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Two MOOCs for robotics enrolling now

Anyone can now enrol in two robotics MOOCs, “Introduction to Robotics” and “Robotic Vision” from Peter Corke at QUT which will run in early 2015. Registration is free. Peter Corke is a professor of robotics at

Robot Startup Series #7 Soft Robotics IV Carl Vause

Soft robotics is finally leaving the research lab and entering the real world. One of the companies leading the way is a startup based in Boston, that is commercializing the innovations of the Whitesides

Silicon Valley Robotics launches robot accelerator

Silicon Valley Robotics brings startups together with cofounders, mentors, programs, facilities and funding to accelerate their growth. We are a meta accelerator.  What does your startup need?  People: Meet cofounders and find peer support at our network events, startup seminars and

Just launched – Fellow Robots’ Oshbot

  Fellow Robots, in partnership with Lowes Hardware, today launched the Oshbot as a customer assistant robot at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose. Although the robot can only give information, this trial

Women in Robotics

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, I started publishing a list of 25 amazing women in robotics, covering a whole range of areas from research to business. The first list came out last year (2013)

Breakout Labs looking for robots

I’m at Breakout Labs 3rd ‘unboxing’ today at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. Founded by the Thiel Foundation in 2011, Breakout Labs provides seed stage funding of up to $350,000 to early stage companies

Manufacturing and Crowdfunding Resources

IndieGoGo just celebrated their first hardware demo night with a packed house at Parisoma cowork space in San Francisco. We got to see startups like Breathometer, Misfit Wearables and Skully and find out what

A call for debate on robot policy

The 1953 New Yorker cartoon that started the “Take me to your leader” meme showed two aliens newly arrived on earth asking a donkey to, effectively, give them policy guidance. This is exactly what

Snapshot of US UAV situation

The impact on businesses of the ongoing US ban on commercial UAV operation can be seen in a snapshot of this week’s drone news. Drones are very affordable these days, and there is nothing

Second wave of social robots is here

Cynthia Breazeal’s Jibo launched today and coming on the heels of Pepper, Aldebaran and Softbank’s new social robot, and Jimmy from Intel. It seems like we’re seeing a second wave of social robots. Jibo