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Autonomous mobile robots: more diversity than first meets the eye

Autonomous mobile robots: more diversity than first meets the eye

May 25, 2018 Worldwide
Autonomous mobility, in the general public's eye, is now synonymous with cars. Whilst this might be the largest ultimate prize, it is by no means the only commercial manifestation of this technology. Indeed, as the IDTechEx Research report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players demonstrates, numerous autonomous mobile robots are being commercialized in applications where there is (a) a clear commercial purpose and (b) a more structured and predictable environment.
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Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

May 24, 2018 United States
Saildrone, Inc., a provider of high-resolution ocean data collected via a fleet of unmanned surface vehicles, announced that it has closed a $60 million round of Series B funding to scale up its global fleet of ocean drones to help monitor the state of the planet in real time.
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European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles

European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles

May 23, 2018 Switzerland
Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and be able to respond to them, meet many of the technological and regulatory challenges, and design new business models. This is the aim of the 4 year AVENUE project consortium, with a total budget of 22 million euros and funded by the European Commission up to the level of 16 million euros.
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IDTechEx TVNew AI technique helps robots work alongside humans

New AI technique helps robots work alongside humans

May 23, 2018 United States
Researchers developed a first of its kind deep learning-based system that can teach a robot to complete a task by just observing the actions of a human. The method is designed to enhance communication between humans and robots and at the same time further research that will enable people to work alongside robots seamlessly.
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Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

May 22, 2018 United States
Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. In findings published this week researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage.
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IDTechEx TV3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

May 21, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.
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Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

May 18, 2018 United States
An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells.
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Drawing closer to people combining robot technology and AI

Drawing closer to people combining robot technology and AI

May 17, 2018 Japan
Robots are starting to help make our lives more enjoyable and convenient in everyday situations. An example is a service using robots in business, in a hospital, where robots use gestures and speech to guide people who are having trouble with automated reception machines. What allows this to happen is the robots communication skills, in particular its use of emotional expressions.
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Webinar Thursday 24 May -Robots and drones: How everything is changing

Webinar Thursday 24 May -Robots and drones: How everything is changing

May 17, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 24 May titled Robots and drones: How everything is changing.
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IDTechEx TVThe first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

May 16, 2018 United States
Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can easily slip into tight places that are inaccessible to big drones.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Monika Dunkel continues to explore worldwide technology and market trends in nine key areas, and opportunities they present for the UK.
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Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

May 15, 2018 United States
Soft robotics mimic living organisms and adapt to their surroundings. Increased flexibility and adaptability for accomplishing tasks as well as improved safety when working around humans, stimulate the use in food industry, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

May 14, 2018 United Kingdom
Monika Dunkel, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies, Innovate UK recently reported on the technology trends featured at the recent IDTechEx Show! IDTechEx show presenters and exhibitors gave an overview of key market and technology trends in nine emerging technologies. Set in Berlin on 11th and 12th April 2018 this European show attracted visitors and exhibitors from across Europe, Israel, US and a noteable South Korean presence.
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Guiding marine robots to optimal sampling sites

Guiding marine robots to optimal sampling sites

May 11, 2018 United States
Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles — marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide through the ocean without any real-time input from human operators. Critical questions that AUVs can help to answer are where, when, and what to sample for the most informative data, and how to optimally reach sampling locations.
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IDTechEx TVLightweight robot can be thrown through windows, over walls

Lightweight robot can be thrown through windows, over walls

May 10, 2018 United States
Endeavor Robotics announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $10 million contract for the company's lightweight, battle-proven FirstLook robots.
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Starship Technologies commercial rollout of autonomous delivery

Starship Technologies commercial rollout of autonomous delivery

May 9, 2018 United States
A major commercial rollout of autonomous delivery services for corporate and academic campuses across the U.S. and Europe. This comes on top of continued growth in robotic food, grocery and parcel delivery in residential neighbourhoods.
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New verses Old Robotics: How everything is changing

New verses Old Robotics: How everything is changing

May 8, 2018
In this article, we will describe the upcoming transformation in the world of robotics. This analysis is drawn from our report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players
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Re­search­ers teach ro­bots to touch

Re­search­ers teach ro­bots to touch

May 8, 2018 Finland
Data collected on human touch can be utilised in robotics. Thus far, grasping and touching has posed a challenge for the development of robots to be used, for example, in logistics and healthcare.
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Crawling and flying robots for the offshore oil industry

Crawling and flying robots for the offshore oil industry

May 7, 2018 United States
Until now, offshore operators have conducted diligent inspections of facilities while clad in safety harnesses hanging off the side of an oil and gas platform. But, the latest technology is providing better solutions on BP's Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico - allowing crawlers and flying robots to complete these tasks instead.
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Autonomous mobile robots: automating the goods-to-person step

Autonomous mobile robots: automating the goods-to-person step

May 4, 2018
The robotic industry is looking for the next big opportunity that could one day rival the automotive sector in size. It may have found its answer in the logistic and material handling sector. In this article we will focus on the use of mobile robots in automating the goods-to-person step in logistics and material handling.
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IDTechEx TVTransforming robots for rides at amusement parks

Transforming robots for rides at amusement parks

May 3, 2018 Japan
A prototype of the ridable transforming humanoid robot J-deite RIDE, a 4-meter tall robot that can transform from a bipedal walking humanoid form (robot mode) to a wheel-driven form (vehicle mode) and back.