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Stäubli, USA - IFR Partner Clearing Bottlenecks in the Mountains: A Morrill Motors Case Study The town of Erwin is just a 2-mile hike off the Appalachian Trail where East Tennessee borders North Carolina. Native Americans once used this area, like so many communities in these mountains, as hunting ground. Even today, Erwin residents uncover arrowheads or other treasures in their gardens. Morrill Motors, located in the center of Erwin, also unearthed valuable assets recently while automating a portion of their unit-bearing motor assembly line.

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Robotics - Lockheed Martin In the field of robotics, opportunity is endless and discovery is ongoing. Our robotic innovations could represent the answer to any number of challenges – from disaster response to deep space exploration. Whether it’s traversing inhospitable environments or avoiding man-made threats, the robotic advances we’re pioneering have the potential to keep soldiers and citizens connected in the safest way possible – with real-time data, information and imagery. Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Over the past decade, the expanded use of unmanned armed vehicles has dramatically changed warfare, bringing new humanitarian and legal challenges. Now rapid advances in technology are resulting in efforts to develop fully autonomous weapons. These robotic weapons would be able to choose and fire on targets on their own, without any human intervention. This capability would pose a fundamental challenge to the protection of civilians and to compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law.

CoCoRo The CoCoRo project aims to create an autonomous swarm of interacting, cognitive robots. CoCoRo will develop a swarm of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are able to interact with each other and which can balance tasks. Focal tasks of the CoCoRo-swarms are: ecological monitoring, searching, maintaining, exploring and harvesting resources in underwater habitats.

MegaBots Inc - YouTube MegaBots Season 1 Trailer 295,532 views 1 month ago Team USA is BACK and it's getting ready to take on Team Japan in the world's first Giant Robot Duel! Subscribe to this channel to see the Duel, and watch as MegaBots prepares for the Giant Robot Duel by: destructively testing the Mk2, working with specialists like Howe & Howe Technologies and IHMC Robotics, studying human physiology and combat techniques, testing ludicrously large and powerful giant robot weapons, and generally designing, building, and testing the world's largest (16 ft tall), heaviest (10-ton), and most expensive ($2.5M) sports combat robot.

Jean Tinguely The Tinguely Fountain in front of the Tinguely Museum in Basel Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991) was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics. Tinguely's art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society. Life[edit] Tinguely grew up in Basel, but moved to France in 1952 with his first wife Swiss artist Eva Aeppli,[1] to pursue a career in art.

Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk Update: New video of final robot! My colleagues at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich have created a small robotic cube that can autonomously jump up and balance on any one of its corners . Update This latest version of the Cubli can jumping up, balanc, and even “walk”. This new version is self contained with respect to power and uses three slightly modified bicycle brakes instead of the metal barriers used in the previous version.

Robotics - National Instruments Robots mean many things to many people, and National Instruments offers intuitive and productive design tools for everything from designing autonomous vehicles to teaching robotics design principals. The NI LabVIEW graphical programming language makes it easy to program complex robotics applications by providing a high level of abstraction for sensor communication, obstacle avoidance, path planning, kinematics, steering, and more. Autonomous Vehicles Explore the NI development platform for designing your next robotic system, from autonomous vehicles to mobile systems.

James Dyson takes on Google with £5m investment in domestic robots Sir James Dyson is taking on the might of Google by investing £5m in a British university to develop a new generation of "intelligent domestic robots". His company, best known for its vacuum cleaners, is putting the money into a laboratory at Imperial College London, which has begun hiring up to 15 scientists who will work on developing robot vision systems that could be used in devices such as robot-controlled vacuums – a longstanding ambition of Dyson himself. The inventor said the plan was to create "practical everyday technologies that will make our lives easier". The move could put Dyson into a position where it is directly challenging Google, which has recently acquired eight robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, which has made self-controlling robots for the US military. In January it spent £400m acquiring DeepMind Technologies, a London-based startup focusing on artificial intelligence. Dyson was critical of the decision by the two-year-old company to sell itself.

Hotel Staffed by Robots Opening in Japan A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer at Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Robots will provide a wide range of services at the hotel, including room cleaning, front desk and porter services, meaning you could be checked in by robots and have robots carry your bags your room! The hotel’s first building complex is scheduled to open on 17 July 2015 with 72 rooms, followed by another 72-room building in 2016. A single room will be priced at around £40 (¥7,000) per night and a twin room will cost around £50 (¥9,000). Initially the hotel will have 10 robot members of staff, but Huis Ten Bosch company President Hideo Sawada told a news conference. “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.”

Elon Musk: ‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’ Tesla chief executive Elon Musk warned that artificial intelligence could be our biggest existential threat and believes there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and international level, while speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October 2014. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk warned that artificial intelligence could be our biggest existential threat and believes there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and international level, while speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October 2014. (MIT Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Tesla chief executive Elon Musk warned that artificial intelligence could be our biggest existential threat and believes there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and international level, while speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department's Centennial Symposium in October 2014.

Study: Autonomics Will Kill Half of North America's Jobs  Jobs by 2025, source: International Federation of Robotics. Are our workforces and economies ready to face the challenges of automation? Nearly half of total North American employment is at risk of replacement by automation or computerization, according to a recent study by Oxford researchers. The trend even has a new name: autonomics. 'Origami' robot bends and flattens to fit into ANY space Scientists were inspired to create the wheels by origami 'magic ball pattern'They were joined by experts from Harvard to develop a robot using the technology, which can climb steps with easeThe diameter of the wheels grows and shrinks automatically to enable the robot to either be strong or speedyTechnology could one day be used to build interplanetary rovers By Sarah Griffiths Published: 11:57 GMT, 17 June 2014 | Updated: 14:02 GMT, 17 June 2014 Think of origami and you may imagine delicate paper cranes or fortune tellers. But the art of folding paper to create 3D shapes has been used to make a flexible robot.

Overview AIDA is part of the Sociable Car - Senseable Cities project which is a collaboration between the Personal Robots Group and the Senseable Cities Group at MIT. The AIDA robot was designed and built by the Personal Robots Group, while the Senseable Cities Group is working on intelligent navigation algorithms. The aim of the Personal Robot's portion of the project is to expand the relationship between the car and the driver with the goal of making the driving experience more effective, safer, and more enjoyable. As part of this expanded relationship, we plan to introduce a new channel of communication between automobile and driver/passengers. This channel would be modeled on fundamental aspects of human social interaction including the ability to express and perceive affective/emotional state and key social behaviors. Currently the AIDA research platform consists of a fully functional robotic prototype embedded in a stand-alone automobile dash.

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