers with industrial machines and equipment boasting the latest technologies from Europe and United States.
Intuition Robotics to Open Silicon Valley Office
Ford Motor Company announces it is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker's autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 - and for potential license to other companies. Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI is bringing together some of the most experienced roboticists and engineers working in autonomy from inside and outside of Ford. The team of experts in robotics and artificial intelligence is led by Argo AI founders Bryan Salesky, company CEO, and Peter Rander, company COO. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center and former leaders on the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, respectively. "The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. Full Press Release:
Ford Invests in Argo AI, a New Artificial Intelligence Company, in Drive for Autonomous Vehicle Leadership
-Ford is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, combining Ford's autonomous vehicle development expertise with Argo AI's robotics experience and startup speed on artificial intelligence software - all to further advance autonomous vehicles -Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI will include roboticists and engineers from inside and outside of Ford working to develop a new software platform for Ford's fully autonomous vehicle coming in 2021; through their equity participation, Argo AI employees will share in the startup's growth -Investment in Argo AI strengthens Ford's leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and creates technology that could be licensed to others in the future
The sixth annual Robotics Alley Conference & Expo will once again highlight how robotics and automation are changing the way we live and work. This year, it will be held Feb. 28 - March 1 at The Depot Minneapolis. The event will feature experts on how new technologies will impact shopping, travel, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and more.
Hypertherm Robotic Software Inc has just released Robotmaster version 6.5!
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