Clearpath Robotics and Miovision Technologies received over $300,000 in federal funding.
More and more leaders in industrial robotics are being connected to IROS through the research community. ROS supporters believe that the open source movement is the best path towards accelerating the development of the robotics industry.
Exploring the issues programmers face when developing artificial morality.
An examination of what patent law currently protects regarding robot “inventions” as well as who (or what) should be the patent holder.
Georgia Tech’s Ronald Arkin talks about the software he’s building for robots to become more ethical decision-makers in war than humans.
hiDOF will be applying robotics technology to commercial applications, and is founded by Willow Garage engineers who believe in the power of using open source software to provide increased value to customers.
Total machine vision sales in North America rose three percent compared to the second quarter of 2011.
It has long been realized that there is in practice a great deal of variation in spontaneous speech. This work shows the potential of human-interaction systems to be used in studies of language acquisition.
There is no reason why the robotics community cannot immediately use security solutions that have been developed for defense and telecom networks.
Building on the software libraries that ROS provides, ROS-Industrial will enable advanced capabilities and interoperability with a range of off-the-shelf industrial mobile platforms, manipulators, perception systems, and peripherals, without sacrificing the reliability and safety crucial for industrial systems.
Rising wages and automation alone might make Apple move to India or Africa, but not re-shore itself stateside. The robot, however, holds the automation key.
Many legal and robotics experts hold the view that robots lack free will and therefore cannot be held morally accountable for their actions. But University of Washington psychologists are finding that ordinary people don’t have such a clear-cut view of humanoid robots.
SynTouch is the start-up company now marketing a robot finger that can sense textures more accurately than the average human.
An open source approach might have a comparatively greater impact on the robotics market than the enterprise IT space a decade ago.
The Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF) is an independent non-profit organization. The mission of OSRF is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for use in robotics research, education, and product development.
Since its release on industrial vehicles in 2009, ANT is continuously expanding the market which had hitherto been less automated. Contrary to conventional guidance systems, such as wire-guidance or laser guidance, ANT® requires no additional infrastructure. The system is based on features that are naturally present in the environment (walls, pillars, corners?). Given that no additional and costly infrastructure is needed, it also becomes economically feasible to install vehicles where the price of infrastructure guidance (wires, magnets, reflectors ?) rendered it beforehand impossible.
Apparently, a fair amount of talk at this week’s European service robot gathering, Innorobo, concerned whether or not a Jetson’s Rosie or a Forbidden Planet-like Robby companion robot is a dream worth pursuing or even possible in the foreseeable future, prompting the above headline to appear atop a BBC article about the event. True, the…
Robots, in part because they have infinite patience, can make excellent teachers. And Sidney D?Mello, a University of Notre Dame assistant professor in psychology along with his colleagues, have devised a learning program called Affective AutoTutor that could one day make robot teachers even better at the task. Designed to work via a laptop ?…
Mock communities in Michigan and New Mexico will allow companies and researchers to safely perfect service robots within a realistic environment.
A few years ago Dr. Trevor Jay and Chad Jenkins, two roboticists at Brown University in Providence, R.I., were trying to figure out how to create the best front end?the best user experience?for people who wanted to use robots. Humans want to interact with robots using a graphical user interface, says Jenkins, associate professor, Department…
Hanson Robokind has been on a mission to make a robot that is as human-like as possible, including the use of a patented type of skin known as ?frubber,? so that the robot?s face duplicates skin and muscle movement and creates realistic facial expressions. The idea, says CEO Fred Margolin, is to build a robot…
Seegrid’s vision-guided technology is to be used in automated lift truck.
Will standardized platforms boost robotics development the way IBM’s PC architecture accelerated the deployment of desktop computers?
As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation. And a third demonstrator has shown how a service robot can identify, download, and use high-level task descriptions to serve a drink.
For robot entrepreneur Francisco Paz, a Campus Party held last July was all about pineapples, penguins, and the cloud. At the week-long technology fest in Valencia, Spain, Paz mounted the stage with his company’s flagship creation, the Qbo robot. Before a large audience, he showed how Qbo was able to leverage the cloud to achieve…