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Google’s Boston Dynamics Could Soon Use Robotic Dogs To Deliver Packages

The company's SpotMini device could soon be employed in a variety of everyday tasks

Watch Robots Being Built and Broken in a New VR TV Series

Go inside Boston Dynamics' robot lab in the first episode of 'The Possible,' a new immersive documentary series presented by Within.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AWARD-WINNING L.O.R.T. THEATRE

Boston’s award-winning Huntington Theatre Company seeks a dynamic, experienced Director of Development to spearhead the company’s $60M campaign for a renovated home and new artistic funds.

“Life, liberty, land, to each other begrutch”

Here to celebrate the New Year is the verse that the newsboys of Boston’s Independent Chronicle created at the end of 1797.It’s an interesting example of the dynamic Leon Jackson described in the essay I quoted yesterday. The boys wanted money. Show More Summary

AUV with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

How does Santa get presents to the deep sea? With ocean robots of course! Enjoy Oceaneerings Holiday Card with 8 tiny ReinROVs. And if you need to deliver gifts on land, Boston Dynamics has also got you covered.

This Robot Dog Could Deliver Packages

Move over, flying drones. SpotMini, by Google-owned Boston Dynamics, is a miniature, dog-shaped robot that could someday deliver packages. Move over, flying drones. SpotMini, by Google-owned Boston Dynamics, is a miniature, dog-shaped robot that could someday deliver packages. Show More Summary

And the coolest robots of 2016 are...

last monthTechnology / Apple : Macworld

Robots are becoming more and more ubiquitous in our daily lives, but these seven bots stole the show in 2016. The Zenbo personal assistant robot can be a caretaker and entertainer. While Boston Dynamic's SpotMini will help you do the dishes, preserve the planet by recycling, and even bring you a coke. Show More Summary

Building a Whegged Robot

[Jaidyn Edwards] is building a robot. This isn’t going to be a normal robot, though, he’s building a whegged robot, inspired by Boston Dynamic’s version of the RHex design. A wheg (TM) is a curved leg that rotates around a foxed point on one end, driven by a motor. Show More Summary

Boston Dynamics Christmas video: 3 robot reindeer pulling Ms. Santa's sleigh

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Elite engineering and robotics design firm Boston Dynamics released this holiday video for the holiday 2015 season, and it holds up well in the weird year that followed. [via Laughing Squid]

The TC Disrupt London Startup Battlefield finalists are InsideDNA, LiftIgniter, OxeHealth, PhenixP2P and Seenit

Disrupt London Day 1 was a massive success. DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman taught us about the future of AI. Autonomy founder Dr. Michael Lynch mocked HP’s $5 billion lawsuit against him. And Boston Dynamics’ Marc Raibert showed off his four-legged robotic friend, SpotMini. But the heart of Disrupt has always been the Startup Battlefield, and this year’s London crew was… Read More

VIDEO: Google's robot lab Boston Dynamics just showed off its newest robot on-stage (GOOG)

LONDON — Google-owned robot lab Boston Dynamics showed its latest prototype off on stage on Monday — but refused to address reports that the company is up for sale. Marc Raibert, CEO of Boston Dynamics, demoed the Spot Mini, a four-legged machine with a robotic arm mounted on its back. Show More Summary

One small step for a robot, one giant leap for robotkind

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) developed a control algorithm enabling Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot to walk across a short stretch of rocky terrain. It's much harder than you might think. "After each step the robot explores the new foothold by shifting its weight around its foot," IMHC explains. Show More Summary

Atlas trots across tricky terrain with ease

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

After getting its Boston Dynamic Atlas robot to perform a brief balancing act on a thin strip of ply earlier this year, the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition has loaded up a new algorithm that allows the bipedal bot toShow More Summary

Oh Goody: ATLAS Humanoid Robot Upgraded To Balance On Uneven Footholds

2 months agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

Because the apocalypse can't come soon enough, researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have upgraded Boston Dynamics' ATLAS humanoid robot with a new balancing algorithm that allows the robot to walk on surfaces that only part of his foot can make contact with. Show More Summary

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AWARD-WINNING THEATER

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Boston’s award-winning Huntington Theatre Company seeks a dynamic, experienced Director of Development to spearhead the company’s $60M campaign for a renovated home and new artistic funds.

Atlas Humanoid Robot Can Now Walk over Tricky Terrain

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

Researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have programmed Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds thanks to a new balancing algorithm. Essentially this means that it can handle rougher terrain…

An Upgrade to the Atlas Humanoid Robot Allows It to Walk Over Partial Footholds

2 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have programmed the Atlas humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds using a new balancing algorithm. The improved balance lets the Boston Dynamics robot balance on edges that only make contact with part of its feet. In simulation, the robot can also take quick steps over […]

Scientists Explain Deadly Wave of Molasses in Boston

Nearly a century after what researchers call a "tsunami of molasses" descended on Boston, Harvard physicists say that fluid dynamics equations that hadn't yet been written now explain why the disaster proved so deadly—and that the cold weather is partly to blame. In January of 1919, 2.3 million...

Physics Week in Review: November 26, 2016

Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday. There was still plenty of good physics about. For instance, I had fun writing about the fluid dynamics of the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood for New Scientist, featuring new work by Nicole Sharp,...

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