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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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Antarctic sea ice mapping by underwater robot put to test | Gizmag

Antarctic sea ice mapping by underwater robot put to test | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Antarctic scientists have combined measurements provided by an underwater robot with existing satellite data to show that Antarctic sea ice may be thicker than previously thought. Their first-of-a-kind high-resolution 3D maps cover over 500,000 square meters (5.4 million sq ft) in the Weddell, Bellingshausen, and Wilkes Land sectors of Antarctica…”

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A fast-paced survey of 3D printing | DNews

“It seems like 3D printers can print just about anything, but is there any future in the world of printing? Trace examines how 3D printing is actively changing the world.”

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The title is a come-on.  In this video Trace Dominguez effuses over the burgeoning significance of 3D printing, offering examples from low-cost architecture, prosthetics, and organ regeneration.

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Making geese poop elsewhere | Motherboard

“While American Predator drones drop missiles on suspected terrorists in Yemen, one Canadian drone maker is deploying his “Goosebuster” on packs of pesky geese pooping on a beach in Ottawa, Ontario.”

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Skynet (no, not that one): Dropboxes for delivery drones | Gizmag

Skynet (no, not that one): Dropboxes for delivery drones | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“With drone technology progressing so quickly, it may not be too long before they start dropping packages at our doorsteps. But proposals for how the vehicles can safely navigate fences, pets and small children haven't been entirely convincing so far. A pair of Australians believe they have the answer, with a system that sees drones zero in to drop deliveries into a purpose-built net, guided by LEDs to ensure centimeter-perfect accuracy.”

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Robots put to work on e-waste | UNSW Newsroom

Robots put to work on e-waste | UNSW Newsroom | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“UNSW researchers have programmed industrial robots to tackle the vast array of e-waste thrown out by Australians every year. The research shows robots can learn and memorise how various electronic products are designed, enabling them to be disassembled for recycling at ever-increasing speeds. It is a joint project by researchers at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’s Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group (SMLCE) and the School of Computer Science and Engineering.”

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Wojciech Matusik: Multi-material 3D printing | CMU RI Seminar

“Wojciech Matusik is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where he leads the Computational Fabrication Group.Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich.”

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Mini-robot to enhance pipeline Inspections | PG&E Currents

Mini-robot to enhance pipeline Inspections | PG&E Currents | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“About the size of a toy car, the device has the potential to drastically reduce the time it takes to inspect gas pipelines.”


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Robotic gardeners & the future of food in deep space | Motherboard

“The goal is to be able to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the space environment. Not only will that allow astronauts to get some variety in their diet, but it gives them access to living, green, growing life in what is otherwise a sterile, metal box. Astronauts have reported greatly enjoying previous experiments that gave them a chance to tend to plants in space and help something thrive.”

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Five examples of insect-inspired robotics | Digitized

Five examples of insect-inspired robotics | Digitized | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that robots are merely lifeless machines, no matter how amazing their abilities may be. However, you may be surprised at how often scientists replicate the features and capabilities of living creatures to increase robotic performance. In fact, there’s even a whole branch of robotics called “biomimetics” dedicated to that single premise. The term biomimetics means literally to “mimic life.” Insects are one form of life from which biomimetic scientists draw significant inspiration for new types of robotic technology.

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Seen like an animal but reality it is different

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Interstellar's robots inspired by 20th-century architect | Mercury News

Interstellar's robots inspired by 20th-century architect | Mercury News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan says he wanted to 'remove any trace of anthropomorphism' from the robots in his latest movie, 'Interstellar,' so they don't have faces, arms or legs, but they do have voices and personalities. He asked his designer to make them look as if they had been created by German-born modernist architect Mies van der Rohe.
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Joelle Pineau: Socially adaptive navigation | CMU RI Seminar

“A key skill for mobile robots is the ability to navigate efficiently through their environment. In the case of social or assistive robots, this involves navigating through human crowds. Typical performance criteria, such as reaching the goal using the shortest path, are not appropriate in such environments, where it is more important for the robot to move in a socially acceptable manner.”

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Maker Club is hoping to start a 3D-printed home robot revolution | Gizmag

Maker Club is hoping to start a 3D-printed home robot revolution | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The Club has designed its range with interchangeable components. Each bot comes ready to build straight from the box and the team has developed a library of Arduino code that will allow tinkerers to use the robots straight away, but builders are encouraged to expand, experiment and evolve the designs.”

