Bits | Looking for Robots That Will Cooperate, Not Terminate

Bits | Looking for Robots That Will Cooperate, Not Terminate
A robot that evoked a human form paused in front of a door leading to a simulated nuclear power plant accident and inexplicably stood motionless. Suddenly, from the grandstands overlooking the scene, a group of schoolchildren began to chant: “Go Robot!
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Iowa State Engineers Develop Micro-Tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle
Newswise — AMES, Iowa – The tiny tube circled an ant's thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they …
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At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery
Earlier this week, 23 robots from all over the world competed in Pomona, Calif., for a $ 2 million prize in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. And thousands of humans watched as the machines showed off their skills on the course. Teams have been working on …
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Five (Mostly) Beloved Robots of Doctor Who

Five (Mostly) Beloved Robots of Doctor Who
Still, robots are back in vogue following the first episode of Channel Four's new drama Humans – a remake of the Swedish original purporting a world where leaps in artificial intelligence are used to build Au Pairs to make sure you have clean pants and …
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Calculator reveals the likelihood of a robot stealing your job in the future
From translator droids in Star Wars to robotic maids in The Jetsons, many sci-fi visions of the future involve robots working instead of humans. Now there's a calculator that can tell you whether a computer is likely to make you redundant. It reveals …
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Dorchester robot makers to be featured on ABC show
It's a show where contestants create robots and battle each other. One team member, Clint Ewert, knows a lot about robots. "We got involved with robotics back in 2001 when we were watching the show BattleBots on Comedy Central, and my dad said 'we can …
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Robots and Pencils reimagines mobile development with PencilCase, an iOS app studio

(PRWEB) March 26, 2015

Mobile development has just been reimagined with the launch of Robots and Pencils PencilCase, an iOS app maker and publishing platform. Eliminating the gap between the designer and the developer, PencilCase gives non-developers complete control over the creation of native apps for the iPhone and iPad.

We decided to develop PencilCase because we kept running into these amazingly talented, creative people who were screaming for a tool to let them turn their ideas into reality, said Michael Sikorsky, CEO, Global and co-founder of Robots and Pencils. PencilCase will empower a new generation of app makers, particularly designers.

PencilCase is made up of two apps PencilCase: Studio for the Mac and PencilCase: Player for iOS.

PencilCase: Studio comes loaded with powerful tools so users can simply import their design assets and then add the functionality they would expect to see in an app. There is no need to know a programming language to create complex interactions, transitions and animations.

The most impressive features include the proprietary Whens & Thens system that enables interactivity using a logical flow; a Physics tool that simulates motion, like gravity, magnets and wind; and 3D support, which makes importing 3D models as easy as adding an image.

With one-tap publishing, users can publish and share their apps instantly to the PencilCase: Player, or export as an Xcode project and submit directly to the App Store.

For us, it wasnt about improving on existing app making or prototyping tools. We focused on creating an app maker tool that would be in a category of its own, said Orest Nazarewycz, a developer of PencilCase. It came down to asking why. Why restrict designers to static wireframes? Why make a prototype when you can make an app?

While designers have been armed with a powerful new tool, developers are still welcomed. PencilCase: Studio boasts the ability to create an app with 100% less code, but those with programming skills can further customize their apps using the built-in JavaScript engine. Alternatively, apps can be exported as an Xcode project and fine-tuned in Objective-C or Swift.

PencilCase: Studio is available at a special launch pricing of $ 299/year. PencilCase: Player is available in the App Store for free. See more at

About Robots and Pencils Inc

Robots and Pencils is a mobile strategy and app development company known for its top-ranking consumer apps, transformative enterprise apps and mobile-first learning platforms. Launched in 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Robots and Pencils has since created more than 250 apps used by over 77 million people worldwide and opened offices in Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and London, England.

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… published a study into Pirate Update's biggest losers on Sunday, October 26. Tober says “I found that almost all sites where I think they had a drop because of the Pirate Update the drop was enormous. Some sites received a loss in SEO Visibility to …
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Robots and Pencils Global Expansion Continues

Calgary, AB (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

Renowned app development company Robots and Pencils is extending its reach south of the border with the appointment of Phil Komarny as CEO, USA, a newly created position. Komarny will be overseeing the strategic direction, expansion and operations of Robots and Pencils in the United States.

Robots and Pencils has experienced huge growth over the last six years, moving from a two-person startup to an internationally recognized company that has developed over 250 apps used by more than 20 million people worldwide. Its time that we have a dedicated person to manage and grow our operations in the US, said Michael Sikorsky, CEO, Global and co-founder of Robots and Pencils. As an award-winning innovator and mobile technology expert, Phil is a great addition to our team.

Komarny joins Robots and Pencils from Seton Hill University, where he served as vice-president of information technology and chief information officer, and positioned the university as a leader in mobile technology.

Under Komarnys leadership, Seton Hill became the first university to integrate the iPad in the classroom, launching the Mobile Learning @ The Hill initiative and providing all full-time students and faculty members with an iPad. As a result of this forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning, Mobile Learning @ The Hill received the Apple Distinguished Program award three times, an award for programs that are recognized centres of educational excellence and leadership. The university was also one of 100 companies to receive the 2013 CIO 100 award by IDGs CIO magazine for demonstrated excellence and achievement in IT.

Mobile devices are becoming more integrated in our lives, and they will continue to change the way we interact with computers and each other, said Komarny. Companies like Robots and Pencils will be integral in the creation of platforms, applications and interfaces that will enable the next big wave of technological innovation. Im thrilled to be part of a company that will help shape our future.

Robots and Pencils is an app development company known internationally for its top-ranking games, transformative enterprise apps and next generation learning platforms. It has experienced exponential growth over the past six years, expanding into the United Kingdom and now the United States.

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