How increasing regulation will unleash drone-based potential

Guy Cherni, Opinion Contributor for The Hill: Surprising though it may seem, the key for increasing drone-based value can only come through increased restriction and regulation of the industry.

This Robot Can Mix Drinks in Your Hotel Room

Michael Belfiore for Bloomberg: Makr Shakr's robotic arms pull cocktail ingredients selected via touchscreen or app from a network of bottles above the bar.

Military robots are getting smaller and more capable

The Economist: "Slaughterbots" is fiction. The question Dr Russell poses is, "how long will it remain so?" For military laboratories around the planet are busy developing small, autonomous robots for use in warfare, both conventional and unconventional.

San Francisco Security Robot Fired After Public Outcry

David Z. Morris for Fortune: Mountain View-based Knightscope has said in a statement that the robot "was not brought in to clear the area around the San Francisco SPCA of homeless individuals," but only to "serve and protect the SPCA."

Honda Will Unveil 4 New Robots at This Year's CES

Shelby Rogers for Interesting Engineering: Each robot has its own functions, and all of them have names reminiscent of Star Wars droids.

Vecna Robotics Wins DHL & Dell Robotics Innovation Challenge 2017 with Tote Retrieval System

Vecna Robotics, a leader in intelligent, next-generation, robotic material handling autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs), was awarded first place in the DHL & Dell Robotics Mobile Picking Challenge 2017. The event was held last week at the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Ge

San Francisco to robots: Don't crowd our sidewalks

Carolyn Said and Benny Evangelista for the SF Chronicle: San Francisco's ordinance resembles laws enacted in the early days of "horseless carriages" that required a person to walk in front of a car waving a red flag, said Bob Doyle, spokesman for A3.

Amazon drone designed to self-destruct in emergencies. Here's why.

Patrick Caughill for Futurism: The feature would use the onboard computing system to analyze conditions to determine the best course of action.

Wandelbots wants to reinvent the way we program robots

Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch: Its first product is a sensor-laden suit that a person can wear to demonstrate actions so that a robot can then replicate what they do.

SIA Launches Autonomous Security Robots Working Group

The group will bring together members of the security industry, end users, technology experts and other interested parties to promote best practices regarding the use of robots in security

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Oregon State University via Science Daily: "The point here with something like a self-adjusting shoe is it no longer resembles a robot -- that's kind of the direction of ubiquity we're imagining."

Soft robot muscles with origami skeletons can lift 1,000 times their own weight

James Vincent for The Verge: Each muscle consists of a sealed bag filled with air or fluid, containing a folding origami structure that functions as the skeleton.

Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered

Abrar Al-Heeti for CNet: "We've done tests before with a screen or even the robot on a screen, and nobody cared," Deblieck said. "But from the moment the Zora solution came in, you saw people starting to move."

IRobot's Colin Angle on the Home Run of Robotics (It's Not A.I.)

Robert Buderi for Xconomy: "helping people stay in their home as they age and maintain the lifestyle advantages of living at home." And that means, he says, "We're going to need a lot of robots."

Boston Dynamics CEO: 'Robotics will be bigger than the Internet'

Catherine Clifford for CNBC: "The Internet lets every person reach out and touch all the information in the world. But robotics lets you reach out and touch and manipulate all the stuff in the world - and so it is not just restricted to information, it is everything,"

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