Virtual Immortality: Reanimating characters from TV shows

From James Charles, Derek Magee, David Hogg: The objective of this work is to build virtual talking avatars of characters fully automatically from TV shows. From this unconstrained data, we show how to capture a character’s style of speech, visual appearance and language in an effort to construct an interactive avatar of the person and effectively immortalize them in a computational model. We make three contributions (i) a complete framework for producing a generative model of the audiovisual and language of characters from TV shows; (ii) a novel method for aligning transcripts to video using the audio; and (iii) a fast audio segmentation system for silencing nonspoken audio from TV shows. Our framework is demonstrated using all 236 episodes from the TV series Friends (≈ 97hrs of video) and shown to generate novel sentences as well as character specific speech and video... (full paper)  

DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm

First-of-its-kind demonstration opens new possibilities for interaction between humans and machines

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Now Trading as OTC Current Information

For over nineteen years, GeckoSystems has dedicated itself to development of "AI Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service(tm)."

Mobile Cobots are Coming

A mobile cobot (mobile collaborative robot) is an intelligent, transportable robot that will assist humans in a shared workspace.

ROBODONIEN 2016: LBR IIWA GIVE ARTISTS A HELPING HAND AT RWTH ROBOT WORKSHOP

From 16 - 18 September, KUKA was represented by the LBR iiwa at the Robodonien robot art festival.

Vincross to Debut All-terrain Consumer Robot HEXA, Raises $6 Million Series A Led by GGV

Vincross, a robotics startup company, has raised $6 million in its Series A funding. The round was led by GGV Capital, and also included investment from ZhenFund, the robotics company's angel investor. The latest funding will be used for recruitment and ramping up its R&D.

Brain Corp's Artificial Intelligence Software Announced for Use in Minuteman Products

Brain Corp's EMMA (Enabling Machine Mobile Automation) will be integrated with Minuteman's commercial and industrial maintenance products

Clearpath Robotics Launches Amphibious Robot: Warthog UGV

Clearpath Robotics partners with ARGO XTR to offer amphibious robot

As China Invests in Robotics, iRobot and Other Companies Eye Deals

Jeff Engel for Xconomy:  China emerged as a manufacturing powerhouse over the past few decades, thanks in large part to a deep pool of cheap labor. Now, the country is investing heavily in factory automation, and Boston-area robotics companies and their allies smell opportunity. Executives from 11 New England robotics firms will travel to several cities in China later this month on a trade mission aimed at sparking business deals and more technology collaboration between the U.S. and China. The trip is being organized by InTeahouse, along with local nonprofit robotics support group MassRobotics.    Cont'd... Full Press Release:

Rising Media Launches the Frontier Tech Forum to Drive Business Innovation with Emerging Technologies - 3D Printing, Robotics, and Virtual Reality; To Debut in San Diego on December 14-15, 2016

Rising Media announced the launch of the Frontier Tech Forum, an umbrella brand encompassing the Inside 3D Printing, RoboUniverse, and Virtual Reality Summit global conference and expo series. The Frontier Tech Forum is set to debut in San Diego on December 14-15, 2016.

Swift Navigation Announces a New GPS Module for Robots

Piksi Multi Provides Robotics Manufacturers with a Multi-Band, Multi-Constellation High-Precision GNSS Receiver, at a Breakthrough Price

DENSO and Toshiba Agree to Develop Artificial Intelligence Technology, Deep Neural Network-IP, for Next-generation Image Recognition Systems

- Accelerating the development of technology to help achieve advanced driver assistance and automated driving -

This Robot Can Do More Push-Ups Because It Sweats

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  When we use our muscles, they produce heat as a byproduct. When we use them a lot, we need to actively cool them, which is why we sweat. By sweating, we pump water out of our bodies, and as that water evaporates, it cools us down. Robots, especially dynamic robots like humanoids that place near-constant high torque demands on their motors, generate enough heat that it regularly becomes a major constraint on their performance. One of the reasons that SCHAFT did so well at the DRC Trials, for example, was their fancy liquid-cooled motors that could put out lots of torque over an extended period of time without overheating. Engineers solve this heat-generating problem in most mechanical systems by using fans, heat sinks, and radiators, which means that you’ve got all of this dedicated cooling infrastructure that takes up space and adds mass. At the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) this week, Japanese researchers presented a novel idea of how to cool humanoid robots in a much more efficient way: Design them to be able to sweat water straight out of their bones.   Cont'd...

InTeahouse and MassRobotics Launch First U.S. - China Robotics Summit

Summit aims to foster strong collaboration and innovation between the U.S. and China

European investors stake millions on robots with a sense of touch

A wave of automation has been steadily rolling out and gaining strength worldwide in recent years. Robots are being used to reduce rising labor costs and combat labor shortages. They also solve health and safety problems by replacing manual, backbreaking work.

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