October 15, 2019

Putting the power of a film director in an autonomous drone

Commercial drone products can tackle some automated tasks, but one thing those systems don’t address is filming artistically. Researchers have now proposed a complete system for aerial cinematography that learns humans’ visual preferences. The fully autonomous system does not require scripted scenes, GPS tags to localize targets or prior maps of the environment. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 15, 2019

OpenAI Teaches Robot Hand to Solve Rubik's Cube

In-hand manipulation is a skill that, as far as I’m aware, humans in general don’t actively learn. We just sort of figure it out by doing other, more specific tasks with our fingers and hands. This makes it particularly tricky to teach robots to solve in-hand manipulation tasks because the way we do it is through experimentation and trial and error. Robots can learn through trial and error as well, but since it usually ends up being mostly error, it takes a […]
October 15, 2019

Google Home event 2019: Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Pixel Buds preview, Stadia launch and more – CNET

In anticipated Pixel 4, we got a sneak peek of the new Pixel Buds, Nest Mini and WiFi and a new $650 Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
October 15, 2019

Researchers build a soft robot with neurologic capabilities

In work that combines a deep understanding of the biology of soft-bodied animals such as earthworms with advances in materials and electronic technologies, researchers have developed a robotic device containing a stretchable transistor that allows neurological function. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 15, 2019

Sensorless Control of Brushless Motors

Many applications would benefit from a brushless motor without a sensor. There are various options for realizing this. A method developed by maxon is now setting new standards for precision and reliability. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 15, 2019

Google Pixel 4 event: Pixel Buds preview, Stadia launch and everything announced so far – CNET

Stadia’s coming November 19 and we got a sneak peek of the new Pixel Buds. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
October 15, 2019

Labrador Systems Developing Affordable Assistive Robots for the Home

Developing robots for the home is still a challenge, especially if you want those robots to interact with people and help them do practical, useful things. However, the potential markets for home robots are huge, and one of the most compelling markets is for home robots that can assist humans who need them. Today, Labrador Systems, a startup based in California, is announcing a pre-seed funding round of $2 million (led by SOSV’s hardware accelerator HAX with participation from Amazon’s […]
October 15, 2019

Continuous operation excellence

Food and beverage production is becoming continuous to keep up with rising demands. To maintain the flow of products and to make sure there are low levels of waste, spoilage or contamination inside a continuous system, automation must be integrated into the production line. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 15, 2019

Facebook Portal review (2019): A redesign doesn't ease privacy fears

When Facebook debuted its Portal video chat devices last year, they were met with a great deal of skepticism. After all, the company doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation on security and privacy. Following their release, Facebook faced even furth… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
October 14, 2019

Agility Robotics Unveils Upgraded Digit Walking Robot

Last time we saw Agility Robotics’ Digit biped, it was picking up a box from a Ford delivery van and autonomously dropping it off on a porch, while at the same time managing to not trip over stairs, grass, or small children. As a demo, it was pretty impressive, but of course there’s an enormous gap between making a video of a robot doing a successful autonomous delivery and letting that robot out into the semi-structured world and expecting it […]