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Robots: Origami Robots

In this episode Matthew Schroyer speaks with Nick Kohut, CEO of Dash Robotics, about his company's foldable hexapod robot and the ongoing crowdfunding campaign to get them into the hands of budding engineers, kids and hobbyists.

Syndicated 2013-09-20 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Construction with Amorphous Materials

In this episode we speak with Nils Napp from the Self-organizing Systems Research Group at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Napp tells us about his project to create robots that can reliably build structures in uncertain, unstructured terrain. Like termites that can build complex structures using shapeless materials like mud, his robots build structures out of foam, toothpicks or bags of sand. As a first example, he's been working on ramp building in chaotic environments remnant of disaster scenarios. Focus is given to designing algorithms that allow the robot to build up the ramp using only local information and without any preplanning. These features allow his algorithms to be scaled to multiple robots, thereby speeding up the process. Finally, Napp tells us about the challenges he faces when working with such materials, the steps needed to bring these robots out of the lab and tradeoffs with classical construction techniques. He also introduces us to his latest work in synthetic biology.

Syndicated 2013-09-06 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Venture Capital in Robotics

Diana Saraceni is a partner at 360 Capital Partners, a Pan-European Venture Capital firm. In this interview, she tells us about her first investment in robotics 3 years ago with Invendo Medical, and her views on how the market has changed since then. Hardware is now perceived as less risky, even though it is more challenging to scale than software. Recent success stories have further helped promote VC funding in robotics. Ms. Saraceni discusses the importance of the founding team, as well as their advisors, for the success of a company. Finally, she shares her view on open source vs. proprietary technology from a venture capitalist’s perspective.

Syndicated 2013-08-23 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Drone Journalism

In this episode, we speak with Matthew Schroyer, founder of DroneJournalism.org, co-founder of Drones for Good, and developer of the “Drones for Schools” program which teaches students to design, fabricate and program unmanned aerial systems to monitor the environment.

Syndicated 2013-08-09 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Outdoor Autonomous Systems

In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Roberts, research director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Brisbane Australia. Roberts leads a team of more than 45 scientists and engineers in wide variety of robotics and automation projects that feature flying, ground and underwater robots.

Syndicated 2013-07-26 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Mining Automation

In today’s episode we speak with Martin Adams from the University of Chile about using robots in the mining industry. Mining is a dangerous job that would strongly benefit from robotic helpers. To drive this effort, the mining industry funded the Advanced Mining Technology Centre. As the principal investigator there, Adams explores the use of robotic technologies such as mapping and SLAM that would be essential in mining automation. He also tells us why he chose to do robotics in South America.

Syndicated 2013-07-12 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Robotics Business Review

In this episode we meet with Tom Green, editor in chief of the Robotics Business Review, to discuss current trends in robotics.

Syndicated 2013-06-28 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: The OpenROV Project

In the episode, we speak with Eric Stackpole and David Lang from the OpenROV project about their telerobotic submarine built to make underwater exploration and education affordable.

Syndicated 2013-06-14 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Curved Artificial Compound Eye

In this episode, we speak with Ramon Pericet and Michal Dobrzynski from EPFL about their Curved Artificial Compound Eye (CurvACE) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week. Inspired by the fly’s vision system, their sensor can enable a large range of applications that require motion detection using a small plug-and-play device. As shown in the video below, you could use these sensors to control small robots navigating an environment, even in the dark, or equip a small autonomous flying robot with limited payload.

Syndicated 2013-05-31 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Autonomous Lethal Weapons

In this episode we hear from Peter Asaro, an expert on lethal robotic weapons, about an international campaign to ban autonomous killer robots.

Syndicated 2013-05-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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