Robotics

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A 1,000-strong bot swarm assembles at Harvard
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A team of computer scientists have turned an exciting corner towards creating a functional robotic swarm. For the first time, they've shown how more than 1,000 small, simple robots can organize in formation, creating two distinct shapes.

The new demo comes from Radhika Nagpal's lab at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Nagpal has been studying co-ordinated behavior in natural and robotic systems for more than a decade. Read More

M&A
A look at all of Google’s acquisitions in Boston
Military robot maker Boston Dynamics has been among Google's acquisitions in Massachusetts (image courtesy of Boston Dynamics)

Up until nine months ago, Google had acquired just four companies in the Boston area (or five, if you count the company’s “acquisition” of Biz Stone/Genius Labs). One of those was the huge pickup of ITA Software, of course, but little else apparently enthralled Google in Boston during the company's first decade-and-a-half.

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Eve's distant cousin?
Robot startup Jibo unveils a multi-purpose 'social bot' for the home
Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal and software architect Jonathan Ross with a Jibo prototype. Photo by Scott Kirsner/BetaBoston.
Roomba hunts dust bunnies. Autom helps you shed pounds. But Jibo wants to be the first multi-purpose robot for your home — a countertop assistant that can snap family photos, remind you of the day's schedule, relay messages, entertain children with interactive stories, and facilitate videoconferences. The $499 product is being unveiled today, but won't be available until late in 2015. Read More