Posts in Robotics


Autonomous vehicle development keeps creeping forward to a self-driving future

Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are coming, even if it’s going to take some time for the technology to become fully operational on U.S. highways. When …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Smaller players in the intelligent virtual assistant space continue to develop AI tech

In mid-April, Cambridge, MA-based software developer Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) unveiled the Pega Intelligent Virtual Assistant, an AI tool which uses natural language processing to create responsive chatbots …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Microsoft, Toyota announce new licensing agreement for connected car IP

The licensing agreement, which covers patents directed at connected car technologies, is the latest partnership between these two companies seeking to increase entertainment and autonomous tech platforms …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 1

UK Digital Strategy initiatives in AI, robotics underscore lagging U.S. development caused by patent ineligibility of software

The absurd way in which important players in the U.S. patent system view the patentability of software innovations will undoubtedly harm our country’s chances of …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Google open innovation powered by efficient infringement

Given the growth of efficient infringement, Google can operate in an open innovation way, applying open source principles to patented technologies from outside of the company as …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 13

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

This week, a patent battle between two American tech giants expands its scope to China, patents covering a well-known multiple sclerosis treatment were invalidated in U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

What Do Cloud Robotics Mean for Driverless Cars?

When you think of autonomous cars or driverless vehicles, you probably don’t associate them with cloud computing and data analytics. However, that’s exactly the technology …
By Megan Ray Nichols
7 months ago 4

At CES 2017, Alexa reigns supreme over the growing consumer market for AI tech

There can be little doubt that the current conversation surrounding voice assistant technology begins and ends with Alexa, the personal assistant technology developed by Amazon.com. This …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

America’s Big 5 tech companies increase patent filings, Microsoft holds lead in AI technologies

In terms of sheer numbers, in the CB Insights study, which curiously did not include patent giant and American research juggernaut IBM, Microsoft ranks supreme among this …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 15

Trump picks automation supporting fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary

Automation technology in the restaurant industry, such as interactive kiosks that replace waiters by taking customer orders, is both a cost-cutting move and an investment in improved …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 1

Ethical, legal questions arise as scientists work to teach robots to feel pain

One way we use robots is the navigation of dangerous situations, in which robots perform tasks that would put a human worker at high risk of injury …
By Megan Ray Nichols
10 months ago 21

LeEco strategic agreement with former CAFC Chief Judge Rader is latest move into U.S. market

Although the scope of Rader’s role with LeEco remains to be seen, the fact that the Chinese electronics company went so far as to retain a …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 1

Autonomous robots report shows half of use cases are outside of self-driving car sector

To get a better idea of the scope of the autonomous robot market, intellectual property analysis firm Innography recently released a trends report focusing on the autonomous …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

Autonomous Vehicles to Include Self-Driving Shopping Carts?

According to the patent application filed by Walmart, the system will utilize a series of docking stations, sensors, motors and cameras to offer consumers the ability to "…
By Renee C. Quinn
11 months ago 0

Swiss researchers make breakthrough in medical microrobot technology

ETHZ, one of the Swiss universities involved in the recent microbot breakthrough, received a patent in 2013 for a related technology. U.S. Patent No. 8405256, entitled Wireless Resonant …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0