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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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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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Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds

Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The five elements of cloud robotics
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Great overview by Ken Goldberg 

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roberto gilli's curator insight, August 28, 3:58 AM

I agree totally: robots and AI have to live in clouds, eating big data.

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The Future of Robot Caregivers | NY Times

The Future of Robot Caregivers | NY Times | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Elderly people need everyday help, and there aren’t enough humans to provide it.
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Heartfelt message from the front line of eldercare.

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Edmonton airport testing out customer service robots

Edmonton airport testing out customer service robots | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The customer service robots are the first of their kind in Canada.
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I nearly forgot about Furo with all the new kiosk and service robots popping up.

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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

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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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Google Drones Lift Industry Hopes

Google Drones Lift Industry Hopes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google's entry into the drone business brings financial and lobbying heft that should help the fledging industry overcome technical and regulatory obstacles.
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Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today - IEEE Spectrum

Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An investor discusses five pressing issues about the future of robots

Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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A byte to eat

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STARWOOD HOTELS is rolling out a robot to help fulfil room-service requests for its guests. The butler known as a "botlr" is being tested in its Cupertino hotel in...
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Savioke's Botlr is popular in Silicon Valley but is raising union ire elsewhere. However, Botlr is part of an increasing trend towards automation in business travel which alongside emerging cashless culture is putting the tipping industry at risk.

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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

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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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