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Baristas beware, Bbox cafe uses robots to brew your morning coffee

Want your morning coffee and pastry prepared by robot? Bbox, a new coffee shop in downtown Berkeley, California, lets customers place their order by app and then uses automation to take care of the rest. The post Baristas beware, Bbox cafe uses robots to brew your morning coffee appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Robots, Emerging Tech, Berkeley California


This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an early adopter. The idea for robotic construction comes from Melike Altinisik Architects, the Turkish firm that won a competition to design the museum. Their proposal took the form of an egg-lik...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Architecture, Robots, Korea, Robotics, Seoul, MAA, Robot Science Museum, Melike Altinisik Architects


Happy Robot Valentines Day

Day 1 of Sphero’s RVR pre-order campaign is off to a great start (> 1000 backers, > $250,000 in the first 24 hours.) It’s Day 2, but for some people in the tech world it’s always Day 1, so if you missed RVR, go take a look and jump in on the pre-order fun. I was on vacation during valentines day so I’m a little late. But, robot valentines day transcends time, especially since I love robots. Misty is shipping soon, but you can follow along and pre-order now. The post Happy Robo...
Tags: Investments, Trends, Robots, Sphero, Feld, Misty


This Robot Video Will Show You Why It’s So Hard To Predict The Future

If the threat of AI and Robots frightens you then you’re probably leaving out some very important math. If you’ve been following the work of Boston Dynamics (currently owned by Softbank) you’ve probably seen some of their four legged and wheeled robots which are able to navigate all sorts of obstacles and remain standing after ...
Tags: Technology, Softbank, Artificial Intelligence, Military, Drones, Robots, Innovation, Robotics, Boston Dynamics


Robot Assistants Available for Socially Awkward Couples

Japanese media company Cyber Agent and technology manufacturer Sharp have created innovative robotic matchmaking assistants for Japanese couples trying to get into the dating game. The robotic assistants are equipped with the participants’ personal profiles created via a survey consisting of 45 questions asked before the dating. The robots are tasked with working with the participants as […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Dating, Robots, Sharp, Anime


This Modular Sphero Bot Is a Big Step Toward More Customizable Robotics

You probably know Sphero best for licensed toys like the super-cute-but-now defunct BB-8 and other licensed bots. But its latest robot, the RVR (pronounced Rover) pushes forward with the company’s renewed focus on STEAM friendly robots, by adding a modular robot that can keep up with more advanced coders.Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Robots, Robotics, Hands On, Sphero, Consumer Tech, Beep Beep Rvr Coming Through


Remote-Controlled Probe Picks up Radioactive Debris at Fukushima for the First Time

Tepco, the state-owned operator of the badly damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, has conducted an important test in which a remote-controlled probe managed to grasp several small grains of radioactive debris, AFP reports. The successful operation marked an important achievement for the company as it prepares for a clean…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Disasters, Fukushima, First Time, Afp, Tepco, Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Meltdowns, Fukushima disaster


SXSW Startups: Hendrix.ai

The Forrest Four-Cast: February 14, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in Artificial Intelligence, which pitches at 11 am Sunday, March 10, Testfire Labs is an award-winning software company that uses machine learning and artificial int...
Tags: Startups, US, Startup, Data, Canada, Robots, Alberta, Edmonton, Sxsw, Hendrix, Hugh Forrest, Hilton Austin, Austin Startups, Artificial-intelligence, Cyndx Winners, Testfire Labs


Let’s not accidentally build depressed robots

In trying to keep up with the never-ending deluge of news about the forthcoming AI takeover of human society, a talk at a recent conference made me pause. For a moment, instead of having to consider whether the intelligent robots would liberate us or kill us (it’s only ever one of those two options, I find), I took a moment to worry about the machines themselves. The conference, a meeting of computer scientists and neuroscientists at New York University, was called “Canonical Computation in Brai...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Robots, Lisbon, New York University, Champalimaud Centre, Syndication, Zachary Mainen


Alan Watts was overzealous in his basic income prediction – but he wasn't wrong

Economist Robert Theobald coined the team 'basic living guarantee' in the 1960s.He believed that we were going to suffer problems because of an overabundance of resources.Philosopher Alan Watts spoke about the possibility of an economic utopia through a universal basic income. The perceived threat of labor-ending automation, a stratified elite class, and increasingly complex occupations have left some worried about the fate of their livelihoods and jobs. It's feared that a seemingly useless ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Wealth, Economics, Automation, Bill Gates, Robots, Innovation, Bob, Basic Income, Watts, Alan Watts, Theobald, Robert Theobald


