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How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Squishy Robotics, TC, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there.

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Talk all things robotics and AI with TechCrunch writers

By | articles, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, deep learning, Emerging-Technologies, Events, Extra Crunch Conference Call, Extra Crunch members, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC, tc sessions, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019, Technology, uc-berkeley

This Thursday, we’ll be hosting our third annual Robotics + AI TechCrunch Sessions event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The day is packed start-to-finish with intimate discussions on the state of robotics and deep learning with key founders, investors, researchers and technologists. The event will dig into recent developments in robotics and AI, which startups […]

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Mars helicopter bound for the Red Planet takes to the air for the first time

By | drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, jpl, mars 2020, NASA, Robotics, Science, Space, TC, UAVs

The Mars 2020 mission is on track for launch next year, and nesting inside the high-tech new rover heading that direction is a high-tech helicopter designed to fly in the planet’s nearly non-existent atmosphere. The actual aircraft that will fly on the Martian surface just took its first flight and its engineers are over the moon.

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This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of)

By | Artificial Intelligence, Audi, Automotive, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, stanford, Stanford University, Transportation

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course.

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Mobileye CEO clowns on Nvidia for allegedly copying self-driving car safety scheme

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Intel, Mobileye, nvidia, Robotics, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

While creating self-driving car systems, it’s natural that different companies might independently arrive at similar methods or results — but the similarities in a recent “first of its kind” Nvidia proposal to work done by Mobileye two years ago were just too much for the latter company’s CEO to take politely.

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Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials

By | Accelerator, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Bill Gates, Gadgets, Hardware, Intellectual Ventures, lasers, Lidar, Lumotive, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry.

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This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

By | architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Design, Gadgets, Hardware, korea, Robotics, robots

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an […]

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UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

By | Aircraft, airmap, airports, Civil Aviation Authority, DJI, drone, Drone Bill, drone restrictions, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, Robotics, United Kingdom

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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