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Robotics | IoT

MIT CSAIL robot manipulates unknown objects using 3D keypoints

Imagine that you’re in your kitchen, and you’re trying to explain to a friend where to return a coffee cup. If you tell them to “hang the mug on the hook by its handle,” they have to make that happen by doing a fairly extensive series of actions in a very precise order: noticing the…

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Schunk Expert Days reveal state of robotics

One of the things I like about attending Schunk’s annual two-day International Expert Days conference is that it covers a range of topics. From conversations with speakers, exhibitors, and fellow attendees, I get a feel for what users need and the challenges robot and gripper makers face in meeting those needs. Another attraction is that…

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Fears of job-stealing robots are misplaced, say experts

Some good news: The robots aren’t coming for your job. Experts at the Conference on the Future of Work at Stanford University last month said that fears that rapid advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation will leave all of us unemployed are vastly overstated. But concerns over growing inequality and the lack of opportunity…

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How sea slugs could lead to more energy-efficient robots

Keynotes | Agenda | Speakers | Exhibitors | Register What do pizza slices, sea slugs and one possible design for future soft-bodied robots have in common? They all have frilly surfaces, and new insights about the surprising geometry of frilly surfaces may help a future generation of energy-efficient and extremely flexible soft-body robots move. The…

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Ultra-low power hybrid chips make small robots smarter

Keynotes | Agenda | Speakers | Exhibitors | Register An ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the brain could help give palm-sized robots the ability to collaborate and learn from their experiences. Combined with new generations of low-power motors and sensors, the new application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) – which operates on milliwatts of power –…

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Teamwork, mentoring keys to success, say 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award winners

This week, the Robotic Industries Association named this year’s recipients of the Engelberger Robotics Awards. The prestigious awards recognize people who have contributed to the advancement of automation for the benefit of humanity. They will be presented at a special dinner at Automate 2019. Howie Choset will receive the award for education. As a professor,…

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Robotics Summit & Expo announces academic registration discounts

Keynotes | Agenda | Speakers | Exhibitors | Register The Robotics Summit & Expo, produced by The Robot Report and WTWH Media, is pleased to announce its Academic Outreach Program. The program offers academics, researchers and students at colleges, universities and research centers complimentary and discounted full conference passes. The Robotics Summit & Expo, which…

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MIT mini cheetah is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip

MIT’s new mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. The four-legged power pack can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast…

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ARM announces fourth call for manufacturing robotics projects

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) last week issued a formal solicitation for a call for proposals for eight topic areas relative to advancing robotics technology for manufacturing. Pittsburgh-based ARM is the nation’s leading public-private collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. It is part of the Manufacturing USA network and focuses on increasing U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness…

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Robotics cluster in Odense, Denmark, offers metrics for growth

What makes a robotics cluster successful? Proximity to university research and talent, government support of entrepreneurship, and a focus on industry end users are all important. Around the world, regions have proclaimed initiatives to become “the next Silicon Valley.” However, there have been relatively few metrics to describe robotics hubs — until now. This week,…

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