Five High School Students Win Robots4Us Video Contest-and a Trip to the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
Winners created compelling short videos about the future of robots in society and will get the chance to discuss their ideas and see current cutting-edge robots in action
By David Szondy for Gizmag: On June 5 and 6, the 2015 DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) Finals will take place at Fairplex in Pomona, California. Open to the public, it will see 25 international teams compete for US$3.5 million in prizes as part of an effort to develop robots for disaster relief. Here's what to expect. This year's challenge will see 25 teams competing. Half of the teams are from the United States, five are from Japan, three from Korea, two from Germany, one from Italy, one from Hong Kong, and one from the People’s Republic of China. They will be vying for a US$3.5 million total of prizes; including a $2 million first prize, a $1 million second prize, and a $500,000 third prize. The robots will be of a wide variety with some humanoid, some four-legged, and some tracked, but all will need to operate free of external power, mechanical support, and limited communications with their controllers. The basic idea behind DRC 2015 is to make things much harder for the robots than previously.
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By Sharon Gaudin for ComputerWorld: Worried that one day we'll have robot overlords? You're in good company. Reknowned physicist, cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking said this week that robots, powered by artificial intelligence (A.I.), could overtake humans in the next 100 years. Speaking at the Zeitgeist conference in London, Hawking said: "Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours," according to a report in Geek. This isn't the first time Hawking has spoken about the threat that comes along with machine learning, A.I. and robotics. In December, Hawking said, "the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
19Columns announces the availability of its latest market analysis on - "The Global Industrial Robotics Market 2015-2024 - Complete Market Research Study", containing over 150 market data figures and info graphics. The overall market, software and hardware included, is estimated to reach $50.7 billion by 2024.
3D Printing and Short-Run Manufacturing service provider Forecast 3D is excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at RAPID next week, with the championship winning Harbinger race car that displays over 45 functioning parts built utilizing Forecast 3D's additive manufacturing technologies.
New Short Course for Design, Manufacturing, and R&D Professionals Runs July 20-24, 2015
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WORLD'S FIRST 3D PRINTED PHOTOSYNTHETIC WEARABLE, OPENING NEW FRONTIERS FOR ART, DESIGN, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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Industrial Robotics Market to Reach US$44.48 Billion by 2020 Owing to Rising Popularity of Industrial Automation
A recently released report from Transparency Market Research (TMR) forecasts that the global industrial robotics market will grow at a CAGR of 6.2% between 2014 and 2020. TMR, a market intelligence firm based in the U.S., states that the global industrial robotics market will reach a market value of US$44.48 billion by 2020, growing from US$28.93 million in 2013. The report, titled 'Industrial Robotics Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020 is available for sale on the website.
Medical Robotic Systems Market to Develop at a CAGR of 12.6% till 2018 Owing to Advancement in Automation Technologies
A new report has been published by Transparency Market Research, titled "Medical Robotic Systems Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2012 - 2018". TMR, a market intelligence company based in the U.S., states that the global medical robotic systems market was worth US$4.093 billion in 2010 and is expanding at a remarkable CAGR of 12.6% during the forecast horizon 2012-2018.
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Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.