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Robocopters Haul Tons of Stuff in Afghanistan, Return Home Victorious

 − at 15:45, 31. Jul. 2014

The U.S. Army's plan to replace as many humans as possible with robots looks like it's going very well

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Scholars Say No to FAA's Model Aircraft Regulations

 − at 20:56, 30. Jul. 2014

Educators voice their objections to new rules for small drones

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Soccer Robots Score on Humans at RoboCup: GOOOOOOAL!

 − at 16:10, 30. Jul. 2014

This is probably the most exciting 10 seconds of robot soccer you've ever seen

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New Package: MAVLink to ROS generator

 − at 00:49, 30. Jul. 2014

From Pedro Marques da Silva via ros-users@

Hi all :)

I am pleased to announce that I created a kind of Mavlink generator for ROS.

You can see the pre-release here: and download from here:

I hope this could be helpful to the ROS guys to start using mavlink to control robots.


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Cars May Think, But Will They Achieve Artificial Stupidity?

 − at 22:00, 29. Jul. 2014

Would we even want a machine that emulated the typical driver's strengths—and weaknesses?

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Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test for Defining Human-Level AI?

 − at 18:50, 29. Jul. 2014

The Turing Test is a flawed metric for AI, and now we've got something better

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New 1D ToF Range sensor looking for testing

 − at 00:51, 29. Jul. 2014

From Luis Rodrigues via ros-users@

I'm one of the developers of a new ToF baser 1D ranging sensor, 
that was created in one of our research projects with CERN.

We've just finished the ROS module and would like to find people in the ROS 
community that would be willing to test it/use for their projects. 

The sensor is 20g, small and the refresh rate is up to 1kHz.

We have it on sale here:  
but for people which can provide feedback we can offer a substantial discount.

If anyone here is interested in testing it/knowing more, please contact me at: 

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Hexapod Robot Gets Even Better at Being Indestructible

 − at 00:20, 29. Jul. 2014

Any kind of damage is just a flesh wound for this adaptable walking hexapod

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Robots Podcast #161: Ekso Bionics

 − at 01:55, 27. Jul. 2014

photo of Russ Angold

In episode #161, Audrow Nash speaks with Russ Angold, co-founder and CTO of Ekso Bionics, about the wearable bionic suit, Ekso. This suit enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.

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New Robomow Robot Lawn Mowers Getting Rave Reviews

 − at 18:56, 25. Jul. 2014

Robotshop has been selling robot lawn mowers for nearly 10 years but, they have never been as popular as this year with the new Robomow models. Robomow has taken more than 10 years of innovation, and tests in this industry in order to create the best robot lawn mower out there. Their hard work has paid off and this shows with the reviews we have been receiving for Robomow robot lawn mowers lately.

Robomow Saves Time

Robomow Saves Time

Mowing the lawn is certainly a chore that is disliked and these robots are now saving time and money for users while at the same time being friendly to the environment.


Robomow Front

Here are a few reviews from our customers:

“I own pretty much every consumer robot out there, Nao, Roomba, Scooba, etc. This is one efficient robot. My lawn looks like a golf course now, it has never looked better. And you don’t do anything once the wire is laid down. Schedules itself, docks, goes back out etc. I truly love this robot, great product”

“This machine is just amazing”

“I bought a Robomower from you, it works great.”

“The tough build quality is the first thing you notice. The thick heavy plastics used in manufacture give the robot strength and rigidity. The machine came with a home base, tons of green wire, 150 stakes, a robo-ruler, and information manual. Setup time was around 3 hours before it began to mow the edge and return to home base on its own.

I have used this mower about a month so far. I run it manually several days per week, for the maximum time allowed. I’ll admit, I did NOT expect it to do a good job. I was very skeptical.

After setting the time and date, I let it get to work. It dutifully mowed the perimeter, then began to criss-cross the lawn, Roomba style! Robomow had made itself at home on my lawn in no time.

How does it cut? It has a 6″ blade that is very sharp and capable of a cut as low as half inch. It actually mowed my lawn for 3.5 hours straight, as I ran around with shovelfulls of dirt to fill in the dips. The results were not what I expected. It actually did a fine job and left the lawn looking like a carpet, with absolutely no clippings to be seen.

I set the mowing height as low as it would go without scraping the ground, and the grass now looks like a golf green. There are no lines to speak of, it is so evenly and perfectly cut! This is the FIRST CUT of the season!

They say this mower is good for 500 square meters, but I would say it cuts much more than that… and it will do it EVERY DAY… if you want. Even a huge yard would eventually get cut completely with that kind of coverage. Can it save money? YES! Imagine the TIME you will save NOT cutting the lawn? Calculated over the Robot’s expected lifespan of 10 years or more, the savings in gas money and replacement lawnmowers will add up to a pretty number. And, I’ve already saved 9 hours of my life in the first week of use! 9 hours I would have never gotten back otherwise. Instead of constantly pushing a stanky, odor-belching gas mower endlessly, causing thatch and uneven lines in the lawn, now I can make the yard look even nicer by focusing more on the details.

With summer being 3 months long in this part of Canada, for me it’s a no-brainer to have a robotic lawn mower doing the most hated chore, which I consider to be… Mowing.”


Robomow Side

Robomow robot lawn mowers are feature packed and complete mowing on their own. They are charged at the base station and stay there between operations. They then depart from the base station, cut the lawn and return for charging until the next operation.


Robomow Blades

The Robomow houses duel steel blades and is designed to cut even better than your standard mower. It is safe and includes a blade guard but, is rugged enough to cut even small sticks that crosses it’s path.

Robomow robot lawn mowers can be purchased at RobotShop. It is not too late to install a robot lawn mower to complete the mowing season and see for yourself how this product can serve you.



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