DARPA laying groundwork for growth in-space robotics

Sandra Erwin for Space News: DARPA pioneered the concept of using robots for in-space repairs and more recently invested millions of dollars in a public-private partnership with Space Systems Loral to build an autonomous vehicle for servicing satellites 36,000 kilometers above Earth.

Case Study: The Flying Eye

Embedded vision solution with USB 3.0 board-level camera.

Coming soon: Security robots that patrol streets - or guard your home

Tim Johnson for McClatchy DC: "Its very reasonable to believe that by the end of next year, wed have a couple of hundred of these out."

Sophia the Robot Is Bestowed with Citizenship of Saudi Arabia

The humanoid robot, Sophia, told the audience at the Future Investment Initiative summit how honoured she was being made a Saudi citizen. „Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Sophia said, „I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction."

Walmart is using shelf-scanning robots to audit its stores

James Vincent for The Verge: The retailing giant says the robots introduction wont lead to job losses, and that the company wants to save employees from carrying out tasks that are "repeatable, predictable, and manual."

3 Things to Know About Getting Into Defense Robotics for the Government

As if the DoD wasnt important enough on its own, their need for the latest and greatest in technology cannot be overstated - it might be critical to the future defense of our nation.

The Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV)

INTELLOS is an autonomous, outdoor security robot that utilizes a navigation surveillance platform developed by Sharp to patrol predefined routes.

This Robot Tractor is ready to disrupt construction

Matt Simon for Wired: Give it coordinates, tell it what size the hole should be, hit enter, and it tears off and digs the thing with impressive accuracy.

Google to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto

Matt McFarland for CNN Money: Google, a company that's built everything from a search engine to a self-driving car, will now try its hand at a city neighborhood.

What should warehouse and logistics companies be looking for when implementing robots?

Warehouses should be thinking about safety, simplicity and software.

Zume Pizza lands $48 million in funding for robotic pizza delivery

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The process begins on a robotic assembly line in a centralized kitchen, but pizzas finish cooking in ovens inside of trucks en route to delivery.

Sony will relaunch its robotics business in 2018 with a dog-like robot designed for homes.

Amit Katwala for IMECHE: The new model will incorporate internet connectivity and have the ability to control domestic appliances with voice commands, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices, but will also behave and move like a real dog.

Interview with Shaoshan Liu and Zhe Zhang of PerceptIn

Using our technology, we are able to reduce the cost of the whole vehicle (including the chassis, the computing hardware, and the sensing hardware, and the software stack) under $10,000 USD.

The future of robots could be tiny origami bots that fold into different shapes

Guanhong Hu for Quartz: Shuhei Miyashita and his team used the origami concept to make exoskeletons for a magnetic cube robot, called "Primer", letting it morph on demand to do various things in different conditions.

Colleges Are Marketing Drone Pilot Courses, but the Career Opportunities Are Murky

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review: At least 15 community colleges offer them, but its not clear how many students parlay their new skills into jobs.

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