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Gumstix Releases New Aerocore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson Customized Robotics

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 26 2018 Rapid custom design for NVIDIA Jetson TX(1/2/2i) robotics, including 4 HD camera modules, USB 3.0, LTE, and micro-HDMI. Arrives pretested and fully booted. Gumstix®, Inc., the leader in design-to-order embedded systems, announces the release of the Aerocore 2 for NVIDIA® Jetson™ board and NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX(1/2/2i) COM Connector in Geppetto®. Related Stories Designed for supercomputing, this new AeroCore 2 puts the parallel processing power of the NVIDIA® Jetson™ on a robotics-inspired development board. In addition, as with all AeroCore boards, the Aerocore 2 for NVIDIA® Jetson™ can be customized easily online with Geppetto®. The new NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX(1/2/2i) COM Connector in Geppetto brings simple drag and drop artificial intelligence integration to dev...

A highly sensitive, self-powered triboelectric auditory sensor for social robotics and hearing aids

INTRODUCTION With the fast development of robotics, several grand challenges will be considered by the robotics industry in the next generation (1). As the most efficient and straightforward communication channel, one criterion for robotic auditory systems requires the robot not only to listen to our instructions but also to perceive our vocal intonations, which means an intelligent mobile robot truly integrated with our social life, showing empathy and natural social behaviors (1–3). To facilitate social interaction with robotics, the auditory sensor in a robotic system should mimic human senses by being more sensitive, including a broader frequency response. In addition, more than 10% of the global population suffers from hearing impairments (4, 5), and those people are potential benefic...

Global Strategic Business Report on Industrial Robotics Market

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 25 2018 The “Industrial Robotics – Global Strategic Business Report” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Industrial Robotics in Units by the following End-Use Segments: Assembly Material Application Material Handling (Packaging/Picking, Plastic Molding, Molding, & Others) Cutting/Polishing Welding Others The report profiles 209 companies including many key and niche players such as: ABB Ltd....

VA extends support of ReWalk Robotics powered exoskeletons

Paralyzed veteran Gene Laureano walking with the help of a ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton. (Credit: ReWalk Robotics) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in June 2018 revised its national policy for ReWalk Robotics‘ powered exoskeleton for qualifying veterans with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The revision expands access to training program locations among the VA network and private rehabilitation centers throughout the VA’s Veterans Choice Program. The updated policy also includes further guidance on the evaluation process. An update to the original standard operating policy (SOP) issued by the VA in December 2015, the new evaluation process will have all veterans flow through one of 24 designated SCI VA centers (SCI/D). Once a veteran is determined to be qualified for training and pro...

Global Strategic Business Report on Artificial Intelligence Market

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 23 2018 The “Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Global Strategic Business Report” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2024. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in US$ Million. The Global market is further analyzed by the following Technologies and End-Use Sectors: Technologies Robotics Deep Learning Digital Personal Assistant Context-Aware Processing Others End-Use Sectors BFSI Manufacturing Media & Advertising Ret...

AI-Equipped Robots to Carry Out Routine Inspections of Water-Rooted Infrastructure

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 23 2018 Waves, winds, currents, wakes from passing boats and eddies swirling around structures make water one of the most complex environments for experienced boat captains, let alone robots. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology are developing algorithms that teach robots to adapt to the constantly changing dynamics of the sea in order to address one of our nation’s greatest concerns: protecting and preserving our aging water-rooted infrastructure, such as piers, pipelines, bridges and dams. The work, led by Brendan Englot, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stevens, grapples with the ongoing issue of the frequency with which these underwater structures are checked. There are far more underwater structures than there are divers to inspec...

Tend Announces Availability of First ‘Smart’ Predictive Maintenance System for Industrial Robots

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 19 2018 Tend announces the immediate availability of the first “smart” predictive maintenance system for industrial robots, In.advance™. Based on a proprietary machine-learning engine running in the factory, In.advance™ uses anomaly detection to allow manufactures to address potential robot failures before they hinder or cease production. Some unique attributes of In.advance™ include: Unlike more costly systems that require vast amounts of robot data to be sent outside the firewall and/or to massive data centers to be processed and analyzed for potential predictive signals, Tend.ai’s Smart Predictive Maintenance deploys an “edge” device inside each robot cell to self-learn the robot’s “normal” operational parameters....

Optimized flocking of autonomous drones in confined environments

INTRODUCTION Groups of gregarious animals often display an interesting and spectacular collective pattern (1): They establish ordered structures without collisions in a limited amount of time (2, 3). They can also react extremely fast to environmental changes, such as the sudden appearance of a predator or an obstacle (4, 5). Although these systems are enormously complex, they are also perfectly optimized, and thus, their expressed motion patterns remain gracefully natural (6). When these systems are modeled, one tends to focus on the replication of the smooth optimal motion patterns by making idealistic assumptions about the underlying complexity. This simultaneous simplification of the “input” and “output” explains why so many different statistical physical models of swarm behavior can b...

Autonomous task sequencing in a robot swarm

INTRODUCTION Swarm robotics (1–4) takes inspiration from collective behaviors of social animals to develop multirobot systems that, like their natural counterparts, are flexible, robust, and autonomous (5). A robot swarm comprises a large number of robots with limited capabilities. The interaction of the robots with each other and with the environment engenders emergent properties: Collectively, the swarm displays abilities that a single robot does not have. So far, research has focused on the emergence of geometrical/spatial properties and mechanical abilities: for example, aggregating (6), covering space (7, 8), forming shapes (9, 10), moving coordinately (11), overcoming obstacles (12), transporting objects (13), clustering objects (14), or assembling structures (15). Research has been ...

Study Shows Robotic Surgery as Effective as Open Surgery for Bladder Cancer

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 12 2018 Shutterstock/ Magic mine According to a breakthrough research reported in the journal Lancet, robotic surgery is as effective as traditional open surgery in treating bladder cancer. The study’s co-authors are three Loyola Medicine urologists, Marcus Quek, MD, Gopal Gupta, MD, and Alex Gorbonos, MD. The First author of the study is Dipen Parekh, MD, of the University of Miami. Loyola is among 15 centers that took part in the national trial of 350 patients, who were randomly scheduled to undergo an open surgery or robotic surgery to remove cancerous bladders. When assessed two years later, there was no major difference between the two groups in survival without disease progression. With robotic surgery, there was less blood loss and shorter hospital stays, b...

Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Wild Animals

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 11 2018 Artificial intelligence is set to transform our world, from cancer detection to earthquake prediction to self-driving cars. The latest study sees researchers introduce the power of deep learning to a new domain—ecology. A collaborative team of scientists from Harvard, Auburn University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota showed that the artificial intelligence method can be used to identify animal images caught by motion-sensing cameras. Using over three million photographs from the citizen science project Snapshot Serengeti, scientists taught the system to automatically identify, count, and describe animals in their natural environments. The results revealed that the system was able to automate the process ...

Exploring Potential Governance Models for Civil Airspace Regulation

Written by AZoRoboticsJul 9 2018 The use of drones has enhanced the efficiency of data gathering, enabling teams to monitor and survey vast areas without affecting the everyday life, landscape, or their own safety. However, many are concerned about the long-term safety and security, and ethics of such technologies. The team from the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs test a drone. (Image credit: Diego) Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs recently collaborated with drone companies to look for possible governance models for ways to best regulate the civil airspace and generally the skies in future. The Centre is a futuristic interdisciplinary research outlet with its focus on gaining insights into the impact of technology on existing business and governance. It...