1) UBER, the app-based taxi company, teams up with CMU on self-driving cars
2) KMel, the drone UPenn Startup, gets acquired by Qualcomm
I think very exciting things are soon going to come!
It's been great fun to be on Google+ over the past year and thanks to everyone for the comments and interest. Although I will keep posting about various other nonsense that sometimes interests me, clearly people are paying most attention when I'm saying things about SLAM and robots so I made a list of the most +1'd posts in 2014. For me the really big events have been thanks to my relationship with Dyson --- the announcements of the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, and of the Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College which is now fully up and running.
Other big themes in robotics, vision and AI which have interested me a lot this year and have been discussed in many posts have been all the start-up and acquisition activiy, deep learning and a return to work on general AI, and increasingly serious discussion about possible super-human AI and the Singularity.
Raspberry Pi Robotics course (January) +83 +47
Google Project Tango Launch (February, reshare) +63
Announcement of Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College (February) +114
Simultaneous Mosaicing and Tracking with an Event Camera and BMVC Best Industry Paper (July) +133 +45
LSD-SLAM from TU Munich (July, reshare) +68
My IROS Plenary Talk (September) +61
Dense Planar SLAM (September) +54
Dyson 360 Eye Announcement (September) +65 +39 +58
SLAMBench (November) +84
PM, James Dyson and the 360 Eye (November) +65
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