Our Robotic Future

Our Robotic Future was held in Google Campus on 30th June 2017. For digital and robotic entrepreneurs, this UK Robotics Week event covered the challenges faced once funding for your digital start-up or robotic idea has been obtained. Ben Ryan, CEO and Founder of Ambionics (@ambionics_uk), kicked off the evening speaking about a unique prosthetic…

Retiring with robots? How older folks will get high-tech help

By Katie Collins, CNET CHIRON recently got a mention on CBS news. The article (copied below) was originally published here.  When you think about growing old together with somebody, that person probably isn’t made of circuitry or runs on a processor. That certainly wasn’t the thinking of Les Middlewood. The 63-year-old from the UK took…

Shadow opens office at Future Space at UWE Bristol

The article below has been reblogged from Shadow Robot’s website with their permission. One of the UK’s longest-running robotics companies, Shadow Robot Company, have just opened a new office in Bristol’s Future Space which is based at the University of West England (UWE Bristol), adjacent to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). Shadow are a partner…

STEM Woman of the Year

By Sinéad Nolan This week the CHIRON team were delighted to congratulate one of our project leads, Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly, on winning the Red Woman of the Year Award 2016 for STEM. Selected from five shortlisted nominees to be named the most inspirational woman in STEM in 2016, Praminda’s success will hopefully spread ripples further…

Is the Internet of Things the Future of Care?

By Sinéad Nolan Last week The Guardian ran an article on how the care we need may come from the Internet of Things. The article was interesting and while I didn’t necessarily agree on all points, it was food for thought. It got me thinking about today’s society with our smart phones, self-service tills, contactless…

The iPal – a help or hindrance to child development?

The article below has been reblogged from Shadow Robot’s website with their permission. Have you seen this article on The Guardian? The iPal robot launched at RoboBusiness in California last week and is causing quite a stir. According to Avatarmind, the company that created the robot, the iPal is a 3ft tall companion robot for…

Upcoming event – Robots vs Humanity

The CHIRON project are excited to be hosting an event called Robots vs Humanity at Google Campus, London on the evening of 1st December 2016! Attend Robots Vs Humanity to enjoy talks from robot engineers, psychologists, inventors and tech entrepreneurs as they explore the next generation of robots, technology, and humanity. There will even be…

UK Robotics Mission

The article below has been reblogged from Shadow Robot’s website with their permission. Rich Walker from Shadow Robot recently spent a week out in Taiwan as part of the UK Robotics Mission organised by the British Office. It was a really valuable trip, with Rich meeting Taiwanese companies and roboticists, as well as getting the chance…

Age Does Not Matter Festival

By Sinéad Nolan The word retirement can summon many images, both positive and negative. What images come up for you? For me the image of people taking holidays, becoming a grandparent and enjoying life springs to mind, but also I get an image of someone sat at home all day, lonely, frail and no longer…

New Scientist Live 2016

By Sinéad Nolan New Scientist Live 2016 was a fertile and inspiring ground for science lovers. Luckily for me, it was also full of information on robots and assistive technology as well as a place that many people working on robot projects were congregating. While highlights of the day included meeting Imperial College’s ‘DeNiro robot’, having a cocktail…

Are Robots the Future of Care?

by Sinéad Nolan Elderly care is a concept we barely think about until it concerns ourselves or our loved ones, but as you may have noticed its been in the news a lot lately. The reason for this is that the over 65 population in the UK is growing. Estimated to increase 7 million in the…