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Revolve Robotics Introduces $200 Kubi to the Telepresence Market
12/13/12 — Embodiment vs. Non-embodiment Roboticist Maja Mataric from the Interaction Laboratory at the University of Southern California makes the case in her paper Embodiment and Human-Robot Interaction that: “If the robot does not need to engage in a physical contact task, what is the reason for using a robot at all? Would a…

Robot App Store Joins Grishin Robotics’ Investment Portfolio
12/10/12 — RobotAppStore is the first online marketplace enabling users around the world to purchase and download hundreds of applications that extend the functionality of any types of robot – from Roomba vacuum cleaners and NAO humanoids to the AR.Drone quadcopter and Sphero. Developers are encouraged to add their own applications to…

3-D Printing Services Soon to be Available at Staples
12/05/12 — Pretty soon you'll be able to print your 3-D projects at the local Staples. A new service called "Staples Easy 3D" will allow customers to upload their designs to Staples' website, then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply megastore, or have them shipped to their home…

Robots Alive Introduces Smartphone Enabled Robot to India’s Youth
11/28/12 — Robots Alive, a Bangalore-based emerging robotics and automation solutions company has created 'Andy’, a personal smart robot that can be enabled by the intelligence of a smartphone or any smart device. The robotic device which can drive around by being controlled by a mobile phone which is physically connected to…

Bosch Debuts Autonomous Mower for 2013
11/19/12 — Technology never stops advancing, no matter whether it’s the latest plasma flat screen TV or the garden lawnmower market – it’s constantly changing. Trying to keep up to date with the big players in each field becomes harder and harder every year; that’s why very few brands manage to follow…

Autodesk Enables Consumers to Design and Print Robots
11/14/12 — For a company best known for being the maker of high-end software used in construction projects (NYC’s Freedom Tower), industrial design (Tesla cars), and blockbuster Hollywood special effects (Avatar), Autodesk sure has invested in a big way in the future of DIY. If a revolution is coming, Autodesk wants to…

3D Robotics Attracts $5M in Funding for DIY Drones
11/08/12 — Chris Anderson, who resigned a few days agoas the editor in chief of Wired magazine to become the full-time CEO of 3D Robotics, says today the San Diego-based superstore for amateur UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has raised $5 million in venture funding. In an announcement posted on the 3D Roboticswebsite and at DIY Drones, an online community…

LG Hom-Bot Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Debuts Internationally
10/31/12 — LG Electronics’ HOM-BOT SQUARE robotic vacuum cleaner made its global debut in Place Beaubourg, Paris, where it demonstrated to an international audience what the next generation of robotic cleaning technology would bring. “Helping consumers lead more convenient lives with smart technology is what LG is all about,” said Moonbum Shin,…

Bossa Nova Shifts from Toy Market to Personal Robots with mObi
10/25/12 — Bossa Nova is a company committed to bringing you a home robot in the very near future. Its latest model was announced at Robotbusiness. There's an SDK and you can start thinking up uses for it right now. It is generally believed that the domestic robot market is the next…

Robotic Life Coach Combats Obesity
10/25/12 — “Social” robots (those that mimic human visual and verbal cues) are best known for adding entertainment value at robotics conferences. They give the audience and general public an idea of just how capable and communication-savvy robots are becoming. Many appear in educational environments, particularly with autistic children, but few have…

CMU Adds Undergraduate Robotics Major
10/16/12 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is adding another option for students this time: An undergraduate major in robotics. The new major joins the institute’s existing doctorate, master’s and undergraduate minor programs. The university has offered a minor in robotics for the past 12 years, and undergrads have been able to take robotics…

Parallax Offers New Quadcopter Kit
10/16/12 — Parallax, a privately held company located in Rocklin, California, has developed a new quadcopter kit for consumers interested in exploring the potential of UAVs.  The ELEV-8 quadcopter is a flying robotic platform that is lifted and propelled by four fixed rotors. There are no fixed wings; all of the lift…

Autonomous Suitcase: The Perfect Travel Buddy
10/09/12 — A busy airport with lots of busy people and their luggage. Perfect spot for a robotic suitcase to make a first encounter with humans. This is exactly the kind of people-place where robotics can really get to know people and people can get comfortable with autonomous objects whizzing around them…

Ibis Hotel Installs Robots to Paint Sleeping Guests
10/02/12 — Ibis hotels will select a happy few to test a new kind of bedding connected via 80 sensors to a robot. The sensors will capture the guests' sleep data to turn it into a work of art. As part of the "Sleep Art Project," 40 guests will sleep on beds…

New Series of Domestic Robots Respond to Your Family’s Needs
09/26/12 — At the International Consumer Electronics fair IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, Chinese robot company  Ecovacs presented new series of domestic Service Robots. Famibot is a companion robot to control household appliances through a cell phone via 3G or WiFi. Famibot owners can see what is happening at their home, monitoring various functions, i.e. to turn ON/OFF…

Thymio II: The Mobile Robot Educators Can Afford
09/18/12 — A group of researchers from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) had a goal to create an original pedagogical tool that could be used for practical introduction of technology and robotics to children. In collaboration with the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), they developed Thymio II…

RobotShop Acquires Lynxmotion, a Leading Manufacturer of Educational Robot Kits
09/12/12 — RobotShop, the world's leading robot store for personal and professional robot technology, announced today the acquisition of Lynxmotion Inc., a manufacturer based in Illinois that designs and produces a variety of robot parts and kits destined for the ever growing educational market. RobotShop has been the most important distributor for Lynxmotion in Canada,…

Lego robotics brings mining to the classroom
09/06/12 — Students in Western Australia's Pilbara region are using a popular toy to help equip them with skills to pursue careers in the mining industry. It's a program being welcomed by the industry which is facing an increasing skills shortage. The Principal of Newman Senior High Milanna Heberle says teachers are…




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