The Moral Machine takes lessons from global leaders at Davos
Liu Zheng for China Daily: A China-made mobile robot is set to begin mass production for consumers later this year. Ninebot (Beijing) Tech Co Ltd, backed by Smartphone maker Xiaomi, unveiled its self-balancing two-wheeled robot on Thursday in Beijing. Named "Loomo", the robot was transformed from the Ninebot Mini series scooter, which was first launched in October 2015, months after the company made an announcement to acquire the 12-year-old US-based balancing-scooter pioneer Segway Inc, and became one of the largest patent holders in the industry. The acquisition followed an $80 million investment in Ninebot by Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital and other investors. Cont'd...
Phys.org: An open-source 3D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research. Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile sensor that has been developed by the Tactile Robotics Team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). The fingertip meets the need for a cheap, robust, versatile tactile sensor to give robots an artificial sense of touch. The sensor has a unique design in which a webcam is mounted inside a 3D-printed soft fingertip to track internal pins that act like touch receptors inside our own fingertips, making it cheap to build and highly customisable. Cont'd...
As innovation in agriculture technology continues to accelerate, AgFunder is highlighting twenty companies and three accelerators for their leadership in innovation.
Alma Mundi Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on technology-based companies, which emphasizes business to business models that are raising their series A or B rounds. They invest between $500,000 and $5 million in each company through their first fund.
Via Yahoo Finance: This robot arm is a fraction of the price of similar robots you might see in factories. It’s called CTRL and was developed by Robotics Evolved to be an affordable robot arm. Unveiled at CES 2017, this desktop-sized robot arm aims to make robotics more accessible to the masses. The device is open-source and can be run on the programming language of the user’s choosing. For those unfamiliar with code, CTRL can also learn to replicate movements when manipulated by hand. CTRL is currently equipped with a gripping tool but the company plans to expand attachment offerings to include options like spray nozzles and engraving tools. Robotics Evolved is currently seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign and you can reserve your very own CTRL robot arm for just over $500. Kickstarter page:
Robart Wows the North American Market and Partners with Its Low Cost Artificial Intelligence Robotic Unit at CES 2017
Robart Demonstrated its Innovative Artificial Intelligence "Brain" Created for the Production of Mass Market Robots at CES 2017
New Study Reveals Self-Driving Cars Could Open 2 Million Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Ruderman White Paper on Self-Driving Car Technologies: The Impact on People with Disabilities shows that mitigating transportation-related obstacles for individuals with disabilities would also save $19 billion in annual healthcare expenditures
DENSO announced its plans today as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Honorary Chair of the FIRST Championship Detroit Host Committee, and other Detroit leaders launched activities leading up to FIRST Championship Detroit in April 2018 at a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.
New Megafactory caps off major expansion of Velodyne LiDAR's production, R&D, and corporate facilities around the world
Mouser Now Shipping Texas Instruments' TDC7201 Time-to-Digital Converter for Laser Range-Finding Systems
Device Ideal for Collision Avoidance in Dones, Robotics, and Vehicles
Graeme Wearden for The Guardian: The “fourth industrial revolution” will once again be a key theme at this year’s Davos, where the focus will be on the problems created by technologies such as smart robots and driverless cars. The WEF will examine whether the loss to these innovations of millions of jobs is undermining social cohesion and contributing to the rise of populist parties. Davos will also consider whether increased use of artificial intelligence and the “internet of things” are laying firms open to a new wave of cyberthreats and security beaches. This area of technology has until now been only lightly regulated; is the world ready to hand more decision-making powers to machines? Full article:
Volume Becomes One of the UK's First Certified Development Partners for SoftBank Robotics' Pepper Robo
Turning online digital experiences into experiential ones with the world's leading humanoid robot.
Company to showcase new applications for Pepper, the humanoid robot, in retail to increase sales, innovate the customer experience, and provide real-time business analytics
Mouser and Imahara Showcase Real-World Case for Project First Responders: The Disaster Response Drone Network
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara launch the final video episode from the Project First Responders series. This new video explores the advantages of launching multiple drones in public safety operations. To see the video and more from the Empowering Innovation Together program, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation.
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Universal Robots Add a Sense of Touch in New e-Series Cobots with Built-in Force/Torque Sensor and Re-Designed User Interface
With the new e-Series cobot line, Universal Robots raises the bar for cobots, adding unique new features while significantly strengthening the four core principles defining collaborative robots: fast set-up, easy programming, flexible deployment, and safe operation. With a new built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque sensor the e-Series is ready to take on applications requiring force control right out of the box. A repeatability of 30 micron means the new cobots are suitable for very precise finishing, assembly and electronics tasks. A re-designed user interface decreases cognitive load and expedites program development, while a new externally accessible, 500Hz system bus enables more complex motion control algorithms or profiles.