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World Cities Scientific Development Alliance - WCSDF.ORG

World Cities Scientific Development Alliance - WCSDF.ORG | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

"The World Cities Scientific Development Alliance established in 2009 is committed to promoting sustainable city development and building livable cities for humanity so as to deal with disasters and climate change in China and the world at large."

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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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HeatWave: mobile 3D thermal mapping in real-time | CSIRO

HeatWave: mobile 3D thermal mapping in real-time | CSIRO | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Introducing HeatWave, our next generation handheld technology for heat mapping and 3D imaging. This lightweight mobile device can generate real time precise 3D models of objects or scenes, overlaid with accurate temperature information. Currently a research prototype, HeatWave is expected to have applications in industries such as energy, building, manufacturing, construction, emergency services, and health.
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via http://www.gizmag.com/heatwave-real-time-mobile-3d-thermal-mapping/32556/

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CROPS leaflet updated

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CROPS – an acronym compounded from "Clever Robots for Crops" – is an EU 7th Framework program which has supported the development of robotic technologies for care and harvesting of high value crops. The new leaflet provides a sampling of results from projects which received CROPS support over the last four years.

 

http://www.crops-robots.eu

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Silicone sensors give robot fingers sense of touch | Wired.co.uk

Silicone sensors give robot fingers sense of touch | Wired.co.uk | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“When pressure is applied to the surface of one of the sensors, their pliable half-sphere shape is slightly deformed, an action which instantly changes this distribution of infrared light from the LED inside. Photodiodes at the base of the sensor pick this up so that a clever piece of software may calculate the deformation and, therefore, the force currently being exerted on the sensors by an object.”


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Harvesting Robots for High-value Crops | Journal of Field Robotics

Harvesting Robots for High-value Crops | Journal of Field Robotics | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“This review article analyzes state-of-the-art and future perspectives for harvesting robots in high-value crops. The objectives were to characterize the crop environment relevant for robotic harvesting, to perform a literature review on the state-of-the-art of harvesting robots using quantitative measures, and to reflect on the crop environment and literature review to formulate challenges and directions for future research and development.”

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Robots Podcast #160: Cruising with Cruise | Robots.net

Robots Podcast #160: Cruising with Cruise | Robots.net | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“In episode #160, Robots Podcast speaks with Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise. His company recently joined the “driverless revolution” with their release of RP-1. This system is a highway autopilot that can be installed in your existing car.”

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This is not a let-the-car-drive-while-you-sleep system, but it can provide unblinking attention while you relax.

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AVC 2014 condensed to 11 minutes of highlights | SparkFun

“The SparkFun Autonomous vehicle competition is an annual race between home-made autonomous vehicles. This year SparkFun held its annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition at the Boulder Reservoir. Check out all the action!”

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America is running out of farm workers: Will robots step in? | Vox

America is running out of farm workers: Will robots step in? | Vox | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The United States is likely to face a serious shortage of farm labor in the years ahead — especially as Mexico gets richer and sends fewer low-wage workers our way. … Enter the machines. In recent years, companies have been developing driverless tractors guided by GPS. Or drones that can monitor plant health from afar. Or sensors that can automatically figure out where fields need water. Or fully autonomous cow milkers. … Robots are slowly expanding into other areas, too.”

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BugJuggler: The 70 ft tall car-juggling robot

BugJuggler: The 70 ft tall car-juggling robot | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“BugJuggler is a 70 ft (21 m) tall robot that its designers claim will hurl full-size cars into the sky and catch them again in mid-air. Designed to use a diesel generator, enormous hydraulic rams, and hydraulic accumulators to allow for rapid movements, BugJuggler will not only be impressively large, but exceptionally agile for its size.”

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Before you start planning your next vacation around an opportunity to go see this machine in action, note that the people behind it are still working to put the funding together, and that there is not yet even a projected completion date, although work has begun on a smaller, single-arm prototype.

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The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today

The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
From academics to boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs.

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The Robot Launch Pad's curator insight, June 30, 11:06 AM

A very US centric but interesting list.

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The man making silicon valley go crazy for hardware | WIRED

The man making silicon valley go crazy for hardware | WIRED | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Making hardware will never be easy, but PCH hopes to make it just easy enough to nurture a new generation of multibillion-dollar businesses.

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No-till farming moderates extreme temperatures | Ars Technica

No-till farming moderates extreme temperatures | Ars Technica | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A team of Swiss and French researchers have … identified a simple agricultural practice that does little to alter the average temperature of farming areas. But it does have a strong effect on extreme temperatures, lowering them by nearly 2°C. That should be enough to keep existing crops viable for longer in the face of future climate change. The technique in question is called "no-till farming," and it simply involves leaving the debris from previous crops on the surface of the fields rather than plowing the fields and exposing the soil underneath.”

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FRE2014: more complete overview

FRE2014: more complete overview | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Field Robot Event 2014

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More videos, more robots, still all courtesy of

https://www.youtube.com/user/robotikacz

All I've done has been to reorder them.

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Intel to sell kits for 3D-printed robots | ITworld

Intel to sell kits for 3D-printed robots | ITworld | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A family of robot kits for 3D printers is being developed by Intel, with the first, named "Jimmy," due out in September. The 45-centimeter-tall "social robot" will cost US$1,500. The walking robot, developed in conjunction with Trossen Robotics, is a smaller version of a $16,000 robot shown by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during a keynote at the Re/code conference in May.”

