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In the U.S., Flying Drones Out of Sight Is Still Out of Mind

In the U.S., Flying Drones Out of Sight Is Still Out of Mind
For years, companies like Amazon have promised that they'll eventually be delivering packages using drones. One problem, at least in the United States: The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Small UAS Rule doesn’t allow drones to be flown outside the visual range of the remote pilot. That pretty much puts drone deliveries on hold. The FAA is, however, exploring how to relax th…
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Video Friday: Volleyball Robots, Bioinspired Design, and Deep Robotic Learning

Video Friday: Volleyball Robots, Bioinspired Design, and Deep Robotic Learning
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): NASA Swarmathon – April 18-20, 2017 – NASA KSC, Florida, USA RoboBusiness Europe – April 20-21, 2017 – Delft, Netherlands RoboGames 2017 – April 21-23, 2017 – Pleasanton, Calif., USA ICARSC – April 26-30, 2017 – Coimbra, Portug…
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Ohmni: An Easy-to-Use Telepresence Robot That's (Sort of) Affordable

Ohmni: An Easy-to-Use Telepresence Robot That
Yesterday, OhmniLabs (a robotics startup based in Santa Clara, Calif.) launched a new consumer telepresence robot on Indiegogo called Ohmni. With a lightweight design, integrated screen, and easy to use software, Ohmni is designed to be the most accessible (and affordable) mobile telepresence robot yet. Ohmni is heavily focused on ease of use, which is always a good idea when developing a robot for consumers. It arrives completely assembled (folded in half), and setup c…
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AI Learns Gender and Racial Biases from Language

AI Learns Gender and Racial Biases from Language
Artificial intelligence does not automatically rise above human biases regarding gender and race. On the contrary, machine learning algorithms that represent the cutting edge of AI in many online services and apps may readily mimic the biases encoded in their training datasets. A new study has shown how AI learning from existing English language texts will exhibit the same human biases found in those texts. The results have huge implications given machine learning AI's po…
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Electric and Magnetic Fields Drive Soft, Flexible Robots

Electric and Magnetic Fields Drive Soft, Flexible Robots
Roboticists are getting quite good at making robots with soft, flexible bodies. There are lots of good reasons to do this: Robots with inherent compliance can be safer to work around, more resilient to damage, and can leverage lots of unique methods of locomotion. The issue with soft robots is that you often have to make compromises when it comes to powering them or getting them to move, because those things usually involve the addition of components that aren’t soft at all,…
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It's National Robotics Week!

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Strictly speaking, every single week is Robotics Week around here, but this week (or, technically, April 8-16), also happens to be U.S. National Robotics Week. This is an Official Thing—the U.S. House of Representatives declared the second week in April to be National Robotics Week starting back in 2010 and continuing until the End of Time. There are hundreds of events going on all over the country for the eighth edition of this event, ensuring that you’ll be able to find s…
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Video Friday: Pepper's Fish Mode, Deep Learning in the Warehouse, and Stealing From a Delivery Robot

Video Friday: Pepper
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): ITU Robot Olympics – April 7-9, 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey ROS Industrial Consortium – April 07, 2017 – Chicago, Ill., USA U.S. National Robotics Week – April 8-16, 2017 – USA NASA Swarmathon – April 18-20, 2017 – NASA KSC, Florid…
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ROBO-ONE Hosts First Ever Autonomous Biped Fighting Tournament

ROBO-ONE Hosts First Ever Autonomous Biped Fighting Tournament
For years, Japan has hosted the ROBO-ONE competitive fighting tournament for biped robots. It’s always a huge amount of fun to watch (even on video), with creative hardware designs, skilled pilots, and the sorts of moves that are physically impossible for humans to pull off. Brand new this year is an autonomous fighting competition, with robots squaring off against each other while their human masters can do nothing but sit back helplessly and watch. It goes pretty much as y…
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Fetch Robotics Introduces Burly New Freight Robots

Fetch Robotics Introduces Burly New Freight Robots
It’s a good sign for the robotics industry that more and more robotics companies are starting to make major announcements at specialized events and trade shows, indicating that their robots are ready for tough, real-world applications. This week at ProMat, “the premier showcase of material handling, supply chain, and logistics solutions,” Fetch Robotics is showing off two very new, and very large, stuff-transporting robots. This video shows the Freight 500, which can ha…
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Video Friday: Robot Tentacle, Mars Flyer, and Destructive Drone Competition

Video Friday: Robot Tentacle, Mars Flyer, and Destructive Drone Competition
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): WeRobot 2017 – March 31-1, 2017 – New Haven, Conn., USA Automate – April 3-3, 2017 – Chicago, Ill., USA ITU Robot Olympics – April 7-9, 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey ROS Industrial Consortium – April 07, 2017 – Chicago, Ill., USA U.…
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