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MIT’s Andy McAfee to Deliver Keynote at RoboBusiness 2014
07/17/14 — That the organizers of RoboBusiness 2014 - on the tenth anniversary of this annual robotics event - sought to have MIT's Andy McAfee keynote at the upcoming venue (October 15-17, 2014) is a perfect fit for the audience that he will address. Actually, he's more than just a keynoter, rather, he's the simpatico spokesman for all those in the robotics industry laboring to push their brilliant machines onto the world's stage as well as for the investment community looking to fund potential winners among them. Andy McAfee, a Sloan School economist and co-founder of MIT's Center for Digital Business, is…


Children’s Book to Teach about Robots, Physics and Diversity
07/03/14 — A robotic dystopia that aims to teach both physics and diversity in a story co-written by children? That’s one of the newest crowdfunding appeals, with an interesting premise, adorable artwork and even a public plea to eventually take it into the cinema. So far it has 83 backers donating a total of $1,501 of the needed $7,777, with four weeks left to go. Apparently inspired by animated features such as “Cars” and “Planes,” the proposed book, “Stinky Robots,” posits an unspecific future in which robots rule; well, one tribe of them does. The FutuRobots are modern, sleek, digital and at…



Professors: Robots to Steal 50% of Global Jobs
07/03/14 — If you're worried robots are going to steal your job in the near future and take over the world, you're not going to like what a few professors recently said at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville event. Professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oxford University and Sussex University agree…

Nao Evolution Humanoid Robot Smarter, Stronger
06/25/14 — The name sounds as though it should be a film starring Keanu Reeves. However, Nao Evolution is the fifth and latest generation of Nao, the interactive, autonomous and programmable humanoid robot created by Aldebaran for research and education purposes. It boasts the most up-to-date operating system, NAOqi 2.0, now being…

Tetrix Prime Robotics Kit Advances STEM Education
06/18/14 — Pitsco Education is now taking pre-orders for its latest educational robotics building system, known as Tetrix Prime, with delivery slated for September 2014. The company says it is designed to teach various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. The company,…

KIBO Kit Uses Wooden Blocks to Teach Robotics
06/10/14 — The latest bid to teach robotics to pre-schoolers is gaining momentum – and funding. KIBO, from KinderLab Robotics, is a programming kit made up of, among other things, wooden blocks. It’s intended for kids ages 4 to 7, its two co-founders say - and they’re not the only two people…

New Robotic Ceiling Fan Learns User Preferences
06/05/14 — Who doesn't need a robotic ceiling fan? That must have been the question Big Ass Fans - yes, that's a name of an actual company - recently asked as it developed the Haiku robotic ceiling fan. Think of Haiku as the Nest of ceiling fans. It features SenseME technology and…

Innovative Toys Teach Children Technical Topics
05/30/14 — Back in the day, we played with the Easy-Bake oven and the ShrinkyDink. But apparently today’s tots want to program robots and wire their own dollhouses. Or so the entrepreneurs behind some high-tech toy startups would have you believe. For instance, former Google manager Vikas Gupta created the now 15-employee…

Meet Barobot: The Open Source Robot Bartender
05/22/14 — We've seen robot bartenders before, see Monsieur, and now there's an open-source competitor in the mix. Barobot launched this week on Kickstarter, pouring cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. Barobot features more than 1,000 cocktail recipes to choose from. It also includes an option to create your own…

Test Driving Google’s Self-Driving Cars
05/15/14 — While Google says a self-driving car is "still six years away," the tech giant is getting closer and closer to making the technology commercially viable. Two dozen reporters recently rode around Mountain View, Calif. inside a fleet of Google's autonomous vehicles. The 30-minute rides showed the vehicles' ability to automatically…

Can an Exoskeleton Control a Robot 250 Miles Away?
05/08/14 — André Schiele, leading ESA’s telerobotics lab, will attempt a very special demonstration of remote robotic operations at the TEDx RocketMinds event today in Darmstadt, Germany. Donning an exoskeleton that weighs just 10 kg, he will control a robot at ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk, the Netherlands – over 400 km…

4 Robots That Engage Students in STEM
05/01/14 — Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and…

How a Robotic Mouse Could Solve Cat Obesity
04/24/14 — An estimated 58 percent of domestic cats are overweight, which is just shy of the national average for humans. A large contributing factor to these felines’ weight problems is that their owners simply don’t have the recommended 20 minutes per day to commit to playing with them Dave Cohen, a…

Anki Drive Adds New Cars, Tracks, Race Mode
04/16/14 — Anki Drive owners have a slew of new reasons to get excited about the racing game with AI-enabled robotic toy cars that are controlled by iOS devices. The San Francisco-based startup and RBR50 company introduced two new tracks, two new cars, and a “race” mode to complement the standard “battle”…

TinkerBots Robot Building Kit Launches on Indiegogo
04/10/14 — TinkerBots is a modular robotics building set with the aim of encouraging children to learn about electronics through play. The Berlin-based makers behind the project are seeking to raise $100,000 over the next 46 days via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to get their kits to market. This is just the latest education-focused project trying to leverage…

Cybathlon 2016: First Olympics for Bionic Athletes
04/03/14 — The first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes, will take place in Switzerland in October 2016. The event will include a race where competitors control an avatar via a brain interface. There will also be races for competitors wearing prosthetic limbs and exo-skeletons. Hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center…

Oakland University Starting 4-Year Industrial Robotics Program
03/26/14 — Oakland University will build a four-year industrial robotics and automation program thanks to a donation from a leading supplier of industrial robots. Oakland University is a public university whose 1,500-acre campus is located in central Oakland County, Mich.ABB Robotics' $50,000 gift to OU's School of Engineering and Computer Science will prepare…

iRobot Selling Ava 500 iPad-Controlled Telepresence Robot
03/19/14 — Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot is now selling its Ava 500 telepresence robot in the U.S., Canada and select European markets through select certified Cisco resellers. Co-developed by Cisco, Ava 500 features a 21.5-inch LCD screen and boasts dual benefits of telepresence (via Cisco’s Telepresence EX60 software) and a physical presence through…

Drones Changing the Way We Watch Sports
03/12/14 — A couple of years ago, Ryan Baker founded Arch Aerial, a Houston-based drone manufacturer. An archaeologist by training, Baker photographed excavations for clients and eventually moved into working on films. Then, universities and high schools came knocking; they wanted drones to film their athletics. Now, with drones recently shooting sports…

Drones Legal in US, Judge Rules
03/07/14 — Commercial drones, for now, are legal in U.S. skies. Judge Patrick Geraghty of the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has no authority over small unmanned aircrafts. Geraghty dismissed a $10,000 reckless flying fine levied by the FAA against Swiss drone operator Raphael Pirker, who…




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