robotics

Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science

We all know how robots are great at going to places where you can’t (or shouldn’t) send a human. We also know how robots are great at doing repetitive tasks. These characteristics have the potential to make robots ideal for setting up wireless sensor networks in hazardous environments—that is, they could deploy a whole bunch of self-contained sensor nodes that create a network that can monitor a very large area for a very long time. When it comes to using drones to set up sensor… 

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RoboTED: a case study in Ethical Risk Assessment

A few weeks ago I gave a short paper at the excellent International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards (ICRES 2020), outlining a case study in Ethical Risk Assessment – see our paper here. Our chosen case study is a robot teddy bear, inspired by one of my favourite movie robots: Teddy, in A. I. Artificial Intelligence. Although Ethical Risk Assessment (ERA) is not new – it is after all what research ethics committees do – the idea of extending traditional risk assessment, as practised… 

IoT Network Companies Have Cracked Their Chicken-and-Egg Problem

Illustration: Greg Mably Along with everything else going on, we may look back at 2020 as the year that companies finally hit upon a better business model for Internet of Things (IoT) networks. Established network companies such as the Things Network and Helium, and new players such as Amazon, have seemingly given up on the idea of making money from selling network connectivity. Instead, they’re focused on getting the network out there for developers to use, assuming in the process that they’ll benefit from the… 

Inside Canada’s robotics ecosystem, world’s spookiest robots, Miso’s restaurant robots

Welcome to Episode 22 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community. Listeners can subscribe to The Robot Report Podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Play, and YouTube. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review! This week, we chat with Mike Tremblay, president and CEO of Invest Ottawa, the lead development agency for Canada’s… 

World’s First Ocean Hybrid Platform Converts Tidal Waves Into Energy

THE INSTITUTE Energy captured from tidal motion, waves, and currents can be used to produce electricity, providing power to millions of homes in the coming decades. Unlike other renewable energy sources, waves are easily forecasted and available 24/7. There is a tremendous amount of energy in the ocean. Water covers about 70 percent of our planet, and because it is 830 times denser than air, it can carry much more energy than wind per volume. But despite the energy source’s great potential, it remains untapped. Engineers have… 

Robust.AI closes Series A funding to continue developing cognitive engine for robots

Robust.AI, which has been developing “the world’s first industrial-grade cognitive engine for robots,” announced today the close of a $15 million Series A investment round. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup said its approach to artificial intelligence is innovative and will enable robots to operate better in human-centric environments. Leading scientists and technologists founded Robust.AI in 2019. Historically, robots have largely been confined to highly predictable environments, said the company. It aims to change that by creating a new cognitively driven AI platform that gives robots… 

ARM Institute Announces 8 New Robotics Technology Projects

With the announcement of eight new robotics technology projects, all involving collaboration between government, industry, and academia, the ARM Institute’s total for completed or ‘in process’ advanced robotics for manufacturing programs increases to fifty-one. The post ARM Institute Announces 8 New Robotics Technology Projects appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

How precision drives can improve the performance of robotic grippers, mobile robots

Precision drives are essential for numerous robotics applications. Source: FAULHABER Today, a world without robots is inconceivable. The areas of application that require process safety, reliability, and economic efficiency from these robots are equally manifold. FAULHABER MICROMO LLC said its drive systems can play a major role in fulfilling these requirements because they combine durability and performance in a robust and compact design. Thanks to these features, the precision drives can be used in a wide range of applications, from sewer robots and remote-controlled manipulators… 

How 3D vision systems can meet the demands of industrial automation applications

As mobile robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles move into challenging environments, developers must consider several factors when building or choosing 3D vision systems that can provide high performance. For instance, Photoneo recently released a new generation of its PhoXi 3D Scanners. The aim was to develop PhoXi 3D Scanner into a 3D vision system that would allow users to deploy it in harsh industrial settings. The company chose features to make the scanner industrial-grade and resistant to adverse conditions. The combination of these features ensures durability,… 

New Stent-like Electrode Allows Humans to Operate Computers With Their Thoughts

Two Australian men with neuromuscular disorders regained some personal independence after researchers implanted stent-like electrodes in their brains, allowing them to operate computers using their thoughts.  This is the first time such a device, dubbed a “stentrode,” has been implanted in humans, according to its inventors. The system also makes real-world use of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs)—devices that enable direct communication between the brain and a computer—more feasible. The feat was described today in the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. “This paper represents the first fully implantable, commercial BCI system that patients can take home and use,” says… 

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