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FAA’s Recreational Drone Registration Struck Down in Court
By Steve Crowe · 19 May, 2017 • A federal court rules the FAA's mandatory recreational drone registration violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act that Congress passed in 2012. For now, drones used for recreational purposes don't need to be registered with the FAA, however, drones used for commercial purposes still need to be registered.
Self-Driving Cars Approved for Public Tests in Germany
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2017 • Germany passed a law that allows self-driving car tests on public roads. A human driver needs to be behind the wheel at all times, and the cars need to have a black box that tracks data in case of accidents.
Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2017 • The Active Pelvis Orthosis is a smart exoskeleton that recognizes in just 350 milliseconds a person has lost their balance. The exoskeleton then applies force to the hips to counterbalance the slip and prevent a fall.
EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 11 May, 2017 • EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills
By Tim Hornyak · 10 May, 2017 • MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a Constraints Learning (C-LEARN) system that easily teaches robots a variety of tasks, including opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. After a robot learns a new skill with this C-LEARN system, that knowledge can be automatically transferred to other robots.
Georgia OKs Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads
By Steve Crowe · 9 May, 2017 • Georgia becomes the latest state to legalize testing of self-driving cars on public roads. The bill won't require humans in self-driving cars to have a valid driver's license. However, the self-driving cars must be registered as automated vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles, must maintain a valid insurance policy, and follow speed limits designated by local order.
Meet the LiveWorx Robotics Lineup
By Steve Crowe · 8 May, 2017 • Meet the speaker lineup for the Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles Track at LiveWorx 2017, including Boston Engineering, CyPhy Works, Jibo, MIT, Soft Robotics, Vecna, WPI and more.
Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Increases Speed Limit to 90 MPH
By Steve Crowe · 8 May, 2017 • Tesla has updated Autopilot 2.0, increasing Autosteer's speed limit on highways to 90 MPH and removing the speed limit during off-highway driving.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum Comparison
By RT Staff · 2 May, 2017 • Here's how iRobot's new Roomba 690 robot vacuum compares to other Roombas and other budget-friendly robot vacuums.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
By RT Staff · 2 May, 2017 • The iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum is the company's most affordable robot vacuum with app-connected smarts.
Lyrebird AI Learns to Copy Voices in 1 Minute
By Steve Crowe · 1 May, 2017 • Montreal-based AI startup Lyrebird has created voice imitation technology that can "copy the voice of anyone" after listening to just 60 seconds of audio. Lyrebird wants to use the technology for good reasons, but it's easy to imagine the technology being used to create false recordings of people.
How Intel Joule Brings Power to Robotics Prototyping
By RT Staff · 28 April, 2017 • Just as PCs and smartphones have become more powerful at a lower cost, next-generation robots are destined for the same path. Increased processing power will be a main driver in mass adoption of robotics, and chip giant Intel is hoping to be at the center of the movement with its Joule development platform.
TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule
By Steve Crowe · 24 April, 2017 • The TurtleBot 2i, a modular ROS-based robot powered by Intel Joule, enables the development of next-gen advanced robots.
Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life
By Steve Crowe · 21 April, 2017 • This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and two in its ankles, to dance to the music it plays.
Mini Robot Cheetah Could Give Legged Robots Smoother Gait
By Steve Crowe · 19 April, 2017 • The University of Twente has built a mini robot cheetah in hope of replicating its movements to improve how legged robots move.

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FAA’s Recreational Drone Registration Struck Down in Court
A federal court rules the FAA's mandatory recreational drone registration violates Section 336...

Self-Driving Cars Approved for Public Tests in Germany
Germany passed a law that allows self-driving car tests on public roads....

Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls
The Active Pelvis Orthosis is a smart exoskeleton that recognizes in just 350...

EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons
EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that...