Category: Technology

Robotics Alley conference reveals keynote speakers

Robotics Alley, a Minnesota-based conference and expo for the robotics industry, yesterday announced keynote speakers for the November event. The list includes Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, Michael Toscano of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Robot Film Festival founder Heather Knight, among others. Robotics Alley was founded in 2011 by ReconRobotics and

Boston Dynamics posts video of cheetah-like WildCat robot

Whenever Boston Dynamics releases a video of one of its new robots, it’s an event. The company’s introduction to its latest creation, WildCat, was no exception — a clip posted yesterday on YouTube has already racked up more than a half-million views. WildCat is seen bounding through a parking lot in the video, and unlike

Arduino announces first board created with Intel architecture

Arduino, the open-source electronics hardware and software favored by many hobbyist, makers and professional roboticists alike, is getting a new family of “Arduino Certified” boards featuring Intel architecture. The news was announced today by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during Maker Faire Rome. The first product is Intel Galileo, a microcontroller

Shutdown will delay NHTSA’s vehicle-to-vehicle research

Among the “most surprising consequences of a government shutdown” noted by ABC News yesterday was one that potentially affects the unmanned systems industry — namely, the suspension of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-to-vehicle communications safety research. The project looks at ways connected vehicles — including cars, trucks, buses and trains — can communicate wirelessly to reduce

Freescale, Oracle partner to shape the “Internet of Things”

We are in recent years seeing more and more facets of our daily lives adapt to incorporate not only some broad, loose conception of ever-evolving technology, but a level of automation and connectedness that is markedly changing the relationship we have with the world around us — not least because it’s changing the relationship that things

Tesla Motors enters the race for a (nearly) autonomous car

The past few years have seen an explosion of interest in the idea of the autonomous car, with traditional automotive manufacturers, university-based research teams and more broadly tech-oriented firms all announcing projects aimed at progressively shifting the responsibility of actually operating a vehicle from the human driver to a variety of “smart” systems embedded into

Robotics company now offers telepresence from your iPhone

Double Robotics, which makes a $2,500 “wheels for your iPad” telepresence solution called the Double, recently reported via its blog that it has added a new control option for the device: The iPhone. Previously, users were able to drive the Double using an iPad or the Chrome Web browser, remotely steering the device, adjusting its

Robots taken from trade show after iRobot obtains injunction

Earlier today at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, robots were seized from Chinese companies Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd. and Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Electronic Ltd. based on preliminary injunctions obtained by iRobot. iRobot said the requests were granted by the District Court of Düsseldorf based on the German parts

Novel robotic solution makes solar power more efficient

When you picture a solar power plant, the most prominent feature in your mind’s eye is probably a massive array of solar panels glinting in the sun. As a result, you might assume that those glossy panels make up the largest share of the plant’s cost. You’d be wrong. Wasiq Bokhari, founder and CEO of

Nissan says Autonomous Drive commercially viable by 2020

Yesterday we reported that ABI Research predicts driverless vehicles will start to appear in North America by the beginning of the next decade. That position is supported by a recent announcement from Nissan Motor Company, which says it will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable “Autonomous Drive” vehicles by 2020. That’s the same year being targeted by Audi,