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The Beginning of a Drone Revolution

The Beginning of a Drone Revolution | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We are on the cusp of a personal robotics age – can you hack it? Take to the air with my Node.js drone control setup and Leap Motion interaction, and hear more about how small flying machines will ...
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Remote Controlled Robots To Roam Tate Britain Gallery After Hours So Web Users Can Peek At The Art | TechCrunch

Remote Controlled Robots To Roam Tate Britain Gallery After Hours So Web Users Can Peek At The Art | TechCrunch | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want to hang out in the museum after hours? London's Tate Britain art gallery houses a treasure trove of great works from Hogarth, Gainsborough..
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Pentagon Opens DARPA Data to Public

Pentagon Opens DARPA Data to Public | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, funds a lot of important computer science research, much of which has remained hidden away from public view - until now.
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Flying Donkey

Flying Donkey | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Creating a new transport infrastructure for Africa - going where no roads go.

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Robots Can Now Teach Other Robots, Thanks To RoboEarth

Robots Can Now Teach Other Robots, Thanks To RoboEarth | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots are now learning from each other even tasks that haven't been programmed--a sign that they could soon take on bigger jobs. A demo conducted...
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roberto gilli's curator insight, January 23, 12:17 AM

I agree: robots (or smart talking objects) need a cloud-brain!

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Tiny Robot Flies Like a Jellyfish

Tiny Robot Flies Like a Jellyfish | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new, naturally stable flying robot moves through the air like a jellyfish swims through the water. The robot could be useful for tasks such as air quality monitoring and surveillance.
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Clearpath Robotics accepts PR2 support role - IEEE Spectrum

Clearpath Robotics accepts PR2 support role - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Afraid of breaking your PR2? Don't worry, support is available
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Google to Acquire Nest – Google

Google to Acquire Nest – Google | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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There are very few robotics companies with good IP and lots of potential stacks left it seems. Now the consumer robotics onslaught commences.

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Robot vaporware from CES past

Robot vaporware from CES past | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The tech industry is riddled with vaporware -- those products that get a big public announcement, but never actually find their way to stores. And it's always been this way.
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And most of them seem to be robots, like GENUS and Scoutabout. 

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Watch the DARPA Robotics Challenge Live - IEEE Spectrum

Watch the DARPA Robotics Challenge Live - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Here's the livestreaming of the DRC Trials
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▶ New York City 2 - Team Black Sheep

While in the USA to speak at the DARC conference, we took it upon us to document the 5Pointz artwork before it got destroyed, and took advantage of the Gover...
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Team Black Sheep have another beautiful video filmed by drone - this time in New York city.

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New Grants to Help More Students Pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Enginerring, Math) Careers | The National Law Review

New Grants to Help More Students Pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Enginerring, Math) Careers | The National Law Review | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Through Youth CareerConnect, up to 40 grants will be awarded to partnerships between local schools systems, employers, community colleges or universities, and others that are committed to strengthening America’s talent pipeline and providing...
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Particularly relevant if you can improve diversity in STEM.

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The Hour of Code is here

The Hour of Code is here | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Join millions of students to learn about the Hour of Code, the largest learning event in world history.
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UAE offers $1m prize to drive drones programme

UAE offers $1m prize to drive drones programme | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
International competition announced to support plan to launch unmanned aerial vehicles
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Dyson invests £5m in robot lab

Dyson invests £5m in robot lab | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Dyson, the engineering company best known for its bagless vacuum cleaners, is to invest £5m in a robotics lab at Imperial College, London.

The research will focus on vision systems that can help robots understand and adapt to the world around them, the company said.

Dyson has been working on robotics with Imperial's Prof Andrew Davison since 2005, and he will run the new lab.

The research will cover domestic robots as well as robotic vacuum cleaners.

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Man Gets First Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Man Gets First Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Nine years ago, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, of Denmark, lost his left arm in a fireworks accident and had to have it amputated. Now, for the first time, a bionic hand has restored his ability to feel again.
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Drone can perch and walk like a bird | New Scientist

Drone can perch and walk like a bird | New Scientist | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A drone with kestrel-like legs can swoop and perch on a telephone wire or fence where it will then rest, spying on passers-by. You have been warned
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Robots with "soul"

What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.
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Home telepresence Beam+ launches for $995 - IEEE Spectrum

Home telepresence Beam+ launches for $995 - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Finally a robot for the home that is not a vacuum cleaner
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Very aggressively priced too at only $995 -- at least for the first 1000 units!

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SelfieBot™'s curator insight, January 15, 5:12 PM

So useful. It may be less cumbersome if it could fly though. 

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The coolest girl at CES is the Aussie robot engineer

The coolest girl at CES is the Aussie robot engineer | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
She's basically my nerd superhero right now.
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Marita Cheng's new startup 2Mar is doing robot arms. Her first startup was Robogals doing robot education for girls. Go Aussies!

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And more robots from CES past

And more robots from CES past | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a showcase for our high-tech future. Language translators, virtual reality systems, and even robots have graced the many different convention halls that have hosted CES over the years.
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CES 2014: Please don't run me down!

CES 2014: Please don't run me down! | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
New car technologies on show at the Consumer Electronics Show promise to deliver self-driving vehicles offering a range of app-powered new features.
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The software standards consortiums that both Google and Apple are building with other self driving vehicle manufacturers will go well beyond programming content for your 'rolling sofa'. Follow it closely!

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Google's robotics program has legs, but where is it going? | The Verge

Google's robotics program has legs, but where is it going? | The Verge | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google’s plan to dominate the robotics field is well underway. Already, Google owns a company that make robot arms, a company that makes robot eyes, and now one that makes robot legs.
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Is Silicon Valley Automating Our Obsolescence?

Is Silicon Valley Automating Our Obsolescence? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley has created mind-boggling amounts of wealth. Entire industries have been invented here. Smartphones, search engines, cloud computing and
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While this is only a glide over the surface, it captures the debating points around robotics, tech innovation and average quality of life.

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Kate Darling on Near-term Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues in Robotics

Prominent robot ethics questions focus on liability and privacy concerns in the face of increasingly autonomous technology. A lesser-discussed issue is the e...
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