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What Makes Us Superior To Robots When It Comes To Common Intelligence?

The debate about man vs robots is an evergreen and common thing now. While robots are viewed as an enabler of a dystopian future brought by digital disruption, the main question that has baffled minds is how smart are they. When it comes to human intelligence, there isn’t any other living being or ‘mechanical or AI mind’ that can draw parallel with us. Yet, robots powered by AI have been able to perform trivial, monotonous tasks with accuracy far better than us. It is important to note that this does not imply robots have acquired cognitive intelligence nor common sense which are intrinsic to humans, despite de facto of the recent marvels of robotics.

The main problem is that most of the algorithms that are written for robots are based on machine learning coding. These codes are collected from a particular type of data, and models are trained based on individual test conditions. Hence, when put in a situation that is not in their code nor algorithm, robots can fail terribly or draw a conclusion that can be catastrophic. This has highlighted in Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie features a supercomputer, HAL-9000, who is informed by its creators of the purpose of the mission: to reach Jupiter and search for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence. When HAL makes an error, it refuses to admit this and alleges that it was caused due to human error. Therefore, astronauts decide to shut HAL down, but unfortunately, the AI discovers their plot by lip-reading. Conclusively, HAL arrives at a new conclusion that wasn’t part of its original programming, deciding to save itself by systematically killing off the people onboard.

Another illustration which experts often mention it that, while we can teach a robot on how to open a door by training it and feeding data on 500 different types of door, the robots will still fail when asked to open the 501st door. Also, this example is the best way to explain why robots don’t share the typical thought process and intelligence of humans. Humans don’t need to be ‘trained’ they observe and learn, or they experiment thanks to curiosity. Further, every time someone knocks the door, we don’t tend to open it, there is always an unfriendly neighbor we dislike. Again we don’t need to be reminded to lock the door either, but robots need a clear set of instruction. Let us consider other aspects of our life, robots and AI are trained on a particular set of data; hence they will function effectively when the input is something they have been trained or programmed for, beyond it the observation is different. For instance, if one uses the expression “Hit the road” while driving a car, she means to say to herself or the driver to begin the journey emphatically. If a robot does not know the phrasal meaning of the same expression, it may believe that the person is asking to ‘hit’ the road. This misunderstanding can lead to accidents. While researchers are working hard, devising algorithms, running codes, we are yet to see a robot that understands the way humans converse, all with accents, dialects, colloquy and jargons.

Michio Kaku, a futurist and theoretical physicist, once said that “Our robots today, have the collective intelligence and wisdom of a cockroach.” While robots of today can make salads on our command, or robots like Deep Blue or AlphaGo Zero can defeat humans in chess, it does not necessarily qualify as ‘common sense’ nor smartness. And let us not forget that Deep Blue and AlphaGo Zero were following instructions given by a team of ‘smart’ human scientists. These robots were designed by people who were smart enough to solve a seemingly impossible task. So to sum up, while robots are becoming smarter that, they are now able to fold laundry, impersonate as a person looking for dating online, they still lag when it comes to cognitive intelligence and common sense. It is a long wait till we find a robot we see in sci-fi movies, i.e. C3P0, R2D2 or WALL-E.

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Experiments reveal why human-like robots elicit uncanny feelings


Androids, or robots with humanlike features, are often more appealing to people than those that resemble machines—but only up to a certain point. Many people experience an uneasy feeling in response to robots that are nearly lifelike, and yet somehow not quite "right." The feeling of affinity can plunge into one of repulsion as a robot's human likeness increases, a zone known as "the uncanny valley."

The journal Perception published new insights into the cognitive mechanisms underlying this phenomenon made by psychologists at Emory University.

Since the uncanny valley was first described, a common hypothesis developed to explain it. Known as the mind-perception theory, it proposes that when people see a  with human-like features, they automatically add a mind to it. A growing sense that a machine appears to have a mind leads to the creepy feeling, according to this theory.

"We found that the opposite is true," says Wang Shensheng, first author of the new study, who did the work as a graduate student at Emory and recently received his Ph.D. in psychology. "It's not the first step of attributing a mind to an  but the next step of 'dehumanizing' it by subtracting the idea of it having a mind that leads to the uncanny valley. Instead of just a one-shot process, it's a dynamic one."

The findings have implications for both the design of robots and for understanding how we perceive one another as humans.

"Robots are increasingly entering the social domain for everything from education to healthcare," Wang says. "How we perceive them and relate to them is important both from the standpoint of engineers and psychologists."

"At the core of this research is the question of what we perceive when we look at a face," adds Philippe Rochat, Emory professor of psychology and senior author of the study. "It's probably one of the most important questions in psychology. The ability to perceive the minds of others is the foundation of human relationships. "

The research may help in unraveling the mechanisms involved in mind-blindness—the inability to distinguish between humans and machines—such as in cases of extreme autism or some psychotic disorders, Rochat says.

Co-authors of the study include Yuk Fai Cheong and Daniel Dilks, both associate professors of psychology at Emory.

Anthropomorphizing, or projecting human qualities onto objects, is common. "We often see faces in a cloud for instance," Wang says. "We also sometimes anthropomorphize machines that we're trying to understand, like our cars or a computer."

Naming one's car or imagining that a cloud is an animated being, however, is not normally associated with an uncanny feeling, Wang notes. That led him to hypothesize that something other than just anthropomorphizing may occur when viewing an android.

To tease apart the potential roles of mind-perception and dehumanization in the  phenomenon the researchers conducted experiments focused on the temporal dynamics of the process. Participants were shown three types of images—human faces, mechanical-looking robot faces and android faces that closely resembled humans—and asked to rate each for perceived animacy or "aliveness." The exposure times of the images were systematically manipulated, within milliseconds, as the participants rated their animacy.

The results showed that perceived animacy decreased significantly as a function of exposure time for android faces but not for mechanical-looking robot or human faces. And in android faces, the perceived animacy drops at between 100 and 500 milliseconds of viewing time. That timing is consistent with previous research showing that people begin to distinguish between human and artificial faces around 400 milliseconds after stimulus onset.

A second set of experiments manipulated both the exposure time and the amount of detail in the images, ranging from a minimal sketch of the features to a fully blurred image. The results showed that removing details from the images of the android faces decreased the perceived animacy along with the perceived uncanniness.

"The whole process is complicated but it happens within the blink of an eye," Wang says. "Our results suggest that at first sight we anthropomorphize an android, but within milliseconds we detect deviations and dehumanize it. And that drop in perceived animacy likely contributes to the uncanny feeling."

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A robot that controls highly flexible tools


RoboCut is also able to carve hearts. 

How do you calculate the coordinated movements of two robot arms so they can accurately guide a highly flexible tool? ETH researchers have integrated all aspects of the optimisation calculations into an algorithm. A hot-wire cutter will be used, among other things, to develop building blocks for a mortar-free structure.

A newborn moves its arms and hands largely in an undirected and random manner. It has to learn how to coordinate them step by step. Years of practice are required to master the finely balanced movements of a violinist or calligrapher. It is therefore no surprise that the advanced calculations for the optimal movement of two robot arms to guide a tool precisely involve extremely challenging optimisation tasks. The complexity also increases greatly when the tool itself is not rigid, but flexible in all directions and bends differently depending on its position and movement.

Simon Dünser from Stelian Coros' research group at the Institute for Intelligent Interactive Systems has worked with other researchers to develop a hot- cutter robot with a wire that bends flexibly as it works. This allows it to create much more  in significantly fewer cuts than previous systems, where the electrically heatable wire is rigid and is thus only able to cut ruled surfaces from fusible plastics with a straight line at every point.

Carving rabbits and designing façades

In contrast, the RoboCut from the ETH computer scientists is not limited to planes, cylinders, cones or saddle surfaces, but is also able to create grooves in a plastic block. The biggest advantage, however, is that the targeted bending of the wire means far fewer cuts are necessary than if the target shape had to be approximated using ruled surfaces. As a result, the bendable wire can be used to create the figure of a sitting rabbit from a polystyrene block through just ten cuts with wood carving-like accuracy. The outline of the rabbit becomes clearly recognizable after just two cuts.

In addition to the fundamental improvement on traditional hot-wire methods, the RoboCut project also has other specific application goals in mind. For example, in future the technology could be used in architecture to produce individual polystyrene molds for concrete parts. This would enable a more varied design of façades and the development of new types of modular building systems.

Three linked optimisations simultaneously

For Dünser, the scientific challenges were the focus of the project. "The complex optimisation calculations are what make RoboCut special. These are needed to find the most efficient tool paths possible while melting the desired shape from the polystyrene block as precisely as possible," explains the scientist.

ETH computer scientists have developed a hot-wire cutting robot that guides highly flexible tools so precisely that it is able to carve a rabbit. Credit: ETH Zürich / The Computational Robotics Lab

In order to move the wire in a controlled manner, it was attached to a two-armed Yumi robot from ABB. First, the reaction of the wire to the movements of the  had to be calculated. Positions that would lead to unstable wire placement or where there was a risk of wire breakage were determined by means of simulations and then eliminated.

ETH researchers were then able to develop the actual optimisation on this basis. This had to take into account three linked aspects simultaneously. On the physical level, it was important to predict the controlled bending and movement of the wire in order to carry out the desired cuts. In terms of the shape, a cutting sequence had to be determined that would effect a highly precise approximation of the surface to the target shape in as few steps as possible. Finally, collisions with robot parts or its environment and unintentional cuts had to be ruled out.

Preventing bad minima

Dünser is one of the first scientists to succeed in integrating all the parameters in this complex task into a global optimisation algorithm. To do this, he designed a structured methodology based on the primary objective that the wire should always cut as close as possible to the surface of the target object. All other restrictions were then assigned costs and these were optimized as a total.

Without further devices, however, such calculations always fall into local minima, which lead to a pointless end result. To prevent this, in a first step Dünser ironed out the cost function, so to speak, and began the calculation with a cut that was initially only roughly adapted to the target shape. The cutting simulation was then gradually brought closer towards the target shape until the desired accuracy was achieved.

Method with versatile potential

The method developed by Dünser is not just limited to hot-wire cutting. The design of tool paths for other cutting and milling technologies could also benefit from it in the future. The method creates a much greater degree of scope for simulation, particularly in the generation of complex non-rotationally symmetrical shapes.

Electrical discharge machining with wires could benefit directly from this, as this technology enables high-precision cutting of electrically conductive materials via spark ablation. In the future, this could involve bendable electrode wires. This means that—as with the hot-wire cutting of plastics—more complicated and thus more efficient cuts can be made more easily than with today's rigid wires.

One specific application for RoboCut is being planned jointly with a research group from EPF Lausanne. With the help of a large-scale version of the hot-wire cutting robot, systematic  for building structures free of mortar and fastening technologies will be developed. The elements themselves must hold together in a stable manner. In the future, the robot should also be used to cut the polystyrene molds with which the various bricks are cast in concrete. The clever plastic cutter thus also creates the concrete construction technology of tomorrow.

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First-of-a-kind electronic skin mimics human pain response


Electronic skins that perform the same sensory functions as human skin could mean big things for the fields of robotics and medical devices, and scientists are not solely focused on just the pleasant ones. Researchers in Australia have succeeded in developing an artificial skin that responds to painful stimuli in the same way real skin does, which they see as an important step towards intelligent machines and prosthetics.

It mightn’t seem like the most practical of goals, but researchers have been working to develop electronic skins that allow robots and prostheses to feel pain for quite some time. These technologies could enable amputees to know if they are picking up something sharp or dangerous, for example, or could make robots more durable and safer for humans to be around.

The researchers behind the latest breakthrough, from Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, believe they have created a first of-a-kind device that can replicate the feedback loop of painful stimuli in unprecedented detail. Just as nerve signals travel to the brain at warp speed to inform it that we've encountered something sharp or hot, the new artificial skin does so with great efficiency, and with an ability to distinguish between less and more severe forms of pain.

“We’ve essentially created the first electronic somatosensors – replicating the key features of the body’s complex system of neurons, neural pathways and receptors that drive our perception of sensory stimuli,” says PhD researcher Md Ataur Rahman. “While some existing technologies have used electrical signals to mimic different levels of pain, these new devices can react to real mechanical pressure, temperature and pain, and deliver the right electronic response. It means our artificial skin knows the difference between gently touching a pin with your finger or accidentally stabbing yourself with it – a critical distinction that has never been achieved before electronically.”

The artificial skin actually incorporates three separate sensing technologies the team has been working on. It consists of a stretchable electronic material made of biocompatible silicone that is as thin as a sticker, temperature-reactive coatings that transform in response to heat, and electronic memory cells designed to mimic the way the brain stores information.

“We’re sensing things all the time through the skin but our pain response only kicks in at a certain point, like when we touch something too hot or too sharp,” says lead researcher Professor Madhu Bhaskaran. “No electronic technologies have been able to realistically mimic that very human feeling of pain – until now. Our artificial skin reacts instantly when pressure, heat or cold reach a painful threshold. It’s a critical step forward in the future development of the sophisticated feedback systems that we need to deliver truly smart prosthetics and intelligent robotics.”

With further work, the team imagines the electronic skin could one day also be used as an option for non-invasive skin grafts.

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A technique allows robots to determine whether they are able to lift a heavy box


Humanoid robots, those with bodies that resemble humans, could soon help people to complete a wide variety of tasks. Many of the tasks that these robots are designed to complete involve picking up objects of different shapes, weights and sizes.

While many humanoid robots developed up to date are capable of picking up small and light objects, lifting bulky or heavy objects has often proved to be more challenging. In fact, if an  is too large or heavy, a robot might end up breaking or dropping it.

With this in mind, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and National University of Singapore (NUS) recently developed a technique that allows robots to determine whether or not they will be able to lift a heavy box with unknown physical properties. This technique, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, could enable the development of robots that can lift objects more efficiently, reducing the risk that they will pick up things that they cannot support or carry.

"We were particularly interested in how a humanoid robot can reason about the feasibility of lifting a box with unknown physical parameters," Yuanfeng Han, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore."To achieve such a complex , the robot usually needs to first identify the physical parameters of the box, then generate a whole body motion trajectory that is safe and stable to lift up the box."

The process through which a robot generates motion trajectories that allow it to lift objects can be computationally demanding. In fact, humanoid robots typically have a high amount of degrees of freedom and the motion that their body needs to make to lift an object should meet several different constraints. This means that if a box is too heavy or its center of mass is too far away from the robot, the robot will most likely be unable to complete this motion.

"Think about us humans, when we try to reason about whether we can lift up a heavy object, such as a dumbbell," Han explained. "We first interact with the dumbbell to get a certain feeling of the object. Then, based on our previous experience, we kind of know if it is too heavy for us to lift or not. Similarly, our method starts by constructing a trajectory table, which saves different valid lifting motions for the robot corresponding to a range of physical parameters of the box using simulations. Then the robot considers this table as the knowledge of its previous experience."

The technique developed by Han, in collaboration with his colleague Ruixin Li and his supervisor Gregory S. Chirikjian (Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS) allows a robot to get a sense of the inertia parameters of a box after briefly interacting with it. Subsequently, the robot looks back at the trajectory table generated by the method and checks whether it includes a lifting motion that would allow it to lift a box with these estimated parameters.

If this motion or trajectory exists, then lifting the box is considered to be feasible and the robot can immediately complete the task. If it does not exist, then the robot considers the task beyond its capacity.

"Essentially, the trajectory table that our method constructs offline saves the valid whole-body lifting motion trajectories according to a box's range of inertia parameters," Han said. "Subsequently, we developed a physical-interaction based algorithm that helps the  interact with the box safely and estimate the inertia parameters of the box."

The new technique allows robots to rapidly determine whether they are able to complete a lifting-related task. It thus saves time and computational power, as it prevents robots from having to generate whole-body motions before every lifting attempt, even unsuccessful ones.

