Perhaps in hindsight we all should have seen Google’s turn to robotics coming when, under Andy Rubin, the company dubbed its mobile operating system Android. Now in charge of Google’s still mostly secret robotics division, Rubin’s background seems to be the key to what the company is up to. While […]
Google intends to build "robotic operating system," WSJ reports.
The Whipple procedure, used to remove tumors from pancreatic cancer patients, is one of surgery's most extensive and challenging operations. Now, surgeons are using a minimally invasive robotic surgical system to perform the surgery...
According to a report on Tuesday, Google's Andy Rubin and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou have been discussing cutting edge robotics technology, including an operating system built to run manufacturing machines.
Ever heard about the Robot Operating System? It’s a BSD-licensed open-source system for controlling robots, from a variety of hardware. Over the years we’ve shared quite a few projects that run ROS, but nothing on how to actually use ROS. Show More Summary
Buried in this recent New York Times review of “Her” is this tidbit about casting the voice for the operating system Joaquin Phoenix’s character falls in love with: The role was initially voiced by the British actor Samantha Morton, who, after the movie was shot, was replaced by Ms. Johansson and whose casting feels inevitable. Her voice isn’t an especially...
In future, there may be people who – despite being fit to work – have no economic value On August 29 1997, Skynet – a computer system controlling the US nuclear arsenal – became self-aware. Panicking operators tried to deactivate it. Skynet, perceiving the threat, launched its arsenal, killed most of humanity, and ushered in […]
Bitcoins, quantum processors, free operating systems, and non-cloud computing. If you trust WIRED’s readers — and we certainly do — this is the future of the business. Here are the most popular stories of the year from WIRED’s crack Business...
In Spike Jonze’s Her, a man named Theodore tumbles into deep, romantic love with his computer operating system. This love arises not from longing looks at a glowing screen but from listening to the program speak: Samantha, as she’s called, has an astoundingly seductive voice (credit to an unseen Scarlett Johansson).... More »
The word “Android” became popularized by its use in Star Trek and Star Wars as a replacement for the word “robot.” As the name for Google’s mobile operating system, it perhaps doesn’t seem surprising that the Android visionary is actually working on its own line of robots. Andy Rubin, the man who brought us the […]
Big Dog, Wild Cat, Cheetah... all names one wouldn't associate with Google (if anything perhaps feline-named Apple operating systems). And yet, the company that is best know for its internet prowess and having more data about the search...Show More Summary
The man who oversaw the growth of Android to become one of the most used operating systems is now helping Google work towards filling the manufacturing and retail world with robots. Former Android CEO and Google vice president Andy Rubin has been heading the project for at least six months. It appears he’s gone public […]
Not one to let Amazon get all the robots-are-our-future attention, Google's revealed that its already got plenty of projects underway, and they're headed up by Andy Rubin. Yep, the man who made the company's Android operating system arguably the...
We’re sure when Android’s founder, Andy Rubin, stepped away from the mobile operating system, many were wondering what he would be up to. Well as it turns out, Rubin has been working on robots for Google. This is according to a report...Show More Summary
Andy Rubin, the guy who used to be in charge of the Android mobile operating system, is now in charge of a new division at Google that's experimenting with robotics, according to The New York Times. Rubin unexpectedly stepped down as the Android boss earlier this year. Show More Summary
Would you let a robot operate on your beating heart? The DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Germany has developed a system called the MicroSurge, which is capable of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) that allows robots to perform small incisions
George Zaidan and Charles Morton teach us about biochemistry using a tiny robot factory which illustrates how all living organisms are created from the same basic building blocks. View the full lesson here. Animation by Pew36.
Mobile: The IAB's latest Poll shows mobile marketers' biggest concerns involve fragmentation of technical standards. Not coincidentally, another research firm estimates that the chronically fork-happy Android mobile operating systemShow More Summary
Unbounded Robotics, a spinoff of Willow Garage, recently debuted its first machine, UBR-1, a multi-joined robotic arm on wheels that runs on the open-source Robot Operating System, or ROS. The startup hopes UBR-1 will support the development of further applications for dexterous, mobile robots.
Apple's latest anticipated array of iDesigns, including the sleek iPad Air, came with an unexpected surprise: the OS X Mavericks operating system is available for absolutely free! Nokia also unveiled their first Windows 8.1 Lumia tablet,...Show More Summary