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FPS control method tested with emergency response robots

FPS control method tested with emergency response robots | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Emergency response robots are sent into environments such as burning houses in advance of people going in to gain an understanding of what the situation is like inside. It's essential that the individual or individuals operating the robots are able to do so quickly and with ease in order to avoid wasting precious time.”

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First person flier: Parrot's Bebop + VR | The Verge

“The best part of our demo session with the Bebop, however, was testing out an integration with headset technology that puts you inside the drone with a first-person perspective. We tried it out with a pair of ZEISS Cinemizer OLED glasses, and the experience was terrific. Even within the very limited confines of our indoor space, you could still get a rush from flying through a drone's-eye view. I imagine it would be far more exciting when zipping over cliffs and under bridges outside.”

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Intelligent force sensor demo | Adept

“Adept’s Intelligent Force Sensor uses feedback from the tool tip to control the motion of the robot. The robot’s path is continuously modified in order to prevent excess force on the surface of an object.”

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Microsoft testing Knightscope security robots | ExtremeTech

Microsoft testing Knightscope security robots | ExtremeTech | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Microsoft has become one of the first companies to deploy autonomous robot security guards. Dubbed the K5, this roughly human-sized 300-pound (136 kg) robot is equipped with enough cameras, sensors, and alarms that it can replace most human security patrols -- but fortunately, despite looking like a Dalek from the Doctor Who universe, it is not equipped with a ray gun or any other method for harming or detaining humans.
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Researchers turn to cats to help soften robot landings | Gizmag

Researchers turn to cats to help soften robot landings | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Researchers at Georgia Tech are turning to cats to help soften robot landings. Rather than strapping some felines to a robot's underside, the team is studying the way cats twist in the air when falling to let future robots land safely from a jump or fall.”

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CMU project to build real Baymax

CMU project to build real Baymax | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“CMU (us) are going to build a real Baymax. Or at least a useful personal health care companion robot. Carmel Majidi is leading the effort to build the body, forming a Center for Soft Materials and Machines. Sidd Srinivasa is leading the effort to build the brains, forming a Center for Assistive Robotics for Everyday Living (CARE).”

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Are ag robots ready? 27 companies profiled | The Robot Report

Are ag robots ready? 27 companies profiled | The Robot Report | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Agriculture is one of our most important industries. It provides food, feed and fuel necessary for our survival. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production must double to meet the demand. And because of limited arable land, productivity must increase 25% to help meet that goal.
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DJI 4K-shooting Inspire 1 drone with articulated landing gear | Gizmag

DJI 4K-shooting Inspire 1 drone with articulated landing gear | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Although DJI Innovations is best-known for its line of Phantom quadcopters, it also makes a multicopter called the Spreading Wings. Among other things, that model features landing gear that folds up while the aircraft is in flight, so it won't get in the shot of the user's undercarriage-mounted video camera. Now, DJI has announced its new Inspire 1 quadcopter, which combines aspects of both the Phantom and the Spreading Wings.”

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Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song"

Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song" | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“On the eve of the planned first landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the unmanned Rosetta orbiter carrying the Philae lander has recorded a "song" emanating from the comet. The electromagnetic melody was detected by the probe’s Rosetta Plasma Consortium, which is a suite of five instruments used to study 67P.”

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Raspberry Pi A+ smaller, less expensive, has HAT connector | Gizmag

Raspberry Pi A+ smaller, less expensive, has HAT connector | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today announced the latest version of its popular mini-computer. Known as the Model A+, the new system brings improvements introduced with the Model B+, while slimming down both the size and price tag of the board.”

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Robotic feedback used to recreate ‘phantom presence’ perception at EPFL | Gizmag

Robotic feedback used to recreate ‘phantom presence’ perception at EPFL | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The system [researchers] came up with was a robot comprised of two parts: a front arm that is moved around by the subject, and a second one that recreates exactly the same movements of the first, but touching the subject’s back as he or she is blindfolded.”

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Rethink includes Robot Positioning System in Intera 3.1 upgrade for Baxter | Gizmag

Rethink includes Robot Positioning System in Intera 3.1 upgrade for Baxter | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Rethink Robotics’ new Robot Positioning System lets the Baxter robot do factory work without being bolted to the floor, adjusting itself as it endures random bumps.”

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Shawn Hymel explains electromagnetism and magnets | SparkFun

Shawn Hymel Explains Electromagnetism and Magnets
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