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Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists… but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won’t complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosing around the ice for a full year now, producing data unlike any other expedition ever has. The mission began way back in 2017, with a grant from the late Paul Allen. With climate change affecting sea ice around the world, precise measurements a...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Paul Allen, Antarctica, Robotics, Antarctic, Lee, University of Washington, UW, Chris Lee, Seaglider

A DIY machine imagines 808 kicks if they were made of actual fire

Anyone can clone an 808. Not anyone can make a machine inspired by the 808 out of repurposed lighter springs, motors, and … oh yeah, flaming butane gas. Koka Nikoladze’s beat machines are going viral, and their demented, quirky sound tells you why. So, sorry NAMM – this may be the coolest gear we’ll see in January 2019. And not only is the concept novel, but his wacky tunes make for some toe tapping, eyebrow-raising good times, too. Full text: I always wanted to build something using fire. ...
Tags: Music, Fire, Tech, Viral, Stories, Dc, Robotics, Snoop Dogg, Mechanical, Oddities, Awesomeness, Drum-machines, Tangible, Namm, Snoop, Physical

Shapeshifting microrobots to travel through your bloodstream

Continuing the quest to design robots that could travel through our bodies to deliver drugs and cure disease, researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich demonstrated tiny shape-shifting microrobots that swim through blood vessels. Made from hydrogel nanocomposites, the microbots can fold into various shapes for easy travel through tight spaces and flowing with dense, viscous, or fast-moving liquids. The microbots are peppered with magnetic nanoparticles so that they can be "steered" with an external ma...
Tags: Video, News, Medicine, Robots, Robotics, Eth Zurich, EPFL, Microrobots, Selman Sakar

Aibo learns to be a better watchdog

I wanted to love the new Aibo. Really, I did. But once I aactually spent some time with it, it turned out that it was a $3,000 dog with only a handful of tricks. It seems the days of buying true robot dog companionship are still a long ways away. A few months after bringing the pup to market, Sony’s announced a few updates that should rekindle some interest. First, there’s a new paint job. Aibo now comes in Choco Edition — a dark brown and bronze edition that makes it look a bit more like a ...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Sony, Robotics, Aibo, Choco Edition, Secom Like

Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot

It was, of course, just a matter of time before Amazon deployed delivery robots. The company has had a robotics wing for a number of years now, though much of its public-facing side has been focused on warehouse logistics. Today, however, it took the wraps off Scout. The six-wheeled robot looks a fair bit like a number of the delivery robots already being piloted on sidewalks all over the world. This one, however, was apparently developed in-house by Amazon. As the company notes, the electri...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Robotics, Seattle, Scout, Snohomish County Washington, Delivery Robot

pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and learn to apply by using sensor-based connected tech, powered by its new pi-top 4, to solve real world problems. “When you get a pi-t...
Tags: Apple, Learn To Code, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, Texas, London, Hardware, Education, Raspberry Pi, Electronics, California, China, Stem, Tech

Get ready for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI with highlights from last year’s event

As we get ready for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18 at UC Berkeley, we can’t help but look back at last year’s robotics event. With more than 1,000 attendees, thought-provoking panels and cutting-edge demos, 2018’s TC Sessions: Robotics was pretty great. We’ve compiled some highlights of some of our favorite moments from last year to whet your appetite for 2019’s current speaker lineup. Check out the highlights below and be sure to grab your Early-Bird ticket for this April’s TC S...
Tags: Google, TC, Events, Tech, Nvidia, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Matthew Panzarino, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Goldberg, Cassie, Homayoon Kazerooni, Urmson, Ken Goldberg

Robotics;Notes DaSH Trailer Truly Exciting

Japanese publisher 5pb. has released a brand new story trailer for the upcoming Robotics;Notes DaSH visual novel. An overview of the story: 2020. World line variation rate: 1.048596. While consumer-use robots receiving the benefits of a networked society are becoming more widespread, the robot rebellion incident in February showed the vulnerability of that sort of […]
Tags: Notes, Games, Trailer, Anime, Ps4, Robotics, Mages, Visual Novels, 5pb, Nintendo Switch

Starship deploys autonomous delivery bots on a college campus

Starship, an autonomous delivery robot startup, is deploying its first batch of robots as part of a commercial service. Starting today, Starship will begin delivering food to the 40,000 students, faculty and staff at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  in partnership with Sodexo, a food and facilities management company. Starship says the deliveries take 15 minutes or less, on average, depending on which items the customer ordered and where they’re located on campus. Each robot can carry...
Tags: Food, Washington, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Airbnb, Robotics, George Mason University, George Mason, FAIRFAX Va, Sodexo, Starship, Redwood City Calif, Jaan Tallinn, Matrix Partners and Morpheus Ventures New, Nathan Blecharczyk Skype, Universities East Jim Jenkins

