WAZE for drones: expanding the national airspace

Sitting in New York City, looking up at the clear June skies, I wonder if I am staring at an endangered phenomena. According to many in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, skylines across the country soon will be filled with flying cars, quadcopter deliveries,…

Robots in Depth with Andrew Graham

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Andrew Graham about snake arm robots that can get into impossible locations and do things no other system can. Andrew tells the story about starting OC Robotics as a way to ground his robotics…

Magnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch

MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings.Photo: Felice Frankel By Jennifer Chu MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of…

#262: Cassie, a Bipedal Robot for Research and Development, with Jonathan W. Hurst

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Jonathan W. Hurst, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and CTO and co-founder of Agility Robotics, about legged locomotion, about a bipedal robot, called “Cassie.” Hurst discusses Cassie’s design, what types of research questions Cassie should…

Robots in Depth with Walter Wohlkinger

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Walter Wohlkinger from Blue Danube Robotics about their Airskin, a safety sensor covering robots and machines. Safety is critical in robotics and especially so in co-robotics where people work closely with robots. Walter tells…

New battery technology is accelerating autonomy and saving the environment

If the robotics world had a celebrity it would be Spot Mini of Boston Dynamics. Last month at the Robotics Summit in Boston the mechanical dog strutted onto the floor of the Westin Hotel trailed by hundreds of flickering iPhones. Marc Raibert first unveiled his…

Robotics fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things:…

Robots in Depth with Anouk Wipprecht

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Anouk Wipprecht, a Dutch FashionTech Designer who incorporates technology and robotics into fashion. She thinks that “Fashion lacks Microcontrollers”. Anouk creates instinctual and behavioral wearables; essentially clothes that can sense, process and react. She…

BDD100K: A large-scale diverse driving video database

By Fisher Yu TL;DR, we released the largest and most diverse driving video dataset with richannotations called BDD100K. You can access the data for research now at http://bdd-data.berkeley.edu. We haverecently released an arXivreport on it. And there is still time to participate in our CVPR…

TDM: From model-free to model-based deep reinforcement learning

By Vitchyr Pong You’ve decided that you want to bike from your house by UC Berkeley to the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a nice 20 mile ride, but there’s a problem: you’ve never ridden a bike before!To make matters worse, you are new to the…