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Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants to Play a Big Role in Robotics

Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants to Play a Big Role in Robotics | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it

A few months ago, Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, initiated a new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, who is personally interested in robots, now wants Google to have a major role in making new kinds of robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual real robots. A recent article in the New York Times has revealed more about Google's plans. According to the article, Google is funding a major new robotics group, and that includes acquiring a bunch of robotics startups:

 

Among the companies are Schaft, a small team of Japanese roboticists who recently left Tokyo University to develop a humanoid robot, and Industrial Perception, a start-up here that has developed computer vision systems and robot arms for loading and unloading trucks. Also acquired were Meka and Redwood Robotics, makers of humanoid robots and robot arms in San Francisco, and Bot & Dolly, a maker of robotic camera systems that were recently used to create special effects in the movie “Gravity.” A related firm, Autofuss, which focuses on advertising and design, and Holomni, a small design firm that makes high-tech wheels, were acquired as well.

 


The seven companies are capable of creating technologies needed to build a mobile, dexterous robot. Mr. Rubin said he was pursuing additional acquisitions.

 

 

Some brief highlights:

Schaft is one of the Track A teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge with their own custom robot based on the HRP-2.Industrial Perception spun out of Willow Garage back in March of 2012; read our Startup Spotlight post on them here.Meka Robotics builds research robots with series elastic actuators in them; they're probably best known for the M1 humanoid (pictured above in front of the Google logo) and Dreamer, which you can read about here.Redwood Robotics is (was) a collaboration between Willow Garage, SRI, and Meka that was supposedly designing a very low cost robotic arm. We've been asking around and haven't heard much for the last year or so, maybe now we know why.And of course, there's Bot & Dolly, which uses robot arms for precise and repeatable camera control, making things way more awesome than "precise and repeatable camera control" probably makes you think of.

 

Obviously, we're curious about what other acquisitions Rubin is pursuing, and more generally, just what Google is actually working on. Fortunately for us, the Google robotics group will at least initially be based right here in Palo Alto, meaning that I'll get a chance to put my spy drones and ninja outfit to good use.


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Antonio Marcos Alberti's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:02 PM

A guess: probably, they are looking for hardware to implement the embodiment of their AI solutions - mainly being designed by Kurzweil. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:08 PM

It's too soon to think Terminator, Matrix, and "I, Robot" - but not too soon to see a trend developing to make robots a reality in our daily lives, beyond that of manufacturing. ~  D 

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THE SINGULARITY IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER

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Supercomputing requires math, thinking skills, algebra and computational thinking and an awareness of gateways to computing. New technologies require rethinking the use of technology Cyberlearning does that for transformational learning.
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Immersive Learning Research Network - Second International | Colin Allison | Springer

Immersive Learning Research Network - Second International | Colin Allison | Springer | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference of the  Immersive Learning Network, iLRN 2016, held in Santa
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HoloAnatomy App Previews Use of Augmented Reality in Medical Schools |

HoloAnatomy App Previews Use of Augmented Reality in Medical Schools | | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
The Cleveland Clinic has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to release a Microsoft HoloLens app that allows users to explore the human body usi
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VR and the future of museum tours

VR and the future of museum tours | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
Besides gaming, virtual reality has plenty of other uses. The latest involves a partnership between Disney and the Dalí Museum where visitors can actually go on an adventure inside one of Salvador Dalí's works of art.

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What is Virtual Reality? 

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In this article will be explained what Virtual Reality is. Some basic definitions and some points of how it was achieved. 


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Test Raspberry Pi Code on Your Primary Computer with VirtualBox and a Bit of Tweaking

Test Raspberry Pi Code on Your Primary Computer with VirtualBox and a Bit of Tweaking | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
The Raspberry Pi is great because it’s a low cost way to test all sorts of crazy electronics ideas, but sometimes you might want to test before you test. Virtual machines are a great way to do so, and Grant Winney has a guide for setting one up using VirtualBox.
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5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft)

5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft) | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
Teach students coding that goes way beyond drag and drop.

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Courtney Calhoun's curator insight, June 26, 1:38 PM

My EdTech502 course showed me the importance of coding and how fun it can actually be. This article gives 5 ways to get students excited about coding. Although Minecraft can be very engaging, there are many other opportunities out there. 

basil60's curator insight, June 26, 4:56 PM
I think this article has some good take aways. I do believe for primary school kids, the use of visual programming is not a problem. The lack of engagement comes from the task, not the environment. Well structured exercises involve plenty of problem solving that will keep kids motivated, without the worry of missing pesky semi-colons that occurs in general purpose languages like python and javascript.
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A Hands-on Approach to Teaching Computational Thinking and Coding Through The Scratch Programming Environment

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With the new Australian Curriculum embedding computational thinking into the curriculum from Foundation to Year 10, this is a great opportunity to see how you can facilitate this kind of learning through the block-programming environment called Scratch. 

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Announcing Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for computer science

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11 Must Read Books This Summer on Internet of Things (IoT)

11 Must Read Books This Summer on Internet of Things (IoT) | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
This article lists the must read useful books on internet of things. IoT is majorly driven by abundance of data, sensors to connect devices

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Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (Yes, There’s a Chatbot)

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From everyday conversation and fighting cancer to seeing-eye bots and machine artists, artificial intelligence will soon touch every facet of our lives.
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Google for Education: Computer Science Research

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Find all of Google’s Computer Science Education resources in one place. For resources, programs, and funding opportunities visit g.co/csedu.
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Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value? | Learning Technology News

Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value? | Learning Technology News | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING and CYBERLEARNING | Scoop.it
Looking back through the archives of THE Journal, you can find articles about the potential of VR dating all the way back to 1999. So why have previous VR technologies failed to catch on in public schools?
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Code.org introduces Frozen and Star Wars-themed courses

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Code.org is making some of Disney's most beloved characters from Frozen and Star Wars a regular part of its core curriculum to its millions of K-

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What’s Next for Artificial Intelligence

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The best minds in the business—Yann LeCun of Facebook, Luke Nosek of the Founders Fund, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University and Andrew Ng of Baidu—on what life will look like in the age of the machines
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How does Virtual Reality actually work?

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How does wearable tech make you think you're standing on Mars when you're actually about to bump into the kitchen counter? We'll be explaining how virtual reality headsets work here. 


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Rethinking Computational Thinking

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How important are skills in computational thinking for computing app constructors and for computing users in general?
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Scratch and Google Introduce Scratch Blocks - elementary coding

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CoderDojo Coolest Projects 2016 - Raspberry Pi

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This weekend Philip and I went to Dublin to attend CoderDojo Coolest Projects. We met hundreds of brilliant young digital makers and amazing volunteers.
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Real Truths on Virtual Reality

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Being immersed in fake worlds, it seems, is more fatigue than fun. But then people were once unnerved by trains, too.
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Computational Thinking in Education Workshop 2016. Harvard, MA.

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The workshop on computational thinking in education will pay a tribute to the visionaries who 50 years ago started to transform the way computer science is used in education. Top educators and researchers from different backgrounds will share what they are doing now, 50 years later

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‘the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing’

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A CHINESE supercomputer has topped a list of the world’s fastest computers for the seventh straight year — and for the first time the winner uses only Chinese-designed processors instead of US technology.
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The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally

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Artificial intelligence is here and making incredible things possible.
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Picademy - Free Professional Development from Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Picademy is a free professional development experience for teachers and educators, open to individuals around the world. Apply now!
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Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care?

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