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Cars That Think but Won’t Talk

 − at 23:30, 23. Sep. 2014

The failings of voice recognition systems enter the smart car conversation

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iCLEBO Arte Robot Vacuum Promotion

 − at 21:32, 23. Sep. 2014

RobotShop is offering a promotion on the iCLEBO Arte Robot Vacuum while supplies last. With the puchase of this robot you will receive a free accessory package including 2 Microfiber Mops, 10 HEPA Filters and 2 Side Brushes (L and R). This is a $50 value and comes absolutely free with purchase on top of the standard accessories that come with the robot.

iCLEBO Promotion

The iCLEBO Arte is a very intelligent robot for it’s price. It integrates triple CPUs and sensors that detect its environment 200 times per second. Then the navigation algorithm goes through a rigorous analysis 10,800 times per second and 24 frame recording that is identical to movement in nature.

It has vision mapping similar to the Neato robot vacuums but, uses camera recognition that is similar to moving and seeing with human eyes.

iClebo Arte

iClebo Arte

iCLEBO Arte always returns to where it started with its highly advanced navigation algorithm. If it starts from the door of a room, instead of the charging station, it cleans the room neatly and returns to the door in order to resume from where it left off initially. Thanks to such superior algorithm technology, cleaning under furniture such as beds and sofas, is now possible and the robot will not stop in hard to reach areas.

The iCLEBO Arte can also be equipped with microfiber mops that can be attached to the bottom of the robot for wet mop cleaning. There is no need to remove the robots brush in order to mop. iCLEBO Arte can perform wet mop cleaning and vacuum suction simultaneously for higher efficiency and effectiveness.

It is therefore the best time to buy your iCLEBO Arte and have accessories ready to keep your robot cleaning healthily for several months.


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SV-ROS's team Maxed-Out wins First Place at the IROS2014 Microsoft Kinect Challenge

 − at 21:02, 23. Sep. 2014

SV-ROS's team Maxed-Out earns the highest score at IROS 2014 in the first Microsoft Kinect Challenge.

The Microsoft Kinect Challenge is a showcase of BRIN (Benchmark Indoor Robot Navigation), a scoring software that was used to score the competition. Each team had to create a mapping and autonomous navigation software solution that would successfully run on a provided Adept Pioneer 3DX robot

The number of way points achieved, time and accuracy are combined in determining a contestant's score. Microsoft Research's Gershon Parent, the author of the BRIN scoring software hopes to see BRIN as a universally accepted way of benchmarking autonomous robots' indoor navigation ability. 

SV-ROS is a Silicon Valley ROS users group that meets on the second to last Wednesday each month at the HackerDojo in Mountain View, CA. Team Maxed-Out is led by Greg Maxwell; key team members are Girts Linde, Ralph Gnauck, Steve Okay, and Patrick Goebel. The Maxed-Out effort began in May 2014 and was able to successfully create a winning ROS mapping localization and navigation solution in a few months, beating 5 other international teams. 

Maxed-Out's winning software solution was based on the ROS Hydro distribution on a powerful GPU enabled laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 and Nvidia Cuda 6.0 8 GPU parallel processing software. The team was able to out score all the other teams by incorporating the Rtabmap mapping, localization, navigation and new Point Cloud solution library that is the effort of Mathieu Labbe, a graduate student at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Team Maxed-Out's code is up at SV-ROS's Github repository and documented on this meetup page.

Pictures of the event are posted here

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Flying LampshadeBots Come Alive in Cirque du Soleil Performance

 − at 16:50, 23. Sep. 2014

Cirque du Soleil and ETH Zurich turn quadrotors into magical floating lampshades

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New package: Augmented Reality System

 − at 00:08, 23. Sep. 2014

From Hamdi Sahloul via ros-users@

Hi everyone!

I have been recently through a need for a reliable pose estimation system, in which ar_pose ( failed to stratify my needs as it depends on the very basic ARToolKit old library.
Moreover, I found aruco_ros ( as a good package to begin with, but it was only using a single marker, or double markers. It does not have a visualization system as well.

So, I made my package..
In order to avoid occlusions, I used marker boards (you still have the ability to use a 1x1 marker board), and now it could detect virtually unlimited boards with a very good accuracy.
Nonetheless, it is able to handle many cameras at once, and finally display the result in the rviz (

I would love if you discover things further yourself, so here is the link:

It would only cost you a camera and couple of papers to try, therefore, kindly be asked to try it and let me please know your impression and feedback which is highly appreciated!

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Robots Podcast #165: AirDog

 − at 18:51, 22. Sep. 2014

photo of AirDog from Kickstarter campaign page

In Robots Podcast #165, Audrow Nash interviews Edgars Rozentals, the CEO and Founder of Helico Aerospace Industries. They talk about the company's upcoming product AirDog, which is an autonomous quadrocopter designed to record video for action sports. Airdog is controlled by means of ‘AirLeash’ (a wearable) to track the user as they move and provide the user with simple control of AirDog. Additionally, for advanced control, there is a smart phone application that allows the user to control the flight-path, following angle and height, and mark obstacles. AirDog recently completed a successful KickStarter campaign, raising nearly seven times their original funding goal, and plans to begin delivery in December 2014.

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How Your Phone Could Help You Avoid Paying Congestion Tolls

 − at 16:00, 22. Sep. 2014

An MIT-designed app to cut congestion would cost little to establish and little to use

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Robots Use RFID to Find and Navigate to Household Objects

 − at 15:22, 22. Sep. 2014

UHF RFID tags are a realistic way of localizing and identifying objects in a home environment

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Turtlebot rides

 − at 01:55, 22. Sep. 2014

Fun day spent giving this little guy a ride.

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Robots: AirDog

 − at 09:00, 21. Sep. 2014

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Edgars Rozentals, who is the CEO and Founder of Helico Aerospace Industries. They talk about Helico's upcoming product, 'AirDog', which is an autonomous quadrocopter that is used to record video of action sports.

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