yearly archives: 2013

  • The Future of Robotics Summit – Feeding the Body, Brain and Mind

    By Massimiliano Versace | December 16, 2013

    What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into our day to day lives? Max Versace, Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, talks about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds.  He says that in just a few years, it will be robotic intelligence that will make the next leap forward.

    In just a little more than 10 minutes, Dr. Versace presented the trends in a compelling presentation at the MassTLC Future of Robotics Summit on December 13, 2013. Watch the video and go on a journey to Mars and the brain of a mouse.

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  • Qualcomm Neural Processing Unit, Zeroth

    By Massimiliano Versace | October 24, 2013

    One talk stood out this year from MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference on October 8th. This was Matt Grob, Qualcom CTO. Matt announced the company’s development of a new class of standardized, biologically inspired “neuromorphic” hardware, the Zeroth processors. Read the rest of this entry »

  • ETH Zurich advancing artificial brain programming

    By Massimiliano Versace | September 8, 2013

    A new article from the producting group leading by Giacomo Indiveri, a professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, explains how cognitive abilities can be incorporated into electronic systems made with so-called neuromorphic chips. In the article, they show how to assemble and configure these electronic systems to function in a way similar to an actual brain. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Your Robot Is Coming To Serve You

    By roger | June 21, 2013

    Visualize what your first personal or office service robot will look like. What do you imagine? Depending upon your age, you may think of Rosie Jetson, C-3PO or even Bender. (Greatest TV Robots of All Time.)

    Your service robot is coming, but it won't look like any of the robots in the image above. Instead, it will probably look like an iPad on a stick or an iPhone in a tiny tractor.  (See DoubleRobotics and Romotive.)  Products that look like this will be on the market by the end of the year. And, they will be cheap. The Romotive product is just $150. (Romo store)

    A major revolution is happening in the robotics market and it is driven by the smartphone. When you grab your phone to make a call, you may not think about the amazing array of sensors, processing power and memory in that device. Due to high volume smartphone manufacturing, components that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars just a few years ago are now just a few dollars or less. Look at the list in the graphic below:

    The amazing thing is that your smartphone contains enough technology to be the central nervous system for a robot.   Your smartphone can see, hear, feel and communicate. It has enough processing power to drive the wheels and, eventually, other appendages. Soon, they will fly.

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  • Why money matters for robots

    By Massimiliano Versace | April 21, 2013

    This recent CNN article by Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Romotive, sheds light on why we think (and hope...) robots will take off in the very near future.

    As for many other things in life, money is one of the reasons...
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  • Afraid of robots?

    By Massimiliano Versace | February 14, 2013

    GEEK, an American print magazine launched in 2006, is “a lifestyle magazine for geeks of every kind”. The February edition of GEEK features Max Versace, one of the Neurdon founders, in a broad-band interview with Matt Casey in topics ranging from robotics cutting edge technology, to robotics ethics,… to sci-fi movies.

    Read the article here.

  • Nice to TeleMeet you

    By Massimiliano Versace | January 14, 2013

    The iRobot Roomba cleaning robots is still the most famous, and probably widespread robot in the world. Despite this has made many people happy not to clean their floors (e.g., me), Roomba is not exactly the robot many of us would have expected to keep the best selling position in the robotic industry for so many years. Who is next? Read the rest of this entry »

  • Robots are everywhere… on Youtube

    By Massimiliano Versace | January 10, 2013

    Robots are everywhere. So they say... yesterday morning I was chatting with a colleague of mine, who remarked how if you type "robots" in the search box on Youtube, you get a sea of results (to be precise, 361,000) showing robots coming in all different sauces and incarnation, from cleaning, to flying, to climbing, to swimming. But here is a question each Neurdon is surely asking: other than on Yourube, where are they??!! Read the rest of this entry »