Need Some Help in the Yard? Robots at CES 2017

This article describes the chores the robots at CES 2017 can accomplish for your indoor and outdoor projects.

NHTSA/SAE’s “levels” of robocars may be contributing to highway deaths

Topic: RobocarsThe NHTSA/SAE "levels" of robocars are not just incorrect. I now believe they are contributing to an attitude towards their "level 2" autopilots that plays a small, but real role in t

the latest application for smart, collaborative robots: haircutting

You might remember the Flowbee hair cutting vacuum device from commercials back in the late 1980s. It took the barber out of the equation and made home haircuts an affordable reality. We’ve come up

Alex John London: From Automation to Autonomy and the Ubiquity of Moral Decision Making | CMU RI Seminar

Link to video on YouTube Abstract: “I argue that there is an important sense in which all decisions are moral decisions and I explore some implications of this insight (and its denial) for the desig

Next Generation Robots – Boston Dynamics, Asimo, Da Vinci, SoFi | ColdFusion

Link to video on YouTube Advanced biomimetic robots and battlebots.

The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University : Robotics Education and Research Leader

Since its founding in 1979, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has been leading the world in robotics research and education. The Robotics Institute offers Doctoral and Master's Degr

meeting the challenges in plastics: cobots answer the call

When most of us think of industrial robots, the automotive industry comes to mind immediately. Now that cobots are here, which industry will be the one that leads the way in putting these safe, flexib

lightweighting: how plastics are taking over your industry

In recent years, automotive manufacturers have increasingly turned to lightweighting – the trend of substituting heavy metal parts with plastic to reduce vehicle mass and create greater efficiency.

déjà vu all over again: cobots pinch hit when labor is hard to find

Once again we traveled to Wisconsin, this time to visit with an injection molding company, Plastic Molded Concepts.  It never ceases to amaze me how much manufacturing takes place in Wisconsin. Great

Are Extreme Temperature Swings Hard On Plants?

How Do Plants Survive? Last Sunday I experienced one of the most extreme temperature swings I can remember. The high was almost 70 degrees and it was gorgeous outside, which is pretty unusual for mid-

Steps To Getting Your Lawn Mower Ready For Use

Tuning Up Your Lawn Mower Having that perfect lush lawn is something many property owners strive for. Whether it’s residential or commercial, attractive landscaping is not only more inviting by add

manufacturing trends: using apprenticeships to address labor shortage

In our recent post, Three Unexpected Trends Impacting the Labor Shortage, we talked about how finding and retaining labor remains a top challenge for manufacturers. Although automation can solve some

three unexpected trends impacting the labor shortage

Most of the news about the manufacturing labor shortage centers around the aging workforce or Millennials’ lack of interest in repetitive (re: “boring”) manufacturing jobs. But interestingly eno

Preventing Your Dog From Ruining Your Lawn

Can Dog Waste Kill My Grass? Dogs are hard on your lawn, and especially in the winter months. Why? Their poop and urine can be damaging to the grass but in the summer, watering the lawn helps dilute t

5 Spring Lawn Care Tips

How To Ensure A Gorgeous Lawn After a long winter, it’s finally time to start getting the lawn ready for its reawakening. Spring has officially sprung and there are a number of tasks that will give

Distinguishing Between Types of Yard Grass

Identifying Common Grass Species A beautiful yard does more than increase your home’s curb appeal. It’s the special hangout for creating happy memories. From barbecues and parties to quiet moments

manufacturing trends: using cobots to solve labor shortage challenges

Due to the tight labor market, manufacturers across the US and Europe are turning to collaborative robots to perform lower level, repetitive tasks in order to use their workers for more skilled tasks.

Roberta L. Klatzky: Rendering Material Properties through Touch | CMU RI Seminar

Link to video on YouTube Abstract: “Humans haptically perceive the material properties of objects, such as roughness and compliance, through signals from sensory receptors in skin, muscles, tendons,

NASA - Robotics Alliance Project

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts

Planning Your Flower Garden

It’s almost March and in the Denver area, that means it’s almost time for flowers to start popping up. I really start getting the itch to plan out my flower gardens, anxious for warmer weather and

Need Some Help in the Yard? Robots at CES 2017

This article describes the chores the robots at CES 2017 can accomplish for your indoor and outdoor projects.

cobots in the classroom: 5 questions for northwestern’s professor jarvis schultz

How is Sawyer being put to work at Northwestern? We use Sawyer regularly for research projects in the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR), and as a teaching tool for students in the MS in Robotics 

How to Keep Deer From Eating Trees

Living in the city of Denver, you don’t have to worry as much about this issue. However, if you are in the foothills, mountains, or out on the plains near a river or body of water, figuring out how

Towards a virtual stuntman

Simulated humanoid performing a variety of highly dynamic and acrobatic skills.

Recommendations For Planting Flowering Trees

Best Colorado Flowering Trees There’s nothing that screams “spring” more than when the flowering trees start to bloom. In Colorado, springtime weather can be a little iffy, so if these fragrant

Artificial intelligence in action

At the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, researchers are training computers to recognize dynamic events.

Five projects make the first cut and receive a ROBOTT-NET pilot

It all started with 166 companies spread across 12 European countries appling for a “golden ticket” to ROBOTT-NET’s Voucher Program. 64 companies received a voucher and highly specialized consul

What’s all the fuss about AI, robotics and China?

In the constantly changing landscape of today’s global digital workspace, AI’s presence grows in almost every industry. Retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba are using algorithms written by machin

Garden Hose Repair

The Elements Are Hard On Equipment Most people prefer to just go buy a new garden hose when one gets a crack or hole in it. However, a new hose isn’t cheap and especially if you are buying a high-qu

Robots in Depth with Harsha Prahlad

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Harsha Prahlad, CoFounder and Chief Technology and Products Officer at Grabit Inc. Harsha talks about his novel gripper for soft goods manu

#258: DART: Noise injection for robust imitation learning, with Michael Laskey

Michael Laskey on training robots to fold bedsheets (and other things) through imitation learning.

cobot technology: innovation that works for the plastics industry

For plastics manufacturers, reducing costs and improving quality is a driving force for the increased use of automation in their operations. The good news is that technological innovation has transfor

How Do Insects Survive The Winter?

Do Bugs Hibernate? I doubt that most people lay awake at night worrying about insects and whether they are as snug as a bug in a rug during the winter months. But if you love the great outdoors and ha

at the intersection of industry and education: stem

In Feb 2018, MassRobotics received grant money to double its workspace in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District, setting their sights on more STEM programs. Part 2 of an interview with Joyce Sidopo

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