We built an open sandbox for training robotic hands to grasp things

We built an open sandbox for training robotic hands to grasp things

Getting started with robotics is probably a lot easier than you think. Here’s a simulation sandbox that’s cross-platform and provides a simple high-level API. It should help you get started experimenting with robot grasping tasks.

As the Chief Technical Architect at the Shadow Robot Company, I spend a lot of time playing with different algorithms to see how they’d fit our robots. Controlling a complex robot to make it behave the way you’d want in a complex environment is… complex!

We built an open sandbox for training robotic hands to grasp things

How I found my first remote job/remote gig

This is a collaborative article written with the Remotive community.

Finding a remote job or gig is not easy, especially when you’re starting your remote career!

Today, we are sharing some of our tips to help you find your first remote gig or even remote job.

8 of our awesome members have put together how they found their first remote job/gig.

We hope you will enjoy reading these tips. 🙂

How I found my first remote job/remote gig

Surviving an attack from the Chaos Monkey

Surviving an attack from the Chaos Monkey

After 5 years of being a remoty in different positions for the Shadow Robot Company — from Head of Software to Chief Technical Architect — I’ve spent some time and effort perfecting my routine to achieve great productivity and focus while at work, and maintain an amazing work-life balance at the same time. But sometimes that beautifully crafted routine goes south…

Surviving an attack from the Chaos Monkey – Ugo Cupcic – Medium

What it’s like to be a Robot in 2017

What it's like to be a robot in 2017

What will a state-of-the-art robot be able to do in 2017?

There are many different types of robots out there, from humanoid robots to industrial arms that can move with an amazing accuracy and speed.

Given my area of expertise, I’ll focus more on grasping and using objects. These are core human skills that robots need to acquire if you want them to be truly useful.

But why’s it so hard for a robot to replicate these skills?

What it’s like to be a Robot in 2017 – freeCodeCamp

9 Tips to disconnect and recharge for remote workers

This is a collaborative article written with the Remotive community. 

At Remotive, we love productivity and doing things done. But we also think that it’s important to take time to disconnect and recharge!

Today, we are sharing some of our tips with you.

Because working remotely means working outside of the office and sometimes it can be difficult to know when to disconnect.

9 of our awesome members have put together their best tips to become a better remote worker.

We hope you will enjoy reading these tips. 🙂

9 Tips to disconnect and recharge for remote workers

How we beat the state of the art in a week 

How we beat the state of the art in a week

At Shadow, we’re focusing on making complex robots intuitive to use. For that, we need very good path planning. There are plenty of amazing solutions out there, but we were recently faced with a project where those state of the art solutions just weren’t good enough for us. We needed a super fast planner that generated trajectories that “looked good”.

How we beat the state of the art in a week – Ugo Cupcic – Medium

11 Productivity Hacks To Get The Most Of Your Remote Life

This is a collaborative article written with the Remotive community. 

This summer, we launched our online community. We talk about different things like gears, ergonomics, jobs or freelancing.

Remote work can feel lonely at times, and we are together to share jokes and good vibes. We see our community as a mix between a virtual watercooler and a place where we share tips.

We are obsessed with productivity. Today, we are sharing some of our tips with you.

Because working remotely means working outside of the office and we need to be highly organized to achieve our work on time.

This is a special article and the first collaborative one. 11 of our awesome members have put together their best tips to become a better remote worker.

We hope you will enjoy reading these tips. 🙂

11 Productivity Hacks To Get The Most Of Your Remote Life

Two conferences, ten days, hundreds of robots

Two conferences, ten days, hundreds of robots

An important part of my job is to stay on top of what’s currently happening in robotics. Given the fast pace in robotics, it sometimes feels more like trying not to drown! A great way to see all the latest trends is to attend a few key conferences. IROS and ICRA are the two biggest robotics conferences in the world and I often go to those. I attend a few other smaller more focused conferences to study precise subjects – such as control theory at the great DLMC conference in Zurich.

Two conferences, ten days, hundreds of robots – Ugo Cupcic – Medium