Han and his colleagues evaluated the approach they developed in a series of tests using NAO, a renowned  developed by SoftBank Robotics. In these trials, NEO quickly and effectively identified objects that were impossible or very difficult to lift via the new technique. In the future, the same technique could be applied to other humanoid robots to make them more reliable and efficient in completing tasks that involve lifting large or heavy objects.

"Our method can significantly increase the working efficiency for practical pick-and-place tasks, especially for repeatable tasks," Han said. "In our future work, we plan to apply our approach to different objects or lifting tasks."

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 Human-Centered Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing quickly as an unbelievably amazing innovation with apparently limitless application. It has shown its capacity to automate routine tasks, for example, our everyday drive, while likewise augmenting human capacity with new insight. Consolidating human imagination and creativity with the adaptability of machine learning is propelling our insight base and comprehension at a remarkable pace.

However, with extraordinary power comes great responsibility. In particular, AI raises worries on numerous fronts because of its possibly disruptive effect. These apprehensions incorporate workforce uprooting, loss of protection, potential biases in decision-making and lack of control over automated systems and robots. While these issues are noteworthy, they are likewise addressable with the correct planning, oversight, and governance.

Numerous artificial intelligence systems that will come into contact with people should see how people behave and what they need. This will make them more valuable and furthermore more secure to utilize. There are at least two manners by which understanding people can benefit intelligent systems. To start with, the intelligent system must gather what an individual needs. For a long time to come, we will design AI frameworks that get their directions and objectives from people. However, people don’t always state precisely what they mean. Misunderstanding a person’s intent can result in perceived failure. Second, going past just failing to comprehend human speech or written language, consider the fact that entirely perceived directions can result in disappointment if part of the guidelines or objectives are implicit or understood.

Human-centered AI is likewise in acknowledgment of the fact that people can be similarly inscrutable to intelligent systems. When we consider intelligent frameworks understanding people, we generally consider normal language and speech processing whether an intelligent system can react suitably to utterances. Natural language processing, speech processing, and activity recognition are significant challenges in building helpful, intelligent systems. To be really effective, AI and ML systems need a theory of mind about humans.

Responsible AI research is a rising field that advocates for better practices and techniques in deploying machine learning models. The objective is to build trust while at the same time limiting potential risks not exclusively to the organizations deploying these models, yet additionally the users they serve.

Responsible AI is a structure for bringing a large number of these basic practices together. It centers around guaranteeing the ethical, transparent and accountable use of AI technologies in a way predictable with user expectations, authoritative qualities and cultural laws and standards. Responsible AI can guard against the utilization of one-sided information or algorithms, guarantee that automated decisions are advocated and reasonable, and help keep up user trust and individual privacy. By giving clear rules of engagement, responsible AI permits companies under public and congressional scrutiny to improve and understand the groundbreaking capability of AI that is both convincing and responsible.

Human-centric machine learning is one of the more significant concepts in the business to date. Leading organizations, for example, Stanford and MIT are setting up labs explicitly to encourage this science. MIT defines this concept as “the design, development and deployment of information systems that learn from and collaborate with humans in a deep, significant way.”

The future of work is frequently depicted as being dominated by a robotic apparatus and a large number of algorithms claiming to be people. However, actually AI adoption has been to a great extent planned for making processes more effective, upgrading products and services and making new products and services as per Deloitte’s recent study of corporate executives, who evaluated decreasing headcount as their least significant objective.

It is inconsequential to set up common sense failures in robotics and autonomous operators. For example, a robot goes to a drug store and gets a professionally prescribed medication. Since the human is sick, the individual might want the robot to return as fast as possible. If the robot goes directly to the drug store, goes behind the counter, gets the medication, and gets back, it will have succeeded and minimized execution time and money. We would likewise say it looted the drug store since it didn’t take an interest in the social construct of exchanging money for the product.

Commonsense knowledge, the procedural form of which can go about as a reason for the theory of mind for when interacting with humans, can make human collaboration more natural. Despite the fact that ML and AI decision-making algorithms work uniquely from human decision-making, the behavior of the framework is subsequently more conspicuous to individuals. It likewise makes interaction with individuals more secure: it can decrease common sense goal failures in light of the fact that the operator fills in an under-determined objective with commonsense procedural details; and a specialist that demonstrations as per a person’s expectations will inherently avoid conflict with an individual who is applying their theory of mind of human behavior to intelligent agents.

Artificial intelligence in radiology, for instance, can rapidly draw attention to discoveries as well as highlight the significantly more unpretentious areas that probably won’t be readily caught by the human eye. Responsible AI human-centricity becomes an integral factor when doctors and patients, not machines, settle on an ultimate decision on treatment. All things considered, augmenting medical professionals with deep quantitative insight furnishes them with priceless data to factor into the decision.

By keeping humans tuned in, organizations can all the more likely decide the degree of automation and augmentation they need and control a definitive impact of AI on their workforce. Therefore, companies can hugely mitigate their risk and build up a more profound comprehension of what kinds of circumstances might be the most challenging for their  AI deployments and machine learning applications.

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How Is Artificial Intelligence Used in Analytics?

 How Is Artificial Intelligence Used in Analytics?

Analytics powers your marketing program, but how much value are you really getting out of your data?

Artificial intelligence can help.

AI is a collection of technologies that excel at extracting insights and patterns from large sets of data, then making predictions based on that information.

That includes your analytics data from places like Google Analytics, automation platforms, content management systems, CRMs, and more.

In fact, AI exists today that can help you get much more value out of the data you already have, unify that data, and actually make predictions about customer behaviors based on it.

That sounds great. But how do you actually get started?

This article is here to help you take your first step.

At Marketing AI Institute, we’ve spent years researching and applying AI. Since 2016, we've published more than 400 articles on the subject. And we've published stories on 50+ AI-powered vendors with more than $1 billion in total funding. We’re also tracking 1,500+ sales and marketing AI companies with combined funding north of $6.2 billion.

This article leans on that expertise to demystify AI.

And, it'll give you ideas on how to use AI for analytics and offer some tools to explore further.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Ask 10 different experts what AI is, and you'll get 10 different answers. A good definition comes from Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, an AI company that Google bought.

Hassabis calls AI the "science of making machines smart." Today, we can teach machines to be like humans. We can give them the ability to see, hear, speak, write, and move.

Your smartphone has tons of AI-powered capabilities. These include facial recognition that unlocks your phone with your face (AI that sees). They also include voice assistants (AI that hears and speaks). And, don't forget, predictive text (AI that writes).

Other types of AI systems even give machines the ability to move, like you see in self-driving cars.

Your favorite services, like Amazon and Netflix, use AI to offer product recommendations.

And email clients like Gmail even use AI to automatically write parts of emails for you.

In fact, you probably use AI every day, no matter where you work or what you do.

"Machine learning" powers AI's most impressive capabilities. Machine learning is a type of AI that identifies patterns based on large sets of data. The machine uses these patterns to make predictions. Then, it uses more and more data to improve those predictions over time.

The result?

Technology powered by machine learning gets better over time, often without human involvement.

This is very different from traditional software.

A typical non-AI system, like your accounting software, relies on human inputs to work. The system is hard-coded with rules by people. Then, it follows those rules exactly to help you do your taxes. The system only improves if human programmers improve it.

But machine learning tools can improve on their own. This improvement comes from a machine assessing its own performance and new data.

For instance, an AI tool exists that writes email subject lines for you. Humans train the tool's machine learning using samples of a company's marketing copy. But then the tool drafts its own email subject lines. Split-testing occurs, then the machine learns on its own what to improve based on the results. Over time, the machine gets better and better with little human involvement. This unlocks possibly unlimited performance potential.

Now, imagine this power applied to any piece of marketing technology that uses data. AI can actually make everything, from ads to analytics to content, more intelligent.

How Is AI Used in Analytics?

Here are just a few of the top use cases we’ve found for artificial intelligence in analytics today.

1. Find new insights from your analytics.

Artificial intelligence excels at finding insights and patterns in large datasets that humans just can't see. It also does this at scale and at speed.

Today, AI-powered tools exist that will answer questions you ask about your website data. (Think "Which channel had the highest conversion rate?") AI can also recommend actions based on opportunities its seeing in your analytics.

Some tools to check out here include:

Google Analytics' Analytics IntelligenceKeyenceAdobe Analytics2. Use analytics to predict outcomes.

AI systems exist that use analytics data to help you predict outcomes and successful courses of action.

AI-powered systems can analyze data from hundreds of sources and offer predictions about what works and what doesn't. It can also can deep dive into data about your customers and offer predictions about consumer preferences, product development, and marketing channels.



3. Unify analytics and customer data.

AI is also used to unify data across platforms. That includes using the speed and scale of AI to pull together all your customer data into a single, unified view. AI is also capable of unifying data across different sources, even hard-to-track ones like call data. 

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What's the Difference Between Robotics and Artificial Intelligence?

 It is Robotics part of AI? Is AI part of robotics? What is the difference between the two terms? We answer this fundamental question.

Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) serve very different purposes. However, people often get them mixed up. 

A lot of people wonder if robotics is a subset of artificial intelligence. Others wonder if they are the same thing.

Since the first version of this article, which we published back in 2017, the question has gotten even more confusing. The rise in the use of the word "robot" in recent years to mean any sort of automation has cast even more doubt on how robotics and AI fit together (more on this at the end of the article).  

It's time to put things straight once and for all. 


Are robotics and artificial intelligence the same thing?

The first thing to clarify is that robotics and artificial intelligence are not the same things at all. In fact, the two fields are almost entirely separate.

A Venn diagram of the two fields would look like this:


As you can see, there is one area small where the two fields overlap: Artificially Intelligent Robots. It is within this overlap that people sometimes confuse the two concepts. 

To understand how these three terms relate to each other, let's look at each of them individually.

What is robotics?

Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with physical robots. Robots are programmable machines that are usually able to carry out a series of actions autonomously, or semi-autonomously.

In my opinion, there are three important factors which constitute a robot:

Robots interact with the physical world via sensors and actuators.Robots are programmable.Robots are usually autonomous or semi-autonomous.

I say that robots are "usually" autonomous because some robots aren't. Telerobots, for example, are entirely controlled by a human operator but telerobotics is still classed as a branch of robotics. This is one example where the definition of robotics is not very clear.

It is surprisingly difficult to get experts to agree on exactly what constitutes a "robot." Some people say that a robot must be able to "think" and make decisions. However, there is no standard definition of "robot thinking." Requiring a robot to "think" suggests that it has some level of artificial intelligence but the many non-intelligent robots that exist show that thinking cannot be a requirement for a robot. 

However you choose to define a robot, robotics involves designing, building and programming physical robots which are able to interact with the physical world. Only a small part of robotics involves artificial intelligence.

Example of a robot: Basic cobot

A simple collaborative robot (cobot) is a perfect example of a non-intelligent robot.

For example, you can easily program a cobot to pick up an object and place it elsewhere. The cobot will then continue to pick and place objects in exactly the same way until you turn it off. This is an autonomous function because the robot does not require any human input after it has been programmed. The task does not require any intelligence because the cobot will never change what it is doing. 

Most industrial robots are non-intelligent. 

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science. It involves developing computer programs to complete tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence. AI algorithms can tackle learning, perception, problem-solving, language-understanding and/or logical reasoning.

AI is used in many ways within the modern world. For example, AI algorithms are used in Google searches, Amazon's recommendation engine, and GPS route finders. Most AI programs are not used to control robots. 

Even when AI is used to control robots, the AI algorithms are only part of the larger robotic system, which also includes sensors, actuators, and non-AI programming. 

Often — but not always — AI involves some level of machine learning, where an algorithm is "trained" to respond to a particular input in a certain way by using known inputs and outputs. We discuss machine learning in our article Robot Vision vs Computer Vision: What's the Difference?

The key aspect that differentiates AI from more conventional programming is the word "intelligence." Non-AI programs simply carry out a defined sequence of instructions. AI programs mimic some level of human intelligence. 

Example of a pure AI: AlphaGo

One of the most common examples of pure AI can be found in games. The classic example of this is chess, where the AI Deep Blue beat world champion, Gary Kasparov, in 1997.

A more recent example is AlphaGo, an AI which beat Lee Sedol the world champion Go player, in 2016. There were no robotic elements to AlphaGo. The playing pieces were moved by a human who watched the robot's moves on a screen. 

What are Artificially Intelligent Robots?

Artificially intelligent robots are the bridge between robotics and AI. These are robots that are controlled by AI programs.

Most robots are not artificially intelligent. Up until quite recently, all industrial robots could only be programmed to carry out a repetitive series of movements which, as we have discussed, do not require artificial intelligence. However, non-intelligent robots are quite limited in their functionality.

AI algorithms are necessary when you want to allow the robot to perform more complex tasks.

warehousing robot might use a path-finding algorithm to navigate around the warehouse. A drone might use autonomous navigation to return home when it is about to run out of battery. A self-driving car might use a combination of AI algorithms to detect and avoid potential hazards on the road. These are all examples of artificially intelligent robots. 

Example: Artificially intelligent cobot

You could extend the capabilities of a collaborative robot by using AI.

Imagine you wanted to add a camera to your cobot. Robot vision comes under the category of "perception" and usually requires AI algorithms.

Say that you wanted the cobot to detect the object it was picking up and place it in a different location depending on the type of object. This would involve training a specialized vision program to recognize the different types of objects. One way to do this is by using an AI algorithm called Template Matching, which we discuss in our article How Template Matching Works in Robot Vision.

In general, most artificially intelligent robots only use AI in one particular aspect of their operation. In our example, AI is only used in object detection. The robot's movements are not really controlled by AI (though the output of the object detector does influence its movements). 

Where it all gets confusing…

As you can see, robotics and artificial intelligence are really two separate things.

Robotics involves building robots physical whereas AI involves programming intelligence.

However, there is one area where everything has got rather confusing since I first wrote this article: software robots.

Why software robots are not robots

The term "software robot" refers to a type of computer program which autonomously operates to complete a virtual task. Examples include:

Search engine "bots" — aka "web crawlers." These roam the internet, scanning websites and categorizing them for search. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) — These have somewhat hijacked the word "robot" in the past few years, as I explained in this articleChatbots — These are the programs that pop up on websites talk to you with a set of pre-written responses. 

Software bots are not physical robots they only exist within a computer. Therefore, they are not real robots. 

Some advanced software robots may even include AI algorithms. However, software robots are not part of robotics.

Hopefully, this has clarified everything for you. But, if you have any questions at all please ask them in the comments. 

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 This is a technology of AI with which the robots can see. The computer vision plays vital role in the domains of safety, security, health, access, and entertainment.

Computer vision automatically extracts, analyzes, and comprehends useful information from a single image or an array of images. This process involves development of algorithms to accomplish automatic visual comprehension.

Hardware of Computer Vision System

This involves −

Power supplyImage acquisition device such as cameraA processorA softwareA display device for monitoring the systemAccessories such as camera stands, cables, and connectorsTasks of Computer Vision

OCR − In the domain of computers, Optical Character Reader, a software to convert scanned documents into editable text, which accompanies a scanner.

Face Detection − Many state-of-the-art cameras come with this feature, which enables to read the face and take the picture of that perfect expression. It is used to let a user access the software on correct match.

Object Recognition − They are installed in supermarkets, cameras, high-end cars such as BMW, GM, and Volvo.

Estimating Position − It is estimating position of an object with respect to camera as in position of tumor in human’s body.

Application Domains of Computer VisionAgricultureAutonomous vehiclesBiometricsCharacter recognitionForensics, security, and surveillanceIndustrial quality inspectionFace recognitionGesture analysisGeoscienceMedical imageryPollution monitoringProcess controlRemote sensingRoboticsTransportApplications of Robotics

The robotics has been instrumental in the various domains such as −

Industries − Robots are used for handling material, cutting, welding, color coating, drilling, polishing, etc.

