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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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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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Luxembourg & China launch private mission to the Moon | The Daily Beast

Luxembourg & China launch private mission to the Moon | The Daily Beast | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Since it carries no significant research payload, the value of 4M is symbolic rather than scientific: it is the first privately-funded spacecraft to travel around the Moon. But it likely won’t be the last, and just as the first Sputnik was superseded by probes capable of doing research, other privately-funded ventures—perhaps built by universities—will return.”

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No-till study illuminates part of the problem space | Cultibotics blog

“While I have no reason to doubt the conclusions of the co-authors, as far as they go, I do have some concerns as to the scope of the comparisons they've made. However, not having read the full article, I can only pose questions and suggest considerations which may offset or even outweigh the modest yield reductions in moist climates, which they've noted.”

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RobotX competition | AUVSI Foundation

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The video linked here describes the vessel used by all teams in the competition, which has a raised platform connected to dual floats via an articulated suspension.  A second video describes the competition itself.

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CyPhy Works' new tethered mini-drone flies for 2 hours | IEEE Spectrum

CyPhy Works' new tethered mini-drone flies for 2 hours | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“It fits in your pocket and weights a mere 80 grams. It’ll fly continuously for two hours or more, sending back high quality HD video the entire time. What’s the catch? There isn’t one, except for the clever thing that grants all of CyPhy’s UAVs their special powers: a microfilament tether that unspools the drone and keeps it constantly connected to communications and power.”

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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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Gerhard Sagerer: Social Robotics | CMU RI Seminar

“In his talk, Prof. Gerhard Sagerer outlines the structure and the research areas of CITEC and illustrates ongoing work focussing on research activities in the context of human robot interaction. Finally, he presents various robotic systems which are successfully on the long way from the lab into the real world.”

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Elon Musk interviewed at MIT AeroAstro Centennial event | Mashable

Elon Musk interviewed at MIT AeroAstro Centennial event | Mashable | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“In an hour-long interview for MIT, which held its Centennial Symposium last week, Musk opened himself up to the audience for questions. Most of the questions were about space travel, but one audience member asked Musk for his thoughts on artificial intelligence, and that's when things got a bit spooky.”

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Monkeybar project using aerial drones to get on top of malaria | Gizmag

Monkeybar project using aerial drones to get on top of malaria | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Over the last ten years, a new type of malaria has been on the rise in the forests of Southeast Asia, and experts are turning to new technologies to try and figure out why. By using drones to observe the environment from above, researchers are gaining a new perspective on how changes to the terrain may be impacting local wildlife and causing the spread of the disease.”

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Drones: How UAV's have taken over our airspace | Journeyman Pictures

“Drones are already a key feature in the military arsenal, but they could be entering the civilian domain sooner than we think. Fast-developing technology could very soon enable unmanned aircraft to carry out tasks traditionally performed by humans, such as piloting airliners, operating spacecraft, or even surveying our everyday movements.”

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