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A robotics competition of two halves

A robotics competition of two halves
With football fever gripping the nation, rivals from across the world are getting ready to lock nuts and bolts at the forthcoming RoboCup 2016 robotic world championship which kicks off in Leipzig, Germany on 30 June. The University of Hertfordshire’s robot football team Bold Hearts – the oldest and most successful in the UK – will be competing against over 500 other teams from 40 countries.
21st June 2016

Fewer accidents seen as biggest benefit of driverless cars

Fewer accidents seen as biggest benefit of driverless cars
More than a quarter of UK adults polled in the UK Robotics Week survey believe that the biggest benefit of driverless cars will be fewer road accidents. The research, commissioned by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network, is being released ahead of the first ever UK Robotics Week, scheduled from 25th June to 1st July 2016).
21st June 2016

Robots, drone delivery & routine space flight by 2036

Robots, drone delivery & routine space flight by 2036
Robots will outnumber human beings, there will be more driverless cars than traditional vehicles and drones will be used to deliver pizzas to our door. These are just some of the technologies that could transform our lives within the next 20 years according to research released to mark the start of London Technology Week 2016 (the SMG Insight /YouGov survey of 2,077 British adults took place in June 2016).
20th June 2016


igus bearings & tape assist drone defence system

igus bearings & tape assist drone defence system
The proliferation of low cost drones for hobbyists has led to a number of well publicised incidents. The use of drones is now often forbidden by law around airports, sporting events and government establishments due to the risk of physical injury or use in committing crimes. Policing has traditionally resorted to arresting the drone operator and/or seizing the drone and its cargo when it lands, as forcing the drone out of the sky while it is flying can be dangerous.
17th June 2016

Paving the way to touch-sensitive robots

Fabrics containing flexible electronics are appearing in many novel products, such as clothes with in-built screens and solar panels. More impressively, these fabrics can act as electronic skins that can sense their surroundings and could have applications in robotics and prosthetic medicine. Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, have now developed smart threads that detect the strength and location of pressures exerted on them.
17th June 2016

Researchers create 'human user manual' for robots

Researchers create 'human user manual' for robots
  With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an AI software program named Quixote to teach robots to read stories, learn acceptable behaviour and understand successful ways to conduct themselves in diverse social situations.
17th June 2016

Thymio teaches digital sciences in primary schools

Thymio teaches digital sciences in primary schools
Thymio, the teaching robot designed by EPFL and widely used in French-speaking Switzerland, is now making inroads elsewhere in Europe. In France, it has been incorporated in an important initiative to teach digital sciences in nursery and primary schools. The first one emerged from EPFL's labs barely four years ago. There are now more than 14,000 Thymios in use around the world. This little teaching robot has become widely popular. 
6th June 2016

Valkyrie meets the public for the first time

Valkyrie meets the public for the first time
Valkyrie has recently landed at Northeastern, marking the first time that the 6-foot-2-inch, 275-pound humanoid robot has interacted with the public. There was a demo: As part of an hourlong presentation, the robot walked across the carpet in the event space on the 17th floor of East Village, turned to face the audience, and then waved, eliciting a surge of laughter.
6th June 2016

Robot carers are safer if controlled by another technology

Robot carers are safer if controlled by another technology
Robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the care sector, as revealed by a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente. Researcher Stefan Groothuis is being awarded his PhD for this work. In the coming years the use of assistive robotics, as they are known, will become ever more important due to the increased ageing of the population and the steadily rising costs of care.
3rd June 2016

Robot force sensors enable automation of tough tasks

Robot force sensors enable automation of tough tasks
Seiko Epson announced the development of its S250 series of high-precision force sensors. The S250 series, which will be rolled out worldwide from early June, will be available as an option for the company's six-axis and SCARA robots. Employing Epson's proprietary piezoelectric quartz sensing technology, the new force sensors are durable and sensitive, allowing them to accurately and consistently sense minimal amounts of force in six directions.
2nd June 2016


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