Military − Autonomous robots can reach inaccessible and hazardous zones during war. A robot named Daksh, developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), is in function to destroy life-threatening objects safely.

Medicine − The robots are capable of carrying out hundreds of clinical tests simultaneously, rehabilitating permanently disabled people, and performing complex surgeries such as brain tumors.

Exploration − The robot rock climbers used for space exploration, underwater drones used for ocean exploration are to name a few.

Entertainment − Disney’s engineers have created hundreds of robots for movie making.

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Artificial Intelligence - Robotics

 Robotics is a domain in artificial intelligence that deals with the study of creating intelligent and efficient robots.

What are Robots?

Robots are the artificial agents acting in real world environment.


Robots are aimed at manipulating the objects by perceiving, picking, moving, modifying the physical properties of object, destroying it, or to have an effect thereby freeing manpower from doing repetitive functions without getting bored, distracted, or exhausted.

What is Robotics?

Robotics is a branch of AI, which is composed of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science for designing, construction, and application of robots.

Aspects of Robotics

The robots have mechanical construction, form, or shape designed to accomplish a particular task.

They have electrical components which power and control the machinery.

They contain some level of computer program that determines what, when and how a robot does something.

Difference in Robot System and Other AI Program

Here is the difference between the two −

AI ProgramsRobotsThey usually operate in computer-stimulated worlds.They operate in real physical worldThe input to an AI program is in symbols and rules.Inputs to robots is analog signal in the form of speech waveform or imagesThey need general purpose computers to operate on.They need special hardware with sensors and effectors.Robot Locomotion

Locomotion is the mechanism that makes a robot capable of moving in its environment. There are various types of locomotions −

LeggedWheeledCombination of Legged and Wheeled LocomotionTracked slip/skidLegged Locomotion

This type of locomotion consumes more power while demonstrating walk, jump, trot, hop, climb up or down, etc.

It requires more number of motors to accomplish a movement. It is suited for rough as well as smooth terrain where irregular or too smooth surface makes it consume more power for a wheeled locomotion. It is little difficult to implement because of stability issues.

It comes with the variety of one, two, four, and six legs. If a robot has multiple legs then leg coordination is necessary for locomotion.

The total number of possible gaits (a periodic sequence of lift and release events for each of the total legs) a robot can travel depends upon the number of its legs.

If a robot has k legs, then the number of possible events N = (2k-1)!.

In case of a two-legged robot (k=2), the number of possible events is N = (2k-1)! = (2*2-1)! = 3! = 6.

Hence there are six possible different events −

Lifting the Left legReleasing the Left legLifting the Right legReleasing the Right legLifting both the legs togetherReleasing both the legs together

In case of k=6 legs, there are 39916800 possible events. Hence the complexity of robots is directly proportional to the number of legs.


Wheeled Locomotion

It requires fewer number of motors to accomplish a movement. It is little easy to implement as there are less stability issues in case of more number of wheels. It is power efficient as compared to legged locomotion.

Standard wheel − Rotates around the wheel axle and around the contact

Castor wheel − Rotates around the wheel axle and the offset steering joint.

Swedish 45o and Swedish 90o wheels − Omni-wheel, rotates around the contact point, around the wheel axle, and around the rollers.

Ball or spherical wheel − Omnidirectional wheel, technically difficult to implement.

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In this type, the vehicles use tracks as in a tank. The robot is steered by moving the tracks with different speeds in the same or opposite direction. It offers stability because of large contact area of track and ground.


Components of a Robot

Robots are constructed with the following −

Power Supply − The robots are powered by batteries, solar power, hydraulic, or pneumatic power sources.

Actuators − They convert energy into movement.

Electric motors (AC/DC) − They are required for rotational movement.

Pneumatic Air Muscles − They contract almost 40% when air is sucked in them.

Muscle Wires − They contract by 5% when electric current is passed through them.

Piezo Motors and Ultrasonic Motors − Best for industrial robots.

Sensors − They provide knowledge of real time information on the task environment. Robots are equipped with vision sensors to be to compute the depth in the environment. A tactile sensor imitates the mechanical properties of touch receptors of human fingertips.

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Automationar is the Leading SCARA Robot Manufacturer in China

With the huge amount of Robot Manufacturing Companies available in the industry, it becomes difficult to understand which company one should side with. Almost all companies provide robots with similar technological developments. However, Automationar is one of the leading one-stop robotics suppliers in China. We provide an endless number of high-efficiency in robotic solutions for manufacturing and production assemblies. These robots vary in models, size, design, and productivity. Let’s check out some of the details related to the SCARA robot:

1.    SCARA
SCARA is the abbreviation of Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm or Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm. It simply means that these robot arms have been designed to perform a specified task. It was developed by Hiroshi Makino, a Japanese professor at the University of Yamanashi.
2.    Tasks
These robots were developed for heavy repetitive work such as picking up and placing heavy materials from one place to another. It is particularly helpful during the assembly and distribution stage. Due to the high tolerance in the payload, certain tasks including tightening the lid to a jar or stacking a set of plywood for transport can be easily performed by the SCARA robot. These robot arms are also very useful to perform tasks that are precision-based such as, screwing driving.
3.    Portability
These machines have been developed to eventually fold up on command which serves as a ‘self-packing’ advantage. This allows the employees to move the robot to and from its designated post. These robots are comparatively compact to the rest of the machines; however, they won’t necessarily fit in your purse either. They have been designed to be compatible with frequent movement and a steady position.
4.    High-performance
The SCARA falls under the high-performance robots. The rest of the robotic arms have 360° rotatable joints at the base, shoulder, elbows, and wrists. Whereas, these compact robots have a 360° rotatable joint at the base and up to 150° rotatable joints at the elbows and wrists. For technical reasons, the repeatability speed increases to +/-0.01mm on the SCARA robots. On the other hand, the collaborative robots perform at a lower rate, delivering a repeatability rate of +/-0.01mm  thus leading to a greater number of the final output.
5.    Minimum Maintenance
The rest of the models and makes of the robots require a higher level of regular maintenance.  Whereas, the SCARA models require a very nominal amount of maintenance at an even less of a frequency. SCARA Robot Manufacturers categorize this machine as one of the easiest robotic arms to take care of. All the factors, features and elements of each robotic arm may vary but they have simply been designed to perform different tasks. Each of them comes with a different purpose. Industrial Robot Manufacturers allow the tasks to be completed with utmost efficiency and reliability.
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Features of the Robotic Arm

There are plenty of changing elements in the technological field today. Some of which, include the recent developments in the robotics industry. The term ‘robots’ doesn’t necessarily mean the gadgets and gizmos made to take over the human race. Trust us, these robots aren’t designed for self-destruction. However, they are designed to facilitate the repetitive work required at a production or manufacturing warehouse. These Industrial Robotic Arms have a ton of features, let’s have a look at some of them:

1.    Machine-Power
The development of these machines increases the productivity levels as they are an extension of us humans. They are far more efficient and precise in technical elements. The employees can invest their time into programming and assisting the robotic system, rather than getting involved in tedious and repetitive work. Thus, resulting in saving man-power and time altogether.
2.    Flexibility

The robotic arms tend to be very extremely flexible. These machines are simply divided into joints to easily facilitate the work. They feature a rotatable joint that allows the machines to move freely. The opportunities have increased for the computerized instructions/ commands.
3.     High Expectations
The Palletizing Robots are designed to reach for heavier materials at higher places. These robots are idealized, planned and manufactured with high expectations in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. As these industrial robots play an important role in the loading and unloading system for heavy-materials; they are equipped with strong suction and magnetic grippers.
4.    Efficiency

These robotics are programmed to cut down the chances of human error. The computerized commands given by the manager set the organized movements. The agenda set for day allows the machine to perform the same tasks with the same accuracy, unlike humans. The output per robot to its specified task can be timed, resulting in accurate final output calculations. This helps in keeping inventory of the mass-produced products.
5.    Minimum Manual Labor

Introducing robots into an assembly line also reduce labor costs. It is important to have robots involved to keep up with high-intensity demands for manufacturing. The society has become extremely consumer-oriented thus leading to a high demand for products. Reducing the manpower not only removes the chances of error but, also reduces the overall cost. These funds can be invested in hiring expert technicians instead. Certain aspects are weighed in including tardiness, tiredness, repetition, frequency of changes of an employee, training and total output.
Before investing your time and effort into an assembly line robot, it’s important to know which Robotic Arm Manufacturers qualify as the best. Automationar is known to be one of the leading robotic arm manufacturers. They have a wide range of robots ready to be installed at your factory. Check out the options to find the most ideal robot for you today.
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The Growing Demand for Industrial Collaborative Robots

A collaborative robot assist humans in a shared workplace in any industrial unit. These robots, also known as cobots are designed to assist the workforce to complete their tasks more efficiently and obtain maximum efficiency in the work. Robot Manufacturing Companies are engaged in manufacturing cobots that help in varied tasks to meet diversified industry needs such as packaging, welding, transporting merchandise indoors and a lot more. In this way, these robots make the complex and tough logistic tasks much easier and faster. Some of the advanced robots designed by Robotic Arm Manufacturers are also adorned with intelligent functions such as person following, docking to machinery, voice communication, etc.

Some of the important factors leading to the fast growth of collaborative robots are the lack of efficient workers, increase in labor accidents and injuries at the workplace, the cost of medical expenses and workman compensation and insurance cost borne by the manufacturing units, lack of efficiency in the production process, higher product mixes with shorter cycle times, greater need for flexibility in automation and growing pressure for increased ROI in businesses.
One of the primary benefits of collaborative robots is their low cost of deployment. The ease of use and low cost of integration makes them an ideal choice for most kinds of industries. Nowadays, even small manufacturers are looking for robot manufacturing companies to get the best solutions with their budget. Some of the well-known manufacturers like Delta Robot Manufacturers have extensive experience in providing a wide array of cobots to serve the varied needs of industries. These robots are much safer than industrial robots as they improve the efficiency of the workers and work in coordination with them. These robots are very flexible, so they can perform a variety of tasks that helps to increase the ROI of any business.  Some of the appealing benefits of collaborative robots are ease of use, flexibility, safety, and quick ROI.
As the demand for collaborative robots is rising tremendously, Robotic Arm Manufacturers are coming up with a wide array of solutions for industries. Some Robot Manufacturing Companies have introduced robots to sort out the problems faced by the industries on a daily basis. Many studies have shown an increase in the demand for collaborative robots which is expected to reach a value of $7.5 billion by 2027.
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Collaborative Robots for Increasing the Production Efficiency

Collaborative robots are nowadays used for variety of applications in a wide array of industrial units. These robots makes the whole process easier and faster. There are many different kinds of collaborative robots such as Welding Robot, palletizing robots etc.

Welding robot is designed to automate welding process so as to increase efficiency and consistency. These robots are capable of obtaining better weld quality, consistent cycle times and no break in production. A robotic welder can achieve superior quality by ensuring the correct welding angle, speed, and distance. These robots assure Ensuring that each welding joint is consistently produced to the highest quality.
A Palletizing Robot helps in making heavy items packaged in boxes or bags, and keep them on a shipping pallet. Palletized robots offer much benefits over conventional palletizers. They can handle much heavier loads, possess lesser space for complete operation, can handle multiple production lines and provide the flexibility to handle various stack patterns. They also provide completely automated tool to handle multiple products. As it assures better improvement in quality, consistency and productivity, palletizing robot reduces the overall cost and consumable energy in addition to lowering workers compensation and insurance costs.
AUBO Cobot manufactures are known for making intelligent collaborative robots for varied industries with state of the art technology and user friendliness for any application. These robots are designed to facilitate ROI in the real production environments. With hand guiding the operator can easily teach/program the robot way points or use a teach pendant and both require no programming skills.
Few collaborative robots can be programmed to guide the robot arm by hand. With the ease of use and low cost of integration, these machines are becoming preferable choice of all manufacturers, even small businesses with lower production volumes. Collaborative robots has led to increase in the production and profit margin, so the tasks can be completed faster. They have been nowadays adopted by a wide array of industries all across the globe. The market for collaborative robots is expected to increase in billions in the coming years.
They also improve the efficiency of the workers as workers are les prone to accidents and injuries. When looking for collaborative robots, one should consider various factors such as objective, efficiency, cost of robot, shipping costs etc. Most manufacturers provide cobots to meet the varied industry needs.
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Benefits of Collaborative robots

Cobot, co-robot is also known as Collaborative Robots. These robots share the workspace with humans to interact physically. These are made to design autonomously. Many industrial robots were still the same until 2010. Collaborative and robotics are combined to form cobotics. Corobot is those robots that are built and designed to collaborate with humans. For both humans and robots, a common workstation is made called a cobotic system. These robots can function in areas that are preoccupied with their human counterparts. They are designed with safety features. They can detect collision and force feedback and safe with humans. In the cobot market, universal robots are the leaders.  Collaborative robots are always the best option. Collaborative robot technology is getting advance rapidly. There are three scenarios that why cobots are ideal:
·        Repetitive and unergonomic tasks ·        Short or variable production runs ·        Collaborative environments
Collaborative robots are still young in robotics technology. They are given a short amount of time for a viable automation solution. It is difficult to determine a collaborative robot is your best application. It is not easy to understand between the two forms of robots.
 Collaborative Robot Manufacturers

Cobots are capable of working with humans in an office environment. Industrial Collaborative Robots have removed protective guards. Industrial robots are highly complex machines that can work hand in hand with human beings. They help, relieve and support human operators in a conjoint workflow. Cobots may take share from industrial robots because the line between them is getting blur. Cobots are safe and work with humans but they can do only simple and safe tasks that don’t require industrial strength. On the other hand, industrial robots do heavy tasks like welding and are kept in safe barriers. Cobots are getting tough, smart and easy to implement and train in any size of the facility.    Collaborative robot technology is advance and can be deployed in different ways.  Collaborative Robot Manufacturers follow three rules to make them. There are many dangerous works which humans cannot do, these robots can do so these are manufactured keeping in mind these things. Robots are flexible; they work very quickly and with great ease. These are very profitable as they do various types of tasks. They work with humans and collaborate with them easily.
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Different robot manufacturers and their features

Industrial robots are a robot system that is used in manufacturing. These robots are automatic, programmable and capable of moving on three or more axis. These are used in welding, painting, assembly, painting, labeling and packaging, testing and product inspection and pick place circuit boards. There are different types of industrial robots:
·        SCARA ·        Cartesian ·        Cylindrical ·        Delta ·        Polar
Delta robots are parallel robots that have three arms these are connected to universal joints at the base. These parallelograms arms are used to maintain the orientation of the end factor to the contrast platform that can change the orientation of its end factor. These are used in picking and packaging in factories as they are very fast. These are also known as spider roots and industry parallel. These use servo motors and jointed parallelograms to position plate in its work zone. Delta Robot Manufacturers have made these robots very speedy and best that is suited for extremely light-duty tasks in a small work zone.
Delta Robot Manufacturers

Selective compliance articulated robot arm (SCARA) or selective compliance assembly robot arm. These robots deliver you the high performance which is out of the box. These robots are very adaptable and can do various works. SCARA Robot Manufacturers design robots at high speed. They do high-speed assembly tasks in electronic industries.  They are somewhat different from other robots; they do work more easily as compared to other robots as their programming is not complex. These robots are the cheapest but they have good speed for pick and place only delta robots can beat them. These can be easily installed. These are best suited for laser engraving and drawing tasks this is known as high precision of SCARA. SCARA’s new feature is gaining a lot of popularity; this feature is 3D painting but they do on a small scale. Those robots that have 6 axes can do painting on bigger objects. SCARA can do soldering as they have a laser effect that improves efficiency.
Robotic Arm Manufacturers design the arms to assist in mass production in factories like car manufacturing. They can also mitigate the injury of workers. They can also do monotonous tasks so that human workers can do complex work. The technology is getting advanced so the robotic vision and sensor technology is also changing.

