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Rolls-Royce Adding Robot Chauffeurs
10/09/14 — Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade. "But we have already autonomous driving – we have chauffeurs," joked Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos while speaking to Drive at the Paris motor show last week. "Seriously, that certainly fits well within our brand and is maybe even considered the next step towards the effortless driving experience; letting a little robot drive your car in a very smooth and efficient…


NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
10/02/14 — After a New Jersey man spotted his neighbor's camera-equipped drone flying over his house this week, he fetched a shotgun and peppered the drone with holes, knocking it from the sky. Did he have a right to do so?Even though local police arrested the man on unlawful weapons charges, some people will feel he had the right to defend himself against an unlawful robot intrusion. More broadly, the episode highlights an emerging issue as more drones take to the skies: how to balance the rights of drone owners against people's rights to privacy and self-defense. Home as a castle, from…



RFID Gives Robots Better Vision to Locate Items
09/25/14 — Robot vision - and comprehension of what the robot sees - is one of the major sticking points when it comes to household helper robots. But robots don't have to be subject to the limitations of human senses - particularly if they can tap into technologies such as NFC and…

Anki Drive Robotic Cars Adding Android Support
09/18/14 — Ever since Anki Drive -- a toy car racing system powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning -- made a big splash at Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, it's been iOS-only. That ends next month, however, as Anki Drive is finally coming to Android for the first time. Sean Levatino, Anki's…

Nao Humanoid Robot Learns to Drive Mini BMW Z4
09/11/14 — Aldebaran Robotics' RobotsLAB, maker and seller of the small humanoid robot, Nao, has built a miniature version of the BMW Z4 for the Nao robot to drive around - and it's for sale to consumers already.The Nao robot has made a splash in the educational community - it comes with…

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Maps, Cleans Rooms
09/04/14 — It has taken 16 years but James Dyson has achieved one of his dreams: to build a robotic vacuum cleaner. As befits a device of the modern age, it can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app – and reports on where it has been. The Dyson 360 Eye relies…

Abu Dhabi School Hires Robot Teachers
08/28/14 — Robots will soon be teaching basic math and other subjects at a private school in Abu Dhabi. Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence. Humanoid AISOY…

Robots Cook, Serve Food at Restaurant in China
08/21/14 — It's more teatime than Terminator — a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. Mechanical staff greet customers, deliver dishes to tables and even stir-fry meat and vegetables at the eatery in Kunshan, which opened last week. "My daughter…

Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
08/14/14 — I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind…

Korean Baseball Team Fills Stands with Robot Fans
08/06/14 — A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost…

Will the UK Embrace Self-Driving Cars?
07/31/14 — Driverless cars have been knocking around for decades. Newsweek magazine carried a wonderful advert featuring a self-driven bubble-top back in 1956. The occupants, a wholesome all-American family of mom, pop, boy and girl, were shown playing a board game around a table while their car followed a central painted line…

Logitraxx FPGA-based Robot Kit Launches on Kickstarter
07/23/14 — Attention DIY robot hobbyists thinking Christmas in July: If the Logitraxx Tracked Robot Kit is sufficiently funded on Kickstarter by the Aug. 24 deadline, it will be made available to its backers in time for the holiday season. At press time, the learning kit had 16 backers and riased nearly…

MIT’s Andy McAfee to Deliver Keynote at RoboBusiness 2014
07/17/14 — That the organizers of RoboBusiness 2014 - on the tenth anniversary of this annual robotics event - sought to have MIT's Andy McAfee keynote at the upcoming venue (October 15-17, 2014) is a perfect fit for the audience that he will address. Actually, he's more than just a keynoter, rather,…

Children’s Book to Teach about Robots, Physics and Diversity
07/03/14 — A robotic dystopia that aims to teach both physics and diversity in a story co-written by children? That’s one of the newest crowdfunding appeals, with an interesting premise, adorable artwork and even a public plea to eventually take it into the cinema. So far it has 83 backers donating a…

Professors: Robots to Steal 50% of Global Jobs
07/03/14 — If you're worried robots are going to steal your job in the near future and take over the world, you're not going to like what a few professors recently said at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville event. Professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oxford University and Sussex University agree…

Nao Evolution Humanoid Robot Smarter, Stronger
06/25/14 — The name sounds as though it should be a film starring Keanu Reeves. However, Nao Evolution is the fifth and latest generation of Nao, the interactive, autonomous and programmable humanoid robot created by Aldebaran for research and education purposes. It boasts the most up-to-date operating system, NAOqi 2.0, now being…

Tetrix Prime Robotics Kit Advances STEM Education
06/18/14 — Pitsco Education is now taking pre-orders for its latest educational robotics building system, known as Tetrix Prime, with delivery slated for September 2014. The company says it is designed to teach various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. The company,…

KIBO Kit Uses Wooden Blocks to Teach Robotics
06/10/14 — The latest bid to teach robotics to pre-schoolers is gaining momentum – and funding. KIBO, from KinderLab Robotics, is a programming kit made up of, among other things, wooden blocks. It’s intended for kids ages 4 to 7, its two co-founders say - and they’re not the only two people…

New Robotic Ceiling Fan Learns User Preferences
06/05/14 — Who doesn't need a robotic ceiling fan? That must have been the question Big Ass Fans - yes, that's a name of an actual company - recently asked as it developed the Haiku robotic ceiling fan. Think of Haiku as the Nest of ceiling fans. It features SenseME technology and…

Innovative Toys Teach Children Technical Topics
05/30/14 — Back in the day, we played with the Easy-Bake oven and the ShrinkyDink. But apparently today’s tots want to program robots and wire their own dollhouses. Or so the entrepreneurs behind some high-tech toy startups would have you believe. For instance, former Google manager Vikas Gupta created the now 15-employee…




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