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February 9, 2017
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Toyota’s Gill Pratt on Self-Driving Cars and the Reality of Full Autonomy

Cars That Think Transportation Self-Driving Toyota's Gill Pratt on Self-Driving Cars and the Reality of Full Autonomy By Evan Ackerman Posted 23 Jan 2017 | 19:55 GMT Photo: David Becker/Getty Images Dr. Gill Pratt leads the Toyota Research Institute, which is investing over a billion dollars in..
February 9, 2017
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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

Tech Talk Robotics Artificial Intelligence AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds By Jeremy Hsu Posted 24 Jan 2017 | 19:09 GMT Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage/Getty Images A view of demonstrators marching on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 i..
February 9, 2017
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Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots

Automaton Robotics Home Robots Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots By Evan Ackerman Posted 24 Jan 2017 | 20:45 GMT Image: Bots_Alive How do you make a robot toy that’s both interesting and affordable? It’s a hard problem: Making an interesting robot means giving it intelligence an..
February 9, 2017
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DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones

Automaton Robotics Industrial Robots DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones By Evan Ackerman Posted 25 Jan 2017 | 22:15 GMT Photo: Draper The R&D company Draper is developing an insect-control "backpack" with integrated energy, guidance, and navigation systems, shown here on a ..
February 9, 2017
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Robotics Veteran Raises Venture Capital to Build Exoskeleton

Alistair Blair for Bloomberg Technology: The word "robot" conjures images of bulky, metal humanoid objects moving awkwardly. Robotics veteran Rich Mahoney is trying to change that perception by creating a robotic exoskeleton people can wear. After more than seven years running a robotics group at S..
February 9, 2017
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Microbots: Microsoft’s multi-pronged robotics play takes shape

Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft: In the early 2000s, Microsoft was all-in on robotics. By the middle of that decade, the company seemingly had all but abandoned the robotics space. But this may be the year that Microsoft may be ready to get back into robotics, on multiple fronts. When Micros..
February 8, 2017
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Video Friday: Muscle for Tough Robots, Cobots on Wheels, and WALK-MAN Goes for a Walk

Automaton Robotics Humanoid Robots Video Friday: Muscle for Tough Robots, Cobots on Wheels, and WALK-MAN Goes for a Walk By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo Posted 27 Jan 2017 | 20:58 GMT Image: WALK-MAN Project via YouTube WALK-MAN humanoid robot steps over an obstacle during a demonstration. Video F..
February 8, 2017
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AI Decisively Defeats Human Poker Players

Automaton Robotics Artificial Intelligence AI Decisively Defeats Human Poker Players By Jeremy Hsu Posted 31 Jan 2017 | 15:12 GMT Photo: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/AP Photo Poker pro Jason Les (with computer mouse in hand) plays against the Libratus AI. Humanity has finally folded under the..
February 8, 2017
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Swarms of Disposable Drones Will Make Critical Deliveries and Then Vanish

Automaton Robotics Drones Swarms of Disposable Drones Will Make Critical Deliveries and Then Vanish By Evan Ackerman Posted 1 Feb 2017 | 22:05 GMT Photo: Otherlab San Francisco R&D firm Otherlab is developing a low-cost, precision air-delivery system using paper drones. The drones have no propellers..
February 8, 2017
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The Self-Driving Car’s Bicycle Problem

Cars That Think Transportation Self-Driving The Self-Driving Car's Bicycle Problem By Peter Fairley Posted 31 Jan 2017 | 18:20 GMT Photo: iStockphoto Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they’re getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, th..
February 8, 2017
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Heat-Sensitive Skin Could Let Prosthetics Feel Warmth

The Human OS Biomedical Bionics Heat-Sensitive Skin Could Let Prosthetics Feel Warmth By Charles Q. Choi Posted 1 Feb 2017 | 19:00 GMT Photo: Caltech/Science Robotics Artificial skin as heat-sensitive as pit vipers—the most sensitive heat detectors in nature—could one day help prosthetics and robot ..
February 8, 2017
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Bat Robot Offers Safety and Maneuverability in Bioinspired Design

Automaton Robotics Drones Bat Robot Offers Safety and Maneuverability in Bioinspired Design By Evan Ackerman Posted 1 Feb 2017 | 20:15 GMT Image: Science Robotics With a few exceptions, quadrotors are the go-to aerial robot when you need something small, fast, and maneuverable. This is because quadr..
February 8, 2017
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Piaggio’s Cargo Robot Uses Visual SLAM to Follow You Anywhere

Automaton Robotics Home Robots Piaggio's Cargo Robot Uses Visual SLAM to Follow You Anywhere By Evan Ackerman Posted 2 Feb 2017 | 22:20 GMT Photo: PFF Humans spend a lot of time carrying things. We don’t like carrying things. An Italian company called Piaggio wants to solve that problem with a ..
February 8, 2017
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Video Friday: A Humanoid in the Kitchen, Transparent Gel Robots, and NFL’s Ball-Dropping Drone

Automaton Robotics Humanoid Robots Video Friday: A Humanoid in the Kitchen, Transparent Gel Robots, and NFL's Ball-Dropping Drone By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo Posted 3 Feb 2017 | 20:45 GMT Image: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology via YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome..
February 8, 2017
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Rethink’s Robots Get Massive Software Upgrade, Rodney Brooks “So Excited”

Automaton Robotics Industrial Robots Rethink’s Robots Get Massive Software Upgrade, Rodney Brooks “So Excited” By Erico Guizzo Posted 7 Feb 2017 | 21:35 GMT Photo: Rethink Robotics Rodney Brooks’s startup Rethink Robotics is releasing software to make its collaborative robot Sawyer more versatile an..