Here are a few projects we think are worth looking into. Be careful... it is crowdfunding.
FTR Systems introduced a development platform for building robotic electric vehicles at the 2016 Electric Vehicle Show in Taiwan. The robot kit won a bronze medal as part of the Innovation Awards.
Cheetah Mobile Hosts Summit for Global App Developers; Announces Data-driven Content Strategy along with $50M Investment in Robotics
Three-year plan focuses on combining big data insights to surface new online content; Cheetah Robotics investment arm to advance deep learning and automation.
Benedict for 3Ders.org: Tech startup ZeroUI, based in San Jose, California, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Ziro, the “world’s first hand-controlled robotics kit”. The modular kit has been designed to bring 3D printed creations to life, and has already surpassed its $30,000 campaign goal. It would be fair to say that the phenomenon of gesture recognition, throughout the wide variety of consumer electronics to which it has been introduced, has been a mixed success. The huge popularity of the Nintendo Wii showed that—for the right product—users were happy to use their hands and bodies as controllers, but for every Wii, there are a million useless webcam or smartphone functions, lying dormant, unused, and destined for the technology recycle bin. Full Article:
Comet Labs Closes 10 Investments within Six Months
Clearpath wins Silver at New York Ceremony for OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle
Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara to Attend
Libraries Can Now Become More Vital to Communities By Providing Member Access to a Humanoid Robotics and STEM Curricula
CEO's Trip to Japan to be Pivotal.
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!
START, is a Industry-university cooperation development platform promoting the seeds of technology or robotics ventures in Japan.
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...
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
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