Robots

Robots copy their coolest moves from animals

Cheetahs, ostriches, octopi, cockroaches and humans.<p>For decades, robot makers have turned to animals to help them understand how to build a machine that can travel over Earth’s diverse terrain.<p>“Almost any animal you can imagine has been used as inspiration for robots,” says Aaron Johnson, a …

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Why Future Robots In The Workplace Might Pay Taxes

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Dave Consiglio.</i><p>No. Capitalism should change.<p>Capitalism works reasonably well as an economic …

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A Flying, Fetching, Helping-Hand Omnicopter

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a flying machine that could maneuver in any direction while rotating around any axis while maintaining both thrust and …

Robotics

Military Prosthetics Innovation Benefits More Than Just Veterans

Not only are soldiers losing limbs from IEDs; older veterans are losing limbs from diabetes and vascular disease. Mobility is key to long-term …

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Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry

Anki CEO Boris Sofman talks about making a robot that can compete with pets on the latest Recode Decode.<p>If robots are here to stay, they’re going to have to get smarter. Anki CEO Boris Sofman says that’s not going to happen overnight: Instead, we should be figuring out how to help them learn …

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[Deal Alert] Anki's Cozmo robot is $152.99 ($27 off) on Amazon

Cozmo, which is unfortunately unrelated to Cozmo Kramer, is a fairly popular interactive toy robot. It can stack tiny blocks, play games, and be …

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New exoskeleton stops elderly from falling over

Researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL in Switzerland have developed a very unique type of exoskeleton: Instead of granting the user Iron Man-like super strength, their exoskeleton stops elderly people from falling over. This might sound like a somewhat trivial super power to grant, but …

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Making the Machines that Replace Humans

A visit to a robot factory in Ohio<p>MIAMISBURG, Ohio—A humanoid robot greets visitors to the Dayton-area offices of Yaskawa Motoman, a Japanese company that produces the machines being installed at thousands of factories around the globe. Its right arm is holding a screen, which playfully challenges …

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This Crawling C-Turtle Robot Could Hunt For Landmines

When you watch its first tries to flop across on the sand, you feel worried that it won’t be able to get its little body to its final destination. …

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Judah Vs. The Machines: In which a robot services a hotel room

Robots remain a rare sight outside of labs in most of the world, but in Silicon Valley, they have already started taking on service jobs. In this episode of Judah Vs. The Machines, Judah visits the Crowne Plaza hotel in San Jose to check out Relay, a hotel service robot that can autonomously bring …

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Mind-controlled device may help paralysed patients move again

Scientists have developed a new mind-controlled device that helps paralysed patients regain movement in their hands.<p>Stroke patients who learned to …

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The artificial intelligence boom is here. Here’s how it could change the world around us.

A future with highways full of self-driving cars or robot friends that can actually hold a decent conversation may not be far away. That’s because …

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When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to …

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French designer shows off DIY robot in public for 1st time

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A French designer has shown his humanoid DIY robot to the public for the first time.<p>The life-size plastic model responded to English-language commands Friday, picking up and dropping a small ball and swiveling its head to follow people.<p>Designer Gael Langevin unveiled the …

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The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful

At this point, humanity has a pretty good track record for taking ridiculous science fiction and turning it into science fact. Just scroll through …

Robotics

The failure rate of internet of things projects is amazing

As Dubai welcomes RoboCop, drones land in the palm of your hand and cars park themselves, are we getting carried away with ‘maybes’?<p>This week saw a …

Spray-On Touch Screens? How to Turn Any Flat Surface into a Touchpad

With just a can of spray paint, researchers can turn flat surfaces of any shape or size —ranging from walls to furniture to even musical instruments …

Robotics

Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society and by rolling out the world’s first robot police …

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Snap recently acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, an LA-based drone company

The company behind Snapchat is trying to develop its own hardware<p>Late last year, Snap acquired LA-based drone company Ctrl Me Robotics, according to <i>Buzzfeed</i>. Recent reports indicate that the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles intends to develop a drone of its own as it looks to push beyond developing …

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Strawberries are being grown underground and vegetables watered by robots – but isn’t it all a bit too perfect?

This weekend’s warm weather will see sales of strawberries soar. Like asparagus, they are quintessential British seasonal delights. But to satisfy …

Robotics

Judah Vs. The Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

In the latest installment of Judah vs The Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real …

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Video Friday: DJI Spark Drone, Google Tango, and 18-DOF Hexapod Robot

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of …

Robotics

First builders, waiters and journalists - now BINMEN are being replaced by technology

The robot revolution is swift and brutal. First waiters were replaced by drink-serving 'droids , then robot bricklayers came along and finally we got …

Robotics

Retail robot coming to a shop near you

Designed as a sales assistant, this robot can talk, guide shoppers and even receive credit card payments.In a demonstration yesterday at Marina …

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3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch

Schematic of a new kind of 3D printer that can print touch sensors directly on a model hand. (credit: Shuang-Zhuang Guo and Michael McAlpine/Advanced …

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Colorado robotic security guard company in fund-raising mode - Denver Business Journal

A Lakewood company, Gamma 2 Robotics, said its Ramsee robot "will change the world of… more<p>Gamma 2 image<p>A Lakewood company that makes robotic …

Robotics

The 1961 Mobot Mark II Had All the Moves

In the late 1950s, Sandia Laboratory was looking for a way to handle radioactive materials without putting humans in danger. The answer was the …

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Tech Tent: Safer social networks and retro phones

• Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast<br>• Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website<br>• Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service<p><b>How do social media giants cope with an ever increasing torrent of offensive material posted by their users? On this week's Tech Tent we look at</b> …

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Turtle-bot teaches itself to waddle through the desert

The trouble with programming robots to walk over shifting terrain like a desert is that what works in one environment may not fly in another. These …

Robotics

23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert

If you want a thorough, everyday clean, maybe you should consider using robots. The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting …

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