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An American robotics network is being launched. The network is termed the Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics VO). The formation of the network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

New Datalink Toolkit ROS Package

The ARC Lab at WPI is releasing the Datalink Toolkit ROS package, designed to for remote operation of a robot over a high-latency and low-bandwidth datalink. The package was developed and extensively tested as part of the DARPA robotics challenge, though it is not specific to a type of robot.
The package allows the user to easily set up relays and compression methods for a single-master system.

Rise of the Robots: Special Report in The Economist

ROBOTS came into the world as a literary device whereby the writers and film-makers of the early 20th century could explore their hopes and fears about technology, as the era of the automobile, telephone and aeroplane picked up its reckless jazz-age speed. From Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” to “WALL-E” and the “Terminator” films, and in countless iterations in between, they have succeeded admirably in their task.

2014 CPS Solicitation

The Cyber Physical Systems Program at the National Science Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2014 CPS Solicitation has been released.  This year’s solicitation has several notable changes from previous rounds. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration have joined the program to support basic research in CPS foci applicable to various sectors. In addition, this year’s funding will include support for a Transition to Practice (TTP) option for all proposals.

Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants Big Role in Robotics

A few months ago, we heard rumors that Google was planning something big in robotics. We also heard that Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, was leading this new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, we were told, is personally interested in robots, and now he wants Google to have a major role in making robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual robots.

Robot Rings the NASDAQ Bell for the First Time

A robotic arm has rung the NASDAQ closing bell to honor the launch of ROBO-STOX Global Robotics and Automation Index (Bloomberg: ROBO/ROBOTR), the first benchmark index dedicated to this burgeoning industry. "The growing affordability of robotic productivity gains, coupled with expanding technological capabilities, have moved this sector beyond the 'tipping point,' and the adoption of related technologies across multiple industries should continue to accelerate," said Rob Wilson, CEO of ROBO-STOX.

National Robotics Initiative invests $38 million in next-generation robotics

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA, today announced new investments totaling approximately $38 million for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people to enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety.

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LATEST DISCUSSIONS

Dear Colleagues, we would like the new web site of Robotics VO to become an important place for exchange of ideas and information for the members of the robotics community in the USA.  We start this very first forum to hear your suggestions on the features and functions that our new web site should have.