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AnyBots Seeks to Monetize Remote-Controlled Mobile Telepresence

Anybots Inc. was founded in 2001 by Trevor Blackwell, using personal funds resulting from the sale of ViaWeb, a web-based authoring tool for building online stores, to Yahoo (ViaWeb became Yahoo! Store). In January 2009, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Anybots...

Does Robotics Increase STEM Interest?

It is taken on faith that robotics promotes a greater interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on the part of young people. But does it? Anecdotally, the results are clear–robotics absolutely encourages STEM interest. For example, success stories...

First Steps Taken for Unmanned Aircraft in Commercial Airspace

There will be no autonomous or remotely controlled passenger 747s, but there will soon be unmanned aircraft used for reconnaissance and surveillance certified for use in U.S. airspace. The first steps have been taken, including two successful test flights of...

Rawseeds Toolkit Advances Autonomous Robotics

Simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM, is a technique robots use to understand their location and pose in an environment. Using inputs from a variety of sensors, which can include anything from GPS to laser rangefinders, a robot will build...

What’s Up with Hansen Medical?

The story of Hansen Medical is a Silicon Valley cautionary tale repeated by various technology companies over the last few decades. Initial success and millions of dollars in venture capital funding often lead management to take shortcuts to maintain early...

Neato Robotics Joins Consumer Robotics Fray

Neato Robotics, a start-up based in Silicon Valley, recently emerged as a new player in the consumer robotics market. The company grew out of a Stanford University business plan competition entry in 2005, in which two students developed a concept...

Touch Bionics Debuts Bionic Finger

Scotland-based Touch Bionics has released the world’s first bionic finger. With the ProDigits-powered fingers, Touch Bionics expands its upper-body prosthetics product line. The most notable member of that line, the i-LIMB Hand, is the first commercialized, fully articulated prosthetic device...