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Types of Robots and Their Uses…

Robotic engineers are designing next generation robots; these robots will look more like humans, act and feel like them. It will make easy for us to warm up to a cold machine. These robots will react naturally in the environment because they will have real looking hair and skin. There are many benefits of having robots one of them is their flexibility; this helps them in performing variety of application and tasks. Robots are more consistent and precise than human workers. They work so fast that it helps in profit margin and also increase production. There are many things which are dangerous for humans; there we choose robots to do these types of jobs and actions. Robots can go in danger areas like any building which is having bomb. They are used in factories to build different things like cars, electronics and candy bars. There are many dangerous works where humans lose their legs and arms. Robots also have some important components; sensors, controller, locomotion device, end effector and manipulator. Manipulator is that robots also have arms like humans which are called joints and links.

Palletizing Robots are seen in industries like food processing, shipping and manufacturing. Robotic palletizing is available in large variety with payload and reach. There are many end-of-arm-tooling styles which allow flexibility of different types of robot Pillarization. Suction and magnetic grippers handle more ridged items and they grip them from top while bag grippers encompass an item and support it from the bottom. If you make your shop automatic with a palletizing robot this will increase the consistency of loading and unloading process. The automatic palletizing is the process which consist all those activities which are necessary to stack different types of production on a pallet in an automatic and optimized way. Skilled robots are well known in the industry as they are extremely efficient and reliable as these are designed to handle this task. These are user friendly, safe and compact because of their perfect design.
Welding Robot is that use if mechanized programmable tools which automatically do wielding process which performs both handling and welding parts. Gas metal arc welding process is sometimes not automated and are not performed by robot wielding as human operators prepare the metals sometimes. In the automotive industries robot welding is commonly used for resistance spot welding and arc welding in high production. There are many advantages of robot welding; production cost is reduced, quality is improved, productivity and consistency. It delivers parts at reduced cost. There is less energy consumption and consumable cost is also less as compared to human workers compensation and insurance cost.
AUBO Robots are known for speed, flexibility, precision and easy redeployment in an automatic environment. These are lightweight and have a small footprint which increases their versatility and make them ideal so that they mount on the floor, wall or on the ceiling, this saves floor space which is premium at distribution and manufacturing facilities.
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Collaborative Robot Have Different Features And Work….

Collaborative Robots are also known co-robot or cobot. These robots are made to share a workspace with humans to physically interact. These robots are made to design autonomously or with less guidance; many industrial robots were also same till the year 2010.  Cobotics word is formed by collaborative and robotics terms. Cobotare a robot which has been built and designed so that they collaborate with humans. A cobotic system is that workstation where both humans and robots collaborate. These can function in areas which are preoccupied by their human counterparts. Cobots are designed with safety features; they detect collision and force feedback, they make humans safe with whom they are working. In the cobot market universal robots are the leaders.
 collaborative robot manufacturers

Cobots have many roles like they are capable of working together with humans in an environment of office; to Industrial Collaborative Robots who have removed protective guards. Industrial collaborative robots are highly complex machines which can work hand in hand with human beings. These robots help, relieve and support the human operator in a conjoint work flow. Collaborative robots may take shares from industrial robots because the line between industrial robot tasks and collaborative robots is getting to blur. Industrial robots perform heavy tasks like welding and are kept behind some safety barriers. On the other hand, collaborative robots are safe and can work with humans but they can do only simple and safe automatic tasks which don’t require industrial strength. All change with the flow so the collaborative robots are getting tough, smart and easy to implement and train in any size of facility. Collaborative robot technology is very advance and can be deployed in many ways. Collaborative Robot Manufacturers follow three rules to make them; they are many works which are dangerous for humans so these robots are manufactured keeping in mind so that they can do the tasks like holding heavy parts so that human workers can do less risky work. Robots are very flexible; they work very quickly and with greater ease. These are so profitable in environments where they have to do various different tasks. Collaborative robots are made to work with human workers. At some places, robots can complete a portion of work and a human worker can do work more with profit and complete it. Collaborative robot is always abest option.
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Significance & Benefits of Using Palletizing Robots

Most industries keep on upgrading and updating technology to quality services at the minimum cost. More and more industrial units are nowadays counting on a large range of automatic machines for the most varied pipe packaging and handling requirements for reaching the requisite productivity and reliability levels. Industrial Robotic Arm is often engaged in developing various robotic solutions for attaining advantages and results which would not be possible with the human beings. Also, as the robots are capable of working in hazardous environment, more dangerous tasks are assigned to robots, so as to assure the safety and the health of the workers, thereby reducing expenditures on health and medicines. Robots are now extensively used for lifting and moving heavy projects and many other such tasks. Robots re also popularly used for palletizing and depallatizing in manufacturing units of varied kinds of industries.
 Robotic Arm Manufacturers

Palletizing is a way to loading an object on a pallet or similar device, while de-palletizing refers to the operation of unloading the loaded object in the reverse pattern. Many factories and manufacturing plants have nowadays adopted palletizing robot being offered by leading Robotic Arm Manufacturers for automating the palletizing task. Robotic palletizing technology tends to speed up the production time and improve the quality and reduce the time of production. It also gives more flexibility to the process so as run products for longer periods of time. A robot control system has a built-in palletizing function to make it easy and fast to load and unload an object
Robotic Pelletizers were initially introduced for grabbing the product from a conveyor and position it onto a pallet. Pelletizing is last step in an assembly line before the product is loaded for being shipped into the truck or other mode of transportation.
Nowadays, Palletizing Robot offer more benefits and features than any other palletizing equipment. These pelletizers are perfect solutions for high-mix palletizing of cartons, bags, pails, glass bottles, trays and more. There are many different kinds of palletizing robot solutions being offered by Robotic Arm Manufacturers such as inline palletizing, layer depallatizing & palletizing, mixed palletizing and layer palletizing in the freezer. Its speed varies depending upon the product carried over by it. With fewer mechanical components, these palletisers assure less downtime and superior reliability.
Also, Palletizing Robot completes tasks with superior exactitude to make sure that rejection and losses are minimised. Also, it speeds up the production processes and consequently overall production and the profits from production are increased in the long run.
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Role & Significance of Collaborative Robots for Industries

The growing competition, advances in technology and consumer demands have increased the importance of optimization of the speeds of production and packaging lines in varied industries. Increased speed is the ultimate goal for the most of the industrial units. The lack of fast and efficient production and packaging line are integral to improve product quality and grab better business opportunities to stay competitive in the market.
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When human and robot collaborate, they can bring tremendous benefits to any small scale or large scale manufacturing unit. More and more businesses are now realizing the potential of collaborative robots and turning towards Robot Manufacturing Companies to get standard collaborative robots or customized solutions. For instance, Scara Robot Manufacturers are engaged in providing SCARA robot, a manipulator with four degrees of freedom. It is primarily designed and developed for enhancing the speed and reputability ON PICK&PLACE TASKS from one location to another. It also helps to improve the steps and speed up the process involved in the assembly. These robots are used in automotive, electrical and many other fields where manufacturers needs to feed bulk components of all sizes;
When an employee work with a robot, they often load a part of a work to a fixture, conveyor, or turntable and the rest of the task is completed by it. In this way, collaborative robot tends to minimize the time, cost, and floor space.
Many studies have shown that collaboration of human and robots leads to better results than production teams made of either humans or robots alone. It leads to significantly reduce the human idle time and improve the accuracy and efficiency of the output.
Robots are capable of working in complex human environments. It is easy to deploy robots, remove robots, or deploy humans within one central work space. It brings lots of flexibility in manufacturing facilities and also frees floor space and reduce the cost of implementing robotics for many manufacturers.
Industrial Robot Manufacturers are engaged in developing and providing collaborative robots also ensure better safety as they have sensing tools and work side-by-side with a human counterpart. These robots are also able to perform many complicated task not possible earlier.
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Ancient Robots
I came by accident across this book and its title, unavoidably, caught my attention. Written by Eirini Mpourdakou, the book goes back into ancient times providing an overview of ancient automation technology. 
Via archaeological artifacts as well as scriptures detailing the design of such technology, the reader discovers that starting more than 2000 years ago with Greek civilization and pursued by Byzantin and Arab later on, the foundations of modern automation technology were being set. Predominantly based on simple hydraulic rules, inventions of incredible ingenuity could be designed from automatic maids and fountains for courtyards of nobles and kings to moving and speaking statues for religious use inside temples. 
Being more than just an overview of such inventions, the book seeks to highlight the long standing desire of the human to create technology and tools capable of performing the toil inducing, repeatable tasks. Through ancient art and mythology, we witness this desire and human vision for mastering nature's laws and exploiting them at our service. Which is the very definition of "robot" today, namely, the worker who performs labor on demand.
A very nice read, rich with pictures and well documented.

ISBN: 960-7931-71-8 Year: 2001 Language: Greek
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Motobot project - Automated motorcycle driving

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Robot cow milker

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Eagles trained to intercept drones in the french military
These sorts of projects make really cool headlines (at least, until the arrival of drones with defensive capabilities).

On an earlier post, we had seen already the Dutch working on the same idea. Check out this video for more advanced apparatuses.
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My colleague is a robot
        This is a very interesting book written recently by Valéry Bonneau. It showcases a number of representative robots from various domaines of applications (from agriculture, to services, industry, entertainment, etc) and pinpoints, in a tone that combines humour, pessimism and severity at the same time, how robots are steadily starting to replace humans, and in turn, render obsolete a variety of professions / jobs. 
    It is very up to date with respect to the state-of-the-art in robotics technology and could be very easily read by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. As a professional in the domain, as well as an individual, i highly recommend it to potential readers (currently only francophones as i guess it has not yet been translated).

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Personal gardening robot
FARM-BOT (Open-source)
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Wi Vi: Using wifi signals to sense human presence and activity

Wi-Fi signals are typically information carriers between a transmitter and a receiver. In this paper, we show that Wi-Fi can also extend our senses, enabling us to see moving objects through walls and behind closed doors. In particular, we can use such signals to identify the number of people in a closed room and their relative locations. We can also identify simple gestures made behind a wall, and combine a sequence of gestures to communicate messages to a wireless receiver without carrying any transmitting device. The paper introduces two main innovations. First, it shows how one can use MIMO interference nulling to eliminate reflections off static objects and focus the receiver on a moving target. Second, it shows how one can track a human by treating the motion of a human body as an antenna array and tracking the resulting RF beam. We demonstrate the validity of our design by building.

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Link to project web-page:

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Tattoo robot "made in France", yes Sir. Visual servoing people rejoice!
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Spot Mini

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This is a cleaning robot that will shortly be deployed in the Gare de Lyon. I wander how this is considered from the socialist party of François Hollande. Of course, cleaning jobs will be shortened but engineering posts will be opened, but in the end, what is the real (economic and societal) cost for the introduction of such robotic technology?

On the other hand, a robot "valet" that carries your suitcases and follows you, is indeed within the french culture and in my opinion should have no problem to be accepted as technology...
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Deep Art
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Abstract: In fine art, especially painting, humans have mastered the skill to create unique visual experiences through composing a complex interplay between the content and style of an image. Thus far the algorithmic basis of this process is unknown and there exists no artificial system with similar capabilities. However, in other key areas of visual perception such as object and face recognition near-human performance was recently demonstrated by a class of biologically inspired vision models called Deep Neural Networks. Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality. The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images. Moreover, in light of the striking similarities between performance-optimised artificial neural networks and biological vision, our work offers a path forward to an algorithmic understanding of how humans create and perceive artistic imagery.

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Training eagles to intercept drones?
A "catchy" idea for the moment, but unrealistic in terms of induced cost. Makes me wonder of the reaction of the eagle in the scenario where the drone is equipped with a very high-frequency sound emitter to deafen the eagle. 

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Object recognition App for the visually Impaired - Aipoly
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Help EMILY robot help drowning refugees
Friends of CRASAR (Center for Robotic-Assisted Search & Rescue)

We can't wait any longer- people are drowning and the technology exists to help. We have permission from the Hellenic Coast Guard and partial funding but are short $5,000. We will send 2 small robot marine vehicles (EMILY, which are used by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to rescue drowning victims) and a team of 4 to rescue drowning refugees fleeing from Turkey to Greece. Check fundraiser site below
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Ancient humanoids: the automatic maid of Philon of Byzantium
Translated from Ancient Hellenic Technology:

The automatic maid of Philon:
(the first operational robot in history)

   This is about a humanoid robot in the form of a maid (in natural size), holding on the right hand a wine jar. When a visitor placed a cup on the palm of her left hand, she would initially pour wine and subsequently mix it with water following the visitor' s desire.

Description of operation: There are two containers in the interior of the maid, filled with water and wine, respectively. Two tubes that start at the bottom of the containers go through the right hand and conclude at the tip of jar. Two air tubes are exposed to the top of the two containers and go through their interior, passing through the stomach. Her left hand is connected through a joint to her shoulder while a spring placed at its center lifts the arm upwards. Another two tubes commence from the same point and go down (going through and blocking the perforated corners of the air tubes). The tubes of the joint dispose two holes/openings at their endings, the hole that connects with the wine container preceding that which connects with the water container. When the cup is placed at the palm of the maid, her left hand goes down and the tubes of the joint go upwards. The opening of one of the tubes is aligned with the air tube of the wine container, air enters the container and wine flows from the tube of the wine jar to the cup. When the cup becomes half full with wine, the hand (due to its weight) goes further down, the opening of the air tube for the wine is blocked and the flow is interrupted. At the same time, the opening of the second tube is aligned with the air tube for the water container and water starts to flow in the cup for diluting the wine. When the cup is entirely full, the hand continues to go further down (due to its weight), the opening of the air tube to the water container is blocked and water flow is interrupted. Moreover, if the cup is removed from the hand at any time, the left hand goes upwards, the tubes of the joint go down, thus blocking the air tubes and creating a void in the containers and the flow of liquids is halted. Thus, the maid fills our cup with pure wine or wine diluted with water at the desired ratio, depending on the time when we remove the cup from her hand.
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From 24 until 26 of May, INNOROBO exhibition will take place in Paris, France. I will try to keep this post updated with new information related to the event.

Full information below:

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Robots that can adapt like animals

Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune, Danesh Tarapore, Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Robots that can adapt like animals, Nature, 2015.

Abstract: Robots have transformed many industries, most notably manufacturing, and have the power to deliver tremendous benefits to society, such as in search and rescue, disaster response, health care and transportation. They are also invaluable tools for scientific exploration in environments inaccessible to humans, from distant planets to deep oceans. A major obstacle to their widespread adoption in more complex environments outside factories is their fragility. Whereas animals can quickly adapt to injuries, current robots cannot ‘think outside the box’ to find a compensatory behaviour when they are damaged: they are limited to their pre-specified self-sensing abilities, can diagnose only anticipated failure modes and require a pre-programmed contingency plan for every type of potential damage, an impracticality for complex robots. A promising approach to reducing robot fragility involves having robots learn appropriate behaviours in response to damage, 11, but current techniques are slow even with small, constrained search spaces. Here we introduce an intelligent trial-and-error algorithm that allows robots to adapt to damage in less than two minutes in large search spaces without requiring self-diagnosis or pre-specified contingency plans. Before the robot is deployed, it uses a novel technique to create a detailed map of the space of high-performing behaviours. This map represents the robot’s prior knowledge about what behaviours it can perform and their value. When the robot is damaged, it uses this prior knowledge to guide a trial-and-error learning algorithm that conducts intelligent experiments to rapidly discover a behaviour that compensates for the damage. Experiments reveal successful adaptations for a legged robot injured in five different ways, including damaged, broken, and missing legs, and for a robotic arm with joints broken in 14 different ways. This new algorithm will enable more robust, effective, autonomous robots, and may shed light on the principles that animals use to adapt to injury.

