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First Arduino Robot Competition

    First Arduino Robot Competition

The Arduino Robot has now its competition. It is organized as part of the RobotChallenge the international championship for self-made, autonomous, and mobile robots. The jury will select the 10

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The Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites Challenge

    The Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites Challenge

While the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials days were going on, the oil and gas company Total launched its own challenge named ARGOS. It aims at fostering the production of autonomous

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euRobotics Week

    euRobotics Week

The non-profit euRobotics that gathers academia and companies from Europe is organizing the 2013 edition of the European Robotics Week from 25 November to 1 December 2013 inclusive. It aims

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NPR TED Radio Hour on Robotics

    NPR TED Radio Hour on Robotics

There are many cool programs broadcasted by the National Public Radio (NPR). One among our favorites is the TED Radio Hour. Every episode discusses a specific topic and provides excerpts

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Yes to Robotics! No to Killer Robots!

    Yes to Robotics! No to Killer Robots!

Most TED talks if not all are thought provoking. The one given by moral philosopher Peter Singer on effective altruism (see Video 1) at TED 2013 Longbeach (CA) is no

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ROS and TED Ribbons

    ROS and TED Ribbons

Our friends from Cause Ribbon were kind enough to make us two new ribbons: one for ROS the robotic middleware under a free software license, and the second for TED,

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BigDog to Handle Heavy Objects

    BigDog to Handle Heavy Objects

Boston Dynamics make awesome robots! And this new version of BigDog is no exception. As shown in Video 1 below, the new BigDog has what can be considered as a

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Robots: a New Hope for a New Society?

    Robots: a New Hope for a New Society?

Robots are tightly connected to our society. The word robot itself was introduced in Karel Čapek’s seminal play R.U.R. to raise societal issues. This topic was addressed several time in

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Best Robots Videos, Pictures and Stories

    Best Robots Videos, Pictures and Stories

Every day, there are plenty of stories and videos about new robots, recent experiments, and many interesting news on robotic parts and projects. We provide you here as a gift

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RoboCup 2012

    RoboCup 2012

One of the interesting aspects of robotics is that it mixes fun with science and technology. This is exactly what the RoboCup is all about: a scientific initiative to push

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7 Days of Robotics: 18-24 June 2012

    7 Days of Robotics: 18-24 June 2012

Few weeks ago, we reported on Harvard’s Takktile pressure sensor. This week we highlight a tactile sensor that does contain the three sensory modalities found in the human fingertip: force,

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7 days of Robotics: 11-17 June 2012

    7 days of Robotics: 11-17 June 2012

We love projects taking different paths than mainstream. It often pays off to think outside the box. This week we have a such example by researchers from the EPFL (Lausane,

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7 Days of Robotics: 4-10 June 2012

    7 Days of Robotics: 4-10 June 2012

Among the news we highlight this week there is InMoov, a robotic hand with 5 fingers. It’s not stronger nor more sensitive than Hubo’s hand we reported last week. The

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7 Days of Robotics: 28 May – 3 June

    7 Days of Robotics: 28 May – 3 June

So many novelties this week! Harvard’s Biorobotics Lab made TakkTile, a new tactile sensor, which will for sure have deep impact on the field. It has several good properties. It’s

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7 Days of Robotics: 21-27 May 2012

    7 Days of Robotics: 21-27 May 2012

This week, ICRA 2012 is still discussed as well as ROSCon 2012, the first conference on ROS. Among the many other news, it is worth mentioning  the new version of

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Leap: the Kinect Killer?

    Leap: the Kinect Killer?

When the Kinect came out, the community quickly found out that it can be used for robotics applications. One approach is to exploit gesture recognition to tele-operate or send commands

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Robotics News & Trends: 14-20 May 2012

    Robotics News & Trends: 14-20 May 2012

This week we highlight the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) that was held 14-18 May at St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. For those who couldn’t make it, you can

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Robotics News & Trends: 7-13 May 2012

    Robotics News & Trends: 7-13 May 2012

One of the hottest topics this week is funding programs in Europe. In the UK, £1.65 million (approx. $2.6 million) has been spent for the new Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL),

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Robotics Trends: 30 April – 6 May 2012

    Robotics Trends: 30 April – 6 May 2012

This week, we highlight two news. On the area of service robotics Panasonic demoed its “shampoo-bot”. This head care robot showed in our selection of videos is already being experimented

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Robotics Trends: 22-29 April 2012

    Robotics Trends: 22-29 April 2012

We don’t hear often about Russians in the robotics field. But, when they show up, they are impressive. About two years ago, we came across the Tesh-Drive, an amphibious off-road

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