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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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Hunting as a pack

Hunting as a pack | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
WHEN Sabine Hauert told a recent RE.WORK technology summit in London about injecting trillions of man-made smart devices, some as small as 10 nanometres (billionths...
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Fantastic work from Sabine Hauert on nanorobotics featured in Economist.

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Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution

Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had justbegun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when hediscovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that wouldshut down his seven-year
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I think more factors are needed to stimulate entrepreneurship in Japan but I'm excited by the large initiatives receiving funding under Japan's new robotics 'revolution'.

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The Myth Of AI | Edge.org

The Myth Of AI | Edge.org | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Very insightful analysis of the economics of AI, although I differ with the idea that the actuation not the autonomy is the ultimate moral issue. In robotics or physical systems, it's the intent not the technology that constitutes the moral issue.

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Computer Vision Expert Martial Hebert Named Director of Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute | CMU

Computer Vision Expert Martial Hebert Named Director of Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute | CMU | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Google leases NASA's Silicon Valley airfield

Google leases NASA's Silicon Valley airfield | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google plans to use the sprawling facility for research and develop space and robot technology.
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A fitting showcase space for the new robotics ventures.

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Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google

Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is leaving Google. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin's departing to create an incubator for hardware startups. His role heading up the...
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This looks like more good news for robotics.

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RoboBusiness: Workhorse Robots, Starter Kits, and Internet of Bots | Xconomy

RoboBusiness: Workhorse Robots, Starter Kits, and Internet of Bots | Xconomy | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs and investors are focusing on practical applications of robots and borrowing software technologies from other fields.
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Doing the startup competition was a lot of fun - and great startups!

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Qualcomm launches robotics accelerator | ZDNet

Qualcomm launches robotics accelerator | ZDNet | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The company said that it is looking for 10 companies to participate in a robotics accelerator. The win for Qualcomm: Open up a new market for its Snapdragon chip.
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Tiny 3D Printed Robots Make Teleoperation Cheap and Simple - IEEE Spectrum

Tiny 3D Printed Robots Make Teleoperation Cheap and Simple - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Little model robots make teleoperation a cinch
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Programming made intuitive! One more gem of a project from IROS. 

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Home - World Robotics 2014

Home - World Robotics 2014 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Strong growth in robot sales across all sectors - figures are in from 2013.

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Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones | WIRED

Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones | WIRED | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If tech companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But one thing's certain: it's going to be a bumpy ride.
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Facebook isn't letting Google slow them down on drones, although losing out on Titan Aerospace was a set back.

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This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic | TechCrunch

This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic | TechCrunch | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine..
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A bit of hype in the headlines here. The sensors may be more sensitive or reliable for certain tastes, but in no way offer the whole service currently done by wine critics and as the researchers say, could have better applications in clinical diagnosis.

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Retail robots: The droid at till no 7

Retail robots: The droid at till no 7 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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How robots like OshBot, Budgee, Pepper, Jibo will reshape retail, with insights from Rob Nail at Singularity U. (and some from me too)

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Capturing the UK robotics opportunity

Capturing the UK robotics opportunity | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We live in an era of unprecedented change. Technological advancement is a key driver of this change, and robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) are set to make a huge impact on cross-sector innovation and growth.
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The UK is making steps towards a robotics innovation economy.

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NTSB Overturns Pirker Case: Finds For FAA That Drones Are Aircraft Subject To Its Rules

NTSB Overturns Pirker Case: Finds For FAA That Drones Are Aircraft Subject To Its Rules | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The NTSB issued a much-awaited decision today that will surely be a disappointment to many drone enthusiasts, ruling that Federal Aviation Administration rules that apply to manned aircraft apply to unmanned aircraft or drones.  The NTSB reversed a law judge's ruling in favor of Raphael Pirker and remanded the case [...]
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via Robert Morris, CEO TerrAvion:


The NTSB, as expected in the aviation law community, but not the drone community, overturned Pirker.   This means as the law stands now, UAS have to comply with all FAA regulations and puts an end to the speculation that the FAA was exceeding its authority in regulating UAS because they were not aircraft. 

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My mechanical friend | Australian Magazine

My mechanical friend | Australian Magazine | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
From the workplace to the home, it won’t be long before there’s a robot beside you
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An indepth look at robotics changing the workplace both in Australia and globally. Hat tips to Aussies, Rodney Brooks and Peter Corke, plus info about port and mining robotics.

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Big Hero 6 and the Current State of the Art in Soft Inflatable Robots | Hizook

Big Hero 6 and the Current State of the Art in Soft Inflatable Robots | Hizook | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Robot car toy maker Anki hires Skylanders and EA veterans as key executives

Robot car toy maker Anki hires Skylanders and EA veterans as key executives | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Two new executives will put Anki into the fast lane.
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Robots That Are Ready to Work, in Pictures | Xconomy

Robots That Are Ready to Work, in Pictures | Xconomy | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Even roboticists still debate exactly what a robot is. Is it a computer that moves, or a machine that can operate autonomously in reaction to its environme
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Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is helping robotics startups take their ideas to the next level and transform the world.
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Next Big Trend: Robots That Follow You Around | WIRED

Next Big Trend: Robots That Follow You Around | WIRED | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
At the RoboBusiness conference in Boston next week, dozens of robots will descend upon the Back Bay. A few of them may even try to follow you home.
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Simple 3D Printed Grip Makes Household Robots a Little More Realistic - IEEE Spectrum

Simple 3D Printed Grip Makes Household Robots a Little More Realistic - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A cheap adapter neatly solves problems that robots have with using human tools
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Then combine it with RFID tag or QRcode (as previously discussed on Spectrum).

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Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives

Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google seems to be reaching out of the internet and into every corner of the world. So what exactly does it want – and can it really be good for us?
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Google is now the 2nd largest private lobbyist in the US, second only to Dow Chemicals and Google spends more than any of the defence contractors.

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Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes - IEEE Spectrum

Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Meet your new autopilot
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And now it's just getting crazy - does a robot flying a plane meet the FAA requirements? Really!

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