Category: News & Trends

Initiatives and Funds for Robotics

Starting a company is always a challenge. This obviously applies to all areas including young high tech ones such as robotics. We briefly report here some of the most recent actions in favor of robotics’ start ups. When it comes to funding, the first reflex is to look for a venture capitalist (VC). In the […]

Will Micro-Scale Robots Be Available Soon?

Chip makers are struggling with miniaturization to keep pace with moore’s law. The cutting-edge technology is extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. While EUV is still being introduced into product lines, a killer technology is already born. Mashable reported this february 20th 2012 that an australian team from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) […]

Keep Fighting SOPA, PIPA, and the Rest!

In his Talk at TED offices (see Video 1), Clay Shirky explains why  Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are bad. These bills threaten the Internet’s main driver: sharing. With SOPA and PIPA, anyone  putting content online is considered a pirate unless she proves that she didn’t infringe any copyright. This […]

On Strike Against SOPA and PIPA! is joining today’s Internet blackout against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). These legislation will threaten freedom of speech. We will all become subject to legal proceedings if we reference some website that has any page or hidden resource violating copyright laws. We strongly reject the Web as proposed […]

Smartphones and Tablets Turn Into Robots at CES 2012

Since a few years already, hobbyists managed to build robots operated by cell phones (see video 1). Earliest experiments rely on Dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) signaling. With this approach, a phone sends commands through its headphone output to a micro-controller that interprets them to drive motors. Video 1: Robot Controlled by a Cellphone through DTMF DTMF is […]

Post-Christmas Green Attitude

So, you got a new gadget for Christmas. What ever gizmo you get, you probably have an older one that you won’t be using any more. Such devices are often neglectfully cluttering some drawer. We have here good news for you. Used phones have more value than you might expect. Even broken ones! You can […]

Happy New Robotics Year 2012!

As a gift for the new year, did made the following 2011 best of robotic videos. It gathers a collection of cool demos of robots made either by industrials or by academic laboratories. Starting from this 35 videos, we provide here a short subjective list gathering what we found as the most impressive and […]

A Step Further In Bipedal Humanoid Robots Development reported that Honda released early November 2011 a new version of its famous humanoid robot. Asimo is now able to run at up to 9km/h (same as an average jogger), hop on one foot and do other movements showing an impressive dexterity for this class of robots. Note however that there exist other projects […]