Neil Tardella for IEEE Spectrum: The DARPA Robotics Challenge this past summer showcased how far humanoid robots have come—but also how far they have yet to go before they can tackle real-world practical applications. Even the best of the DRC behemoths stumbled and fell down, proving, as IEEE Spectrum noted at the time, that “not walking is a big advantage.” There is, in fact, a new not-walking way for robots to perform many kinds of tasks better and faster: the dexterous drone. A lightweight flying platform with a robotic arm combines the strengths of two rapidly developing, parallel industries. Aerial drones like quadcopters and octocopters have in just the past few years emerged as a viable industrial and consumer product with substantial maneuverability, versatility, and durability. Yet the drones of today are mostly just flying bodies with no arms or hands. Cont'd...
With SkyTech wrapped up again for another year take a look at the highlights from this year's conference.
Clearpath CEO, Matt Rendall, has been selected as one of RIA's four at-Large Directors.
Vantage Partners to Provide Farmers with Trimble Technology Solutions that Increase Farm Efficiencies and Productivity
World's biggest awards in civilian applications of drones and robotics technology select top projects after three-day live contests in Dubai Awards receive more than 1,600 projects from 165 countries
Velodyne LiDAR Announces Deployment of Its VLP-16 LiDAR Sensor by Robotic Research, LLC Under U.S. Army Contract for Autonomous Shuttles
Real-Time 3D VLP-16 LiDAR Puck Used on Autonomous Shuttle at Fort Bragg, As Prototype Autonomy Kit Moves Forward
Westbury Group Releases Report, "Drone and Unmanned Systems Capital Markets Transactions: 2015 Year in Review"
Industry's most comprehensive database shows that 2015 witnessed a dramatic increase in drone and unmanned systems M&A transactions and venture capital deals.
EagleView Continues to Innovate with Development of Outdoor Lab for Drone Research at Rochester Institute of Technology
The 100' x 100' x 50' outdoor lab will provide a space to develop and test new drone technologies and allows for the incorporation of important test variables such as the impact of weather conditions on signal processing.
I look forward to watching this transformation from the comfort of my Mercedes sedan... today, from the driver's seat; a few years from now as a passenger; and a few years later as a passenger in some service provider's Mercedes.
Industry stakeholders to discuss regulations, promoting innovation across borders
Arlington Capital Partners ("Arlington Capital"), a Washington, DC - based private equity firm, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Defense & Security business of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT).
BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMAG: SoftBank is giving its Pepper robot a new job with some big responsibilities. The Japanese telecom giant is planning to open a cell phone store in Tokyo this spring staffed primarily by Pepper robots, according to a report from The Japan Times. About five to six Pepper robots will run the store from March 28 through April 3, and be responsible for helping customers and making sales. "I don't know how this will turn out, but it should be a quite interesting experiment," SoftBank CEO Ken Miyauchi told the newspaper. The robots will be able to answer questions about different cell phone options, and when someone's ready to buy, they'll even attempt to complete the sale. SoftBank does plan to have humans at the ready to handle tasks Pepper can't yet do — like checking customer IDs when drawing up a new contract. Cont'd...
Focus and delivery of Automation for Industrial, Factory, Heavy Equipment, Mapping and Inspection Markets moving ahead
Innovation on the Rise: More States Adopting Pro-Innovation Policies, According to Consumer Technology Association's 2016 Innovation Scorecard
Twelve states and the District of Columbia are now championing innovation-friendly policies at the highest level according to the 2016 Innovation Scorecard, an annual innovation policy performance index released today by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
Autonomous underwater vehicles are essential for tasks such as exploring the seabed in search of oil or minerals. Fraunhofer researchers have designed the first robust, lightweight and powerful vehicle intended for series production.
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