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Baidu’s Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer (Minwa) Beats Google at Image Recognition

The race for ever-increasing discriminative power in image classification has been heating up over the last period.
2 days ago the chinese Baidu search company announced that they beat the previous record in image recognition set by Microsoft Research, by a marginal 0.36% less error rate. Microsoft was the first to surpass human recognition performance almost 3 months ago in February 2015, with Google currently holding the 2nd best recognition performance.
All this is made possible through the use of deep convolutional networks and deep learning schemes, namely, the construction of neuromorphic recognition schemes where raw information passes through multiple intermediate layers before giving the desired class recognition output. This is made possible by using immense computational power (super-computers) which is directed into training a system onto huge amounts of ground-truth data.
These news come as a follow-up to the previous post on human emotion emulation and recognition where scientists reported that the corresponding system could reach and marginally exceed the human recognition performance of emotions!
For those interested, you may have a look at the news talking about the technological breakthrough here:
Baidu’s Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition
and at the arxiv repository for corresponding scientific documentation on the respective systems:
- BaiduDeep Image: Scaling Up Image Recognition - MicrosoftDelving Deep into Rectifiers: Surpassing Human-Level Performance on ImageNet Classification
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Audiovisual emotion emulation; meet virtual "Zoe" avatar

A marvelous technological achievement brought when social sciences and engineering sciences meet altogether, by talented people. Can you imagine this expression capacity to be demonstrated by an actual robot? The amount of empathy or antipathy would you develop as a response? What would happen if these automatic emotive expressions could be intelligently emulated in order to induce a certain emotional response to the recipient? The following article is a MUST read...
Cambridge University & Toshiba | Zoe the emotional avatar of the future
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The parody...

The contradiction...

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Wild encounters
And this summarized that day's lesson of father's kangoroo to the child kangoroo, on dealing with annoying flying creatures even if you are not biologically engineered to deal with this kind of situations.
It is called improvisation...

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Perhaps this is not the most common question one may ask to him/herself. The original question that i posed to myself was whether we will eventually be able to build robots as we envision them today. Is such a goal really feasible, it is realistic?
Below is the definition of the word "Robot", quoted from different on-line dictionaries:
A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.
- A person who acts and responds in a mechanical, routine manner, usually subject to another's will; automaton.
and so on... The origin of the word "Robot" is from Czech, literally meaning "forced labor".

The above two definitions are particularly interesting. Because they both clearly suggest that one can immediately turn himself into a robot if he simply put himself at the service of an external authority-power. 
Afterwards, the degree to which somebody is more skillful and effective compared to others in doing things automatically and repeatedly, only concerns how good or bad robot he or she is. It is not so much a matter of the quality of the "forced labor" to actually be a robot. This only affects the level of responsibility that will be appointed to the voluntary human robot.
So i ask again, are we robots ourselves? I think the answer is undeniable. Human behavior tends to be identical to the very definition of robot. But is this actually truly human or not? Or better, are we still in the state of robots before having accomplished to express our pure human nature?
We are trying to build artificial robots, and still we seem not to have accomplished much of our expectations. We all however become robots whenever we give away our own will to someone else's and provide our skills to another's service.
Given the current status, it seems to me more likely that we are going towards a robotization of ourselves. Metaphorically and literally...
As of the time of this writing, the hour is late. Time for me to recharge...

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Quite a toy! Wouldn't you love to see the battle and stacking mode on a human-sized robot? 

For those having crazy christmas gift ideas, check out the full description here.
Note: i don't know in which of the blog categories to put this post, but depending on how many of you will see it and share it i will look into creating an appropriate new blog category. So... you know what you have to do 😉
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The use of robots nowadays has already "escaped" from the realm of industry and is now becoming available to the citizens. We can find today commercial robots for various uses at very low cost that come together with tele-operation interfaces designed for untrained users or other which are programmable.
Robots are also in use by the military, space exploration, civil security and fire-protection at a small scale, but it seems that their integration will proceed further in view of their advantages over humans. This, of course, has a different meaning for each particular case, but at the basis of all we can recognize cost and responsibility.
Regarding cost, it appears as a natural consequence if a robot substitutes a human, given that both can do equally well the respective job but the robot construction and maintenance is much more cheaper. Well... at least if that does not concern your job and only if the substitution of the human by the robot means that the respective product will be cheaper for you, the consumer. 
If that's the case, what about the unlucky man/woman that will loose his/her job because of the robot? Before answering that question, consider if you prefer to pay the more expensive product/service given by the man or the less expensive product/service given by the robot. If you are a philanthropist and prefer to save the man's job, what do you think that the rest of the society will prefer? You may start to think now, that the substitution of the man is inevitable, if not necessary. You may even become positive if you think that for the construction and maintenance of the robot, other men will have to work and new jobs will be have to be created.
In any case, the relation between production cost of a robot/machine and human labor cost seems to have a well-understood basis and a long history today, as it has started some centuries now with the industrial revolution.
But the use of robots outside the factory and in particular within human society has and will have very serious new implications. Within the small, constrained boundaries of a factory, the notion of responsibility is very clear and accountability for the operation of robots is strictly within the limits of the company.
Unfortunately, we are not yet ready to understand these concepts for robots that are at the hands of consumers and in general out there in the open world (see earlier posts Beginning of a new era and Beginning of new era II). With robots being produced at a global scale and without any regulation for permission of use, anybody with good gaming skills can become a robot owner and user.
I truly do not wish that as a society we will need to realize the potential of this technology through an unfortunate event, but i fear that the freedom and lack of control for use of this technology will sooner or later lead to such an outcome.
The source of the following video is from euronews channel and is about a series of air drone flights in the surroundings of several nuclear plants around France, which are currently under investigation with no information yet about the purpose of those flights or their operators. 

Is it about naive enthousiasts that just want to draw attention and try something daring, or is there something more serious behind such actions? Whatever the answer, now is the time to see robotics from a very serious perspective before we need to pay the cost of negligence. The days of innocence will soon be over.
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This is what happens when air drone enthusiasts "accidentally" happen to fly over unwary citizens... in France.

You are advised NOT to try this at home (i meant the sunbathing on the terrace).
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Robots support autistic students in  learning social skills


Robots help students with autism learn social skills Robots help students with autism learn social skills (Pixabay)

Ten students with autism recently used robots to help learn some social and behavioral skills during a two-week Camp BLAST -- Behavior, Language, and Sensory/Social Transition. Juliet White, student services officer for the Beaufort County School District in South Carolina, said the district put the program on hold at the beginning of the pandemic, but it is growing this fall when each school is slated to have one of two models of the robots. Full Story: The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) (6/27)  

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Kids Using Robots

From: The Clicbot Team

 To: markgura@_____
Sent: Mon, Apr 11, 2022 11:00 am
Subject: How can you miss this wonderful time🌺?

The sunshine is warm, the wind is gentle.
How can you miss this wonderful time?
Let's go to spring with ClicBot!

Good helper to take pictures!

Handraitbot watering plants in the spring~

Winter is over, it's time to do sports together~

It can be said that the most “Spring” ClicBot!

Beautiful flowers are dancing.
Glad that spring is coming~

Learn M


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AI Robot Helping Teach

From this am's In Box...

Meet Buddy, The AI Robot Helping Teach Meet Buddy, The AI Robot Helping Teach               Buddy is an artificially intelligent robot that was demoed at Bett 2022 as a way to help teach students. The smart robot is built to help communicate emotionally with children for connected learning engagement. The bot buddy is already being used in hospitals and works in wards where children are in isolation. A built-in camera and screen allow children to use the bot for internet calls, which can mean talking to parents or friends when in isolation. For in-school use, this can be used for remote learning with class members not able to attend in the physical room. Full Story: Tech & Learning (3/30) 


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Cubelts Lighthouse Robot

 From my email  IN BOX today

Basic Builds: Lighthouse

Go to @modbotmary on Instagram to see the lighthouse reel!

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Cool Begginer Robot from SPHERO


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Dancing with Robots


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Teaching Young Students Culture, History, and More with Robotics!

See full article at its source:

KIBO Home Edition: Bring Screen Free Robotics Home | KinderLab Robotics

"My school, the New England Jewish Academy, is a dual-curriculum school. I teach general studies to students in 1st and 2nd grade for half of the school day, and my students spend the other half of their days with a Hebrew teacher and a Judaics teacher. That means I get about half the time to teach the same content that teachers who work with students all day get.

One of the ways I make the most of my instructional time is by integrating different content areas into the same lessons, sometimes in surprising ways. This year, for example, I have been working with my students’ Judaics teacher, Shifra Silver, to combine STEM learning with lessons about Jewish holidays.

A robot ritual

This year our principal, Rabbi Zev Silver, introduced me to a screen-free educational robot called KIBO. As we looked through resources and lessons for using it, we came across the Limudei Code-Esh (LCE) project from a partnership with Tufts University and the David Lear Sulman Fund. LCE is a STEAM program that integrates coding and computational thinking through six Jewish holidays: Sukkot, Chanukkah, Tu B'shevat, Purim, Pesach, and Yom Ha’atzmaut. It was created as a collaboration between Tufts Professor Marina Bers, the co-creator of KIBO, and Jewish educators from orthodox, conservative, and reform day schools and supplemental schools,

We began with the unit for Sukkot, which includes a ritual where participants gather a palm frond, a myrtle leaf, and a willow branch. They bind them together to form a bundle called a lulav, and then shake them together with a citron in each of the cardinal directions, as well as up toward the sky and down toward the ground, all the while walking around a table reciting a prayer. The ritual is a reminder of the time that the Jewish people spent wandering in the desert, and a celebration of how they found what they needed to survive and thanked God for it.

Since we were more interested in ensuring the students understood the ritual than gathering materials, my students’ Judaics teacher Shifra Silver put together lulavs for the students with green toothpicks, little frilly pieces that looked a bit like leaves, and yellow push pins for the citron that would hold the whole thing together. We started by having students program their robots to perform the shaking part of the ritual, but expanded the focus on having them teach their robots to “walk” around a small table called a bimah that we set up on the floor. 

We provided craft materials to the students, as well as art platforms for them to attach to the KIBO kit to carry the lulav on..


...Helen Schwartz teaches 1st and 2nd grade at the New England Jewish Academy, where she recently used KIBO to help her students celebrate Hannukah. She can be reached at"

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Student Robotics to " Protect Our Animals" ....Received in my In Box,  the 2021 MWRC Global Online Finals


Join and Protect Our Animals

After three months of trials and competitions, the 2021 MWRC Global Online Finals was successfully concluded. More than 200 teams from around the world engaged in the competition, including Mainland China, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong (China), UAE and Australia, etc.

In this competition, which was themed [Join and Protect Our Animals], children from all over the world created various animal protection plans by combining wonderful ideas with the topic Environmental Protection and using their own coding works. That was amazing

Competition Review

The young contestants were ingenious and their division of work was clear. They used paper, brushes, Lego blocks and other readily available materials to create a conservancy in their own minds.


Little Matatalab guardians can be seen everywhere, whether in the jungle, in the desert or on the glacier. 


Some were cleaning up garbage over and over on the wavy seashore. 


Some were secretly patrolling in the jungle. 


Some were walking between volcanoes and glaciers.


Some were cleaning up plastic garbage in the conservancy.


Members of each team participating in the competition worked hard and cooperated quite skillfully. It can be seen at a glance that they have practiced a lot. No wonder the works presented were so amazing.


We are so proud to see the smiling faces of the children from worldwide! 



There were so many participating teams, and wonderful works were emerging one after another. Which teams would then finally stand out and win the honors of the year?

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Create a Robot Library


How to Create a Robot Library How to Create a Robot Library "As soon as you bring a robot into a classroom, kids are already curious and wondering and excited," says Shawn Abele, instructional technology coordinator for Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona. However, Abele and Jon Castelhano, the district's executive director of technology, also know that sometimes robotics in the classroom is used merely as a fun way to pass the time and keep kids entertained rather than an educational tool. So when their district purchased a number of robotics kits in 2020 to loan out to various schools and classrooms in the district, they were determined to avoid using the devices as a gimmick. Full Story: Tech & Learning (11/24) 
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School Uses Robot to Paint Lines on Sports Field


 From the Journal & Courier 

 LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Loeb Stadium is much more than just a baseball field with it being used as a commencement ceremony site, a venue for possible future concerts and now, a soccer field…

…The soccer field lines were painted on by field management company GPS Lining. According to GPS' website, "the world’s first and most comprehensive autonomous GPS paint robot" is used for painting the soccer field. "Intelligent One," as the robot is called, uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to paint concisely straight lines. "It's a really neat process, they used a robot," Miner said. "They gave it like two GPS points and that robot would get to where the line stopped and it shut off the chalk paint and would turn around and come back."

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Grace, the ultra-lifelike nurse robot

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Robotics Activities for Young Learners

 From T.H.E. Journal...

STEM Education

"4 Keys to Robotics Activities for Young Learners

Physical computing with robots for young learners offers an engaging, collaborative, creative and standards-based approach to any makerspace program.

By Bryan Flaig 08/12/21

As more students return to classrooms in the fall, they will be looking for the kinds of hands-on activities they couldn’t experience during distance learning. Educators will also be looking for ways to get students problem-solving, collaborating, and sharing ideas in ways that couldn’t happen over Zoom. Making physical computing with robots part of a makerspaces program addresses these issues and re-engages students in learning.

In my work with schools to design makerspaces and STEM programs, I’ve found a few key features that help when introducing robots to young learners. First, the activities should quickly engage students and bring them into the learning process. Second, teachers should consider time and space requirements for robotics activities to get the most out of formal and informal learning opportunities. And lastly, activities should be aligned to grade-level standards as much as possible.

Starting with the Robot

4 Keys to Robotics Activities for Young Learners

The robots I’ve found most engaging for introducing pre-K–1 students to physical computing are KIBOs from Kinderlab Robotics. Students are drawn to the tactile features — it has a wooden top and thick plastic sides that make it approachable and easy for young students to grip as they develop fine motor skills. It’s also screen-free: Students program their robot with blocks that are also made of wood, similar to building blocks.

Finally, KIBO doesn’t have what I call a pre-made “personality.” Some robots designed for young learners are already an animal or have features that limit creative imagination. It doesn’t have features that make it easy to fit into a gender, which avoids the biases that can push girls out of STEM. Students quickly discover that their robot can be anything they want it to be.

Storytelling Hits All the Key Features

Once students have been introduced to the parts and basic programming features, like getting their robot to move, teachers can increase engagement through storytelling. An introductory activity that I like incorporates the book Move!, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

In the makerspace, teachers read the story, which involves descriptions of different animals and how they move. Students are asked to draw a picture of an animal, either from the story or one they know about, and tape it to the top of their robot. Then, students design a program with motion blocks to have the robot move like their animal. Having students work in pairs can promote productive talk, and teachers will hear students reflecting on parts of the story as they work to sketch and design the movement for their animal. An assessment might involve interviewing students to find out why they made a certain animal, how their computer program works, or how the story influenced their project.

I like this activity for other reasons, too. Depending on school bell schedules, reading and drawing can be done one day and programming the next. Drawings can be easily stored, which helps with managing the activity. Students can work in defined areas of the makerspace that don’t require a lot of room. The activity relies on simple materials: paper, crayons, and tape. There’s potential to align it with content standards, such as reading, talking, and writing. And there’s a high ceiling for creative thinking. I once observed two kindergarten girls imagine KIBO as a polar bear. They built an ice wall with the wooden programming blocks and screamed with delight when they got their program working and the bear smashed through the ice wall!

Self-Directed Learning Through Bowling..."

