Robot News

October 17, 2019

Darn you, R2! When can we blame robots?

A recent study finds that people are likely to blame robots for workplace accidents, but only if they believe the robots are autonomous. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 17, 2019

Giving robots a faster grasp

Engineers have found a way to significantly speed up the planning process required for a robot to adjust its grasp on an object by pushing that object against a stationary surface. Whereas traditional algorithms would require tens of minutes for planning out a sequence of motions, the new team’s approach shaves this planning process down to less than a second. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 17, 2019

Is Software the Future of Robotics?

Robots and software work hand in hand, but what does this mean in concrete terms? How is software essential for robots? Why and how is it necessary to develop software specifically adapted to robotic applications? What are the future trends in software for robotics? Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 17, 2019


Booth #B23113. FABTECH is our largest tradeshow of the year, and in past years has served as a platform for us to debut brand new, game changing OLRP software and features. This year is no exception. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 16, 2019

Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

A team of engineers and marine biologists built a better suction cup inspired by the mechanism that allows the clingfish to adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces. Researchers reverse engineered the clingfish’s suction disk and developed devices that cling well to wet and dry objects both in an out of water. The devices can hold up to hundreds of times their own weight. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 16, 2019

Skydio's Dock in a Box Enables Long-Term Autonomy for Drone Applications

The word “autonomy” in the context of drones (or really any other robot) can mean a whole bunch of different things. Skydio’s newest drone, which you can read lots more about here, is probably the most autonomous drone that we’ve ever seen, in the sense that it can fly itself while tracking subjects and avoiding obstacles. But as soon as the Skydio 2 lands, it’s completely helpless, dependent on a human to pick it up, pack it into a case, […]
October 16, 2019

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
October 16, 2019

Teaching Robots to Help People in their Homes

This method teaches a robot how to perform a single example task, while simulation addresses the problem in a more statistical way, conducting tens of thousands of virtual experiments to find the right solution for performing that task. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 16, 2019

Do we trust artificial intelligence agents to mediate conflict? Not entirely

We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps or Waze, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? A new study says not just yet. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
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