CMU's interactive tool helps novices and experts make custom robots

Phys.org: A new interactive design tool developed by CMU's Robotics Institute enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators.

DARPA taps Boeing for unmanned reusable spaceplane

Ross Wilkers for Washington Technology: Boeing has emerged as the winner of a DARPAcompetition to design and test an unmanned reusable spaceplane.

Meet the Robotics Wiz Behind Old Spice's Giant Mechanical Sea Creature

David Gianatasio for AdWeek: Unless youve been lost at sea, youve probably heard about the giant robotic squid that Old Spice deployed last weekend for a wacky, high-profile internet game on Twitch.

Drones, autonomous vehicles on Echodyne's radar as it pulls in $29M from investors

Matt Day for Seattle Times: Echodynes radar arrays are designed to bring some of the power and precision of massive, heavy, military-grade radars to a tablet-sized device.

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

April Glaser for Recode: The court ruled that the FAAs drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012.

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are starting to rely on crime-fighting robots for security

Melia Robinson for Business Insider: On a recent night outside the offices of Knightscope, a robotics startup in the heart of Silicon Valley, a middle-aged man allegedly toppled a five-foot tall, 300-pound robot to the ground.

ELLIQ: Intuition Robotics Bridges Uncanny Valley To Cure Loneliness Epidemic

Red Herring: ELLIQ comprises a tablet screen and a small, bobble-headed assistant, which looks like two bell jars glommed together, that interacts with elderly users, the device and humans on the other end of communication.

The US coast guard is deploying drones to catch increasingly tech-savvy drug traffickers

Neha Thirani Bagri for Quartz: The drone takes into account things like a vessels size, cargo, and movement, to determine if it might be a security threat. When a "target of interest" is detected, a go-fast boat is launched, and the chase begins.

Researchers developing robotic prosthetics to help restore balance in fall victims

Ryan Terry for Phys.org: Hur's prior research helped him answer two questions: "Can we predict a fall? Can we then reduce the number of falls?"

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Jeremy C. Ownens for MarketWatch: Musk will put his machinery where his mouth is with Model 3, battery and solar panel production lines launching soon

Abundant Robotics raises $10 million to commercialize its apple-picking robot

Bİrİnice Magistretti for VentureBeat: Picking apples may seem like a fun weekend activity, but its actually backbreaking manual labor. Abundant Robotics wants to help agricultural growers shoulder this task and today announced funding of $10 million, led by GV, to commercialize its apple-picking robot.

WiBotic Announces $2.5 Million in New Funding for its Wireless Power Solutions for the Robotics Industry

Companys Wireless Power and Battery Intelligence Solutions Enable Robots to Operate 100% Autonomously

Robotic Construction Platform Creates Large Buildings on Demand

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call "ripe for disruption." Researchers at the MIT Media Lab agree, pointing out in a paper just published in Science Robotics that construction "relies on traditional fabrication technologies that are dangerous, slow, and energy-intensive." Hey, sounds like a job for some robots, right?

The next great CEO could be a robot, Alibaba's Jack Ma says

Brett Molina , USA TODAY: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba, predicts "a robot will likely be on the cover of Time magazine as the best CEO" in 30 years, according to published reports.

More Farmers Considering Drone Use

Hoosier Ag Today: A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones.

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