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Robots with lift

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Using small explosions produced by a mix of methane and oxygen, researchers at Harvard have designed a soft robot that can leap as much as a foot in the air.
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The robot of the future maybe nothing like the tin can image of the 20th century. Researchers are working on soft silicon and inflatable bodies powered by chemical combustion.

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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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QUT and CSIRO Announce New International UAV Challenge | Unmanned Systems Technology

QUT and CSIRO Announce New International UAV Challenge | Unmanned Systems Technology | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Queensland University of Technology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, have announced their next international
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This is one worth watching!

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Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition

Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition seeks out these startup companies to generate awareness of their technology and funding.
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Great opportunities for early stage robotics startups!

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PAL Robotics Introduces Tiago Mobile Manipulator - IEEE Spectrum

PAL Robotics Introduces Tiago Mobile Manipulator - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Want to pick stuff up and move it around in a research environment? This could be the robot for you
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I predict a few more announcements like this in 2015.

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The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of..
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iRobot is not the only sign of interest in robotics investment out there - as evidenced by the increasing number of deals in robotics startups.

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Robotics 2015 from Robotics Online

Robotics 2015 from Robotics Online | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

"Blurred lines. One of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry is upon us. It will be a period of collaboration, connectivity and convergence that will catapult us into a world teeming with automation in every aspect of our lives. It’s already here in many forms. Our smartphones, our smart appliances, all the sensors in our cars. We just take them for granted."

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Plenty of examples of interesting and transformative new robotics startups and developments.

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The Year in Robots - NYTimes.com

The Year in Robots - NYTimes.com | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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Great to be one of the article sources - and good to see some fresh new startups featured.

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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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Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit

Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We tend to think of cars as a mature technology. They’re good enough to be boring. But something weird is happening. Silicon Valley is eyeing the
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Sensitive prosthetics from Barrett and SynTouch on PBS

Sensitive prosthetics from Barrett and SynTouch on PBS | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Barrett and SynTouch's sensitive prosthetics on PBS NewsHour

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Sensitivity has been missing from prosthetics until now. This is exciting research.

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Fetch Robotics: Unbounded Core Team Developing New Robots for Logistics - IEEE Spectrum

Fetch Robotics: Unbounded Core Team Developing New Robots for Logistics - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new robotics startup is building a mobile manipulator to tackle logistics and fulfillment
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Robotics is blurring the line between light industrial and logistics. 

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The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. It's 60 miles wide. The no drone zone is larger than the city of Phoenix. Seems a little bit absurd, huh?
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It’s About Women Running Startups

It’s About Women Running Startups | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an int...
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There are lessons here for robotics. Enough said.

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Mobile Robotics (ROBO)

Mobile Robotics (ROBO) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
From the surface of Mars to your living room floor, mobile robots can be found in some surprising places. Together we’ll explore how and why.
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Another great robotics MOOC on now - also from Australia!

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Artistic touch humanises Australia's androids

Artistic touch humanises Australia's androids | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Scientist Mari Velonaki uses her background in art to make "sociable" robots, for everyday use. Saffron Howden reports.
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Nice - BBC is citing our Robohub "25 women to watch in robotics" list.

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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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