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SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
By Steve Crowe · 14 November, 2017 • Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The new SpotMini has a whole new look, ditched the manipulator robot arm and added 3D vision cameras for obstacle avoidance.
3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
By Todd Richmond, Director, USC Mixed Reality Lab · 15 November, 2017 • A lot of work still needs to be done before we start hailing our automated Ubers and Lyfts, whizzing around cities in fully autonomous vehicles. And Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality will play a large role in making the (safe) driverless vehicles of tomorrow a reality.
New Emotional Robotics Lab to Study Human-Robot Interaction
By RT Staff · 15 November, 2017 • The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support.
Inside the Autonomous Super Highway Race
By Oliver Mitchell · 14 November, 2017 • As autonomous vehicles are speeding ahead toward adoption, one challenge that Cruise, Waymo and others may encounter within the busy canyons of urban centers is the loss of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data. Robots require a complex suite of coordinating data systems that bounce between orbiting satellites to provide positioning and communication links to accurately navigate our world.
AI Cooks up Recipes for Materials Fabrication
By MIT News · 9 November, 2017 • A new machine-learning system could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials.
RoboBusiness Europe Call for Papers
By RT Staff · 9 November, 2017 • RoboBusiness Europe 2018 will take place February 13-15 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands as part of the 2nd International Robotics Week. RoboBusiness Europe is now seeking proposals for your papers and panel sessions.
10 Memorable ROS-based Robots
By RT Staff · 7 November, 2017 • The Robot Operating System (ROS) turns 10 today. To celebrate, we take a look at 10 memorable ROS-based robots throughout the years.
Watch a Sawyer Robot Give out Halloween Candy
By Steve Crowe · 2 November, 2017 • Georgia Tech's Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning Lab used a Rethink Robotics' Sawyer cobot to hand out 1,000 pieces of candy in three hours to trick or treaters.
Toyota Finds ‘Extreme’ Test Site for New Self-Driving Car
By Steve Crowe · 31 October, 2017 • Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will test its Platform 2.1 autonomous driving system at California’s GoMentum Station. TRI said "GoMentum’s varied terrain, and real-life infrastructure including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of" autonomous vehicles.
Pros & Cons of Trump’s Drone Expansion Program
By Steve Crowe · 30 October, 2017 • Jonathan Rupprecht, a leading aviation lawyer who specializes in drones, weighs in with pros and cons of President Trump's plan to expand drone use.
Caltech Opens Autonomous Systems Research Center
By RT Staff · 30 October, 2017 • The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, a new 10,000-square-foot facility at the California Institute of Technology, will unite engineers and scientists to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning.
Will Robots Take Over for Human Surgeons?
By Oliver Mitchell · 30 October, 2017 • The Internet hummed last week with reports that "humans still make better surgeons than robots." Oliver Mitchell takes a closer look.
Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Pepper, the popular humanoid robot from Softbank, is adding facial recognition technology to its repertoire. SoftBank will use Ever AI's facial recognition platform in hopes of bringing new levels of personalization to Peppers interactions.
‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Ford's "Robutt" robot mimics human buttocks to help the company design better car seats. A KUKA industrial robot arm lifts Robutt in and out of a seat 25,000 times over a three-week period to help design seats that will help passengers remain comfortable for longer.
Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899
By Steve Crowe · 26 October, 2017 • Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.

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SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The...

3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
A lot of work still needs to be done before we start...

New Emotional Robotics Lab to Study Human-Robot Interaction
The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics...

Inside the Autonomous Super Highway Race
As autonomous vehicles are speeding ahead toward adoption, one challenge that Cruise,...