Tiny microbots fold like origami to travel through the human body

Tiny robots modeled after bacteria could be used to deliver drugs to hard to reach areas of the human body. Scientists have developed elastic microbots that can change their shape depending on their environment. The post Tiny microbots fold like origami to travel through the human body appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Health, News, Trends, Robotics, Emerging Tech, Nanobots, Embodied Intelligence, Targeted Drug Delivery

Amazon built an electronic vest to improve worker/robot interactions

Over the course of last year, Amazon began rolling out a new worker safety wearable to 25+ sites. From the looks of it, the Robotic Tech Vest is really more like a pair of suspenders   attached to to an electronic utility belt. The Amazon Robotics-designed product was created to keep workers safe when they need to enter a space in order to fix a robotic system or retrieve fallen items. Built -n sensors alert Amazon’s robotic system’s to the wearer’s presence, and they slow down to avoid coll...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Robotics, Porter, OSHA, Amazon Robotics, Brad Porter

Researchers ran a simulator to teach this robot dog to roll over

Advanced robots are expensive, and teaching them can be incredibly time consuming. With the proper simulation, however, roboticists can train their machines to learn quickly. A team from the Robotic Systems Lab in Zurich, Switzerland have demonstrated as much in a new paper. The research outlines how training a neutral a neural network using simulation taught the Boston Dynamics-esque ANYmal robot how to perform some impressive feats, including the ability to roll over, as a method for recov...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Zurich Switzerland, Robotic Systems Lab

Amazon is holding a public version of its secretive MARS conference

All most of us will see from Jeff Bezos’s secretive MARS conference are a few photo shoots of the world’s richest man attempting to look as cool as possible around some very cool robotics. This summer, however, Amazon will be spinning the event out into a more public facing conference. Re:MARS retains the original event’s acronymic focus of Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space, bringing them to a larger scale for three days in Vegas. It’s a pretty solid looking lineup, though adm...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Jeff Bezos, Robotics, Alexa, MIT Media Lab, Kate Darling Research Specialist, MIT Sloan School of Management, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tom Soderstrom, Automation Robotics, Jeff Wilke, Andrew Lo the Charles E, Susan T Harris, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering

When Innovation Meets Technology: The Stories of These 4 Robotics Startups Will Motivate You to Give It Your Best Shot

Robotics is our future and the future is now. Robotics is at the forefront of technology and leading the way into this vast territory are brilliant startups that are blowing… Read more » The post When Innovation Meets Technology: The Stories of These 4 Robotics Startups Will Motivate You to Give It Your Best Shot appeared first on
Tags: Business, News, Robotics, Info Tech, Robotics Startups, Tech Startups

Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly

Swiss Scientists Have Trained Their Dog-Like Robot to Better Fend Off Its Human Oppressors

Engineers in Switzerland say they’ve found a way to make a four-legged robot even harder to fight off during the eventual robopocalypse. In a new paper, published Wednesday in Science Robotics, they describe a system that trains the bot to move faster than ever, while still being able to resist attempts to knock it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Robots, Switzerland, Robotics, Science Robotics

Visual Novel Chaos;Child Coming To Steam

Science adventure visual novel Chaos;Child will be coming out for the PC via Steam’s storefront. Set in the same universe as Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes, Chaos;Child is a direct sequel to the original science adventure visual novel Chaos;Head released in 2008. The overview of the story and game features directly from Steam: It’s been six years […]
Tags: Games, English, Anime, Announcements, Robotics, Child, Chaos, Mages, Visual Novels, 5pb

Fascinating Experiment Uses a Robot to Recreate the Walking Style of an Early Land Dweller

Using computer simulations and a robot, researchers have recreated the likely gait of a 300-million-year-old animal considered to be among the planet’s earliest terrestrial walkers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Robotics, Simulations, Paleontology, Evolution Of Locomotion, Amniotes

Get a TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI demo table while you can

Innovation’s leading-edge lives at the intersection of robotics and AI. What could possibly be more exciting than attending TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18 — where you’ll spend a full day immersed in these world-changing technologies? Well, you could showcase your early-stage startup to nearly 1,000 of the best minds in robotics and AI. Yeah, that’s pretty awesome, too. All you need to do is buy a demo table before they sell out, so don’t delay. Oh, and the $1,500 price tag also i...
Tags: Tech, Mit, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, Robotics AI TechCrunch

