The European Robotics League (ERL) Winners, unveiled at ERF2018!

An exciting Season of the European Robotics League (ERL) came to an end at the European Robotics Forum in Tampere (Finland), where we all discovered who were the TBMs winners! The ERL Awards Ceremony was celebrated during the Gala Dinner in front of the whole European robotics community, and had a very special guest on stage: [...]

By | 2018-04-18T11:41:58+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Articles|

Unprecedented stock control by merging RFID and vision into StockBot

They say knowledge is power, and retail industry is no exception to this. Inventory control is at the heart of any business that deals with stocking. Frequently learning what you have and where you have it in a store or a warehouse opens the possibility of optimizing stock management, which has a direct impact in [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Articles|

TIAGo ROS Tutorial 3 – MoveIt!

There’s no need to have a robot to start developing applications for it! TIAGo, as all our robots, has the ROS simulation available for free and open to anyone willing to improve your code skills or even get started in robotics. A set of comprehensive tutorials in basic, intermediate and advanced levels are suitable both [...]

By | 2018-04-12T11:38:24+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Articles|

INBOTS: Building bridges between robots, businesses and society

As robots’ skills are amazingly rocketing at the technical level, our imagination flies envisioning their vast potential to assist us in our everyday life. But technical breakthroughs cannot walk alone. A favourable ecosystem is essential to foster robotics, and this means that legislation, ethics, businesses and end-users have to be ready to embrace them. With the [...]

By | 2018-04-18T15:55:35+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Articles|

SocSMCs: making robots interact without words

When we shake hands with someone or help them moving furniture, our body is calculating much more than we know, even though we are not consciously aware. The direction in which our hand is moving, how much force is needed, how we keep the balance meanwhile… These are automatic decisions that are daily taken by [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Articles|

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 researchers, students and companies excited to test their software applications on our robot. Drum roll, [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:21:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Articles|

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 League, and aptly renamed TIAGo@Home. Keep reading to find out how the Alle@Home team hacked [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:23:20+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Articles|

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 - the way robots interact with and learn from humans. In Ales’ words, “Imitation learning [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Articles|

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 stores doing about it? Early adopters of automation and AI (think computerized check-outs and online [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Articles|
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