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Ingenuity Helicopter completes trickier second flight on Mars

The Robot Report | April 22, 2021, 5:01 p.m.

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter successfully completed its second test flight on Mars. This morning at 5:33 a.m. EDT, Ingenuity climbed to 16 feet, performed a slight (5-degree) tilt, moved sideways 7 feet (2 meters) and flew for a total of 51.9 seconds. It performed the flight autonomously. You can watch a video of the second flight…The post Ingenuity Helicopter completes trickier second flight on Mars appeared first on The Robot Report.

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How to mitigate the impact of ROS Kinetic EOL

The Robot Report | April 22, 2021, 1:35 p.m.

For more than ten years, the Robot Operating System (ROS) has been enabling innovators around the world to develop robot platforms and applications. Through its collection of tools, libraries, and conventions, ROS simplifies the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior. Ubuntu has been the primary platform for ROS from the very beginning. That…The post How to mitigate the impact of ROS Kinetic EOL appeared first on The Robot Report.

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How Perseverance Rover made oxygen on Mars

The Robot Report | April 22, 2021, 11:08 a.m.

A toaster-size, experimental instrument aboard Perseverance called MOXIE converted some of Mars' carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen. The post How Perseverance Rover made oxygen on Mars appeared first on The Robot Report.

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KUKA iiQKA.OS promises to be easy to use

The Robot Report | April 22, 2021, 2:56 a.m.

KUKA Robotics launches a new open source operating system called KUKA iiQKA.OS - designed from its core, to be easy to use. The new OS will initially be available on KUKA collaborative robots.The post KUKA iiQKA.OS promises to be easy to use appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Managing large robotics software teams

The Robot Report | April 20, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

Developing a robot is more complicated than a standard embedded software implementation. There are unique challenges to overcome to ensure that a robot will meet its requirements, function as intended, and be delivered on time and on budget. The teams developing robotics software must coordinate well within their own team while also working in parallel…The post Managing large robotics software teams appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Motional autonomous vehicles get a bird’s-eye view in Las Vegas

The Robot Report | April 20, 2021, 12:44 p.m.

Cameras above two intersections in Las Vegas will transmit data to Motional autonomous vehicles for a different view of tough intersections.The post Motional autonomous vehicles get a bird’s-eye view in Las Vegas appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Watch: Ingenuity Helicopter completes historic first flight on Mars

The Robot Report | April 19, 2021, 11:34 a.m.

Shame on me for ever doubting NASA. After overcoming a software issue, the Ingenuity Helicopter completed its initial flight on Mars earlier this morning. Ingenuity is the first in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance…The post Watch: Ingenuity Helicopter completes historic first flight on Mars appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Get Shark's self-emptying Shark IQ RV1001AE robot vacuum for just $419 - CNET

CNET | April 17, 2021, 11:59 a.m.

This is the lowest price around right now on a voice-command vacuum that can clean specific rooms.

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Rob Sullivan resigns from AutoGuide Mobile Robots

The Robot Report | April 16, 2021, 4:32 p.m.

RBR50 company AutoGuide Mobile Robots, which was acquired by Teradyne in 2019, will soon have a new leader. President and CEO Rob Sullivan resigned on March 1, but is staying on until June 1 to help the transition. Tim Moriarty, Teradyne’s president of memory products, will step into Sullivan’s role. Sullivan, 54, led AutoGuide’s spinout…The post Rob Sullivan resigns from AutoGuide Mobile Robots appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Ken Goldberg on robotic grasping; Carbon Robotics’ new weeding robot

The Robot Report | April 16, 2021, 4:14 p.m.

Welcome to Episode 41 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community. You can subscribe to The Robot Report Podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, SoundCloud, Spotify and more. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave us…The post Ken Goldberg on robotic grasping; Carbon Robotics’ new weeding robot appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Vicarious Surgical going public via $1.1B SPAC deal

The Robot Report | April 15, 2021, 9:17 p.m.

Vicarious Surgical will go public through a $1.1 billion special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal, the robotic surgery pioneer announced. Vicarious, which has sought to bring robotics and virtual reality to minimally invasive surgery, will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RBOT after the merger with D8 Holdings. Hong Kong–based D8…The post Vicarious Surgical going public via $1.1B SPAC deal appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Canvas raises $24M Series B to scale drywalling robot

The Robot Report | April 15, 2021, 12:43 p.m.

San Francisco-based robotics startup Canvas has raised $24 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Menlo Ventures and included leading construction firm Suffolk Construction. Alumni Ventures Group, as well as existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and Grit Labs, also participated in the round. Canvas said it will…The post Canvas raises $24M Series B to scale drywalling robot appeared first on The Robot Report.

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WTWH Media acquires Mobile Robot Guide

The Robot Report | April 15, 2021, 10:01 a.m.

Acquisition of industry leading mobile robotics website, together with Mike Oitzman continuing as editor, strengthens WTWH Media’s robotics brand and serves as catalyst for future growth.The post WTWH Media acquires Mobile Robot Guide appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Pickle Robot’s Dill wants to unload ‘messy trailers’

The Robot Report | April 14, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

There seems to be a renewed focus on automating the grueling task of unloading trailers. Boston Dynamics revealed its Stretch mobile manipulator at the end of March, while Memphis-based robotics startup Dextrous Robotics recently emerged from stealth with its Chopstick system. Dextrous co-founder Evan Drumwright discussed the system in the RoboBusiness Direct session “Advances in…The post Pickle Robot’s Dill wants to unload ‘messy trailers’ appeared first on The Robot Report.

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CMU’s snake robot can now swim underwater

The Robot Report | April 13, 2021, 4:34 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon University’s acclaimed snake-like robot can now slither its way underwater, allowing the modular robotics platform to inspect ships, submarines and infrastructure for damage. A team from the Biorobotics Lab in the School of Computer Science’s Robotics Institute tested the Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake (HUMRS) last month in the university’s pool, diving the…The post CMU’s snake robot can now swim underwater appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Doosan Robotics’ cobots compatible with ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy

The Robot Report | April 13, 2021, 1:02 p.m.

The ROS 2 package is compatible with the Doosan Robot Language, so operators who are familiar with Doosan but have basic ROS knowledge can create robotics application.The post Doosan Robotics’ cobots compatible with ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy appeared first on The Robot Report.

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RBR50 nomination deadline is Friday, April 16

The Robot Report | April 13, 2021, 11:47 a.m.

For over a decade, the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards have highlighted the most influential innovations that have advanced the global robotics industry.The post RBR50 nomination deadline is Friday, April 16 appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Ingenuity Helicopter needs a software update before first flight

The Robot Report | April 13, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

Update will modify the process by which two flight controllers boot up, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition to the flight state.The post Ingenuity Helicopter needs a software update before first flight appeared first on The Robot Report.

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First flight attempt for Ingenuity Helicopter delayed

The Robot Report | April 12, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

NASA delayed the first attempted flight of its Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars. During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a “watchdog” timer expiration. This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode. NASA said the…The post First flight attempt for Ingenuity Helicopter delayed appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Hitachi acquires Kyoto Robotics

The Robot Report | April 12, 2021, 3:28 p.m.

Hitachi acquired Kyoto Robotics, a Japan-based developer of 3D vision systems, control systems and more recently picking robots for the logistics industry. Hitachi acquired 96% of all issued shares of Kyoto Robotics and made it a subsidiary. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. Hitachi said the acquisition will enable it to provide one-stop shop of…The post Hitachi acquires Kyoto Robotics appeared first on The Robot Report.

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