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Breakthrough graphene production could trigger revolution in artificial skin development
A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible 'electronic skin,' that could be used in robots.
[Science daily]

Micro-tentacles created so tiny robots can handle delicate objects
Robotics experts have developed microrobotic tentacles that can be the hands and fingers of small robots designed to safely handle delicate objects.
[Science daily]

The innovators: the customised robotic hand you can print out at home
Joel Gibbard has developed a method of producing bespoke bionic prostheses for a fraction of the price of similar devices on the market by using a 3D printer As a teenage hobbyist building robots at home in Bristol, Joel Gibbard had a leftfield thought when pondering his next project. How would (...)
[The Guardian]

Robots, dogs and the apocalypse: seven game design trends from E3 2015
Every year the E3 event in LA tells us what the industry is thinking about – and this year it’s female characters, virtual reality and post-nuclear droid pets If you want to know what’s going on in the collective consciousness of the global games industry, just hang out at E3 for a day. This (...)
[The Guardian]

Carrying a table together with a semi-cooperative robot
From a robot's perspective, humans might be considered a nuisance: when robots and humans have to work together, it often leads to problems. Researchers want to teach robots how to interact with humans and work together to accomplish tasks. CogIMon stands for "cognitive compliant interaction in (...)
[Science daily]

Agreement Reached for Alibaba and Foxconn to Invest in SoftBank's Robotics Business
SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”), Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba”) and Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) today announced an agreement under which Alibaba and Foxconn will each invest JPY 14.5 billion in SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corp. (“SBRH”), the SoftBank Group's intermediate holding (...)
[WebWire Electronic components]

Agreement Reached for Alibaba and Foxconn to Invest in SoftBank's Robotics Business
SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”), Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba”) and Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) today announced an agreement under which Alibaba and Foxconn will each invest JPY 14.5 billion in SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corp. (“SBRH”), the SoftBank Group's intermediate holding (...)
[WebWire Electronic Internet commerce]

Man behind Darpa's robotics challenge: robots will soon learn from each other
Gill Pratt is set to leave the wing of the US defense department that develops cutting-edge technologies but lets us in on what’s next for the venerated agency Gill Pratt invented legs. Well, sort of: the MIT-educated scientist invented electric series-elastic actuators, the technology that (...)
[The Guardian]

"How not to build the Terminator" - two disturbing days at the 'world cup' for robots
What really happens at the US Defence Agency’s annual robotics showdown, and what are Uber, Amazon and Elon Musk doing in the crowd? • Humanoid robots – in pictures It’s surprisingly transfixing watching robots – great, lumbering, 7ft-tall humanoids – trying to walk and use power tools and drive a (...)
[The Guardian]

Using Minecraft to unboggle the robot mind
Researchers are developing a new algorithm to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments. It's designed to help robots be more useful in the real world, but it's being developed with the help of a virtual world -- that of the video game (...)
[Science daily]

Rise and falls of the disaster droids
Robots struggle to complete a $3m disaster challenge
[BBC]

Rise and falls of the disaster droids
Robots struggle to complete a $3m disaster challenge
[BBC News]

Darpa robotics challenge: South Korea's humanoid nets team $2m
US defense department awards prizes in event that featured robots built and piloted with funding from sources that included Amazon and Nasa Related: Try, Robot: Darpa contest sends new humanoids into 'nuclear reactor' On Saturday evening, with their sleek humanoid robot DRC-Hubo, a team of (...)
[The Guardian]

South Koreans win robotics challenge
South Korea's Team Kaist win the $2m prize for the fastest robot at the US Department of Defense's Darpa Robotics Challenge.
[BBC]

Try, Robot: Darpa contest sends new humanoids into 'nuclear reactor'
At an event that combines the feel of a trade fair with a Mythbusters episode, robots compete in navigating simulation of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant Robots are terrible drivers. The one that had just navigated a smooth stretch of road a few hundred feet long had taken 15 minutes to do so, (...)
[The Guardian]

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