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Neural Networks: You’ve Got It So Easy

Neural networks are all the rage right now with increasing numbers of hackers, students, researchers, and businesses getting involved. The last …

Progress on a standard RaspberryPi-based platform

One of the things we’re hoping to do here is create a cheap, easy and powerful platform for people to get started with autonomous car technology. We …

Ready For The Robotic Age? Industry Predicted To Hit $135 Billion By 2019

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the wild west of innovation and integration that comprises today’s robotics industry is due for a serious boom.<p>The market research firm’s recent tell-all on the present and future of robotics, <i>Worldwide Commercial Robotics Spending Guide,</i> …

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Robots That Could Decompose When They're No Longer Needed

It might be time to start building robot cemeteries<p>Scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) are developing materials that could allow robots to decompose at the end of their lives, much like humans, according to Reuters.<p>Most robots are made of plastic and metal, which are …

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Ford is testing its self-driving cars in a 32-acre fake city

The car maker said recently that it is the first automaker to test its autonomous vehicles at a MCity, a 32-acre faux city located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.<p>While Ford has been developing its autonomous technology for more than a decade, the move to begin testing its technology at MCity shows the …

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Best space photographs of 2015

This stunning nebula is being blasted outwards from the star at its core, WR 124, a Wolf-Rayet star that burns very hot, very bright and very quickly. WR 124 is also a renegade, rocketing through space at a speed of 200 kilometres per second (125 miles per second).<p>Published:17 December 2015 …

Farm Robot Learns What Weeds Look Like, Smashes Them

Weeding with machine learning, not herbicides<p>While the world’s first fully-robotic farm will operate indoors, traditional outdoor farms aren’t immune to the coming robotic revolution.<p>Bonirob, developed by Bosch's Deepfield Robotics, is billed to eliminate some of the most tedious tasks in modern …

Producer of Russia’s Armata T-14 plans to create army of AI robots

A Russian defense firm that produces the brand-new Armata T-14 tank also plans to build an army of new combat robots within the next two years. This …

Yamaha's Robotic Biker Looks Like a Crime-Fighting Cyborg

The Tokyo Moto Show has just gotten away, and amongst fuel-efficient hybrids and the latest advancements in autonomous vehicles, you’ll find an …

Iran Reveals Small Armed Robot Car

Robotic death on four chunky wheels<p>Iran’s new Nazir robot car has a deadly secret. Inside the unmanned ground vehicle, there’s a mechanical arm and what appears to be the cylindrical casings for two missiles. A camera turret mounted on a pivot at the front of the vehicle provides a way for remote …

Militia's War Robots Raise Questions About Future Of Warfare

In a video posted to YouTube in late March, Iraqi paramilitary group Saraya Al Salam showed off two weaponized unmanned ground vehicles (UVGs). The militia, which is controlled by Shi’a political leader Muqtada al-Sadr, is currently fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.<p>Writing in Real Clear Defense, …

Robot Pi API Designed For Arduino And Raspberry Pi Mini PCs (video)

Makers, developers and hobbyists that enjoying creating robotic projects using the Arduino platform and Raspberry Pi mini PC. Maybe interested in a …

DARPA plans autonomous 'flying insect' drones with skills to match birds of prey

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Defence Department's research and development arm, has set up a new program to develop …

DARPA-funded mind-controlled robotic arm now works a lot better

At Expand NY in November, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar talked about the erm, friendlier projects the agency is funding, including a mind-controlled robotic arm tested by Pittsburgh native Jan Scheuermann. Her test run has recently ended, but the University of Pittsburgh researchers in charge of …

Navy drone swims like a shark to spy on foes

It's hard to covertly gather intelligence on the open seas; conventional drones and submarines make it rather obvious that something's up. The US Navy might just have a stealthier option with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which recently finished tests. The five-foot-long robot looks and …

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The Giraff+ project aims at developing a system consisting of a network of home sensors that can be automatically configured to collect data for a …

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Google Project Tango Smartphones to Serve as Eyes and Hands for Nasa Robots in Space

In what could be termed as a major sci-tech innovation, robots onboard Nasa's International Space Station (ISS) are set to be equipped with next-gen …

Drone Brain Makers Want To Create The DOS Of Flying Robots

Cloud compatibility in the actual clouds.<p>Drones soon may be bound together by a common code. Airware, a commercial drone software company with MIT roots, hopes to unify drones in a shared code architecture. Airware already makes an autopilot, but that’s just the first step to creating a drone …

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A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of …

Navy's Massive Triton Spy Drone Completes Cross-Country Flight

The Navy's massive Triton unmanned aerial vehicle has just completed a nearly 3,800-mile trip across the country, travelling from Patuxent River, Maryland to Palmdale, California over 11 hours. The Triton is a highly sophisticated surveillance drone, equipped with special radar, cameras and sensors …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

Changing Planet<p>Illustration shows the suite of instruments that will be on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Courtesy: NASA<p><b>Living off the land looks like the key to survival on Mars, so NASA’s next red planet rover will help show the way by brewing up its own oxygen, the space agency announced Thursday. The</b> …

Google drops out of the DARPA Robotics Challenge to focus on a commercial bot

When 17 of the world’s best disaster-response robots gathered in Miami last December, the Japanese SCHAFT robot dominated the competition. It …

Experimental Google Smartphone Becomes Brain Of Space Robot

NASA has hacked the phone to make an autonomous utility robot for the ISS.<p>Robots excel at the tedious, repetitive tasks that bore humans into ineffectiveness. So NASA has tweaked an experimental Google smartphone called "Project Tango" that takes 250,000 measurements per second to create a 3-D map …

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Heeeeeere's Jimmy: Intel's 3-D Printed Robot Will Hit the Market Later This Year

The chip company shows off its open source robot that can talk, dance and tweet.<p>Intel plans to bring its fully customizable, 3-D printable robot kit to market by the end of the year, with a consumer version starting around $1,600.<p>The hardware designs will be freely available online, allowing anyone …

Google's First Car: Revolutionary Tech in a Remarkably Lame Package

Google's latest prototype of its self-driving car is a revolutionary idea presented in a remarkably mundane package.<p>The tech giant has unveiled its …

Scientists build a robot arm that catches objects in the blink of an eye

Humans are good at catching fast-moving objects -- just ask any baseball fan. Robots typically lag behind, however, which is why the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a robot arm with the reaction time needed to catch just about anything. After learning the basic …