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Robotics Hacker Erects Open Source 'Lego for Adults' | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Robotics Hacker Erects Open Source 'Lego for Adults' | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Jason Wang once bought a home robotics kit. He had studied aircraft design in college and spent years at an electrics engineering outfit, but he still found the instructions completely incomprehensible.
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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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Future of Trucking: Big Rigs Become Robot Convoys

Future of Trucking: Big Rigs Become Robot Convoys | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
July 23 (Bloomberg) –- Peloton Technology has developed a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that has the potential to transform the trucking industry. By tethering two trucks together using advanced sensing intercommunications, the Silicon Valley startup says they can improve safety
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Drone 'Finds Trapped People Using Phone Signal'

Drone 'Finds Trapped People Using Phone Signal' | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A student develops a system to help drones home in on the location of people trapped underneath rubble using mobile phone signals.
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Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle

Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is seeking permission from U.S. regulators to test its delivery drones near Seattle, as part of a rapid expansion of a program that has sparked widespread debate
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This is a positive move towards a regulatory pathway. For years, driverless vehicles (cars) have had large companies with deep pockets championing their cause, doing research and steering policy. Commercial drone regulations are moving slowly because of lack of commercial push.

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ex post facto

ex post facto | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Tom Tunguz is a venture capitalist at Redpoint and writes about startups, fund raising, SaaS companies, and best practices for founders.
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In the future, your needs will be met by robot baristas, robot Realtors and robot sales agents.

In the future, your needs will be met by robot baristas, robot Realtors and robot sales agents. | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Carnegie Mellon professor writes that there won't be separate physical and digital worlds. The two will be fused into one, with your needs met by robots serving as baristas, Realtors and sales agents.
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What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving

What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We are already surrounded by bots in the form of ATMs, GPS systems and Nest thermostats. Our appliances will become autonomous one by one, but we’ll still refuse to call them robots.
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Exploring the tension between the robots that do things and the things we like to call robots - social robots.

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The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks.

The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks. | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks, the latest battleground over the proliferation of drones in U.S. skies.
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We could see this coming - see Game of Drones - Extreme Sports Photography article.

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Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter!

Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter! | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Given that this is the third Follow-Me announcement of the day, AirDog's claim to be the world's first auto-follow action sports drone may not be quite acc…
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Follow-Me Mode: Available Today, Free in DroidPlanner 2.0

Follow-Me Mode: Available Today, Free in DroidPlanner 2.0 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
3D Robotics is thrilled to introduce the Follow Me feature, the latest adventure in autonomous flight. Follow Me mode allows you to be your own one-man aeria…
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One of the 'follow me' droids launched this weekend.
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Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy

Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that's what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers...
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Google's Self-Driving Cars Have Never Gotten a Ticket

Google's Self-Driving Cars Have Never Gotten a Ticket | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
But if they do, Google hopes the fine gets handed to their corporate person, not the human in the driver seat.
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Drone inspectors: UK airline easyJet looks to tech to cut costs

Drone inspectors: UK airline easyJet looks to tech to cut costs | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Virgin's the kind of brand we're not shocked to see playing with the latest tech -- after all, Richard Branson's got a space plane. Experiments with
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Could Jibo Developer Cynthia Breazeal Be The Steve Wozniak Of Robots?

Could Jibo Developer Cynthia Breazeal Be The Steve Wozniak Of Robots? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
VideoBill Gates once predicted we would have a robot in every home to go with our personal computer. James Temple of is calling Jibo—a new personal robot to be sold commercially in 2015—“one of the most ambitious and affordable robots for the home that seen.” I agree. Developed by [...]
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Drone Activist Launches Pilot Association To Represent Interests Of Small Commercial Operators

Drone Activist Launches Pilot Association To Represent Interests Of Small Commercial Operators | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If you are involved at all in small drone flying, you are likely to have come across Peter Sachs in one of a number of online forums dedicated to unmanned aerial vehicles or have visited his website to learn from an expert the latest in drone law.  He’s a commercial [...]
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US struggles to keep up with rest of world.

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Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded

Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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But Jibo can do the same human-robot interaction for a fraction of the price. The battle of the household robots begins!

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La robolution est en marche

La robolution est en marche | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Imaginez un monde où il n’y aurait plus de comptables, d’assistants juridiques, de chauffeurs de taxi ou de livreurs… Un monde où les services ne seraient plus assurés par les hommes mais p
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Mathieu HERROU's curator insight, July 10, 2:51 AM

Les robots rêvent-ils de moutons électriques ?... ;-)

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A Prominent Lawyer Is Calling For A New Federal Agency To Regulate Robots

A Prominent Lawyer Is Calling For A New Federal Agency To Regulate Robots | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Ryan Calo wants the government to pay more attention to robotics.
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Calo suggests it's time for a new federal agency to oversee robotics technologies. 

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Nasa to Power ISS Robots With Google's Project Tango 3D Smartphones

Nasa to Power ISS Robots With Google's Project Tango 3D Smartphones | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Nasa plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES robots.
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Launching on July 11

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The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today

The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
From academics to boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs.
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A very US centric but interesting list.

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SoftBank has another humanoid robot - IEEE Spectrum

SoftBank has another humanoid robot - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Japanese telecom giant is betting big on robotics
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Quite a degree more complex than Pepper - although I'm also hearing great things about how much more sophisticated Pepper is than the original Nao.

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A Drone Designed To Follow And Film You Is Smashing Its Kickstarter Goal

A Drone Designed To Follow And Film You Is Smashing Its Kickstarter Goal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Sure to be a hit among GoPro wielding snowboarders.
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One of the 'follow me' droids launched this weekend.

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See, sense, think, react: the robots are coming

See, sense, think, react: the robots are coming | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Epson's new machine can operate a normal power-drill, pick up screws as small as those in tiny watches and even check the quality of its work with its own eyes.
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The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.
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Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura

Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura
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One year after her tragic death in a cycling accident, Reno Tibke looks at the contributions to robotics, particularly humanoid movement, made by gifted researcher Dr. Kanako Miura.

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Rex Bionics set for takeoff

Rex Bionics set for takeoff | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An NZ firm which makes robotic "exoskeletons" for the disabled will float on Britain's junior AIM sharemarket.
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