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TIAGo Steel loans for European Robotics League: winners announced!

Back in May, we announced our intention to lend TIAGo Steel robots to teams who wanted to enter the European Robotics League – Service Robots competition (ERL). We had a fantastic number of participants, and are thrilled to see so many … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes of Robocup: hacking TIAGo

If you saw the modified TIAGo that competed at Robocup 2017 in Japan, you probably noticed that the robot looked a little different. That’s because it was modified by the Technical University of Munich, specifically for the Robocup@Home Open Platform … Continue reading

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Humanoid robots, imitation learning and torque control

This week, we interview Head of the Department of Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, Ales Ude. As founder of the department’s Humanoid and Cognitive Research Lab, he has a particular interest in imitation learning … Continue reading

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2017: The year of the stock-taking robot

In the face of growing competition from e-commerce, brick-and-mortar stores are having to innovate. With lower costs, speed and ease-of-use on their side, online retailers are in prime position to take the lead in the retail world. So, what are … Continue reading

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The definitive intern guide to SLAM: place recognition & loop closure

SLAM – simultaneous localisation and mapping – is a technique robots use to build a map of their environment, ascertain where they are within the map and assess whether they’ve been to a particular location before. It’s an incredibly important … Continue reading

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ICRA 2017: reflections on the world’s largest robotics event

The PAL Robotics team have just returned from yet another fantastically organised ICRA – the IEEE’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation.  This year, it was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. It’s hard … Continue reading

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TIAGo to the rescue: how robots can help an ageing society

This May, for a period of three weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting two fellow roboticists, Guido van der Hart and Nicky Mol, from one of our partner companies based in the Netherlands: Heemskerk Innovative Technology (HIT). Helping maintain … Continue reading

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ERL tournament: TIAGo Steel robots for loan

We’re incredibly excited to announce the call for loan of three TIAGo Steel robots to teams who want to enter the ERL Service Robots 2017 tournament. We will also give one additional robot for free to the team we believe … Continue reading

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Five minutes with NASA Space Robotics Challenge finalists, Team Olympus Mons

In a galaxy far, far away (PAL Robotics’ office), a team of engineers have been dealing with the aftermath of a dust storm on Mars… There’s never a dull moment here at PAL, and now aligning the orientation of a … Continue reading

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Letting TIAGo loose in The Hague for RoboBusiness

From kilts to clogs, TIAGo certainly seems to be living it large in 2017! We had a great time at RoboBusiness (thank you RoboValley for the kind invitation), and we’re very excited to see what lies in store over the … Continue reading

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