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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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FRE2015 to be held in Slovenia | University of Maribor

FRE2015 to be held in Slovenia | University of Maribor | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Field Robot Event 2015

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The 2015 running of Field Robot Event will be held June 16th through 18th, hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences of the University of Maribor, Hoče, Slovenia.

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The year ahead (and behind) in robotics | Popsci.com

The year ahead (and behind) in robotics | Popsci.com | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Some of the most exciting robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) projects that made news last year won't make an impact for years, or possibly decades. That's how robot-spotting goes. To follow this field closely is to watch some of the most powerful technology in human history unfold at an often maddeningly slow pace. Despite what you may have seen or read, we're still in the opening frames of that great, era-spanning time-lapse video, the one that ends with the android underclass marching for the right to reproduce.”

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LIDAR Lite module | SparkFun

“This is the LIDAR Lite, a compact high performance optical distance measurement sensor from PulsedLight. The LIDAR Lite is ideal when used in drone, robot, or unmanned vehicle situations where you need a reliable and powerful proximity sensor but don’t possess a lot of space. All you need to communicate with this sensor is a standard I2C or PWM interface and the LIDAR Lite, with its range of up to 40 meters, will be yours to command!”

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Robotbase's superset of TurtleBot, a Kickstarter project | IEEE Spectrum

Robotbase's superset of TurtleBot, a Kickstarter project | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“As always with Kickstarter, you’re buying into a dream, and the dream here is going to be a real challenge to fulfill. After talking with Duy, we’re optimistic about this project, because if nothing else, you’re getting a lot of solid hardware and capability for your money. If all of the software components and apps work as advertised, even better.”

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WinSun builds 3D printed villa and apartment building | 3ders.org

WinSun builds 3D printed villa and apartment building | 3ders.org | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Today, Jan 18, 2015, Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co announced that they have built the highest 3D printed building, a 6-storey residential house and the world's first 3D printed villa. The villa measures 1100 square meters and even comes complete with internal and external decorations.
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Kanna Rajan : Advancing autonomous operations in the field from outer to inner space | CMU RI Seminar

“In this context [ocean observatories] robots will need to be contextually aware and respond rapidly to evolving phenomenon, especially in coastal waters due to the diversity of atmospheric, oceanographic and land-sea interactions not to mention the societal impact they have on coastal communities. They will need to respond by exhibiting scientific opportunism while being aware of their own limitations in the harsh oceanic environment.”

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Voxel8 paves the way for 3D-printed electronics | Gizmag

Voxel8 paves the way for 3D-printed electronics | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The 3D printers of today can produce objects that may be quite intricate in shape but, by and large, these objects are still made solely of "dumb" plastic. This may be about to change thanks to the Voxel8, a printer presented at CES that makes it much easier to blend plastic, conductive ink and other electronic components in the same object to manufacture highly customizable devices, such as your very own quadcopter.”

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NASA drops mini robots into volcano | Gizmag

NASA drops mini robots into volcano | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
NASA is dropping miniature robots down crevices inaccessible to humans as a way of extracting information about volcanoes on and off the Earth.
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Voltera circuit board prototyping printer | Make

“Voltera is a circuit board rapid prototyping platform, allowing users to print durable, dual layer boards in a short amount of time with no additional curing required.”

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The base of this printer is heated and gets hot enough to melt solder paste.  Kickstarter campaign coming soon!

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Drones at CES: Sense and avoid | The Verge

“Some help from the titans of the semiconductor industry has lead to critical breakthroughs in sense and avoid technology.”

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Disney/ETHZurich robot draws art in the sand | Phys.org

Disney/ETHZurich robot draws art in the sand | Phys.org | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Disney Research Zurich and ETH Zurich have come up with a robot artist capable of drawing giant sketches on the beach. Thanks to a team of mechanical and electrical engineers and industrial designers, the BeachBot was created with the goal to perform sand art on a large scale on public beaches. As such, onlookers would see an entertaining drawing process as well as finished image.”

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Know Before You Fly: FAA campaign to bring new UAV owners up to speed on rules | Gizmag

Know Before You Fly: FAA campaign to bring new UAV owners up to speed on rules | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“If you were gifted a drone for Christmas, then the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has you in its sights. It may not be in the form of long-awaited laws for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are due later this year, but is a campaign directed at rookie pilots whose expertise may be outstripped by their unbridled enthusiasm.”

