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Ex Machina: When Turing meets Bechdel test

Alex Garland’s first feature film as a director, Ex Machina, had its US debut at SxSW on March 14. This stylish idea film explores the Turing Test in a very Pinteresque fashion as a

Qualcomm to power high school robotics with Snapdragon

On March 11, FIRST® announced that its worldwide high school robotics competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), will be using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor as the platform for its robot and driver station controls. Moving to a communication and control

Bruno Maisonnier moves on from Aldebaran

Farewell and thank you to Bruno Maisonnier, the founder and CEO of Aldebaran Robotics, which is now 95% owned by Softbank. Softbank had previously acquired a majority stake in the ground breaking French robotics company which

Robots for humanity inspires

Henry Evans had a brain stem stroke in 2002 that left him quadriplegic. Since then he has turned to robotics to unlock his abilities. Robots For Humanity (R4H.org) is a project that chronicles Henry’s quest to

2015 sees mobile manipulators coming to market

Fetch Robotics has just announced $3 million funding from Shasta Ventures and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, which will be used to bring their new mobile manipulator robots to market in Q2 2015. Fetch Robotics is

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)