Richard Waters for FT.com: Toyota has hired the top robotics expert from the US defence department’s research arm and promised $50m in extra funding for artificial intelligence research, as it steps up the race between the world’s biggest carmakers to pioneer new forms of computer-assisted driving. However, the Japanese carmaker maintained on Friday that completely driverless cars were still years away, and that AI and robotics would have a more complex effect on the relationship between humans and their vehicles than Google’s experiments with “robot cars” suggest. Gill Pratt, who stepped down recently from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), will move to Silicon Valley to head Toyota’s robotics efforts, the company said. Darpa played a key role in stimulating interest in driverless cars with a competition in 2005 — the leader of the winning entry, Sebastian Thrun, who was then a professor at Stanford University, went on to found Google’s driverless car programme. Cont'd...
Knowm Inc. First to Deliver Commercial Memristors Capable of Bi-Directional Learning, Clearing the Way for Advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications
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The new SentiBotics version provides additional navigation, grasping and higher level behavior modules for the development of mobile robots.
The Hoverboard is as much a "board sport" as it is a tech gadget.
Anywhere/anytime mobile app, legendary navigation and superior cleaning power distinguish new Neato Botvac Connected
By Dian Schaffhauser for Campus Technology: A doctoral program at Michigan State University has begun experimenting with the use of robots to pull on-campus and off-campus students closer together in class. The Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program focuses on the study of human learning and development and diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. During a spring course in 2015 all but one student participated by being present in the form of an Apple iPad affixed to a swivel robot that was stationary; one student was on a robot that could move around the classroom. As Christine Greenhow, the faculty member who led the seminar course, explained, the experiment was intended to expand beyond traditional Web presence of online students. "When you are using videoconferencing, it's very common to see all these different faces on the screen if you're here in the classroom and not really know where to look. It creates this distance between the speaker who's online and the speakers in the class," she said in a video about the project. "What if we could put online students in the classroom in a robot? How would their presence change?" Cont'd...
Nation's educators need to better prepare students to fill key roles
RobotShop.com announced today the acquisition of Let's Make Robots (LMR), a website that brings together the world's largest community of robot makers and enthusiasts.
Each photodiode is designed on a square surface mount package with dimensions similar to the actual chip.
Bot-maker Savioke announces an open-source wrapper for Intel's RealSense Camera, adding another low-cost 3D sensing solution to the roboticist's toolkit. The wrapper will allow developers to make use of the RealSense Camera, which enables robots to sense rich three-dimensional environments. "Intel RealSense Cameras bring great low-cost depth sensing to robotics, in a platform that is widely available and easy to integrate using ROS," says Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke. Until recently, bot makers looking to incorporate 3D sensing on the cheap have relied on a sensor made by Israeli company PrimeSense. But in late 2013 PrimeSense was acquired by Apple for $350M, an indication of just how much potential the Cupertino-based giant sees in 3D sensing technology. Since the acquisition, robot developers have been eager for a flexible and cheap depth sensor. Intel, meanwhile, is making an aggressive move into the world of robotics, and the company was thrilled to offer ROS support for RealSense.
Telepresence Robots Enable Oral Roberts University Students to Tour Campus, Take Classes, and Participate in Graduation from Anywhere in the World
ORU turns to Carousel Industries to support learning in a digital society
A small California company uses their expertise and the latest in reliable technology to design, prototype, and produce multifunctional bio-mechanical gloves aimed at providing users with a more normal life experience.
Integro Technologies, a world leader in vision system integration, received official patent notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Tire Guardian Series.
SXSW Eco Announces Third Keynote, Finalists for Startup Showcase and Place by Design Competitions and Additional Programming
James Redford, will serve as the third Keynote for the 2015 event
Guardian S Robot, the Ultimate Unmanned Ground Vehicle for Security, Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing, to be Made Available in a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) Offering
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Dorner's 2200 Series Precision Move Pallet Systems are ideal for assembly automation. With features such as an innovative timing belt conveyor design and industry best pallet transfers, they get your product to the exact location, at the exact time and in the exact position it needs to be. They are now available with new options such as heavy load corner modules with 150 lb. capacity and 180 degree tight transfer corners for compact loops.