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DJI is updating its geofencing system across Europe after Gatwick drone debacle

By | airmap, Altitude Angel, DJI, Drone Bill, drone regulation, drone safety, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick, Heathrow, Robotics

Following the pre-Christmas drone debacle in the UK — which plunged thousands of people into travel misery after repeated drone sightings closed the runway at Gatwick, and later also briefly suspended departures at Heathrow — consumer drone maker DJI has announced it’s upgrading its geofencing system across Europe. It says its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 system […]

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Robin’s robotic mowers now have a patented doggie door just for them

By | Artificial Intelligence, Battlefield, Gadgets, Hardware, robin, Robotics, Startups

Back in 2016 we had Robin up on stage demonstrating the possibility of a robotic mower as a service rather than just something you buy. They’re still going strong, and just introduced and patented what seems in retrospect a pretty obvious idea: an automatic door for the mower to go through fences between front and back yards.

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Aibo hangs out with some (real) dogs

By | Aibo, Gadgets, Robotics, Sony

I had this fun idea to make a video called “Real dog vs. robot dog,” where Henri (my Maltese Shih Tzu) and Aibo would go head to head performing a dozen tricks like high-five, bark and play dead. Aibo arrived, however, when I was simultaneously battling a cold and dog-sitting for my best friend. Because […]

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

By | Artificial Intelligence, Asia, autonomous vehicles, Boats, China, climate change, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, TC

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns.

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Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

By | antarctica, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Robotics, Science, university of washington

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists… but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won’t complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosing around the ice for a full year now, producing data unlike any other expedition ever has.

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pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

By | drone, edtech startup, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, learn to code, London, pi-top, pi-top 4, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, Startups, STEM, TC, United Kingdom

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and […]

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Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

By | Artificial Intelligence, Berkeley, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, TC

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before.

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This hole-digging drone parachutes in to get the job done

By | drone, electronics, Emerging-Technologies, energy, Gadgets, nebraska, Nimbus, Robotics, TC, Technology, university of nebraska, wireless

A new drone from the NIMBUS group at the University of Nebraska can fall out of a plane, parachute down, fly to a certain place, dig a hole, hide sensors inside it, and then fly away like some crazy wasp. Robots are weird. The goal of the project is to allow drones to place sensors […]

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