Weekly Roundup: Tele-haptics, Robots, and BB-8 Waffles

Industry News and Updates

How Tele-Haptics Can Change VR And AR
We recently discussed how using tele-haptics can add more enjoyment and more applications to VR and AR, and how better sensors can lead to VR or AR usage in complex surgeries.

MakerBot’s Two New 3D Printers
MakerBot released two new 3D printers geared toward professional designers and educators that can fit on a desk. They hope that the printers will encourage new uses and the sharing of ideas in the classroom.

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Goodbye, Rosetta
Rosetta launched into space in March 2004 and is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and examine a comet from close proximity. The spacecraft went silent after it connected with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko early Friday morning.

Tech Giants Team Up to Work on AI
To further public understanding and awareness of artificial intelligence, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft formed The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.

China Hosts Robot Deathmatch
Popular drone maker DJI hosts RoboMasters each summer. Teams from 200 universities pit their robots against each other to see who comes out on top. Robots and drones climb “islands” and collect golf balls; RoboMasters competitors complete for a monetary prize and the chance to work at DJI.

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MIT Hosts High-Tech Flea Market
Every month MIT hosts Swapfest, the largest high-tech flea market, where you can find different types of radios, gadgets, and parts to build robots and other tech gadgets.

Can’t Get Enough BB-8?
Star Wars aficionados: your ideal breakfast awaits. Pre-order your very own BB-8 waffle maker for ThinkGeek.

Robots Learning to Balance
And finally, Boston Dynamics shared this video of a robot balancing on an inch-wide piece of plywood.

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