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“Disaster Bots” Controlled by Multi-touch

“Disaster Bots” Controlled by Multi-touch

The point of using robots in search and rescue missions is to send them where it's too dangerous for humans to go, something Mark Micire knows very well. Micire has worked with FEMA as a technical specialist and was with...

Cogmation Fills the Simulation Gap

Software from Cogmation Robotics complements existing development toolsets from Microsoft, National Instruments, and others, providing much needed support for easy, dynamic 3D simulations of robotics systems.

Microsoft’s Plan for Robotics Developer Studio

In 2006, Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote a feature for Scientific American titled, “A Robot in Every Home.” In the same year, Microsoft founded its robotics unit and released the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (RDS). Microsoft’s entry into the robotics...

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...

Baby Boomers’ Surprising Influence on Emerging Technologies

I recently came across a study dated October 2009, co-developed by Microsoft and AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), that has implications for the consumer robotics industry as well as the medical robotics market. The study,...