Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos

From Justus Thies, Michael Zollhöfer, Marc Stamminger, Christian Theobalt and Matthias Nießner: We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination... (full paper)  

Robotics Students From Canada, China, Puerto Rico And The United States Of America Crowned Champions At VEX Worlds 2016

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title achieved at VEX Worlds for the largest student-led robotics competition!

Japan`s Industry: University Collaboration To Speed Up The Robot Ventures

START, is a Industry-university cooperation development platform promoting the seeds of technology or robotics ventures in Japan.

Dmitry Grishin Doubles Down on Robotics With New $100 Million Fund

Erico Guizzo for IEEE Spectrum:  Nearly four years ago, Dmitry Grishin launched a US $25 million fund to invest exclusively in consumer robots. Grishin, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Mail.ru, the Russian Internet giant, believed that robotics was going to be one of the next big technology revolutions, and he was willing to put his money where his mouth was. Now the Russian investor is ready to double down on his vision. Or actuallydouble double down. Grishin Robotics has recently announced a second fund four times as large as the original one. The new $100 million fund will seek Series A and B deals and expand its focus to include startups in markets like connected devices, collaborative and material-handling robots, AI and data analytics, and industrial Internet of Things.   Cont'd...

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Expands Japanese Licensing Discussions

Trip to Japan next month for signing

First-Ever Meta-Analysis of Exoskeleton Technologies Concludes Powered Exoskeleton Systems Permit Safe Ambulation in Real-Life Settings and Produce Health Benefits

Upon completion of exoskeleton system training, 76% of documented subjects were able to walk independently without any additional human assistance

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Seoul to Co-locate with RoboUniverse and the Virtual Reality Summit in Association with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX)

The largest professional 3D printing event worldwide is confirmed to run alongside RoboUniverse and the Virtual Reality Summit at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) on June 22-24, 2016.

3D Robotics Undergoing Layoffs And Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up For Sale

3DR will now be focusing more narrowly on enterprise customers that are interested in using drones for such projects as utility line and pipeline inspections, and construction site inspections.

Soft Robotics Inc. Appoints Mark J. Chiappetta as Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Chiappetta is a high energy technology leader with over 20 years of experience in high growth, start-up and mid-size companies.

RoboBusiness Conference & Expo: Powering Business Worldwide

Over 2,000 end users, investors and solutions providers will convene September 28-29 in San Jose, California to learn new strategies, develop critical partnerships and experience the latest technology in-person.

Get ready for robotics: First ever UK Robotics Week

Opportunities for all ages, nationwide - including public lectures, open labs, hackathons, challenges, and state-of-the-art robotics showcase

Over 1,000 Student-Led Robotics Teams Converge At VEX Worlds

VEX Worlds 2016 kicks off this week! Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, this culminating event brings together the top 1,000 teams from around the world in one city and under one roof for one incredible celebration of robotics engineering, featuring the world's largest and fastest growing international robotics programs - the VEX IQ Challenge, the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U. On April 20-23, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., over 16,000 participants from 37 nations will come together to put their engineering expertise to the test as they seek to be crowned the Champions of VEX Worlds.   Follow the competition here:

Over 1,000 Student-Led Robotics Teams Converge At VEX Worlds - Gathering Under One Roof, In One City, From Around The Globe For One Epic Celebration

The largest 4-day robotics competition begins this week with teams from 37 nations in Louisville, Kentucky on April 20-23, 2016!

9 open source robotics projects

Jason Baker for OpenSource:  Open source isn't just changing the way we interact with the world, it's changing the way the world interacts back with us. Case in point: open source robotics. Robots are playing an increasing role in our world, and while we perhaps haven't reached the utopian future with robotic housekeepers imagined for us in the Jetsons, robotics are making advances in fields that fifty years ago would have been completely unimaginable. While undoubtedly manufacturing has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the robot renaissance, we are seeing robots enter the mainstream as well. Many of us have robots that clean our floors, clear our gutters, mow our grass, and more. And now, with the advances of self driving cars, drones, and other transport technologies, the line between what is a robot and what is a vehicle is steadily blurring. But let's be honest: a lot of us have an interest in robotics simply because it's fun! And the good news is you don't need to be an electrical engineer to enjoy robotics as a hobby. Fortunately, there are a number of open source projects out there that can help even the most novice beginner get started.  Full Article:

The Festo Bionic Elephant's Trunk, AirPenguin, AirJellies, and Other Robots Modeled from Nature Are Featured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.

Festo representatives will host hands-on demonstrations, April 16-17, and will give a presentation on April 14 during the X-Stem Symposium on bionics. (Festo Booth 1823)

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