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US leads a robotics investment boom

Rapidly increasing activity in the robotics sphere has led the Financial Times to herald an investment boom time for one of the hottest new markets in tech. And, as robots break free of factory production lines, the US and China are poised to take the lead from Japan and Germany.    After growing at a compound rate of 17 per cent a year, the robot market will be worth...
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Imminent new measures to accelerate the future of retail

A third of UK retail jobs will be lost within the next decade with the closure of thousands of shops warns a new report. So what will the future of retail look like?  A British Retail Consortium (BRC) report , released on Monday, blames the rising costs facing retail businesses on the upcoming increase to the National Living Wage and the imminent apprenticeship levy. These, it...
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The WEF: Getting anxious about automation

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is one of the central themes of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos this week. But the effect of transformative technological breakthroughs is still shrouded in a lack of consensus.     According to a study released by WEF this week , increased automation and AI in the workforce will lead to the loss of 7.1m...
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How can the UK become a leader in robotics?

An ambitious project to map the UK’s Knowledge Landscape is being undertaken by the Council for Science and Technology (CST). Part of the strategy has been a series of seminars, including one focussed on the strengths, weaknesses and future of the UK’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) R&D.    RAS forms one of the pillars of the UK government’s strategic Eight...
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Apple wants to bring robotics into your living room

Robotics startup Anki Drive achieved the dream of many a business when the small company was given the opportunity to take centre stage at Apple’s prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. As if that wasn’t enough, Anki was given a glowing introduction by the Apple CEO Tim Cook himself.  So what is it about Anki that Apple is so taken with? This, indeed, was the...
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Turning robotics into a theatrical art

Not only is Amit Drori’s elephant visually stunning, it’s also a mini engineering masterpiece. Only after three prototypes was the robotic puppeteer satisfied that his elephant’s gait was realistic enough to pass muster.  Together with designer, Noam Dover and a troupe of puppeteers who have become amateur engineers, Mr Drori has become renowned worldwide for his unique stage...
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Lateral thinking to help household robots manipulate objects

Students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are using new algorithms and lateral thinking to enable household robots to work around their physical shortcomings.  Unlike an industrial setting, where positioning make objects easier to grasp, household robots would need to be able to manipulate objects of any shape in any location. The MIT research is...
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Competition: robotic solutions to aid the elderly

A competition to uncover new robotic related technologies to assist elderly people’s ability to continue living independently at home, was launched on Friday.  SILVER (Supporting Independent LiVing for the Elderly through Robotics) is a development project funded by the EU under the ICT cooperation part of the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development...
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Want a more stable robot? Try pushing a cockroach!

Gait and balance are some of the trickiest problems in robotics but now monitoring how cockroaches recover after being pushed may help engineers build sturdier robots. Initial research has found that, when pushed sideways, running cockroaches start to recover well before their sluggish nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do.  This indicates that roaches are...
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euRathlon

Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, euRathlon is a new outdoor robotics competition, with teams invited to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios. Initially, land based robots are targeted for euRathlon 2013, which  takes place between 23-27 September in Berchtesgaden,Germany. In 2014, the focus shifts to air based...
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Will robotics be the driving force behind an industrial revolution for the 21st Century?

On Monday, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) opens its £1m competition in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). Ten days before, Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced a government investment of £35m to fund “centres of excellence” for RAS. Is there a flavour for investment in robotics brewing in the UK? Or is this just symptomatic of the wider global...
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Will the Internet of Things have arms and legs?

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), this week, NFC was big news : Sony said it’s pushing NFC into its Bravia TVs, assorted speakers and a 1TB network server, enabling pairing with Xperia phones and opening the way for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home. LG announced an NFC-equipped oven, fridge and robot vacuum-cleaner as part of its "Smart Things"...
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The WEF: Getting anxious about automation

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is one of the central themes of this year’s World Economic...

US leads a robotics investment boom

Rapidly increasing activity in the robotics sphere has led the Financial Times to herald an...

Will robotics be the driving force behind an industrial revolution for the 21st Century?

On Monday, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) opens its £1m competition in robotics and...