Rethink Robotics closes its doors

Baxter Robot from Rethink Robotics – Source: YouTube Rethink Robotics shut down this week, closing the chapter on a remarkable journey making collaborative robots a reality. This will come as a surprise and with sadness to the robotics community. I fondly remember interviewing Rodney Brooks,…

Jillian Ogle is the first ‘Roboticist in Residence’ at Co-Lab

Currently also featured on the cover of MAKE magazine, Jillian Ogle is a robot builder, game designer and the founder of Let’s Robot a live streaming interactive robotics community, where users can control real robots via chatroom commands, or put their on own robots online. Some…

Vector: Anki’s tiny robot that wants to hang

Anki launched a Kickstarter for Vector, a new ‘home robot’ that looks a lot like their last product, Cozmo. Vector is always-on and a lot more powerful. It basically has the guts of a smartphone including a faster processor and Wi-Fi. In the season finale…

Autonomous robot evolution: from cradle to grave

A few weeks ago we had the kick-off meeting, in York, of our new 4 year EPSRC funded project Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE): cradle to grave. We – Andy Tyrrell and Jon Timmis (York), Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier), Gusti Eiben (Free University of Amsterdam) and myself…

Robots can learn a lot from nature if they want to ‘see’ the world

‘Seeing’ through robot eyes. Shutterstock/TrifonenkoIvan By Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology Vision is one of nature’s amazing creations that has been with us for hundreds of millions of years. It’s a key sense for humans, but one…

“Blind” Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs and step over obstacles without the help of cameras or visual sensors.Courtesy of the researchers By Jennifer Chu MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly…

Robot restaurants won’t take your job and food will be better

Robot restaurants are popping up all over downtown San Francisco, as a futuristic option for people to grab fast food for cheap. The latest example is Creator, a robotic restaurant that specializes in making gourmet hamburgers with their all-in-one burger robots. We went behind-the-scenes of…

Musica Automata

Musica Automata is my new project and upcoming album, containing music written for the biggest robot orchestra in the world. These robots are more than sixty acoustic instruments (part of Logos Foundation) which receive digital MIDI messages that contain precise informations for their performance. We’re…

Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

An example of a therapy session augmented with humanoid robot NAO [SoftBank Robotics], which was used in the EngageMe study. Tracking of limbs/faces was performed using the CMU Perceptual Lab’s OpenPose utility.Image: MIT Media Lab By Becky Ham Children with autism spectrum conditions often have…