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Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.

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Self-Driving Cars Approved for Public Tests in Germany
May 12, 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
May 12, 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
May 11, 2017 · EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
Georgia OKs Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads
May 9, 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
May 8, 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
May 8, 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.
Lyrebird AI Learns to Copy Voices in 1 Minute
May 1, 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.
TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule
April 24, 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
April 21, 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
April 19, 2017 · The University of Twente has built a mini robot cheetah in hope of replicating its movements to improve how legged robots move.
FAA Faces Second Drone Audit
April 19, 2017 · The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being audited for the second time by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT IG) for its "approval and oversight processes" for drones. The audit, which will begin in April 2017, will assess both the processes for granting waivers and its "risk-based oversight" for entities that do have waivers under the Part 107 rulemaking for commercial drone operations.
Poker AI Wins $290K from Humans
April 12, 2017 · An AI poker system called Lengpudashi won $290,000 after beating five Chinese pokers players during a five-day competition. The "landslide" victory was the second time in 2017 an AI program beat competitive poker players.
Marble Delivery Robots Working for Yelp Eat24 in San Francisco
April 12, 2017 · Yelp Eat24 is testing Marble's delivery robots in two San Francisco neighborhoods. Marble's delivery robots are over four feet tall, travel 3-4 MPH and hold up to four grocery bags at a time.
Honda Miimo Robot Lawn Mower Comes to US
April 11, 2017 · Honda is bringing its robot lawn mowers to backyards in the United States starting in June 2017. Honda introduced two Miimo robot lawn mowers that will be available at select dealerships nationwide, excluding California.
MegaBots Giant Robot Fight Set for August 2017
April 5, 2017 · MegaBots says the long-awaited giant robot fight between its Mk. III and Team Japan's KURATAS will take place in August 2017. The location of the giant robot fight isn't being released to ensure no further delays.
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