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The Next Economy (video)

The Next Economy (video) | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
An excellent little video on transitioning from Globalization to Eco-Localism. Lots of food for thought.

Via Charles van der Haegen
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I doubt the narrator of this video would recognize roboticists as allies, and also expect that many roboticists won't immediately see a connection. That connection is encapsulated in the word "attention".  In a world in which farmers are hard-pressed to find enough help at a wage they can afford, there isn't enough attention to go around, With the result that crops not requiring so much attention are substituted for those requiring more, and, where no subsidies exist, concern for environmental issues go wanting. Robotics can supply the needed attention, in the most basic sense for now, but eventually in all senses of the word.

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Charles van der Haegen's curator insight, July 19, 12:35 AM

Transitioning from globalization to Eco-Localism.

This is also what Blue Economy strives at,

So much is happening in this world

I like how Fritjof Capra writes it:

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We do not need to invent sustainable human communities. We can learn from societies that have lived sustainably for centuries. We can also model communities after nature's ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Since the outstanding characteristic of the biosphere is its inherent ability to sustain life, a sustainable human community must be designed in such a manner that its technologies and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature's inherent ability to sustain life."

Fritjof Capra"

asq follows:

 

Raphael Souchier's curator insight, July 19, 5:01 AM

A quoi devra ressembler l'économie de demain?

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Latest Honda ASIMO : Autonomous, intelligent, and responsive | Gizmag

Latest Honda ASIMO : Autonomous, intelligent, and responsive | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The new ASIMO has been launched in Brussels with a variety of improvements. Many of those improvements are refinements of existing capabilities, but are no less impressive for it. … Improved intelligence allows the robot to recognize the faces and voices of multiple simultaneous speakers, and to change its behavior based on the perceived intention of the other party.”

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Robots able to pick peppers, test soil, and prune plants | Singularity Hub

Robots able to pick peppers, test soil, and prune plants | Singularity Hub | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The mechanization of farm labor drove massive productivity gains, and today, agricultural workers make up just over 2% of the workforce. … Now, another revolution is underway – the outright automation of farming. Farm robots are increasingly capable of autonomously performing complex tasks including plowing, plant and soil surveillance, and even the harvesting of fruit and vegetables.”


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Should we let robots take our jobs? | DNews

“In a recent interview, the co-founder of Google discussed how he thinks people shouldn't work so much, and we start having robots do most of the work! Should robots be taking our jobs? Laci discusses how robots might make our lives a lot easier!”

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This is a good, condensed inventory of many of the various considerations which emanate from the prospect of automation displacing humans in more and more roles.  If you've been following this debate, you won't find a lot new here, but you may be reminded of aspects you'd forgotten about.

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University students developing robotic gardening technology | NASA

University students developing robotic gardening technology | NASA | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.
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Radar : A sensory mode on the horizon | Make

Radar : A sensory mode on the horizon | Make | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The radar creates a doppler map, and recognizes not only the vehicle, but how far away it is and how quicky it’s approaching. It communicates this to the cyclist by a system of LEDs, and to the car by increasing the rate at which the tail light blinks as the car gets closer.”

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While the application described here is for use on a bicycle, it shows that radar technology has become compact enough, serving information in a sufficiently distilled form, to be useful in robotics.

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Building machines from muscle: University of Illinois demonstrates "walking" bio-robot

Building machines from muscle: University of Illinois demonstrates "walking" bio-robot | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
If you're going to deploy robots in biological settings – for example, inside the body – it makes a lot of sense to build those robots out of actual biological body parts. Muscle, for example, is a very effective, biodegradable replacement for an electric actuator that can run in a nutrient-rich fluid without the need for any other power source.
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"Ladybird" autonomous robot to help out down on the farm | Gizmag

"Ladybird" autonomous robot to help out down on the farm | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The University of Sydney’s Ladybird robot is capable of conducting mobile farm reconnaissance, mapping, classification, and detection of problems for a variety of different crops. … [It] is the culmination of a lot of previous work from a research team lead by Professor Sukkarieh at Sydney University, committed to the development of farming robotics in such things as sensory technology, materials advances and complex autonomous mechanisms.”

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The Future of FOOD | National Geographic

In our rapidly changing, globalized world, we all need to understand how food has made us who we are today and how it shapes our future. Starting with the May issue of National Geographic magazine and continuing through 2014, National Geographic explores our complex relationship with what we eat and where our food comes from.
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Automaton on DARPA robotics challenge finals

Automaton on DARPA robotics challenge finals | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Program manager Gill Pratt spent over an hour explaining what we have to look forward to in Southern California (yes, the Finals will be held in California!) next June (yes, the Finals are not happening this year, as DARPA decided to give teams some extra time)”

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Simultaneous localization and detailed mapping | University of Sheffield

Simultaneous localization and detailed mapping | University of Sheffield | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Flying robots that can show true autonomy – and even a bit of politeness – in working together and venturing into hostile environments are being developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield.”

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At the University of Sheffield, robots are building maps of and navigating within their environments, starting from a blank slate, except that they may have prior knowledge about the nature of particular objects, but not their locations.  The result is more detailed than a mere map of obstacles to be avoided.

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ReWalk exoskeleton gets FDA approval for home use | Gizmag

ReWalk exoskeleton gets FDA approval for home use | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Following multiple clinical studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for the ReWalk to be sold for personal use in the US. This makes the ReWalk the first motorized exoskeleton designed for people with lower body paralysis due to spinal cord injury to be cleared for personal use in the US.”

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