robotics

  • Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

    Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

    Today, Toyota announced that it has hired Gill Pratt to drive its autonomous car research. Pratt is best known in this field for his work at DARPA and MIT, including starting the Robotics Challenge. The company is also investing $50 million in the research over the next five years as well as partnering with MIT and Stanford. Read More

  • NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    What happens when NASA gets together with IBM’s Bluemix cloud services and sponsors a worldwide hackathon? They hope to challenge participants to build apps that help solve issues around space exploration and earthly problems too. The ambitious event, called The Space App Challenge, is taking place this weekend simultaneously in 162 countries involving 136 cities and 10,000… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Dyson Invests $2.35B In R&D, Aims To Launch 100 New Products Over The Next Four Years

    Dyson Invests $2.35B In R&D, Aims To Launch 100 New Products Over The Next Four Years

    Dyson is spending big on new products and product categories, the company announced today. The maker of vacuums, fans, heaters, hand dryers, robots and more announced today that it would be spending a total of $2.35 billion across a UK tech campus, expansion of its manufacturing efforts, investment in British universities to foster talent, and $1.56 billion in new specific tech development… Read More

  • The Future Of French Robotics Crunch Network

    The Future Of French Robotics

    French robotics can boast of several innovative robotics startups, entrepreneurs and researchers. But robots aren’t ubiquitous in the French industry, which has experienced steady decline in the past decades. Couldn’t robotics help? Read More

  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More

  • UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    The UK’s first official robotics strategy, drawn up with help from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), is calling for the establishment of real-world test sites over the next five+ years where robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) can be rigorously put through their paces to help speed up development. Read More

  • Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time Crunch Network

    Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time

    The robotics revolution has been in the making for decades, but market expectations have historically outpaced technology readiness. While industrial and military sectors have adopted a number of high-priced robotics solutions, the consumer sector has lagged due to lack of technological maturity and high costs. Read More

  • SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    We don’t have robot butlers just yet, but as of next year, it will be possible to have your very own human-like robot companion. Japanese telecom giant SoftBank revealed to Reuters that it will begin selling personal robot buddies by February. These bots are able to learn and express emotions, and will sell for just under $2,000, with the company believing they’ll be able to serve… Read More