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Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Aug 21, 2018 United States
Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
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Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation

Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 Germany
In future decades the need for effective strategies for medical rehabilitation will increase significantly, because patients' rate of survival after diseases with severe functional deficits, such as a stroke, will increase.
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Smart Cities Massively Exceeding Expectation

Smart Cities Massively Exceeding Expectation

Aug 17, 2018
The term smart city originally meant little beyond using much more information technology IT. However, new IDTechEx report, "Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029" reveals that much more dramatic changes are both required and possible and humans will be in the driving seat.
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Robot controlled rapid charging system for electric vehicles

Robot controlled rapid charging system for electric vehicles

Aug 17, 2018 Austria
Researchers have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.
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Monsanto case reaffirms that robotics is the future of agrochemicals

Monsanto case reaffirms that robotics is the future of agrochemicals

Aug 16, 2018
Last week a US court held Monsanto's glyphosate responsible for causing cancer in a ground keeper, awarding $289M of damages. You might wonder what the link between this verdict and agricultural robotics is? The answer is everything.
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Machine Vision

Machine Vision

Aug 16, 2018
The term machine vision describes a group of technologies that enable a machine to see via imaging for the purpose of process automation, and often refers to industrial vision systems. Applications of machine vision include automated product inspection and vision guided robotics. Here we consider four technology types: illuminating, sensing, processing and learning.
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Material can store energy like an eagle's grip

Material can store energy like an eagle's grip

Aug 16, 2018 United Kingdom
What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists have created materials that can store energy this way, be squeezed repeatedly without damage, and even change shape if necessary.
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Home robot with personality

Home robot with personality

Aug 15, 2018 United States
Vector is Anki's first home robot with personality. Fully autonomous, cloud-connected, and always-on, Vector represents a major leap for consumer robotics by bringing accessibly-priced, life-like robots to millions of homes.
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IDTechEx TVSoft multifunctional robots get really small

Soft multifunctional robots get really small

Aug 14, 2018 United States
Robots could be safely deployed in difficult-to-access environments, such as in delicate surgical procedures in the human body.
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Ultra sensitive skin for robots

Ultra sensitive skin for robots

Aug 13, 2018 United States
A smart skin that will give robots more sensitive tactile feeling than humans. The smart skin technology allows the robots to sense temperature changes and surface variations, which would allow a person alongside the robot to be safer or react accordingly.
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Field testing harvesting robots

Field testing harvesting robots

Aug 10, 2018 United Kingdom
University of Plymouth spinout Fieldwork Robotics has signed an agreement with a leading UK soft-fruit grower to expand development of its harvesting robots.
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Robotic lawnmowers and child safety

Robotic lawnmowers and child safety

Aug 9, 2018 Germany
Robotic lawn mowers are great for cutting the grass, but they do pose a risk of injury to children playing nearby. Highly advanced sensors developed by researchers ensure that the lawn mower shuts down when children are in close proximity.
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Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

Aug 8, 2018 Japan
The conversational robot has received considerable attention in the recent research. However, research to date has not sufficiently explored the robot's "sense of conversing", the robot's "existence" and its "sociability".
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IDTechEx TVCollision-free swimming with ultrasound

Collision-free swimming with ultrasound

Aug 7, 2018 United States
The BionicFinWave takes advantage of these properties: the underwater robot swims collision-free through a pipe system made of acrylic glass thanks to ultrasound sensors.
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Are you a start-up or research company? Explore the IDTechEx Launchpad

Are you a start-up or research company? Explore the IDTechEx Launchpad

Aug 6, 2018
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles, energy storage, graphene, internet of things, printed electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
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A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Aug 6, 2018 United States
Researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force.
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Controlling drones via voice channels

Controlling drones via voice channels

Aug 3, 2018 Germany
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
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Gentle robotic hand for sea life

Gentle robotic hand for sea life

Aug 2, 2018 United States
The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on Earth, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be described. However, many of those organisms are soft-bodied - like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses - and are difficult to capture for study with existing underwater tools, which all too frequently damage or destroy them. Now, a new device safely traps delicate sea creatures inside a folding polyhedral enclosure and…
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The Centauro: A new disaster response robot

The Centauro: A new disaster response robot

Aug 1, 2018 Italy
Researchers have completed the realization, assembly and testing of a new disaster response robot: the Centauro, a Centaur-like robot consisting of a four-legged base and an anthropomorphic upper body. The robot is capable of performing robust locomotion, high strength manipulation and harsh interactions that may be necessary during the execution of disaster relief tasks.
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AI predicts personality through eye tracking

AI predicts personality through eye tracking

Aug 1, 2018 Australia
It's often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, revealing what we think and how we feel. Now, new research reveals that your eyes may also be an indicator of your personality type, simply by the way they move.
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Seafaring robots break new ground

Seafaring robots break new ground

Jul 31, 2018 Australia
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have broken new ground while trialling aerial and underwater robots at sea, which would allow greater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.