FAA to Approve Drone Flights BVLOS at Test Site
The FAA is expected to approve drone flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota. The test site will become the first in the United States to allow drones to fly BVLOS without a chase plane. The approval applies to larger drones, but it could trickle down to smaller drones for lower-altitude applications. Robot Fun · DronesAmazon Echo Data Sought in First-Degree Murder Case
Authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates. Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder of Victor Collins. Household · Personal Robots · Family RobotZenbo Home Robot Goes on Sale Jan. 1 in Taiwan
ASUS' Zenbo home robot is designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families. ASUS will start selling 32G and 128G versions of Zenbo in Taiwan beginning January 1, 2017. Household · Personal Robots · Family RobotPlen Cube Personal Assistant Robot Launching at CES
PLENGoer Robotics will launch at CES 2017 its PLEN CUBE palm-sized personal assistant robot. Household · Personal RobotsFlirtey, 7-Eleven Make Weekend Store-to-Home Drone Deliveries
Flirtey and 7-Eleven have completed one month of store-to-home drone deliveries to a dozen homes in Reno, Nevada. Robot Fun · DronesInfineon Self-Driving Car Tech Coming to CES
German semiconductor giant Infineon Technologies will demo its advanced driver assistance system and its 77 GHz radar and LiDAR and 3D cameras that are making self-driving cars safer. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationWorld’s Fastest Tricopter to be Demoed at CES
YI Technology will for the first time in the United States conduct a live demo of its Erida tricopter during CES 2017. YI claims Erida is the world's fastest tricopter with a top speed of 75 MPH. Robot Fun · DronesVote: Which Star Wars Movie is the Best?
Help us rank the best and worst Star Wars movies of all-time. This should be fun. Let the debate begin!10 Most Realistic Star Wars Robots
Think Star Wars' droids are just science fiction? Robots are coming into our daily lives and are turning fiction into fact. Future TechRoboBusiness 2017 Call for Speakers
RoboBusiness 2017 is accepting proposals from qualified presenters for our conference, which will be held on Sept. 27 and 28, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif.Watch Pepper Robot Learn to Play Darts
Pepper uses trial-and-error learning to learn how to play darts. A human initially guides Pepper's arm to teach it how to throw, but Pepper hits a bulls-eye after just 60 throws. Future Tech · Humanoid RobotsWatch Amazon Prime Air’s First Drone Delivery
Amazon Prime Air completed it first drone delivery on December 7, 2016, delivering an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn to a customer in Cambridgeshire, England. The entire process - from the order being placed to the package arriving at the customer's home - took 13 minutes. Robot Fun · DronesWaymo is Google’s New Self-Driving Car Company
Google's self-driving car project is now known as Waymo, a standalone company under the Alphabet corporate umbrella. And that could mean it's time to take the technology to market. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationPanasonic Robot Bags Your Groceries
It's not quite Amazon Go, but Panasonic is testing a robot at a Japanese convenience store that scans and bags your groceries. Future TechTop 50 Robotics Companies of 2017: Cast Your Vote
The RBR50 is accepting nominations for the top 50 robotics companies to follow in 2017. Enter your RBR50 nominations now!
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