Robot News

October 15, 2018

Letter to the MIT community regarding the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

The following email was sent today to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community, The 2010 history, Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision, credits MIT’s record of rising impact to turning points when, responding to new challenges, MIT stayed true to its mission with a calculated change of course. Today, at a turning point of equal consequence, we launch the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. This new College is our strategic […]
October 15, 2018

FAQ on the newly established MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

This set of FAQs offers information about the founding of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, announced today, and its implications for the MIT community and beyond. General questions Q: What is MIT announcing today that’s new? A: Today MIT is announcing a $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the ubiquity of computing — across industries and academic disciplines — and by the rise of artificial intelligence. At the heart of this […]
October 15, 2018

MIT reshapes itself to shape the future

MIT today announced a new $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI. At the heart of this endeavor will be the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College […]
October 12, 2018

Video Friday: Boston Dynamics' Spot Goes to Work, and More

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): Japan Robot Week – October 17-19, 2018 – Tokyo, Japan The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics – October 23, 2018 – Corvallis, Oregon, USA Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference – October […]
October 11, 2018

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Shows Off Parkour Skills

The agile humanoid is learning to use its whole body to leap higher than ever The remarkable evolution of Atlas, Boston Dynamics’ most agile robot, continues. In a video posted today, Atlas is seen jumping over a log and leaping up steps like a parkour runner.
October 11, 2018

Quadrotor Maintains High Speed Flight With Just Three Rotors

If you don’t mind a little spinning, quadrotors can operate just fine as trirotors In 2014, we wrote about some failsafe software from ETH Zurich that allowed a quadrotor to remain fully controllable even with one busted motor. The unbalanced torque generated by three motors means that a quadrotor can’t help but spin, but with a bit of cleverness, software can compensate for the spin and keep the quadrotor stable and even allow it to obey control inputs, allowing it […]
October 11, 2018

Boston Dynamics Parkour Atlas

Atlas does parkour. The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 11, 2018

Collaborative Robot Market to Grow by 60% in 2018

by Ash Sharma, Research Director, Interact Analysis. The nascent collaborative robot market is set to grow by more than 60 percent this year according to an upcoming research report. from Interact Analysis. The industry was worth less than $400m last year but is set to grow Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 11, 2018

Piezoelectric and Piezoresistive Effects in Robotics

Below, we’ll look at piezoelectric and piezoresistive effects. Neither of those is new, but engineers are applying them in creative ways within the field of robotics or through methods that may one day improve robotics. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 11, 2018

Traffic Control Software Redefines Value Proposition of Mobile Robots

The flexibility and easy integration of AGVs with a Fleet Control System, coupled with a minimally invasive installation, mobile robot systems can provide a rapid return on investment and become a substantial contributor to reduced operating expenses. Source: Robotics Tomorrow