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Australian startup Conpago tackles social isolation issue for the elderly with robotics

Aged care tech startup, Conpago, is combining software, robotics and the humble kettle to reduce loneliness and enable connection in the elderly, with a suite of intuitive products.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia launches Australia’s first creative tech accelerator

CEA’s Collider Accelerator is the latest program to be launched with support from Advance Queensland, which is investing more than $400-million to position Queensland as a hub of innovation and growth.

Australia’s tech sector poised for greatness thanks to millennial entrepreneurs

If you look back to the pre-millennial time before 1980’s, there were as many dreams and talents as now. Since then, technology, the Internet and smartphones democratised opportunities and brought them closer to those with the dream to do more, especially the youth.

Guess who’s coming for your job – will humans go the way of horses...

The idea that smart software will eventually begin to eat any job that consists primarily of tasks that are predicable requires only a fairly simple extrapolation that technology will only get better and better.

What does the world of automation mean in reality? [VIDEO]

Robots. They've been a part of our lives for some time. Yes, you can include Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match. The mechanisation and automation of...

Meet Baxter – the world’s first interactive manufacturing robot now making that chocolate you...

Previously, production robots had to be separated from people by protective cages, programmed by specialised engineers, and affordable by only large scale manufacturers with...

A Purple Cow helps an Orange Robot get to the market (this isn’t a...

Of Purple Cows and Orange Robots Brenton O’Brien, CEO of robotics manufacturer Microbric, has been developing robots for use by teachers and hobbyists (with moderate...

It’s still not too late to buy me a Christmas present [VIDEO]

All gifts can be presented (pun intended) at Anthill HQ. If you're stuck for ideas of what to get me, here's a suggestion. It looks like a lamp, but it's so much more. It's Lamp, with a capital L. It has a name and a personality of all its own.

Making science fiction a reality: a robot that transforms before your eyes [VIDEO]

A Japanese man who likes to build robots as a hobby has created the first, real robot that transforms from a car into walking, shooting robot. Yes, it's real. Well, it's more real than various part of Megan Fox in the second Transformers movie.

Faster than Usain Bolt: DARPA boffins have created a super fast robot [VIDEO]

The ingenuous boffins at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have pushed its Cheetah robot to a whole new level. The Cheetah is a four-legged robot that looks, well, a cheetah. It has a flexible spine and an articulated head. A tail may come later.

I’ve always wanted a clone. Now, my iPad can become one [VIDEO]

I don't mean a Dr Evil Mini Me sort of clone, either. I've just felt that sometimes, it would be better if I could be in two places at once. Like, at home and at work. Or, better yet, diving and at home, I mean work.

Marita Cheng, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

If the proposition "A robot in every home" sounds like a fantasy, a touch dystopian even, then you haven't met Marita Cheng, Mechatronics Engineering student at Melbourne University and serial entrepreneur, at the tender age of 22.

University of Sydney PhD students score $57 million contract to create military robots

Marathon Robotics, a Sydney-based robotics company founded by three University of Sydney PhD students, has won a $57 million contract with the United States Marine Corps to trial its "Rover" robotic system as a live-fire marksmanship training utility.

Robot built to fetch inventors beer

The selection process for our weekly Beer O'Clock newsletter (The Best and Worst of Anthill TV) involves a surprisingly complex number of considerations, such as balance, educational content, local relevance, chuckle-factor and good taste. That's why it was pleasing to stumble across this short clip at 4:22 this afternoon (yes, only minutes ago). It's now that special time of day. So... enjoy.

Japanese sushi robots with the human touch

At the FOOMA Japan 2009 conference, these sushi and patisserie robotic arms were a standout. They could soon replace humans on production lines where soft touch is critical, but the imagination boggles.

Marita Cheng, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Marita Cheng is still at university (studying a mechatronics engineering and computer science double-degree), but she already owns and runs two businesses.

Assisted-walking with Honda’s new ‘Robolegs’

The global economic crisis might have ravaged the once mighty Japanese auto industry, but it's good to see that Honda continues to flex its...

Assisted-walking with Honda's new 'Robolegs'

The global economic crisis might have ravaged the once mighty Japanese auto industry, but it's good to see that Honda continues to flex its...

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