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Tesla Working Towards 90 Percent Autonomous Car Within Three Years
09/18/13 — Tesla Motors has somehow managed to make a car that's miles ahead of anything else  by virtue of its innovative technology. Instead of being content with that, Elon Musk has decided that the next step is to go autonomous. Or at least, mostly autonomous. As with most of Elon Musk's awesomely crazy…

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
09/18/13 — I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious. He makes noises while he cleans that make me feel as if he’s communicating with me, which contributes to the fact that I have assigned him a sex. He exists in a liminal space between animate and inanimate, but…

Texas Instruments Powers New LEGO Robotic Platform
09/11/13 — Texas Instruments has announced that Sitara processors, along with TI connectivity and analog solutions, have been selected to power the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics platform that is now available. The robotics tool kit contains hardware and software to create customizable and programmable robots and features a programmable brick computer powered…

3-D Printing, Meet Same-Day Delivery: Amazon’s New Model
09/04/13 — 3-D printing could someday help Amazon achieve same-day delivery without requiring that huge inventories sit in regional warehouses across the country. But plenty of experts say 3-D printers still have a long way to go before they can make a serious dent in the supply chain that connects businesses to…

Flying House-Cleaning Robot Designed for Competition
08/28/13 — If you've ever wished your house would automatically clean itself, so you could get a little free time — you're not alone. An industrial-design student in Colombia has conceptualized an automated cleaning system in which flying robots would do all the dirty work. Designer Adrian Perez Zapata came up with "Mab," which…

The Triple Threat: Roomba, Scooba, and Now Braava
08/28/13 — iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, recently announced the release of a floor mopping robot, the Braava. The company has sold over 10 million home robots worldwide since their 2002 launch of the Roomba vacuum. With such busy lives, where typical lunches last only 30 minutes and…

Robotic Work Zone Flagger Prevents Accidents
08/21/13 — Synergy Technology has launched the Automated Flagger AF-100 robotic work zone flagger, which is a trailer-mounted signal light with a gate arm that raises and lowers to direct traffic around a single lane work zone. Deployment of two radio-controlled signal trailers allow road crews to provide high-visibility traffic signals and…

Cute Owl Robot Makes Learning a Hoot
08/14/13 — Life’s busy—but children still need active engagement & attention Many parents struggle to balance their time between their children and other tasks. Household chores, work, the thousand other big and little things that take you away from your kids: you just can’t spend all your time with them. And there…

Robot Dolls With Signs Entice Customers
08/07/13 — "Sarah" was reeling in the business, gyrating for hours on end outside a Canoga Park gaming center and a nearby juice stand when her stamina for the job just seemed to vanish. The diagnosis? Motor malfunction. On street corners and sidewalks across L.A., the ubiquitous sign spinners dance and hurl…

New STEM Platform to Nurture Robotics in Schools
07/31/13 — A new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) robotics platform from Yaskawa Motoman will soon help students in secondary educational programs practice skills inadvanced manufacturing and robotics. The company announced it is available in a general-purpose platform and a welding education cell, two fast-rising employment areas.  The platform reportedly enables students to…

Twelve Year Old Sylvia Todd Creates WaterColorBot
07/24/13 — Sylvia Todd is launching her first Kickstarter campaign at the age of 12 after designing a painting robot. To make her idea a reality, Sylvia approached Lenore Edman and Windell Oskay at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (EMSL), a Silicon Valley company that designs and produces specialized electronics and robotics kits. "I drew…

Robotic Car Can Teach Kids Spelling and Math
07/16/13 — A robotic toy car first developed as a class project is now the basis of a business startup by a group of Arizona State University engineering students. They're designing Cosmo - the car's name - as a tool for teaching pre-school-age children basic math and spelling through games programmed into…

U.K. School Curriculum Gets a High-Tech Makeover
07/10/13 — The design and technology syllabus, part of the national curriculum of the U.K school system, recently got some redesign of its own to get a bit more focus on technology. According to reports, the new curriculum will contain a diminished focus on some topics in favor of a greater focus…

Clearpath Robotics Supports ROS Summer School
07/10/13 — (Kitchener, Ontario – July 8, 2013)  The Robot Operating System (ROS) Summer School 2013 will kick into high gear July 22-August 2 at FH Aachen in Germany. Clearpath Robotics is a proud sponsor of the event and has provided equipment which will enable students to run ROS code for testing…

Have Robotics Your Way and Afford It Too
06/25/13 — Robotics is awesome — but incredibly expensive. Building a humanoid robot to look cute and cater to your whims with nifty batches of code will cost you multiple hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars. Rapiro, a cute humanoid robot, could break that mold. At £249 ($386), it takes advantage of Raspberry Pi,…

Is This the Beginning of the Transformer Invasion?
06/18/13 — Remember the robotic Transformer shown off by Brave Robotics at last year's Tokyo Maker Fair? It seems the toy caught the eye of official Transformers toy maker Tomy, which is now working with Brave Robotics to create a commercial line, according to Italian hobby news website Hobby Media. Tomy, which hit robotic success in…

Want to build a Robot with LEGO blocks?
06/12/13 — DIY micro-robotics is having a moment. The latest project to take the crowdfunding route — via Kickstarter — to build out a platform for playing around with robotics is called BrickPi. As its name suggests, BrickPi is a mash-up of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, co-opted to act as the brains…

Robots Take On a Different Kind of Java
06/04/13 — Humans have proven to be highly adaptable when it comes to replacing personal service with that of a computer. We survive without a ticket agent at the airport, a cashier at the grocery store and a teller at the bank. There are kiosks that identify us by our palms, check…




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