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ArcShell offers modular automation development with Bash

ArcShell is an open-source modular development framework for building automation solutions using Bash. It runs on most Unix and Linux hosts. It’s easy to install, easy to distribute, and easy to build upon. New capabilities are added every week, and the project is actively maintained. I am the founder of Arclogic Software and the developer…

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3D sensors: new applications & approaches to robot safety

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post republished with permission from Veo Robotics. The views expressed here are solely those of Veo Robotics. For more information, follow Veo Robotics’ blog. In a number of previous blog posts we’ve discussed why human-robot collaboration is superior to fully-automated or fully-manual solutions in terms of flexibility, cost, and…

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Jibo’s goodbye: social robots hard to build

I, like many roboticists before me, have built my fair share of home robots headed for market. Only to later to throw in the towel once the team realized that the cost/performance trade offs forced the capabilities so low that the typical user could not derive significant value. So comes the sad but unsurprising news…

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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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FDA warns about using surgical robots for cancer treatment

Keynotes | Speakers | Exhibitors | Register The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against the use of surgical robots in mastectomies and other surgeries for the treatment or prevention of cancer. The FDA said the safety and effectiveness of surgical robots have not been established for use in mastectomies or…

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Amazon keeps on truckin’ with autonomous vehicle investments

Amazon has moved on as quickly as its same-day deliveries by announcing, almost concurrent with its breakup call to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, more than $1 billion of new funding for electric vehicles and self-driving cars. On Feb. 15, a day after reporting on Amazon’s rejection of New York City as the site for…

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How a Chinese slowdown could help — or hurt — robotics

China is the most attractive market in the world for robotics suppliers, with a relatively low robot density, lots of manufacturing, and fewer regulations than in other countries. At the same time, there are plenty of things to discourage business, from worries about trade disputes and intellectual property to the recent Chinese slowdown. How should…

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Build better robots by listening to customer backlash

In the wake of the closure of Apple’s autonomous car division (Project Titan) this week, one questions if Steve Jobs’ axiom still holds true. “Some people say, ‘Give the customers what they want.’ But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do,” declared Jobs, who…

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Automation needs to strike balancing act

Earlier this month, I crawled into Dr. Wendy Ju‘s autonomous car simulator to explore the future of human-machine interfaces at Cornell Tech’s Tata Innovation Center. Dr Ju recently moved to the Roosevelt Island campus from Stanford University. While in California, the roboticist was famous for making videos capturing people’s reactions to self-driving cars using students…

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5 robotics development tips

Here are my top 5 robotics development tips that will help you build a robotic solution, whether you’re a novice getting into robotics or an experienced roboticist building the next big thing. First, make sure your robot is needed When it comes to building any robot, first and foremost, do your research. Make sure customers want…

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