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12 Essential Blogs Featuring the Latest News on Robotics

Alex Owen-Hill
by Alex Owen-Hill on Oct 27, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Keeping up with the latest developments in robotics can be difficult. Even harder is knowing where the best sites are for informed coverage on robotics. To make it easy, here is a list of the 12 Essential News Blogs covering robotics that you should definitely add to your reading list.

Here on the Robotiq Blog, we regularly publish a post called "What's New in Robotics This Week." This post is a great place to get the latest fascinating news in robotics, without having to search through the many news outlets yourself. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with our latest news posts!

However, we know that you like to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news on robotics or you wouldn’t be reading this post. We've compiled a list of 12 of our favorite blogs that consistently provide accurate and timely information.

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These sites are wholly devoted to covering the news, trends and issues within the robotics community. Some of them only look at specific aspects of robotics, such as investment or business, but most of them cover a wide range of robotic news stories from industry to the latest research projects.

1. Robohub

As the name suggests, Robohub is a hub for all things robotics. Blogs are posted several times a day. It describes itself as "more than just an online robotics news site.” It draws from a dedicated community of voices within the industry. For anyone interested in reading about robotics from knowledgeable people within the industry, this is definitely a site to check out.

2. Robotics.org

The Robotics Industries Association posts almost every day. They have a news stream, which releases the latest from the robotics industry, and an Industry Insights stream, where they take a considered look at some of the issues behind robotics.

3. RoboGlobal News

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For some quick roundups of the latest headlines in robotics and occasional posts, RoboGlobal covers robotics from an investment perspective. Primarily, the site tracks trends in robotics stocks, while their blog posts look at overall trends in robotics.

4. Robotics Business Review

The Robotics Business Review claims to be "The Largest, Most Comprehensive Online Robotics News and Information Resource". It regularly posts about all aspects of the business of robotics. However, most of its posts are only short abstracts and you must pay a yearly membership fee to access the complete article.

5. The Robot Report

The Robot Report is written by roboticist, Frank Tobe, cofounder of Robo-Stox, a tracking index for the robotics industry, now RoboGlobal (see above). Through the blog he aims to follow the business of robotics and regularly reports on developments from all areas of the robotics industry.

6. Robotics Industry News, Applications and Trends @ Robotiq

Here at Robotiq, we post news stories every week about robotics. The majority of our coverage is about collaborative robots and the technical issues surrounding robotic grasping, force sensing and robot vision because our main products are grippers, force sensors and a camera. But we also post about robotic fundamentals, such as what to study for a career in robotics, force control basics and how to integrate your first robot.

Four Science and Technology Sites with Great Robotics Coverage

Although these sites are not entirely dedicated to robotics, these four sites are all great places to find news about robotics. Some of them are big names in science and technology news, and with good reason. They post high quality articles very frequently.

7. Phys.org - Robotics

Phys.org is a dedicated online news service covering stories from science, technology and research. Its technology section curates and publishes stories which frequently deal with robotics. The handy layout on the website allows you to easily and quickly skim through the headlines to pick out stories you think you'll find interesting.

8. IEEE Spectrum - Automaton Blog

The IEEE Spectrum is the magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The online Automaton blog also publishes frequent news stories relating to robotics and automation.

9. MIT Technology Review - Robotics

The MIT Technology Review has been publishing since 1899, backed by the world-leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It posts stories about robotics often and currently also has regular columns relating to robotics from AI editor Will Knight.

10. Popular Science - Robotics

PopSci.com is the online outlet for the print magazine Popular Science. It regularly publishes news stories relating to robotics.

Two Blogs That Explore Key Robotic Issues

It's great to be able to keep on top of the newest developments in robotics. However, just reading about the next piece of "flashy tech" can sometimes leave you wishing for articles with more depth.

For stories that look deeper into the issues surrounding robotics, these are some great blogs to add to your reading list.

11. RobotEnomics

Colin Lewis is an economist specializing in the social and economic impact of technology. His RobotEnomics blog takes a considered look at the issues surrounding robotics and makes a nice break from the usual, tech-heavy news stories. As he says himself: "In a large respect, this blog is not about describing the world… it’s about exploring ideas."

12. Singularity Hub - Robots

The Singularity Hub is devoted to "chronicling technological processes by highlighting the breakthroughs, players and issues shaping the future”. It has one whole section completely dedicated to robotics, which publishes frequent posts that look deeper into the issues surrounding specific news stories within the field.

Also, why not check out what we've got to offer right here on Robotiq’s blog? You know, we don't only publish posts about robotic news, our customers and products. We also often publish articles that explore the deeper issues behind the latest robotic developments. For example, in the past we've discussed whether robots are really as dangerous as people think they are from a human risk perspective and a statistical one, how robotics might affect cellphone prices, whether robots have rights and how we can debunk the public perceptions of robots.

Have we missed your favorite robotic news blog? Make sure people know about it by posting it in the comments below.

 

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Alex Owen-Hill
Written by Alex Owen-Hill
Alex Owen-Hill is a freelance writer and blogger who writes about a large range of topics, including science, language, creativity and (of course) robotics. He completed a PhD in Telerobotics from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid as part of the PURESAFE project, in collaboration with CERN. As a recovering academic, he maintains a firm foot in the robotics world by blogging for gripper manufacturer Robotiq.
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