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The truly strapless watch: Man gives himself magnetic arm implants to hold iPod Nano (and we spoke to him!)

The truly strapless watch: Man gives himself magnetic arm implants to hold iPod Nano (and we spoke to him!) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Read 'The truly strapless watch: Man gives himself magnetic arm implants to hold iPod Nano (and we spoke to him!)' on Digital Trends. Taking his love of...
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Australian schoolgirl a science sensation

Australian schoolgirl a science sensation | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An Australian teenager's simple idea that would allow a complete quadriplegic to control a wheelchair by voice has earned her international recognition and a top science award for school students, handed out by Commonwealth science agency CSIRO.
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16 yr old Yaya Lu documents her 8 years of robotics competitions and her learning journery at her website yayalu.net . She is a complete champion.

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TheKidsAreAllRight's comment, January 18, 2013 3:34 PM
Wow, and she's only 16 - amazing!
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Alphabet’s secretive Schaft Inc. shows off new bipedal robot in Tokyo

Alphabet’s secretive Schaft Inc. shows off new bipedal robot in Tokyo | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
There's a new bot in town (Tokyo, specifically), and while it might not be as cute as Nao, as creepy as Spot and BigDog, or as anthropomorphic as Atlas, it..
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California's new minimum wage expected to boost Bay Area automation firms

California's new minimum wage expected to boost Bay Area automation firms | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
With wages rising and technology advancing and becoming cheaper, agriculture, restaurants and hotels are expected to turn more to automation.
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And there will be a lot more demand for people to make, service and support robots - so that's another gain.
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Drones will never be the same:  Today TerrAvion introduces the M-UAV

Drones will never be the same:  Today TerrAvion introduces the M-UAV | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Venture Capital poured $855M in investment into the drone industry last year.  However, the industry has yet to produce a cost effective Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for mapping in industrie
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Spoiler. April 1 - but it isn't really a joke. TerrAvion are a drone company who've gone rogue. Manned.
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Domino's Is Launching A Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Robot. No Really

Domino's Is Launching A Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Robot. No Really | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Marathon Robotics
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Australian robotic company Marathon Robotics, who make military robots, are providing the technology behind Dominos Pizza Delivery Robot. Looking forward to going back to Queensland for Xmas. We will be ordering pizza :)

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Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat

Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The video, published to YouTube on Feb. 23, was awe-inspiring and scary. A two-legged humanoid robot trudges through the snow, somehow maintaining its balance. Another robot with two arms and pads for hands crouches down and lifts a brown box and delicately places it on a shelf -- then somehow stays upright while a human tries to push it over with a hockey stick. A third robot topples over and clambers back to its feet with ease.
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Boston Dynamics never really integrated with Google or Alphabet/X so this is no surprised.
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Toshiba's robot is designed to be more human-like - BBC News

Toshiba's robot is designed to be more human-like - BBC News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Toshiba shows off its latest robot, Chihira Kanae - a third-generation android that is designed to be more human-like than its predecessors.
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Star Wars: R2-D2 original builder Tony Dyson dies - BBC News

Star Wars: R2-D2 original builder Tony Dyson dies - BBC News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original Star Wars droid R2-D2, dies at his home on the Maltese island of Gozo.
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Vale Tony! It was a privilege meeting him in the last couple of years - he had a strong viewpoint as a designer and his designs have been hugely influential,  from R2D2 to this other film work, to his work for major corporations..
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A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
For some technologists, machine intelligence is not seen as a job-killing catastrophe, but something like a windfall that could lead to universal basic income.
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Of course, the timeframe for the robot revolution is a leetle bit optimistic. But by all means - let's start paying people to live, not to slave.
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The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom

The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Worldwide spending on robotics will nearly double by 2019.
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And the tipping point is that spending on robotics technology services will outstrip spending on robots, a trend that will continue.

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How real is that Atlas robot video?