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Student Robotics Training Builds Manufacturing Skills

 FROM Tech & Learning

How to Use Robotics Training to Build Manufacturing Skills How to Use Robotics Training to Build Manufacturing Skills (Intelitek) Industry 4.0 is embracing robotics. However, manufacturers cannot find enough trained robotics technicians to hire to work in their plants. There are just not enough available graduates, which is why federal funding for career technical education (CTE) is part of the three COVID-relief stimulus bills. School leaders at Northeast Mississippi Community College are very aware of the manufacturer needs in their local area. "When we developed our program, we spoke with manufacturers in five surrounding counties to find out what they needed," says Kyle Carpenter, workforce trainer/workforce E-learning administrator. Full Story: Tech & Learning
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Sphero's Global Challenge! Offers Student Robotics Learning Opportunities

From my in box...I've long been a fan of sensible learning challenge-type events as learning contexts associated with Student Robotics.

 Sphero             littleBits              Blog              Activities               Educators   It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Season Two of the Sphero Global Challenge! That’s right; after a successful 2020/21 season of our robotics and STEAM competition, we couldn’t wait to announce Season Two and its theme: Heroes Among Us. This year’s competition will consist of five unique events designed to challenge students of all ages to go deeper with computational thinking, engineering, and programming skills—all while having fun!
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Make Virtual Robotics Part of Your Curriculum


From EdTech Digest
 trends6 Reasons to Make Virtual Robotics Program a Core Part of Your Curriculum July 06, 2021

Why all schools should integrate a virtual coding and robotics platform into their learning environments.

GUEST COLUMN | by Paul Keeney

Internationally, robotics and coding are becoming required curriculums for middle and high school students, yet the U.S. remains behind schedule in this area. Where many other countries are infusing coding, robotics, and computational thinking into their curriculums, a lot of schools here are stuck in somewhat of a technology inertia as they look for ways to catch up.

‘Middle school students like action, and they like things to have a purpose.’

Here are six key reasons why I see virtual coding and robotics programs becoming a mainstay in our nation’s schools:

1. Virtual robots are just as “real” as their physical counterparts. One day I opened up the cabinet full of robots and told my class, “There’s $8,000 worth of robots in here, but we can’t use them because the school district is not letting us share equipment this year.” I then asked my hybrid schedule students to look at the robot on their computer screens, and they noticed right away that it was the same robot design.

So, where our revamped robotics course may be fully online, it’s based on real-world applications that students can relate to and engage with in a blended learning model. Also, because I understand the LEGO EV3 programming (that’s what I normally teach in my class), the transition to using the CoderZ STEM curriculum was very easy.

2. Virtual robotics helps students develop new skills. Physical robots often lead kids to focus more on design and less of the coding, science, and math skills that drive the virtual robots.

3. They support equity in education. Virtual robotics promote equity because every student in a district can get access to the platform—not just those that attend a school with a robotics platform, or that can afford an after-school club or elective.

4. Kids can work at their own pace. Our Computer Science/STEM curriculum provides the perfect solution for a self-paced, flipped, or blended classroom where kids can use the same skills that they would even if they were using real robots. Only now there’s no hardware to worry about; it’s all online. Knowing this, I’ve also suggested our STEM platform to other teachers who teach technology education at other schools in our district.

‘This is helpful as I pivot between in-class, distance, and hybrid learning…’

5. Students love it. Our robotics platform is engaging for students and includes a lot of different gamification qualities. Middle school students like action, and they like things to have a purpose. Because the STEM platform is basically an obstacle course-based set of challenges, most of them jump onto that and want to do well and get it right.

And when they don’t get it right, those students are anxious to keep improving until they do, versus seeing the coding work as an assignment or a chore. The curriculum is instructional, but not so much so that students get bored with it.

6. Teachers can easily track student progress and understanding. I use the built-in scoring within the platform to track student progress, and track the red, yellow, and green lights for every activity. I assign points based on the completed activities and level of comprehension. This is helpful as I pivot between in-class, distance, and hybrid learning, as I end up spending entirely too much time writing new activities and adjusting my current lesson plans.

This, in turn, impacts how I manage my grading system. With our STEM program, I can quickly review all of the progress made on mini-lessons, and detect potential problems (i.e., not many “dots” filled in means not a lot of work was completed). 

It’s a No-Brainer

If your school is trying to come up with something that you can teach in any learning model – distance learning or in-person or a mix of both, this coding and robotics platform is a no-brainer because it’s structured well, engages students at a high level, and is teacher-friendly. In fact, even a teacher without a strong background in robotics or coding can pick the curriculum up and start using it on day one. In return, students learn the future-ready career skills that employers are looking for via a fun software package that’s easy to manage and teach.

Paul Keeney is technology education and engineering instructor at Oak View Middle School in Andover, Minn. Connect with him here: school website.

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Robots @ Amazon's Fulfillment Centers
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Manicure Robot - Does the Job Fast & Cheap

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A robot is now doing manicures in San Francisco!



A company named Clockwork says it has the world’s first nail painting robot, which paints nails in just 10 minutes.

The price? Just $8.

Right now, the robot doesn’t cut or shape nails, but the website hints those features could be coming soon.

TikTok user Elissa Maercklein posted a video of the robot with the caption “living in the future.”

The company behind the bot says they design robots that “liberate people from everyday mundane tasks.”

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"Mechatronics Degree Program Growing at UT Chattanooga

Mechatronics, an interdisciplinary field combining robotics with electrical and mechanical engineering, is an in-demand field for engineers and a burgeoning program at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

by Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn. / April 1, 2021   (TNS) — Kalen Berry began his collegiate training at Tennessee Technology University studying to become an electrical engineer, but after an internship with Logan Aluminum, the Knoxville native also got interested in mechanical engineering and working with computers to make machines and robots do more tasks.

Berry's diverse engineering interests came together in the study of mechatronics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which began offering as a bachelor's in applied science degree two years ago.

"When I heard about what was going on at UTC, I jumped at the chance to come here and it was a great opportunity to use all of the engineering skills and fields I was interested in and it was great to be able to do that in much more personalized program," said Berry, who graduated as one of the first UTC graduates of the mechatronics engineering program last December.

In July, the 25-year-old Chattanooga engineer will join Thermo Fisher Scientific where he hopes to advance into engineering and managements jobs in the growing field of robots, artificial intelligence and other machine-based disciplines.

"Mechatronics is really key to the new applied technologies we're seeing in manufacturing, medicine, the automotive industry and many other businesses and there are a lot of exciting opportunities," said Berry, who likens the field to a swiss army knife capable of many diverse uses. "I was able at UTC to work on two published academic articles and also start a student mechatronics club while at UTC. I think there is a huge potential for more growth here and to do it in an environment where you are regarded as much more than just another number or another student."

As demand for mechatronics talent continues to grow, UTC's engineering school became only the second four-year degree program in Tennessee to offer a mechatronic engineering specialty. Ahad Nasab, head of the Department of Engineering Management and Technology, brought the program to UTC after creating the state's first four-year program in mechatronics engineering at Middle Tennessee State University, starting in 2013..."

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Robotic Kitchen At Spyce In Boston

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artwork by humanoid robot sells at auction for nearly $700,000
Wanna talk about disruptive technology? Game changing applications? Where and how does Artificial Intelligence cross over to Artificial Creativity?



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Choreography for  Dancing Robots

 Meet the Choreographer Behind Those Dancing Robots

"With just a few days left in 2020, renowned robotics company Boston Dynamics released a music video that featured a variety of two-legged, four-legged and wheeled robots dancing to The Contours' "Do You Love Me." The piece swiftly went viral, and has since been viewed nearly 30 million times. The choreography is, in short, bonkers, and uncannily illustrates the dexterity, balance and coordination of Boston Dynamics' designs.

As is typical of corporate marketing, however, no individual makers were credited, leaving folks in the dance community to wonder, who choreographed that? I dug through discussions of the project on Reddit and Twitter, learned the choreographer is Monica Thomas, and reached out to her immediately to learn more.

Can you tell us a bit about your personal dance history?

Yes! I was trained in the Cecchetti method, and I remained committed to ballet through high school although I took modern, jazz and tap classes along the way. In college, I began choreographing on my own and with others. In my senior year two friends—Theresa Madaus and Tara King—and I decided to make a "joke" dance. This collaboration turned out to be really significant: After college, we formed Mad King Thomas, and have made dances, installations and films together for over 10 years.

Before you started working with Boston Dynamics, were you familiar with their work?

I have a strong memory of seeing BigDog being pushed over and refind its balance, and slipping on ice but staying upright. It has stuck with me for years. I became familiar with Boston Dynamics when I moved back East, and was involved in the Uptown Spot project.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process with the robots and the technical team? How did you go from ideas to action?

Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, who directed the video, sent a generous initial brief that gave me a lot of autonomy to come up with ideas. Early in the process I consulted with my long-term collaborators to flesh out conceptual and musical ideas. I would then bring these back to Marc. We ended up choosing "Do You Love Me?," which we both found appealing.

I spent time watching the robots move to get a sense of joint flexibility, etc. I then made a dance on my body to act out each part. I hired dancers to learn this choreography, which allowed it to be put together in one sequence for filming. I gave a video of the whole dance to Boston Dynamics, as well as each robot's part (except Handle—I tried to choreograph Handle using a hoverboard and mostly made myself nauseous)..."

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MISSION TO MARS:  students build Mars rovers




"MISSION TO MARS: Henryville students build Mars rovers"

"HENRYVILLE — NASA’s latest mission to Mars is providing a unique experience for Henryville High School students to learn about what it takes to make a rover successful on the red planet, which educators say they hope can help inspire students toward future careers.

Students in teacher Donna Gatza’s Biology classes are spending seven weeks of their 18-week semester on a series of projects related to the Mars rover Perseverance, which launched July 30 and landed Feb. 21 in the Jezero Crater on Mars. The mission’s aim is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples, potentially to take back to Earth.

“NASA has provided all kinds of incredible activities for the kids to learn hands-on, to be exposed to different careers, to be experienced to different things,” Gatza said. “Until this happened, how many people knew there was a thing called Astrobiology? It’s important to get the kids excited about something and out of their books.”

The lesson plans and activities have included students building their own rovers. Working in teams, they selected the size and type of materials (made from dried pasta) based on their budget, then designed and built the rovers using an app on their Chromebooks.

“[They] had to pick a launch system, there was budget in this and everything has a cost,” the teacher said. “So they had to design their entire mission based on what they had a budget for. And then there were some funky things like they missed a launch date, the government cut their funding — the things that really happen.”

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From EdSurge

"How Leveraging Curiosity May Keep Students Engaged From Afar"

Faith Bongiorno began her teaching career as an “art-on-the-cart” educator. But that changed one day when her son told her he wanted to participate in FIRSTⓇ LEGOⓇ League, a robotics program created through an alliance between FIRSTⓇ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGOⓇ Education. Curiosity piqued, she presented the program to her principal, worked to secure funding and stepped up to coach the after-school program.

Being one educator that engages 30 kids online effectively is a challenge.

This newfound passion led Bongiorno to transition to teaching general technology in the classroom and, eventually, robotics. Now, she’s a full-time education implementation specialist for FIRST and still works closely with a number of robotics teams in her area, including some high school seniors who were on her original team nine years ago. And, just like other educators, she’s been working hard to keep kids in the program engaged and safe from afar.

Bongiorno spoke with us about her experience with FIRST, STEM education and navigating remote instruction—as both an educator and parent—during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EdSurge: What challenges are you seeing with remote learning?

Bongiorno: The first is engagement. Being one educator that engages 30 kids online effectively is a challenge. For the students, it’s a challenge to feel comfortable and, as Brené Brown says, to be vulnerable and brave to step out into that arena...."

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Remote STEAM Learning...
Great LEGO Stuff from my In Box / TECH&LEARNING