Endeavor Robotics Goes for $385M in Deal with Oregon’s FLIR Systems

Endeavor Robotics, a military robot-maker based in Chelmsford, MA, is being bought by FLIR Systems for $385 million in cash, the companies announced Monday. Wilsonville, OR-based FLIR said the deal will bolster its growing unmanned systems business at a time when the U.S. military is increasingly planning on a robot-aided future.FLIR (NASDAQ: FLIR)—which primarily makes thermal imaging cameras and other sensors—is buying Endeavor from Arlington Capital Partners, the Maryland-based private equit...
Tags: Deals, Security, Maryland, Oregon, Boston, Defense, Sale, Trends, Tech, Robots, Portland, Infrared, Thermal Imaging, Flir, QinetiQ, Robotics


Endeavor Robotics Sold for $385M in Deal with Oregon’s FLIR Systems

Endeavor Robotics, a military robot-maker based in Chelmsford, MA, is being bought by FLIR Systems for $385 million in cash, the companies announced Monday. Wilsonville, OR-based FLIR said the deal will bolster its growing unmanned systems business at a time when the U.S. military is increasingly planning on a robot-aided future.FLIR (NASDAQ: FLIR)—which primarily makes thermal imaging cameras and other sensors—is buying Endeavor from Arlington Capital Partners, the Maryland-based private equit...
Tags: Deals, Security, Startups, Maryland, Oregon, Boston, Defense, Sale, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Robots, Portland, Venture Capital, Private Equity


This oddball Japanese robot will fold your clothes and do your laundry

Hate doing your own laundry? A Japanese robotics startup, Mira Robotics, created a telepresence robot which lets you hire another person to remotely fold your clothes for you through the machine. The post This oddball Japanese robot will fold your clothes and do your laundry appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Robots, Smart Home, Telepresence, Emerging Tech, Robotic Telepresence, Mira Robotics


March of the robots

Photo by Steve Wheeler Anyone who has ever attended the BETT Show will tell you it is vast, chaotic and very commercial. The latter is inevitable, because BETT is a free-entry event, and someone has to pay to make sure the four day education show happens. BETT was bigger than ever this year, with more vendors and more visitors, overspilling into an additional space across the corridor from the usual trade show venue.As I wandered around the show this year, skilfully sidestepping the min...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Learning, Education, Teachers, Robots, Schools, eLearning, Classroom, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, BETT2019, VEX Robotics, Seymour Papert Mitch Resnick


C.H.E.R.Y./L. the Robot Is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Unsung Hero

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has come to an end, and it’s time to celebrate its underappreciated hero.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Surveillance, Netflix, Robots, Streaming, Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy Schmidt, Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, Elise Mestichelli


This robot plays Jenga to demonstrate the future of manufacturing

MIT researchers developed a robot that can play Jenga based on a novel approach to machine learning that synthesizes sight and touch. From MIT News: Alberto Rodriguez, the Walter Henry Gale Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, says the robot demonstrates something that’s been tricky to attain in previous systems: the ability to quickly learn the best way to carry out a task, not just from visual cues, as it is commonly studied today, b...
Tags: Video, Games, Technology, News, Mit, Robots, Career Development, Manufacturing, Robotics, Jenga, Alberto Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Walter Henry Gale


This walking microrobot is smaller than an ant's head

The 3D-printed robot above weighs just one milligram and is only 2.5mm at its longest point. Designed by University of Maryland mechanical engineer Ryan St. Pierre and his colleagues, it is likely the smallest walking robot in the world. Video of the microbot scurrying along is below. From IEEE Spectrum: Like its predecessors, this robot is far too small for traditional motors or electronics. Its legs are controlled by external magnetic fields acting on tiny cubic magnets embedded in the rob...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Robots, Robotics, University Of Maryland, Microrobots, Microrobotics, Ryan St Pierre


Block party: scientists celebrate robot that can play Jenga

MIT researchers develop machine with physical skills needed to master children’s gameThe humble game of Jenga has become the latest human pursuit to fall to machines, scientists have announced.In what marks significant progress for robotic manipulation of real-world objects, a Jenga-playing machine can learn the complex physics involved in withdrawing wooden blocks from a tower through physical trial and error. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, World news, Mit, Robots, Mit - Massachusetts Institute Of Technology


