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Robots: Looney the Robot

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews stand-up comedian and computer science professor Hunter Lloyd. Hunter performs comedy acts for all age groups with his partner Looney the Robot, a NAO humanoid from Aldebaran Robotics.

Syndicated 2015-01-23 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: RoboThespian

In today's podcast, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Will Jackson of Engineered Arts Limited about his team's work making robot actors.

Syndicated 2015-01-10 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: 3D SLAM

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Professor John Leonard, from MIT, about his research on dense, object-based 3D Simultaneous localization and mapping (or SLAM).

Syndicated 2014-12-27 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Robotics in Theatre, Film and Television

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Mythbusters' Grant Imahara, and Richard McKenna from The Creature Technology Company about robotics in the Film, Television and Theatre industries.

Syndicated 2014-12-13 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Mobility Transformation Facility

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Edwin Olson, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, about the university's 32-acre testing environment for autonomous cars and the future of driverless vehicles.

Syndicated 2014-11-29 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Finding Objects Using RFID

In this episode, Sabine Hauert speaks with Travis Deyle, about his IROS-nominated work on RFID tags, his blog Hizook, and the career path that brought him from academia, to founding his own start-up, and finally working for Google[x].

Syndicated 2014-11-15 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Nylon Fishing Line Actuator

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Geoffrey Spink from Wollogong University about his team's work on artificial muscles. Professor Spink's Australian led team are able to produce artificial muscles from nylon fishing line that can contract by about 50% of their original length, can generate forces that are over 100 times larger than our own muscle, and produce a mechanical power output of over five kilowatts per kilogram - similar to a jet engine. He tells us that “the advantage of using something as simple as fishing line or sewing thread is that they're really cheap and they're readily available... The tools we need to make the fishing line muscles are fishing line, a hair dryer, and an electric drill.”

Syndicated 2014-10-31 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Getting Girls Engaged in Robotics

Earlier this year, the Robots Podcast team came across a very interesting story. It was about two, 17 year old twin sisters who have started their own robotics outreach group. The story about the Tipperman sisters got us curious. What kind of robotics outreach activities are out there to inspire children with robotics? Do any of these activities make a difference in getting more girls to be interested in robotics? In this episode, AJung conducted a series of three interviews. She spoke to the Tipperman sisters to find out more about their activities, spoke with Ross Mead, a PhD student who has years of experience organizing robotics events and inspiring young minds, and with Professor Elizabeth Croft, a roboticist who also happens to study the topic of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Syndicated 2014-10-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Quest for Computer Vision

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Peter Corke, the professor of robotic vision at Queensland University of Technology, about computer vision. They speak about the history and future of computer vision, and Peter's upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

Syndicated 2014-10-03 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: AirDog

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.

Syndicated 2014-09-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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