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RoboSerf
By Simon Jordan: Monday 25th July, 2016

Robots – from ‘Golden Fairy’ to ‘Iron Serf’

I’ve often been struck by how over-engineered industrial robot arms are. They are large, heavy machines which work to a remarkable precision and speed, and have an innate grace in their trajectories. This grace however, comes at a great financial cost. This is largely to do with the way in which the precision is achieved […]

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By Tom Fry: Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Technology Transfer to some of the World’s Largest Industries

My colleague’s article on Edge Intelligence is well timed. Economic and environmental pressures are forcing companies, and indeed entire industries, to find ever more innovative solutions to optimize their processes and reduce down time. The shift from traditional manufacturing processes towards Smart Factories or Industry 4.0 requires a combination of smart sensors, wireless and wired […]

Picking Fruit
By Chris Roberts: Wednesday 8th June, 2016

Shallow Thoughts on Deep Learning

One of the problems in working with robotics and machine vision, is that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish the easy problems from the hard ones. Randall Monroe said it better than I can here. We ran into this problem with our robot fruit-picker – sometimes people just didn’t get how difficult it is for a vision algorithm […]

Go-game
By Matt Lacey: Friday 5th February, 2016

Go Figure!

Last week saw a landmark in computer Artificial Intelligence (AI), one so significant it really should have made more of a stir. For the first time a computer beat a champion level Go player. No, not that wonderful 60’s travel board game that your Gran has, the even older strategy game ‘Go’. For over 2000 […]

RobotArm
By Gary Ewer: Friday 9th October, 2015

Low Cost Industrial Robotics

Last week I went to the PPMA Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is all about Processing and Packaging Machinery and the bit that caught my attention was the robotics for factories. Whilst looking around the show it struck me that there are some very impressive looking robots out there and component manufacturers […]

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By Simon Jordan: Monday 21st September, 2015

‘A robot defence against a robot target’ – an analogue defence network

It’s well known how the mathematicians and engineers at Bletchley Park changed the course of the war, but much less has been told about the revolution which was required to defeat the V1 bomb. The low altitude and relatively high speed of the V1 meant that standard AA guns were not capable of hitting it […]

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By Chris Roberts: Monday 20th July, 2015

I’ll be back … and maybe not where you expect

Last month I gave a talk about some of the work we’re doing in machine vision and robotics. See presentation at the bottom of this blog. After giving this talk, one thing really stands out – the public perception of robots is often very different from the reality. Compare the way they’re presented in fiction – […]

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