How real is that Atlas robot video? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Video footage of Boston Dynamics’ new Atlas robot has left Twitter in awe of our new robot overlords; but how much of these videos should we take at face value?
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Intelligent Machines (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) Startup Landscape 2016

Intelligent Machines (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) Startup Landscape 2016 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
This week we present to you the first Comet Labs Intelligent Machines Startup Landscape! After many months of research a…
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The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world – video

The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world – video | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Meet Alice, holder of the last recognisable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world
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SRI International spins off robotics project as Superflex, aiming at human augmentation

SRI International spins off robotics project as Superflex, aiming at human augmentation | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Nonprofit research organization SRI International is spinning off part of its robotics division into a new company called Superflex. It won't be focusing not..
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Finally Superflex is out of stealth.
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South San Francisco-based Dispatch raises $2 million - Silicon Valley Business Journal

South San Francisco-based Dispatch raises $2 million - Silicon Valley Business Journal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The South San Francisco startup, co-founded by Sonia Jin, Uriah Baalke and Stav Braun, builds on-demand delivery vehicles.
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The competition is hotting up - for the VCs to get hold of a robotics company :)
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Analytic gem from @cbinsights - correlation or causation?
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Technology Invades Hospitality Industry: Domino Delivery Droid, Hilton Robot, Ritz-Carlton Mystique - Forbes

Technology Invades Hospitality Industry: Domino Delivery Droid, Hilton Robot, Ritz-Carlton Mystique - Forbes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots are sprouting up all over in the hospitality industry, customer service, and foodservice, including Hilton's new robot concierge and Domino's new delivery robot, DRU. However, more subtle uses of technology that doesn't lose the human element, like Ritz-Carlton's behind-the-scenes 'Mystique' and LDV Hospitality's invisible systems, may be even more intriguing.
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The importance of robots as new customer service interfaces. 
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Bots and Beer party lets humans, robots network

Bots and Beer party lets humans, robots network | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The party, at first glance, seemed unremarkable — a throng of techies and engineers swigging beer and milling around an open office space. There were no humanoids — this time — but a robot dog, drones, a bionic eye and a roving rubber duck mixed with a few dozen people at Silicon Valley Robotics’ monthly San Francisco meetup, Bots and Beer. The event, which in one form or another has been going on for nearly five years, recently found a new home at the South of Market headquarters of Comet Labs, a robotics and artificial intelligence venture capital fund. “People who work in robotics or other related fields get split off by market segment really quickly in the real world,” said Erin Rapacki, who works at industrial automation firm Pneubotics and has attended robotics meetups for several years. Silicon Valley Robotics, a nonprofit group that hosts events and supports robot innovation, hosts two Bots and Beer parties a month, one in the South Bay and the other in San Francisco. On April 6, the group will convene for a Robot Block Party — a fair at the Jabil Blue Sky Center in San Jose, where robots and their creators will put on demonstrations and educate the public in honor of National Robotics Week. Keay, a robotics startup investor who founded Robot Garden and serves as the managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, said each event brings new faces, both flesh and metal. John Meadows, an industry pioneer who helped invent the robotic arm and now owns Able Design, is a regular at the meetups. Smith demonstrated his gadgets during the event’s opening “show and tell,” and let Platinum, the robotic dog, roam freely for the rest of the event. Others showcased new gadgets or ideas in the making, including Holly Kasun, whose company plans to launch a fundraising campaign soon for an autonomous flying camera called Flybrix, and Tyson Messori, the co-founder of Scanse, a company that designed a 360-degree scanning sensor called Sweep.
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You never know who/what is going to show up!
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IBM Watson now powers a Hilton hotel robot concierge

IBM Watson now powers a Hilton hotel robot concierge | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Called Connie, it can greet and interact with guests, answering their queries.
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Why smart investors are finally paying attention to hardware | Local Motors

Why smart investors are finally paying attention to hardware | Local Motors | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Why smart investors are finally paying attention to hardware













The world has grown too heavy and too slow. I’m not talking about the speed at wh...
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New paradigms for building vehicles. Leveraging robotics.
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J.J. Abrams Helps Launch New Doc Series to Land Robot on Moon

J.J. Abrams Helps Launch New Doc Series to Land Robot on Moon | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Lunar XPRIZE website
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Expect robots all over our screens this year - and robot screens all over our world next year.
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Will automation make us happier? – live chat

Will automation make us happier? – live chat | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Join experts online on Thursday 25 February 1-2pm GMT to discuss how we can ensure the best possible outcome from automation
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At least we discussed the difference between AI, robotics, automation and computerisation! 

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Robots Are Coming, But Not For Your Job

Robots Are Coming, But Not For Your Job | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Industry association says machine labor will augment, not replace, human labor
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Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn't be afraid

Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn't be afraid | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work
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Forbes Welcome

Forbes Welcome page -- Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.
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Robot roaches from Berkeley if you can get through the forbes crap

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