Relay: A delivery robot for the hospitality industry

Delivery robots are not a new concept and several systems have been in operation in past decades. For example, delivery robots have been used in hospital environments to deliver medicine. In fact, delivery was on the first imagined practical applications for mobile robots. However, in the early days of robotics, the delivery robots were slow,… Read More »

Overexposed photos be gone, say MIT researchers!

Overexposed photographs may soon become a thing of the passed with a new invention out of MIT. The proposed modulo camera overcomes the problem of limited bit resolution of modern light sensors to produce High Dynamic Range (HDR) images with little hassle on the photographer’s side. As you can see in the example at the… Read More »

Google Project Wing delivery drones

After all the excitement that Amazon was working on unmanned drones for package delivery (and many people doubting to what degree such a delivery system is even realistic for many reasons other than technological barriers), Google released information on Project Wing aiming at developing a similar drone delivery system. Project Wing is another of the… Read More »

Google Project Tango mobile phone

After acquiring just about any robotics company worth something, Google research have now revealed one of their internal projects that aims to create a mobile phone that has all the necessary hardware and software to create beautiful 3D models of indoor environments. Project Tango is the first prototype of a highly customized smart phone with… Read More »

KUKA robot versus Tim Boll

First, robots defeated man in chess. Second, robots defeated man in the game of Jeopardy. Third, robots proved to man that they can be better drivers. Now, they will get the chance to best man in the game of ping pong. I saw it coming a mile away! So, industrial robot manufacturer KUKA will be… Read More »

BigDog dynamic manipulation: It throws a cement block!

Boston Dynamics have amazed us more than once over the years having created some of the most incredible and, at times, scariest (not in the uncanny valley sense but more on the Terminator is real sense) robots. Their creations range from the jumping Precision Urban Hopper, the incredibly realistic dynamically balanced humanoid PETMAN, and, of… Read More »

Multi-user spatial collaboration using augmented reality on mobile devices

Augmented reality for mobile devices has grown in popularity in recent years partly because of the proliferation of smart phones and tablet computers equipped with exceptional cameras and partly because of developments in computer vision algorithms that make implementing such technologies on embedded systems possible. Said augmented reality applications have always been limited to a… Read More »

Quadrocopter inverted pendulum acrobatics

Quadrocopters are all the rage these day but nobody gets them to more impressive acrobatics than the machine learning and control team, led by Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea, at ETH. Whereas just last year the team demonstrated a single quadrocopter balancing an inverted pendulum, just recently they demonstrated how two flying machines not only can individually… Read More »

UK’s Oxford robot car is here

I guess English scientists and engineers don’t like to be outdone by their American counterparts so after many years of hearing constantly about Google’s rapid development of self-driving cars, a team from Oxford university recently unveiled their very own robot car. And they make some very big claims about the new vehicle’s capabilities compared to… Read More »

Sir James Dyson on robot vacuums: Not good enough!

Sir James Dyson, the man whose name is synonymous with vacuum cleaners that work (among other wonderful inventions) recently expressed his opinion on the robot vacuums available in the market today. He is not impressed considering them just a gimmick! It was iRobot just a few years ago that created the Roomba essentially the first… Read More »