Why Robots and Humans Struggled with DARPA's Challenge

Will Knight for MIT Technology Review:  When some of the world’s most advanced rescue robots are foiled by nothing more complex than a doorknob, you get a good sense of the challenge of making our homes and workplaces more automated. At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a contest held over the weekend in California, two dozen extremely sophisticated robots did their best to perform a series of tasks on an outdoor course, including turning a valve, climbing some steps, and opening a door (see “A Transformer Wins DARPA’s $2 Million Robotics Challenge”). Although a couple of robots managed to complete the course, others grasped thin air, walked into walls, or simply toppled over as if overcome with the sheer impossibility of it all. At the same time, efforts by human controllers to help the robots through their tasks may offer clues as to how human-machine collaboration could be deployed in various other settings. “I think this is an opportunity for everybody to see how hard robotics really is,” says Mark Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, now owned by Google, which produced an extremely sophisticated humanoid robot called Atlas.   Cont'd...

RobotM-Br Reinforces the Growing Presence of Robotmaster in Latin America at Feimafe 2015

At several booths, visitors had the opportunity to see what Robotmaster's CAD/CAM programming solution is capable of and get a notion of how their work can be simplified with a high-performance software. With Robotmaster's recent support of Nachi robots, visitors were also treated to a Nachi MZ07 robot demonstrating the milling process.

ROS101: Creating Your Own Rqt Dashboard

A dashboard is a single rqt window with one or more plugins displayed in movable, re-sizable frames.

US$ 1 Million Award for Civilian Application of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Ready to Accept Entries

First edition of 'UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good' open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the world

DJI Announces Developer Platform and Object Avoidance System

DJI Matrice 100 and DJI Guidance part of developer suite open the skies to new hardware and software applications

Three Teams Take Top Honors at DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

"May the best robot win" has been a frequently uttered phrase throughout the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, held this Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Japan's Robot Revolution Is Attracting Venture Capitalists

by Shigeru Sato and Monami Yui for Bloomberg Business:    Venture capitalists who have long avoided investing in Japan may think again as startups in the country develop a new generation of robot technology, according to consultant Koichi Hori. While Japan has little chance of catching up to the U.S. in digital media, the next phase of technological innovation will be in robotics with artificial intelligence, said Hori, who headed Boston Consulting Group Inc.’s Japan office before founding Dream Incubator Inc. in 2000. That plays to Japan’s strengths in engineering, he said.  “Digital media will only be in the mainstream for about three years, or five years at most,” Hori, 70, said in an interview in Tokyo on May 27. “From that time on, robots and robotics will be the eye-catchy industries. Japan has a good chance, particularly in the area of hardware for robots.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for a “robot revolution” to help reclaim the dominance of Japanese technology after companies such as Sony Corp. lost ground to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. With venture investment less than 3 percent that of the U.S., Japan has struggled to replicate Silicon Valley’s success as a hub of innovation.   Cont'd...

Watch DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals Live Online

25 teams compete on a disaster-simulated course, and one winning robot will take home $2 million. CuriosityStream will bring you top of the line coverage of the event. Get up close with the robots, meet the brains behind the technology - and explore the past, present, and future of robots with our new lineup of Science/Technology programming. Join CuriosityStream and DARPA as we discover which robot will save the day!

The Ideal Inductive Sensor for Robotic End Effectors - Balluff SuperShorty

Balluff's SuperShorty Inductive Sensors are extremely lightweight, and with diameters as small as 6.5mm and lengths as short as 6mm, they are the shortest inductive sensors on the market - making them ideal for robotic end effectors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6, 2015

DARPA competition puts robots from 24 international teams through difficult tasks of mobility and manipulation; ultimate goal is to develop robots able to help humans in disasters.

At TU-Automotive Detroit, Velodyne LiDAR to Help Make Sense of Sensor-Driven Future for Autonomous Vehicles

Which Way for Sensors? Velodynes Wolfgang Juchmann to Offer LiDAR Market Leaders POV During Nations Biggest Connected Car Event

Marktech Introduces New Line of APDs

Cost-effective and ideally suited for extreme low light conditions, Marktech Silicon Avalanche photodiodes (Si APD) are the preferred optical detectors

Mouser Electronics Expands to Japan with Local Customer Service Center

Global Authorized Distributor Now Provides 21 Local Branches Across Three Continents

Robotics Teams Prepare to Compete for $1.5 Million in NASA Challenge

June 8-13 the fourth running of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge

Adept Technology Announces $8 Million Registered Direct Offering

Adept plans to use the net proceeds of the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes.

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