The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Is A Symphony, Rock Band And DJ In The Palm Of Your Hand
Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time
From IEEE Spectrum
[editor note: Better late than never…..catching up on posting some robot news!]
From IEEE Specturm
We’ve always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that’s tethered for power and safety is just not in the spirit of what the DRC is all about: moving towards robotic systems that can provide meaningful assistance during a real-world disaster scenario.
Back in November, we started hearing that DRC Track B teams were sending their ATLAS robots back to Google-owned Boston Dynamics for some tweaks, and today, DARPA has posted a video of the brand new ATLAS. And it really is almost entirely brand new.
All the below is from IEEE Spectrum Feb 17, 2017
FAA Unveils Drone Rules: Autonomy Is In, Drone Delivery Is Out
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has recently announced the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft systems, governing the operation of drones under 55 pounds (25 kilograms). Many observers had worried that the FAA would attempt to over-regulate, proposing requirements like airworthiness certificates for drones and pilot’s licenses for drone operators and other restrictions that would make it a lot harder for businesses to use drones. But although there are some sticking points that will surely generate more debate, the proposed rules seem surprisingly reasonable.
Spot Is Boston Dynamics’ Nimble New Quadruped Robot
Boston Dynamics is infuriatingly cool. They have to be the only robotics company out there that can just post a YouTube video of an incredibly agile autonomous quadruped named “Spot” with a four sentence description, and that’s that—no info on their site, no press release, no interviews. Because they know that everybody is going to watch it and think it’s awesome anyway. Grr.
Spanish robot maker PAL Robotics, best known for their REEM humanoid robots, has just introduced a new mobile manipulator called Tiago (Take It And Go). Want to pick stuff up and move it around in a research environment? This could be the robot for you.