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SBC Bonanza: 40 products compared | LinuxGizmos

SBC Bonanza: 40 products compared | LinuxGizmos | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
2014 brought us plenty of new open-spec, community-backed SBCs -- from $35 bargains, to octa-core powerhouses -- and all with Linux or Android support.
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Collaboration, connectivity, convergence: 2015 and beyond | Robotics Online

Collaboration, connectivity, convergence: 2015 and beyond | Robotics Online | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Blurred lines. One of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry is upon us. It will be a period of collaboration, connectivity and convergence that will catapult us into a world teeming with automation in every aspect of our lives. It’s already here in many forms. Our smartphones, our smart appliances, all the sensors in our cars. We just take them for granted.”

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John Leonard : Mapping, localization, and self-driving vehicles | CMU RI Seminar

“This talk [discusses] the critical role of mapping and localization in the development of self-driving vehicles. After a discussion of some of the recent amazing progress and open technical challenges in the development of self-driving vehicles, we [discuss] the past, present and future of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) in robotics. We [review] the history of SLAM research and [discuss] some of the major challenges in SLAM, including choosing a map representation, developing algorithms for efficient state estimation, and solving for data association and loop closure. We [also present] recent results on real-time dense mapping using RGB-D cameras and object-based mapping in dynamics environments.”

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Training a robot via human feedback | MIT Media Lab

“In this MIT Media Lab "Labcast" we describe work by Postdoctoral Researcher Brad Knox to allow even technically unskilled users to train our robots. The system, called TAMER, allows users to give the robot positive and negative reinforcement, much like you would train a pet!”

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First in vivo use of micromotors to deliver medicine | ACS Nano

First in vivo use of micromotors to deliver medicine | ACS Nano | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Using zinc-based micromotors as a model, we demonstrate that the acid-driven propulsion in the stomach effectively enhances the binding and retention of the motors as well as of cargo payloads on the stomach wall. The body of the motors gradually dissolves in the gastric acid, autonomously releasing their carried payloads, leaving nothing toxic behind.”

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Rapere: An intercept drone to seek and destroy other drones | IEEE Spectrum

Rapere: An intercept drone to seek and destroy other drones | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“As drones get cheaper to buy and easier to use, they’re also going to get more and more annoying. … For most people on the ground, there’s not a lot that we can do about an unwanted drone buzzing around overhead, especially if it’s out of shotgun range and you don’t have a military-grade laser handy. The solution to this is obvious and inevitable: intercept drones that seek out and bring down other drones.”

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An open letter to everyone tricked into fearing AI | PopSci

An open letter to everyone tricked into fearing AI | PopSci | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Forget about the risk that machines pose to us in the decades ahead. The more pertinent question, in 2015, is whether anyone is going to protect mankind from its willfully ignorant journalists.”

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Nissan and NASA team up for autonomous drive vehicle development | Gizmag

Nissan and NASA team up for autonomous drive vehicle development | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“… Japanese automaker Nissan has signed a pact with US space agency NASA to develop self-driving cars. The five-year agreement announced last week covers a partnership on research and development of autonomous vehicle systems and their commercial applications.”

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3D printing with integrated circuitry | Make

“The Voxel 8 is an FDM Printer with the ability to print circuits out of conductive filament, allowing for easy prototyping of complex machines.”

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Drones are getting better faster than anyone expected | The Verge

“For the past few years, one of the most exciting class of gadgets on display at CES has been drones. But the basic rules of what a drone was, and what it did, were stable. They got cheaper, lighter, and easier to use even as they became more powerful. But it was still a flying craft with a camera that required a pilot to operate.”

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Spare Parts: Coming January 16th

Spare Parts: Coming January 16th | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“SPARE PARTS is a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (GEORGE LOPEZ). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.”

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DJI Drone Rodeo at CES | The Verge

“DJI folks were there to show off their newest unit, the Inspire One, but they also invited a bunch of industry partners to help them demonstrate some of the crazier things people are doing with drones these days. The most prominent sport emerging from the boom in consumer drones is racing — and racing with a first-person view, or FPV racing, using video glasses.”

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Lettuce on Mars: Growing greens on the Red Planet | Gizmag

Lettuce on Mars: Growing greens on the Red Planet | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The greenhouse consists of an aircraft-grade aluminum case with a polycarbonate dome, which is curved to prevent to accumulation of dust in the event of a storm, blocks the hard UV radiation from the Sun, and acts as a bioshield to separate the growing area from the outside world. In addition, the experiment also includes pumps for pressurizing the extremely thin Martian atmosphere; filters to keep out dust; a heater; supplies of water, nutrients, and pH balancing chemicals; and a bank of UV lamps.”

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