U.S. Supermarkets Get Spill-Detecting Robots, With Human Controllers in the Philippines

But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Philippines, Robotics, Overnight, Onetime

Sex Tech Maker Cries Foul After CES Retracts Innovation Award

At last week's International CES, the CEO of woman-run sex tech startup, called out the Consumer Technology Association for rescinding its CES Innovation Award. The company received the award for its first-ever product, the Osé personal massager, only to have the CTA backpedal and retract it. Furthermore, the company was not even allowed to exhibit at CES 2019. CTA CEO Gary Shapiro and CTA EVP Karen Chupka sent the company a letter stating that the product was ineligible for the Robotics an...
Tags: Ecommerce, Cta, Robotics, Consumer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro, Karen Chupka

You Can Finally Buy a Robot That Will Be Your Friend

Do you find yourself feeling lonely or craving companionship? Have you considered purchasing a machine that could fill that void? No, not that kind of robot. I’m talking about moving, talking, thinking robots that can do things like fetch a cup of coffee and dance with you. This has been a futuristic concept for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Robotics, Walker, UBTech, Intuition Robotics, Temi, CES 2019, A Real Life Rosey, Elli Q

Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa

World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan

The world’s highest-valued artificial intelligence startup SenseTime has set foot in Japan. The Beijing-based firm announced on Friday that it just opened a self-driving facility in Joso, a historic city 50 kilometers away from Tokyo where it plans to conduct R&D and road test driverless vehicles. The initiative follows its agreement with Japanese auto giant Honda in 2017 to jointly work on autonomous driving technology. SenseTime, which is backed by Alibaba and last valued at more than $4.5 ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Japan, China, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automation, Alibaba, Transport, Tokyo, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Honda

Is Samsung getting serious about robotics?

A funny thing happened at Samsung’s CES press conference. After the PC news, 8K TVs and Bixby-sporting washing machines, the company announced “one more thing,” handing over a few brief moments to announce a robotics division, three new consumer and retail robots and a wearable exoskeleton. It was a pretty massive reveal in an extremely short space, and, quite frankly, raised far more questions than it answered. Within the broader context of a press conference, it’s often difficult to determi...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Robots, Lg, Robotics, Bixby, CES 2019

Taking a stroll with Samsung’s robotic exoskeleton

Samsung’s look but don’t touch policy left many wondering precisely how committed the company is to its new robots. On the other hand, the company was more than happy to let me take the GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivation System) spin. The line includes a trio of wearable exoskeletons, the A (ankle), H (hip) and K (knee). Each serve a different set of needs and muscles, but ultimately provide the same functions: walking assistant and resistance for helping wearers improve strength and balanc...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Robotics, CES 2019

Meet Caper, the AI self-checkout shopping cart

The Amazon boogie-man has every retailer scrambling for ways to fight back. But the cost and effort to install cameras all over the ceiling or into every shelf could block stores from entering the autonomous shopping era. Caper Labs wants to make eliminating checkout lines as easy as replacing their shopping carts while offering a more familiar experience for customers. The startup makes a shopping cart with a built-in barcode scanner and credit card swiper, but it’s finalizing the technology to...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Hardware, NYC, Funding, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Jp Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Payments

This Robot Doesn't Care If You Want to Buy It, But Maybe That's Why It'll Succeed

Home robots had a bad 2018, and compared to previous years, they’re not as visible on the ground at CES 2019, too. The robots that haven’t bit the dust tend to be of the “teach kids how to code” variety, or conceptual bots like the laundry folding FoldiMate that at this point are more CES perennials than likely…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ces, Robots, Robotics, Misty Robotics, CES 2019

CES Will Honor Your Innovation so Long as It Doesn't Fuck 

At this year’s CES Innovation Awards—the consumer electronic show’s “annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products”—a sex toy company was selected as an honoree in the Robotics and Drone category, only to have their award swiftly rescinded by the organization’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robotics, Sex Tech, CES 2019

Pritzker Group Venture Capital makes Nagar a partner

Pritzker Group Venture Capital said Jan. 9 that it promoted Sonia Nagar to partner, Ty Findley to vice president and Eric Duboe to senior associate. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pritzker Group Venture Capital (PGVC) announced today the promotions of Sonia Nagar to partner, Ty Findley to vice president and Eric Duboe to senior associate. The advanced roles will allow the trio to have a greater impact on the firm’s overall investment strategy and its work with early-stage entrepreneurs. “...
Tags: Verizon, Samsung, Trends, General Motors, People, Chicago, Robotics, Baylor University, GE Ventures, University Of Michigan, Midwest, Healthbox, Northwestern University, Eric, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Rael