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Mobile robots, a view from the trenches: a roundtable discussion

The market for autonomous mobile robots continues to thrive, with a forecast of a 24 percent compound annual growth rate for 2018-2022, per Technavio. New players continue to enter the fray, and innovative new applications and proven use in large fleets are contributing to these vendors’ success. To better understand the growth, the challenges, and…

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Build, Hack, and Deploy Detectors to Measure Solar UV Radiation

  Sunlight is essential for our survival, but too much of a good thing can sometimes be harmful. That certainly applies to the invisible ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths of sunlight, for too much exposure to UV can cause sunburn and even skin cancer. …

The first walking robot that moves without GPS

Desert ants are extraordinary solitary navigators. Researchers were inspired by these ants as they designed AntBot, the first walking robot that can explore its environment randomly and go home automatically, without GPS or mapping. This work opens up …

Getting a grip on human-robot cooperation

There is a time when a successful cooperation between humans and robots has decisive importance: it is in the precise moment that one “actor” is required to hand an object to another “actor” and, therefore, to coordinate their actions accordingly. But …

Robot Attempts to Navigate As Well As a Tiny Desert Ant

Desert ants can navigate remarkably well with the aid of the sun, a skill that robots are trying to duplicate

J&J acquires Auris Health for $3.4B

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is upping its robotic surgery play as its subsidiary Ethicon today inked a $3.4 billion deal to acquire Auris Health and its FDA-cleared Monarch platform. Auris is surgical robotics pioneer Dr. Fred Moll’s newest robotic surgical play. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson said the deal will include an additional $2.35 billion in milestone-based…

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Revealing human antibody secrets

Using sophisticated gene sequencing and computing techniques, researchers have achieved a first-of-its-kind glimpse into how the body’s immune system gears up to fight off infection.

Endeavor acquisition positions FLIR as next-gen defense robot leader

FLIR Systems Inc. is moving full-steam ahead in its quest to be known as a provider of unmanned systems, not just the thermal imaging cameras, sensors, and components inside them. Wilsonville, Ore.-based FLIR this week agreed to acquire Chelmsford, Mass.-based Endeavor Robotics for $385 million in cash. This is the latest in a series of…

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TuSimple gets heavy-duty funding for autonomous fleet

TuSimple, which is developing self-driving trucks, today said that it has raised $95 million in Series D funding. The San Diego startup has a valuation of $1 billion and plans to use the investment for further development and commercialization. Chinese media company Sina Corp. led the round, and Hong Kong-based Composite Capital participated. After its…

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Join Our Free Learning Event To Get Started With VR In Unity

Join us on February 21st for this free learning event. Dive into virtual reality creation with host Sky Rolnick and learn how to bring virtual worlds to life. You only need a free membership, and spots for the live viewing are limited, so sign up quick…