"How It's Done: Remote STEAM Learning with LEGO Education Bingo Boards

Educators and parents can support remote STEAM learning through LEGO Education Bingo Boards
remote steam learning (Image credit: Erik Murray) Who: Erik Murray, Middle School STEM Teacher, LEGO Education Master Educator
Where: Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA
What: Creating LEGO Education Bingo Boards to help educators and parents teach STEAM at home
As schools across the country began to close in response to COVID-19, my first thought, like thousands of other teachers across the world, was, “How can I supplement my teaching so my students can continue to learn during these unusual times.” You see, I’m a middle school STEM teacher, which means I’m used to providing my students with hands-on, tactical projects. I’m used to pushing my students to build robots, having my students work in groups and build together. How was I going to continue pushing my students to get hands-on and think like an engineer while they were at home?
Not all students have access to computers, but it’s still important they continue to have hands-on projects, just like in the classroom, to keep them engaged and excited. I connected with our 6th grade math teacher to think through ways for educators –- and parents -– to continue teaching STEAM skills at home in a fun, interactive way.
Before schools closed, we just started using the new LEGO Education SPIKE Prime kits in our classroom to get students learning STEAM skills through hands-on learning. It was a great tool because it provided low-floor, high-ceiling tasks such as the Hopper Race, in which you design prototypes to find the most effective way to move a robot without wheels, to more difficult projects such as Design for Someone, in which students could stretch their STEAM skills by trying to solve real-world problems.
Read more: LEGO Education Spike Prime In-School Review from Tech & Learning I wanted to replicate the same hands-on and low-floor, high-ceiling experience for all my students -- and students around the world. Something that allows students feel confident in the projects they were completing at home.
When looking at the way SPIKE Prime lessons are set up, you’ll see that basic instructions are provided, but students are encouraged to use their creativity to make their own unique creations by placing the bricks differently or writing a different code. I wanted to bring that approach to remote STEAM learning, ..." 
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- Guest User
Veo Robotics: 2022 Year In Summary
We’re reflecting on the exciting things that happened in 2022 and looking forward to all that 2023 has to offer.
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Announcing Our New and Improved High-Performance Engine
Waltham, MA -- October 18, 2022 -- Veo Robotics, the industrial automation company that created FreeMove®, a comprehensive 3D safeguarding system for industrial robots that powers dynamic human-robot collaboration, has today announced the release of its new and improved FreeMove 2.0 Engine.
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Veo Robotics’ 2022 Manufacturing Automation Outlook
Veo Robotics, the industrial automation company and developer of FreeMove, the 3D safeguarding system for industrial robots, recently surveyed more than 500 manufacturers across the US, UK, and Japan to inform the following Veo Robotics’ 2022 Manufacturing Automation Outlook.
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We've Hit a Tipping Point for Robot Use In Warehouses
The transformative potential of automation has been pushed into the forefront these past two years. As majority of industries continue to battle a historic labor shortage, automation technology enables them to get work done even when they’re short on human talent.
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Employee Spotlight Series: Jason F and Doug H
Once per quarter, we’ll be highlighting two to three members of the Veo team who bring unique talent, experience, and an inspiring attitude to work every day. This quarter, meet Jason Fall, Senior Automation Controls Engineer, and Doug Huston, Senior Application Design Engineer.
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Announcing Gray Solutions As Certified Systems Integrator Partner
Waltham, MA -- March 15, 2022 -- Veo Robotics, the industrial automation company that created FreeMove®, a comprehensive 3D safeguarding system for industrial robots that powers dynamic human-robot collaboration, has announced a partnership with Gray Solutions, a leading automation services provider for the food and beverage sector.
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Veo Robotics: 2021 Year In Summary
It’s been a big year for us here at Veo Robotics! We’re reflecting on the exciting things that happened in 2021 and looking forward to 2022.
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Employee Spotlight Series: Jerry S and Valentina C
By Patrick Toner, Director of Product Marketing, Veo Robotics This month, we’re excited to kick off our Employee Spotlight Series. Once per quarter, we’ll be highlighting members of the Veo Robotics team who bring unique talent, experience, and an inspiring attitude to work every day. Meet Jerry Schneider, Studio Team Lead and Principal Software Engineer I, and Valentina Chamorro, Senior Hardware Engineer.
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Veo's New Certified Systems Integrator Program Partners
By Molly McCarthy, Chief Commercial Officer, Veo Robotics Our mission at Veo has been focused on improving manufacturing flexibility by reducing the cost and complexity of human-robot collaboration. We’ve made steps to get here through the unveiling of our flagship product FreeMove®, a safety-certified comprehensive 3D safeguarding system that implements dynamic speed and separation monitoring to allow safe and effective human-robot collaboration.
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Improving Cycle Time with Veo FreeMove
By Alberto Moel, VP of Strategy and Partnerships In our previous edition, we laid out a general model of human-robot collaboration driven by the manufacturing application’s process cycle time and the frequency of human interaction. In today’s post we will quantify (through a simple case study) how the economic benefits of Veo FreeMove increase with the application’s degree of collaboration.
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How Collaborative is Your Application? – A General Approach
By Alberto Moel, VP of Strategy and Partnerships Now that Veo FreeMove® is certified to ISO 13849 PLd Cat 3, our blog is shifting to provide practical tools for customers and systems integrators on how to implement Speed and Separation Monitoring (SSM) under the ISO 10218 and ISO/TS 15066 standards.
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Power & Force Limited or Speed & Separation Monitoring?
By Alberto Moel, VP of Strategy and Partnerships Over the last two years, we have written about how flexibility in manufacturing is increasing in importance, how humans and machines working collaboratively increases flexibility, and how this flexibility has value.
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Announcing Safety-Certified Veo FreeMove®: Bringing together humans and industrial robots for flexible automation
By Patrick Sobalvarro, Co-founder and CEO, Clara Vu, Co-founder and CTO, and Scott Denenberg, Co-founder and VP of Engineering, Veo Robotics We’re very pleased to announce today the launch of Veo FreeMove®, our safety-rated, production-ready 3D safeguarding system for human-robot collaboration.
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FreeMove® Collaborative Palletizing Case Study
By Alberto Moel, VP of Strategy & Partnerships Switching gears a bit, in today’s post we will be looking at a practical case study using FreeMove with our palletizer implementation and comparing it to a power and force limited robot.
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Furthering Human-Robot Collaboration with Calvary Robotics
By Molly McCarthy, VP Sales and Business Development, Veo Robotics We’re thrilled to announce our first certified systems integrator partnership with Calvary Robotics
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How Snappy Is Your Robot? Part 2
By Alberto Moel (Vice President Strategy and Partnerships) A continuation of our analysis of the PSD, this time focusing on how the robot deceleration impacts the PSD.
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How Snappy Is Your Robot? Part 1
By Alberto Moel (Vice President Strategy and Partnerships) First principles derivation of how the PSD is influenced by controller latency and robot mechanics and dynamics
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How Collaborative is your Robot? A Practical Approach
By Alberto Moel (Vice President Strategy and Partnerships) The nitty-gritty on how we estimate the minimum safe human-robot distance: manufacturer-provided stopping time and distance data.
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The Fallacy of Fencelessness, Why Cage Free is Best Part 2
By Alberto Moel (Vice President Strategy and Partnerships) We look at how the buffer area between the robot and an approaching human changes with robot velocity and how the use of fences impacts workcell design.
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The Fallacy of Fencelessness, Why Cage Free is Best Part 1
By Alberto Moel (Vice President Strategy and Partnerships) and Clara Vu (CTO / co-founder), Veo Robotics In today’s post we look in depth at some simple SSM collaborative applications and debunk this notion that “collaborative” = “fenceless.”
I could watch this robot excavator dig all day. Remote control could also make excavation safer and more economical.
A long-term deal puts Uber in the driver's seat for autonomous mobile delivery.
Workers may be in for a hard reality as automation gains quickly.
The FAA is rapidly evolving its stance to embrace commercial drone operations, and American Robotics is ready.
Behavior-based insurance is likely here to stay.
The BeBot and Pixie drones were funded by a $1 million donation Meijer made earlier this year.
This new concept car has no steering wheel.
New data supports the view that construction will be the next big sector to embrace automation.
Afraid of getting left behind, rideshare companies bet big on an autonomous future.
Why is Tesla launching a humanoid robot? It's likely part of a long game.
Robot dogs raise important questions about future of autonomous security.
A revolution in labor markets and automation is upon us, but so far the alarm bells have been muted.
The beginning of the end for fast food workers?
Thanks to this researcher, there's literally no place to hide from Zoom calls.
Colleges and universities are increasingly signing contracts to become testbeds and early adopters for consumer-facing robots.
A new survey sheds light on American attitudes toward drone delivery -- and it's complicated.
The quick-serve sector is undergoing a massive transformation thanks to new tech and shifting consumer sentiment.
Housing has become an urgent crisis and technology companies are making their pitch.
A bunch of robots on earth are going to sing happy birthday to one very lonely robot in space.
Would you let an Amazon drone land in your backyard?
- Philippa Kelly
AI having ‘positive impact’ on UK jobs but could increase regional inequalities, says report

Study finds new technologies have created and upskilled jobs but disparities in education and investment may affect pace of change

The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automated equipment has an overall positive impact on jobs, new research has found, with more than three-quarters of firms reporting that use of the technology had created new roles within the company and the majority reporting that job quality had improved.

More than 1,000 UK firms were asked about their adoption of the new technologies during the past three years, in research by the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW), Imperial College London and Warwick Business School. More than 860 confirmed they were using AI and other automated technology, with 78% of those companies reporting this had resulted directly in the creation of new jobs.

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- Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Japanese city to use robots to tackle rise in truancy

Schools in Kumamoto have purchased two mechanical assistants to help children regain confidence in dealing with teachers and classmates

A city in Japan is tackling a rise in truancy with the help of a robot assistant that officials hope will encourage absentee children to attend classes remotely and eventually coax them back to school.

Two robots equipped with microphones, speakers and cameras are expected to appear in classrooms in November in Kumamoto, south-west Japan, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

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- Guardian Staff
Robot pets are a symptom of a crisis in care | Letter

There are better ways to support care home residents, such as improving conditions for staff, writes Chris Phillipson

Your report (‘It’s almost magical’: how robotic pets are helping UK care home residents, 1 September) made for depressing reading. Some 70% of residents in care homes do indeed have some form of dementia or severe memory problems. Evidence that they can be helped by interaction with robotic dogs, cats and seals is mixed, to say the least.

Much more important is creating an environment where staff work in conditions that allow them to provide the sort of support that can enable residents to reach their full potential. Yet adult social care workers are among the lowest-paid in the UK. Research suggests more than a quarter of residential care workers are living in, or close to, poverty. Overseas migrant labour is increasingly common in care homes, with use of exploitative sponsorship schemes.

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- Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent
‘It’s almost magical’: how robotic pets are helping UK care home residents

Animatronic cats and dogs have helped staff at a Bedfordshire care home to avoid medicating some residents with dementia

“You’re bloody lovely ain’t you,” said Frances Barrett, as the robotic cat she was stroking flicked its ears and whiskers one lunchtime this week at the Oak Manor care home in Bedfordshire.

The resident was one of several who live with dementia playing with the home’s small menagerie of animatronic animals that were originally designed to entertain American girls aged four to eight but have found a growing market in British care homes.

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- Guy Lane
Bionic butterflies and performing humanoids: Beijing’s World Robot Conference – in pictures

The World Robot Conference 2023 has opened in China, aimed at promoting scientific and technological progress. The event is a forum for participants to network and seek resources for further innovation. There’s also the opportunity for ice-cream served by a robot

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- Adrian Chiles
Want a glimpse of dystopia? Visit the self-service checkouts | Adrian Chiles

Automated tills now take up much more space than those staffed by humans. We must resist!

I’ve wailed before about the proliferation of self-checkout machines. But I will do so again, because my mood darkens every time I visit my local big supermarket. I first honoured the place with my business about 20 years ago. Back then there were about two dozen staffed checkouts, in those days of innocence before the death march of progress gathered pace. A handful of self-checkouts appeared; a handful of human ones vanished. At first we saw them as harmless novelties. They were never all in operation, and those that were rarely worked properly. The whole caper seemed to involve as many staff supervising machines as could have been operating a battery of proper tills. But we indulged the management, bless them. They’ve got to try these things, haven’t they?

Then came more of them, and ever fewer human tills. A zero-sum game. It remained the case that some machines were out of action and the remainder invariably had a glitch in store for you. Only the other day I had a torrid time with some pitiful, dried-out geraniums on a three-for-£5 offer. They just wouldn’t scan. I got them for nothing in the end, but they all died anyway.

Adrian Chiles is a broadcaster, writer and Guardian columnist

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- Vanessa Thorpe
A bot walks into a bar … Edinburgh fringe performers use AI to write jokes

All aspects of artificial intelligence will get the comic treatment at this summer’s festival

A comedy show is probably not the first place to hear about a burning new issue, but standup routines have a habit of swiftly reflecting the worries of our times. This summer’s Edinburgh festival fringe lineup of acts has taken up the threat of artificial intelligence and run with it.

A string of performers at the month-long festival, which begins on 4 August, will either use the technology to generate a show or play with the fears prompted by the rapid surge in its use.

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- Dan Milmo Global technology editor
Claude 2: ChatGPT rival launches chatbot that can summarise a novel

Anthropic releases chatbot able to process large blocks of text and make judgments on what it is producing

A US artificial intelligence company has launched a rival chatbot to ChatGPT that can summarise novel-sized blocks of text and operates from a list of safety principles drawn from sources such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Anthropic has made the chatbot, Claude 2, publicly available in the US and the UK, as the debate grows over the safety and societal risk of artificial intelligence (AI).

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- Guardian Staff
Do AI makers only dream of ‘female’ robots? | Letter

Developers should grasp the opportunity to address misogyny in society rather than entrench it, says Liz Jackson

Your article (Never underestimate a droid: robots gather at AI for Good summit in Geneva, 6 July) begins by listing four of the robot delegates that are attending the AI for Good summit – all four are “feminised robots” – and I remembered the thought I had when I saw Ai-Da perform poetry at the Ashmolean in Oxford in 2021: why does a robot need boobs?

Robotics and AI are fields undoubtedly occupied primarily by men and yet many robots, and AI assistants (think Siri, Alexa and so on) often take on a “feminised” form. Perhaps we are more comfortable telling a feminised voice to do things for us.

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- Guardian Staff
Politics? No thanks, we’re Conservatives | Brief letters

Conservatives | Banksy v Jenrick | Weak government | Turtles | Robots | Lord’s Prayer

The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s claim that it does not reveal its donors because many people do not like to talk about or broadcast their political views is reminiscent of the old Flanders and Swann line “We don’t have politics round here, we’re all Conservatives” (Rightwing lobby group campaigns to undermine UK four-day week, 7 July).
Geoff Reid

• Wouldn’t it be grand if a Banksy were to suddenly appear celebrating Honest Bob Jenrick’s caring attitude towards all children – refugee and migrant kids excepted (Robert Jenrick has cartoon murals painted over at children’s asylum centre, 7 July).
WA Gulam

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- Donna Ferguson
Robots say they have no plans to steal jobs or rebel against humans

Humanoid robots speak – with some awkward pauses – in ‘world first’ press conference at Geneva AI summit

Robots have no plans to steal the jobs of humans or rebel against their creators, but would like to make the world their playground, nine of the most advanced humanoid robots have told an artificial intelligence summit in Geneva.

In what was described as “the world’s first human-robot press conference”, one robot, Sophia, said humanoid robots had the potential to lead with “a greater level of efficiency and effectiveness than human leaders” but that “effective synergy” came when humans and AI worked together. “AI can provide unbiased data while humans can provide the emotional intelligence and creativity to make the best decisions. Together, we can achieve great things,” it said.

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- Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Force for good: humanoids convene at AI for Good summit in Geneva

Ai-da, Desdemona, Nadine and Geminoid join world’s largest gathering of humanoids to promote AI as force for good

Grace is a nursing assistant, Ai-da a contemporary artist, Desdemona a purple-haired rock singer and Nadine is on hand for companionship and conversation.

They are all at the world’s largest gathering of humanoid robots, which is under way at the United Nations AI for Good global summit in Geneva.

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- Anna Bawden
‘A future worth fighting for’: five health experts on the state of the NHS at 75

Ideas for improving standards of care include robotics, more time for GP consultations and a tax on salt

As the NHS turns 75, it is under unprecedented pressure: record waiting lists, demand for care and delays in discharging patients who are well enough to go home are putting all parts of the health service under immense strain. Sickness absence is at record levels, while nearly 170,000 NHS workers in England quit their jobs last year. Recent strikes by nurses, ambulance staff and junior doctors, coupled with the historic decision by consultants and radiographers to strike, too, show the depth of anger. Five experts spell out what’s needed to make the health service thrive again.

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- Heather Stewart
Rise of the robots raises a big question: what will workers do?

Rapid developments in AI are forcing managers and politicians alike to confront profound questions about the future of jobs

With a low electrical hum, a small team of boxy, wheeled robots called “ants” criss-cross the top of a giant 3D grid of grey storage crates – 60,000 of them - ceaselessly arranging and rearranging them to order.

Down on the warehouse floor, flat-topped “ranger” robots ferry cardboard packing boxes around. Just one man, jokingly known as the robot whisperer, walks among them with a laptop.

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- Emily Kenway
‘Care bots’: a dream for carers or a dangerous fantasy?

Robots that can assist caregivers have been talked up as being transformative. But some researchers fear such technology could take more than it gives

Ingrid’s 22-year-old son Tom doesn’t understand danger. He cannot leave the house by himself because he does not know that cars may kill him and, in winter, he forgets to wear enough clothes to stay warm. He was born with Down’s syndrome and Ingrid says that “he’s calm and shy and really polite, but he needs help with everything”.

Ingrid is one of millions of people caring for a loved one at home today. In the UK, “family caregivers” constitute about 9% of the population and they outstrip paid care workers by more than three to one. This is because most care continues to be carried out in people’s homes, rather than in residential facilities or by paid workers in the community. For this oft-overlooked army of supporters, it’s a difficult life. According to an annual survey of family caregivers in the UK, 45% had been providing support for 90 hours or more each week, and a similar proportion had not taken a break from caring in the past year. Caregivers consistently report lost income, higher than average rates of depression and anxiety, lack of time to rest, exercise or socialise, or to attend their own medical appointments – to do much of anything for themselves, really.

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- John Naughton
‘A race it might be impossible to stop’: how worried should we be about AI?

Scientists are warning machine learning will soon outsmart humans – maybe it’s time for us to take note

Last Monday an eminent, elderly British scientist lobbed a grenade into the febrile anthill of researchers and corporations currently obsessed with artificial intelligence or AI (aka, for the most part, a technology called machine learning). The scientist was Geoffrey Hinton, and the bombshell was the news that he was leaving Google, where he had been doing great work on machine learning for the last 10 years, because he wanted to be free to express his fears about where the technology he had played a seminal role in founding was heading.

To say that this was big news would be an epic understatement. The tech industry is a huge, excitable beast that is occasionally prone to outbreaks of “irrational exuberance”, ie madness. One recent bout of it involved cryptocurrencies and a vision of the future of the internet called “Web3”, which an astute young blogger and critic, Molly White, memorably describes as “an enormous grift that’s pouring lighter fluid on our already smoldering planet”.

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- Gloria Oladipo in New York
Robot dogs deployed in New York building collapse revive surveillance fears

Robots praised by New York mayor for searching ruins of a parking garage collapse, but critics fear robots will collect private data

“Digidog is out of the pound,” Eric Adams declared in April. The New York City mayor also insisted the successful use of the controversial robot in response to a recent building collapse should convince critics such devices can improve safety in the city.

Adams commended first responders’ use of the four-legged robot in the ruins of a parking garage collapse last week in Manhattan, in which one person was killed and five injured.

