Rethink Robotics

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Daily briefing: Publicis acquires Sapient; News from Abine and Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot (courtesy of company)
The big news from this morning is the word that Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest advertising and marketing firms, has acquired Boston-based Sapient for $3.7 billion. While there are a few other implications with this deal, it's huge no matter how you look at it. You can read the full press release from both companies here. Read More
The empire strikes back
Empire Robotics shows its hands ... and they're fingerless
Via Empire Robotics
The candidate for best robotic hand looks like a beanbag and claims to grip anything. A Boston builder of robot hands, Empire Robotics, is showing its first commercial grippers today: the enchanting and entirely fingerless VersaBall. Interestingly, this first demonstration is in partnership with Universal Robots, who happens to be local bot maker Rethink Robotics’ competitor. Read More
Acknowledged for Industry Leadership
Rethink Robotics' Rodney Brooks wins 'highest honor in robotics industry'
Baxter and Dr. Rodney Brooks
Today, Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks will be among three robotics innovators to receive the prestigious Engelberger Robotics Award at the 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) which is also the 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014), in Munich, Germany. Read More
Robot futures
MIT conference looks at robotics breakthroughs — and big challenges ahead
Two of the "AlphaDog" robots made by Boston Dynamics, designed to carry equipment for the military. The Waltham company was acquired by Google last December.
Odds are good that no one at yesterday's "Computing the Future" symposium at MIT, organized to mark the 50th anniversary of computer science and artificial intelligence research at the school, imagined they'd be watching a black-and-white video clip of Julia Child deftly slicing potatoes. But Matt Mason of Carnegie Mellon University showed it to make a point: technology is still far behind humans when it comes to perceiving and interacting with the world. Mason and other speakers who focused on the robotics field emphasized how many problems remain to be solved. Perhaps the biggest laugh of yesterday morning's session came during another video clip, when the AlphaDog robot from Boston Dynamics, above, was pushed by an employee trying to test its stability — and promptly rolled over and smashed into a parked car. "That's the new guy's car," another employee noted. Read More
Baxter is the coolest...
Rethink Robotics throws a bunch of kids into a pit with robots ... and everyone has a good time
Baxter
Yesterday was "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" — better known as "Take Your Kid to Work Day" — and the folks over at Rethink Robotics wanted to prove they are the coolest moms and pops on the block. So, they let their kids hang out with Baxter, the robot. Read More