Touchy, Feely Robots Have Learned to Play Jenga As Well As Humans Can

A steady hand is needed to play a game like Jenga without toppling the tower, but being a successful block-stacker also requires a fine-tuned sense of touch as you try to find the perfect piece to remove. Until recently it meant robots relying solely on visual data weren’t actually great at playing Jenga (yay,…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Learning, Research, Mit, Robots, Board Games, Jenga, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Nima Fazeli


iRobot's New Robot Lawn Mower Sure Looks Like It'll Piss Off Your Neighbors

After years of rumors, iRobot’s finally announced its robot lawnmower: the Terra. Now, instead of getting up early and mowing and annoying the neighbors, you can sleep in and let the robot do it for you. On top of being able to mow your lawn, it seems the Terra will borrow quite a few features from iRobot’s successful…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Robots, Irobot, Consumer Tech, Robot Lawn Mower


Ancient civilizations' fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology." It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots. From Mayor's interview at Princeton University Press: Who first imagined the concept of robots? Most historians of science trace the first automa...
Tags: Post, Books, Science, News, Stanford, History, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Mythology, Robots, Classics, Ai, Princeton University Press, Jason, Folklore, Buddha


Tentacle-like robotic vines exist. We’re not sure if we’re excited or terrified

Researchers from Italy’s Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have developed the world's first tendril-inspired soft robot that is able to climb and curl like plants. Check it out in action. The post Tentacle-like robotic vines exist. We’re not sure if we’re excited or terrified appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Italy, Robots, Emerging Tech, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Soft Robots


A robot called Stan aims to take the stress out of airport parking

Stan is an autonomous valet parking robot that saves drivers time at an airport and helps parking lots to increase capacity. A trial of the technology will take place this summer at Gatwick, one of the U.K.'s busiest airports. The post A robot called Stan aims to take the stress out of airport parking appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Robots, Gatwick, Robotics, Emerging Tech, Stan, Stanley Robotics


Britain's Gatwick Airport Is Experimenting With Robot Valets to Park Cars

If there’s one driving job I think I’d be fine with giving up to a robot, it’s finding a place to park in a colossal, jam-packed parking lot or parking deck. That’s not really where driving enjoyment lives. Read more...
Tags: Science, Britain, Robots, Autonomous Cars, Car Tech, Gatwick Airport


Is this thing on? Robot comedians | Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber chats to roboticist Heather Knight about why she builds performing robots. What can cyborg cabaret and robot standups teach us about human-robot interaction?This week, Jordan Erica Webber chats to a computer scientist who programs robots to help them become more likeable, making it easier for humans to welcome them at work or at home.Heather Knight directs the Charisma* Robotics Lab, whose goal is to borrow methods from the performing arts to produce more charismatic robots. ...
Tags: Comedy, Technology, Robots, Heather Knight, Jordan Erica Webber, Charisma Robotics Lab, Marilyn Monrobot


Tiny medical microrobots can shape-shift to navigate through your insides

Researchers have developed microrobots that are able to change shape to better navigate around the inside of the human body. They could one day be used for delivering drugs or performing surgery. The post Tiny medical microrobots can shape-shift to navigate through your insides appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Robots, Health & Fitness, Emerging Tech


Japan’s robot hotel replaces robots

Machines might be putting humans out of work around the world, but hotel staff should be safe for a while. Japan’s Henn-na Hotel — or Weird Hotel — was the world’s first hotel run mostly by robots, but it has recently had to cull half of its robot workforce. The hotel, which opened in 2015, employed 243 robots — some of which resembled dinosaurs — to manage every aspect of the hospitality experience, including check-in, luggage carrying, concierge, and even in-room robot assistants. But the ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Siri, Robots, Accommodations, All, Henn, Yoshihisa Ishikawa


Amazon puts delivery robots on streets – with a human in tow

Six-wheeled robots launching in US can autonomously follow route and dodge pedestriansAmazon’s drone delivery service may be missing in action but the company has not given up on its dream of robots delivering parcels.It is launching Amazon Scout, a service employing six squat six-wheeled delivery robots, across Snohomish County, Washington, just north of its Seattle HQ. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, US, World news, E-commerce, US news, Robots, Washington State, Seattle, Snohomish County Washington, Amazon Scout


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


Sony Gives Aibo a New Paint Job and Plans to Teach It Some Home Security Tricks

Resurrected back in 2017, Sony’s robotic dog Aibo made a big splash at CES 2018, but there wasn’t much fanfare for the pup at Sony’s CES booth this year. A few weeks later, however, Sony has announced a new version of the robotic companion featuring a beagle-inspired tri-color paint job, and some new tricks that…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Dogs, Pets, Tech, Robots, Sony, Consumer Tech, Aibo, Sony Gives Aibo