A few months ago, Gostai decided to open their Urbi operating system for robots with an A-GPL license. To stimulate the community of programmers using Urbi for robotics or in other domains, Gostai is holding an open contest based on Urbi open source. The project does not have to focus on robotics. Topics can be anything (ie – video games or complex systems) as long as participants use the Urbi open source in the project. Software tools will be provided for free use during the contest (ends December 15, 2010).
TechOnLine announced the Designing Next-Generation Robots webinar. The robotics webcast will take place March 29, 2010 at 10:00 am (17:00 Greenwich Mean Time and 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time). The webinar will explore the technologies behind next-generation robots. A panel of industry and academic experts will discuss the latest developments in software, hardware, and materials that are bringing robotic systems to life.
National Instruments introduced the LabVIEW Robotics 2009 development platform for designing robotic and autonomous control systems. NI LabVIEW Robotics 2009 features an extensive robotics library with connectivity to standard robotic sensors and actuators, foundational algorithms for intelligent operations and perception, and motion functions for robots and autonomous vehicles.
The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) will hold a Future of Robotics Summit on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Attendees will hear from leading robotic research institutions about the latest research coming down the pipeline and opportunities for partnership and commercialization. The research briefing will culminate with a presentation on technology transfer opportunities and tours of MIT’s Robotics Labs.