Robotics innovations at CES 2018

The 2018 Nissan Leaf receives CES2018 Tech For a Better World Innovation Award. Cars, cars, cars, cars. CES2018, the Consumer Technology Association’s massive annual expo, was full of self driving electric and augmented cars. Every hardware startup should visit CES before they build anything. It…

CES 2018 recap: Out of the dark ages

As close to a quarter million people descended on a city of six hundred thousand, CES 2018 became the perfect metaphor for the current state of modern society. Unfazed by floods, blackouts, and transportation problems, technology steamrolled ahead. Walking the floor last week at the Las…

Point-to-point mobile robots hot sellers

Today’s e-commerce spurs demand for reduced response times in fulfillment centers; generally has fewer products per order; and is constantly changing — increasing system complexity and the need for flexibility in automation. Today’s warehouses and distribution centers are far more complex than they were 10 years…

‘Earworm melodies with strange aspects’ – what happens when AI makes music

A new AI machine creates new music from songs it’s fed, mimicking their style. Image credit – FlowMachines by Kevin Casey The first full-length mainstream music album co-written with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) was released on 12 January and experts believe that the…

How to build a robot – the creative way

Here’s a cute video about how UK-based Rusty Squid designs robots. Rusty Squid is a studio for experimental robotic engineering and design, working within the contemporary arts. David McGoran, Creative Director says “We explore the design space before committing to sensors and autonomous behaviour. During…

A round up of robotics and AI ethics: part 1 principles

This blogpost is a round up of the various sets of ethical principles of robotics and AI that have been proposed to date, ordered by date of first publication. The principles are presented here (in full or abridged) with notes and references but without commentary….

Indoor drone shows are here

A Lucie micro drone takes off from a performer’s hand as part of a drone show. Photo: Verity Studios 2017 2017 was the year where indoor drone shows came into their own. Verity Studios’ Lucie drones alone completed more than 20,000 autonomous flights. A Synthetic…

Open Source Prosthetic Leg | Robohub

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Elliott Rouse, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, about an open-source prosthetic leg—that is a robotic knee and ankle. Rouse’s goal is to provide an inexpensive and capable platform for researchers to use so that they can work…

Top Robocar news of 2017

Credit:Waymo Here are the biggest Robocar stories of 2017. Waymo starts pilot with no safety driver behind the wheel By far, the biggest milestone of 2017 was the announcement by Waymo of their Phoenix Pilot which will feature cars with no safety driver behind the…

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