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Autonomous mobile robots: more diversity than first meets the eye

Autonomous mobile robots: more diversity than first meets the eye

May 25, 2018 Worldwide
Autonomous mobility, in the general public's eye, is now synonymous with cars. Whilst this might be the largest ultimate prize, it is by no means the only commercial manifestation of this technology. Indeed, as the IDTechEx Research report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players demonstrates, numerous autonomous mobile robots are being commercialized in applications where there is (a) a clear commercial purpose and (b) a more structured and predictable environment.
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Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

May 24, 2018 United States
Saildrone, Inc., a provider of high-resolution ocean data collected via a fleet of unmanned surface vehicles, announced that it has closed a $60 million round of Series B funding to scale up its global fleet of ocean drones to help monitor the state of the planet in real time.
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European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles

European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles

May 23, 2018 Switzerland
Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and be able to respond to them, meet many of the technological and regulatory challenges, and design new business models. This is the aim of the 4 year AVENUE project consortium, with a total budget of 22 million euros and funded by the European Commission up to the level of 16 million euros.
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IDTechEx TVNew AI technique helps robots work alongside humans

New AI technique helps robots work alongside humans

May 23, 2018 United States
Researchers developed a first of its kind deep learning-based system that can teach a robot to complete a task by just observing the actions of a human. The method is designed to enhance communication between humans and robots and at the same time further research that will enable people to work alongside robots seamlessly.
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Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

May 22, 2018 United States
Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. In findings published this week researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage.
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IDTechEx TV3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

May 21, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.
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Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

May 18, 2018 United States
An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells.
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Drawing closer to people combining robot technology and AI

Drawing closer to people combining robot technology and AI

May 17, 2018 Japan
Robots are starting to help make our lives more enjoyable and convenient in everyday situations. An example is a service using robots in business, in a hospital, where robots use gestures and speech to guide people who are having trouble with automated reception machines. What allows this to happen is the robots communication skills, in particular its use of emotional expressions.
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Webinar Thursday 24 May -Robots and drones: How everything is changing

Webinar Thursday 24 May -Robots and drones: How everything is changing

May 17, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 24 May titled Robots and drones: How everything is changing.
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IDTechEx TVThe first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

May 16, 2018 United States
Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can easily slip into tight places that are inaccessible to big drones.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Monika Dunkel continues to explore worldwide technology and market trends in nine key areas, and opportunities they present for the UK.