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Embark Self-Driving Trucks Take on Otto
Embark's self-driving trucks use deep neural networks to teach themselves how to drive on highways. Once they enter city limits, Embark's self-driving trucks hand control over the the human driver to drive through the city streets to the final destination.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
Founder of Faulhaber Fab Lab Dies at 68
Fritz Faulhaber, a pioneer in high-precision micro motor and drive systems, died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 68.
Gill Pratt, Daniela Rus Win Engelberger Robotics Awards
Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and Dr. Daniela Rus, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the recipients of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards. Pratt won the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards for Leadership, while Rus takes home the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards for Education.
Education · Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
UPS Delivery Drone Launches from Truck
UPS has completed the first test of its truck-launched HorseFly delivery drones. Conducted in a small suburb of Tampa, Florida, a modified UPS truck launched a drone that delivered a package and then returned to the truck as it continued to drive along its route.
Robot Fun · Drones
NASA Wants 3D-Printed Houses on Mars for Astronauts
Habitats for the first astronauts on Mars could be 3D printed, by extracting and refining metals from the soil. A professor from the University of Central Florida is working with NASA on how to do so.
Robot Fun · 3D Printers
Mini 3D-Printed Lens Could Help Robots See Better
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed camera lens that allows for speedier image processing. This lens could help drones, robots and self-driving cars see better.
Robot Fun · 3D Printers
Cloud-Seeding Drone Completes 1 Hour BVLOS Flight
The one-hour BVLOS test flight of the Savant cloud-seeding drone covered 28 nautical miles. It was the longest unmanned, cross-country round-trip flight in Nevada history.
Robot Fun · Drones
What AI Can and Can’t Do: DARPA’s Realistic View
Is artificial intelligence a risk to humanity? DARPA weighs in on what it AI can do, what it can’t do, and where it is headed.
Future Tech
Should Robots That Take Jobs Pay Taxes?
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates say robots should pay taxes if they take jobs from humans. Do you agree?
Shakey, World’s First Mobile Robot, Honored by IEEE
Shakey, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, was honored with the IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The award honors "significant inventions, locations or events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefited humanity, and which are at least 25 years old."
Education · Mobile Robots
Panasonic Smart Cart Helps You Take a Load Off
Panasonic's Smart Cart is a prototype mobile robot that can tow either standard airport luggage carts or grocery carts. It can haul up to 330 lbs, including the weight of the cart itself. The Smart Cart can autonomously follow its user by tracking his or her footsteps.
Household · Personal Robots · Shopping Assistant
Six-Legged Robots Now Have a Faster Gait
Researchers have discovered the faster and more efficient "bipod gait," which has never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground.
Amazon Echo, Google Home Want to Let You Make Phone Calls
Amazon Echo and Google Home are reportedly looking to add the ability to make voice calls to the smart speakers, but concerns about privacy, emergency services, and regulatory hurdles are slowing down the process.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot
ElliQ Robot Maker Intuition Robotics Raises Funding from iRobot
Intuition Robotics has announced funding from iRobot Ventures, the strategic investment arm of iRobot, and equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. This investment brings the total funding in the company to $6 million across various funding instruments.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot · Health & Sports
Drive.ai Self-Driving Car Handles Rainy Calif. Streets at Night
Watch Drive.ai's self-driving car drive through the dark, rainy streets of Mountain View, California, flawlessly handling a busy four-way stop sign, a car that cuts it off, and a broken red light.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation

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