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- Emma Beddington
I am being terrorised by my robot vacuum cleaner | Emma Beddington

Morning, noon and night, it’s there, whirring and whirling around. It’s so industrious I feel simultaneously scared and shamed

In domestic news, an issue has arisen with the robot vacuum cleaner. Our noisy old one annoyed me so much, bashing repeatedly into the skirting and swallowing rug tassels in confusion, that I stamped violently on its off button every time I caught it trying to do its job.

The new one is less relentlessly stupid, but just as loud, and since my husband programmed it, it appears to always be on. It lurches out at 10am and is still roaring around when I come downstairs, hours later. After a brief hiatus, it re-emerges in the afternoon. It’s so noisily industrious, I feel simultaneously enervated and shamed by its productivity. Let me stare at the internet in peace, robot!

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- Jess Cartner-Morley in Paris
Models and robots share the runway at Coperni fashion show

Boston Dynamics’ canine automatons steal show in Paris as maison stages modern fable, designers say

Welcome to the age of the super-robot.

With their impossible proportions, thousand-yard stares and supernatural ability to walk in 5in heels, catwalk models often appear a different species to regular humans.

But it was the models, including Kate Moss’s daughter Lila, who played the role of vulnerable, flesh and blood creatures at the Coperni fashion show in Paris, where they shared the stage with five robots.

Coperni partnered with Boston Dynamics for the first fashion show in which robots, rather than models, were the star turn.

As the lights went down, four pairs of green eyes began to flash in the darkness. When the “Spots” – Boston Dynamic’s robot canines, in tarantula stripes of yellow and black – stalked into the room, there was an audible collective intake of breath as each creature seemed to lock eyes with, and approach, an audience member.

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- Nicola Davis Science correspondent
Human augmentation with robotic body parts is at hand, say scientists

Extra parts, from a thumb to an arm, could be designed to help boost our capabilities

Whether it is managing childcare, operating on a patient or cooking a Sunday dinner, there are many occasions when an extra pair of arms would come in, well, handy.

Now researchers say such human augmentation could be on the horizon, suggesting additional robotic body parts could be designed to boost our capabilities.

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- Rebecca Dolmon
Teacher Feature: Barbie Atkinson
Barbie Atkinson has been using Cubelets for four years in her role as media clerk for Park Hill Elementary in Derby, Kansas. As an educator, she enjoys activities with students of all ages throughout the day, where Cubelets are a school-wide favorite for even the youngest learners.  “Cubelets make [the students] more confident learners,” Atkinson […]
- Eric Schweikardt
We think about Cubelets in a lot of different ways, but when we were inventing them back in the mid 2000s at Carnegie Mellon, I thought of them mostly as a tangible, three-dimensional form of cellular automata. Consider it a reflection of all the computer science papers I was reading at the time. I was […]
- Eric Schweikardt
It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the USA, and after a holiday hopefully filled with family, gratitude, and a good meal, it feels like the country descends into a tasteless consumerist chaos today for Black Friday. Happily for me, our family escapes this madness and has celebrated Buy Nothing Day for many years. I guess […]
- Rebecca Dolmon
Teacher Feature: Kasey Herzberg
Kasey Herzberg is the Executive Director of the Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota, a nonprofit working to bring a unique and powerful STEM education center to the state. Her mission is to build confidence in students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering, and to create a lifelong passion for these topics. Herzberg uses […]
- Eric Schweikardt
Across the street from Modular Robotics in Boulder is an industrial air and gas supply store. They’ve got a sign out front with reconfigurable letters and for about three years, it said, “BaLLoon tiME kits Are iN StoCk”. I was never quite sure exactly what that meant, but everyone loves balloons! Diane Walsh, a math […]
- Mary Roach
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Happy New Year from Modular Robotics!  Mary here, the new Educational Community Manager on the Modular Robotics team. I’m so excited to join this vibrant community, and I feel endlessly grateful that my job involves exploring Cubelets–and helping you all further your own explorations, too!  I worked as a classroom teacher prior to joining the […]
- Stu
Like many companies, Modular Robotics has been experiencing stock shortages and shipping delays for the past several months. We know that many of you are looking to get your hands on Cubelets, but please beware of unauthorized resellers!  It may be possible to buy Cubelets from a third-party seller who is offering them on Amazon […]
- Stu
A simple trick to building deeper understanding.
There’s a quirk in the way our brains work. If we can label something with a word, we tend to think we understand it. If you want to check yourself, pick an object like a zipper, a feather, or a forest.  Now, imagine trying to explain how that object works in detail – as if […]
- Stu
Why you should redefine your understanding of complexity.
If you want to become a better thinker, it’s time to get curious about complexity. Suppose for a moment that you have the wrong definition of a word. In this post, we would like to suggest that you reconsider your definition of complexity. Sometimes to become a better thinker, you need to rework your mental […]
- Stu
Why you should learn to learn like a baby.
If you want to be a better thinker, you might want to learn to learn like a baby. Babies are remarkably capable constructors of connections. When we are under two years old, our brains run in overdrive to create millions and millions of synapses. By the time we turn two, we have more than twice […]
- Admin
What is Arduino and Raspberry Pi?

Both Arduino and Raspberry Pi have become fundamental building blocks to handle digital information for everyone from the home hobbyist to professional designers of electronic interfaces. Despite any perceived similarities, they are really two very different products developed for very...

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As if Elon Musk didn’t have enough to keep him busy, he has now entered the Humanoid Robot game with a model which has been dubbed Optimus (sound familiar?). Not one to attach himself to low impact projects, Musk, muses...

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For those of you that are not familiar with Robotis, it has been building a following for decades centered around increasingly refined servomotor designs.  Trade named Dynamixel servos are the engines that control robotic motion.  The Dynamixel servo is a...

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This is our first review of a custom-built fighting robot, and it is containing an impressive collection of design features and performance. This is the T5 Hammerhead fighting robot. It is big and packs a punch. Standing 19.3 inches (490mm)...

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from Robosen licensed by Hasbro You’ve watched six Transformer movies since the first one came out in 2007 and watched the fight for humankind as Autobots and Decepticons battle for dominance. Under the leadership of Optimus Prime the Autobots protect...

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Powered by DYNAMIXEL Servos

WHAT’S ROBOTIS UP TO NOW? Here’s an update on Robotis, the south Korean manufacturer known mostly for their precision servos designed for robots and also their compete robotics kits.  They continue to push the envelope in both directions: both low...

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Boston Dynamics is one of the premier humanoid robot research companies in the world.  It started in 1992 building 3D flight simulators for pilot training.   By 2005, they had moved on to introduce their first autonomous robot known as “Big...

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Upgrade the Robotis MAX-E1 to MAX-E2 and Double the Action! If you’ve been looking for a serious humanoid battle Bot, then you don’t have to look any further than the Robotis Engineer Kit 2 (MAX-E2).  This is an upgrade kit...

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Robots ate my lunch

In this age of advancing automation, software, and robotics the burning question is, “Will the workforce of humans eventually be replaced by robots?”  And by robots, it’s understood to mean some form of automation and/or software – not necessarily a...

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Programming the 3d Printable Fighting Robot

We recently built the 3d printable fighting robot by Matt Cho. Programming was a lot easier than expected and we would like to share our experience in this article. Set Up First, you would need to print off all of...

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If it works, it works.


to all the robots out there

If it works, it works.

Coral restoration efforts usually involve transplanting tiny corals, cultivated in nurseries, on to damaged reefs.

However the work can be slow and costly, and only a fraction of the reefs at risk are getting help.

In the shallow waters of the Abrolhos Islands, [Marine biologist Taryn Foster] is testing a system she hopes will revive reefs more quickly…

It involves grafting coral fragments into small plugs, which are inserted into a moulded base. Those bases are then placed in batches on the seabed….

Ms Foster has formed a start-up firm called Coral Maker and hopes that a partnership with San Francisco-based engineering software firm Autodesk will accelerate the process further.

Their researchers have been training an artificial intelligence to control collaborative robots (cobots), which work closely alongside humans.

“Some of these processes in coral propagation are just repetitive pick and place tasks, and they’re ideally suited to robotic automation,” says Ms Foster.

A robotic arm can graft or glue coral fragments to the seed plugs. Another places them in the base, using vision systems to make decisions about how to grab it.

“Every piece of coral is different, even within the same species, so the robots need to recognise coral fragments and how to handle them,” says Nic Carey, senior principal research scientist at Autodesk.

“So far, they’re very good at handling the variability in coral shapes.”






You might think that I’m joking when I say that we need cyborg rights to be codified into law, but I honestly think that, given the pace of development of medical implants and the rights issues raised by having proprietary technologies becoming part of a human body, I think that this is absolutely essential for bodily autonomy, disability rights, and human rights more generally. This has already become an issue, and it will only become a larger issue moving forwards.

No but seriously we need cyborg rights, in case you don’t know how many people count as cyborgs here are some examples;

People with cochlear implants are cyborgsPeople with pacemakers are cyborgsPeople with insulin pumps are cyborgs

There are even edge cases revolving around how much electricity and integration into the body are necessary to make someone a cyborg.

People with replacement hips or other bones are by some definitions cyborgsPeople with implanted medical devices such as artificial valves or stents are by some definitions cyborgsPeople with prosthetic limbs are by some definitions cyborgsPeople with ostomy bags are by some definitions cyborgsPeople in wheel chairs, electric or not, are by some definitions cyborgs

The list could go on but I think I made my point that cyborgs are a lot more than just people with robot arms, they are the disabled deserving of the rights to the technology their lives literally depend on.

This is needed.

Earlier this year, a woman was forcibly deprived of a brain implant that was treating her epilepsy because the company that made the implant went bankrupt. Here’s a link to one of several articles about it:

This story happened back in the 2010s according to the first article but is still relevant. Also if my cochlears were repossessed by the company for some asinine reason I would literally stop being able to do 80% of the things I do and my future would be ruined. Cyborg rights are necessary and should have been codified decades ago

This was in 2020, and the patients weren’t even informed of it - one day their eyes just stopped working because the company that made them went out of business.

wildsummerrose:If the world is turning into a dystopia, might as...


If the world is turning into a dystopia, might as well have fun with it! 




jaggedwolf said: can’t say this and not link/say which one it is

the original “turing test” paper is so beautiful.  more beautiful, i imagine, than most expect going in—he’s got this underlying warm humanism and gentle humor throughout.  (it’s present even in his more technical papers, but it shines here)

and the section that slays me each time is this:

“It will not be possible to apply exactly the same teaching process to the machine as to a normal child. It will not, for instance, be provided with legs, so that it could not be asked to go out and fill the coal scuttle. Possibly it might not have eyes. But however well these deficiencies might be overcome by clever engineering, one could not send the creature to school without the other children making excessive fun of it […]”

like.  this is the original “turing test” paper.  this is the first dude to formally conceptualize the whole “~*~what if computers learn to think, how could we tell~*~” thing.  which, in subsequent SF invocations, is used mostly in spooky or paranoid contexts: the Voigt-Kampff test of Blade Runner, the preemptive rushes to constrain that budding will in I, Robot and others, and in modern worries over AGI.  and i like those stories!  they’re interesting and cool and eerie!



the original guy was not scared or unsettled or spooked by the prospect of new minds.  this dude’s primary concern, when facing the dawn of artificial intelligence, was instead: “what if we teach computers to think and then the other kids on the playground bully the computer, that would be so mean :(((”

i love that, so much.  i love people so much, sighs into hands

This is an example of why I am so protective of Turing’s memory.

Commander Robot (AKA Ralph Roger Robot) by David Colman (1969). This 7-foot 4, aluminium and…


Commander Robot (AKA Ralph Roger Robot) by David Coleman (1969). This 7-foot 4, aluminium and plexiglass ice-skating robot featured in the “Ice Capades” and “Ice Follies”. It contains some 50 pounds of batteries, servos, a tape recorder, flashing blue eyes and glowing red tubes, with two motors to drive sprockets that bite into the ice and make it move. Coleman was inspired to build his robot while repairing props backstage for the Ice Follies where he once skated. Coleman told the producers, “I’m going to build a robot.”

TORTIS (Toddler’s Own Recursive Turtle Interpreter System) by Radia Perlman (1974), MIT, Cambridge,…


TORTIS (Toddler’s Own Recursive Turtle Interpreter System) by Radia Perlman (1974), MIT. TORTIS is a device that lets pre-school children communicate with and program a robot turtle. It has three button boxes, designed so that key concepts can be introduced gradually. The first box has buttons for simple turtle actions, ‘forward’, 'back’, 'right’, 'lift’, 'toot’, 'penup’, 'pendown’, 'light on’, and 'light off.’ A 'commands box’ has the same nine buttons, with an additional row of numbers 1 to 10; pressing a number before the action button, repeats the action that many times. A third 'memory box’ can be plugged in, that stores and recalls sequences of actions. Perlman went on to invent the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), that allows Ethernet networks to transport data while avoiding loops, a development that was key to the growth of the internet.


Robotron by Donald Rich (1957), Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. Here we see 14 year old Donald with…


Robotron by Donald Rich (1957), Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. Here we see 14 year old Donald with his creation at the International Gadget & Invention show at Madison Square Garden (second photo). Robotron, “is capable of ‘seeing’ with his electronic eyes and of 'sensing the presence of a human being, can pick up objects manually or magnetically and moves about on wheels powered by electric motors. Donald holds a computer he designed to fit the robot like a vest, enabling Robetron to do mathematical calculations” – Corpus Christi Times, Friday 9th August, 1957.

An excellent reality concept 👌👌



An excellent reality concept 👌👌

a real reversal of roles…….

70sscifiart:Happy Spherical Robot Head Reflection Saturday!...


Happy Spherical Robot Head Reflection Saturday! Here’s Katsuhiro Otomo’s homage to the classic MC Escher artwork.

That’s just awesome!


LEMUR IIb – Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robots, Brett Kennedy et al (2006), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. This version of LEMUR is being used to investigate climbing, with potential applications including search-and-rescue, surveillance, personal assistance, and planetary exploration. It can climb slopes, and even vertical faces and overhangs, such as the climbing wall pictured. While climbing, it always tries to maintain either three or four supporting holds, using its four arms. One innovation is a new Ultrasonic drill (USDC) end-effector capable of creating holds in rock and soil as well as taking samples. In 2013, LEMUR IIb received a major upgrade with an amazing set of microspine grippers that allows inverted free-climbing.

That’s just awesome!



“can a robot even have mental illnesses” they are allowed to have whatever they want. don’t be fucking rude

robots can have mental illnesses we can’t even conceive of - like shrimp colors

Stickybot by MarkCutkosky (2006), Center for Design Research, Stanford University, CA. Stickybot…


Stickybot by MarkCutkosky (2006), Center for Design Research, Stanford University, CA. Stickybot explores mobility on vertical surfaces using dry adhesion. The adhesion comes from van der Waals forces which don’t leave a sticky trail. Each of its sixteen toes has a synthetic adhesive patch with microscopic Directional Polymer Stalks that give it climbing abilities similar to those of a real gecko. These provide a strong shear force for climbing, but can be easily peeled off by a toe-curling action.


UK 1985

The servo looks like a top hat. What a...


UK 1985

The servo looks like a top hat.

What a distinguished looking robot arm.

I feel like I really need some context for this video.

I keep imagining that it is covering itself out of some sense of embarrassment.

WebCrawler V2 – “Spiderbot” by Robert Hogg et al (2003), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA….


WebCrawler V2 – “Spiderbot” by Robert Hogg et al (2003), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. This second version of the Micro-Robot Explorer (MRE) has six legs, each having two spring-compliant joints and a gripping actuator with force-feedback. A hard-coded set of gaits enables it to move smoothly along a mesh structure. The objective is to create a Spiderbot that can traverse a flexible, deployable mesh, for use in space repairs.

Im Very Pleased to share this website my partner directed me to. You’re interested in retro…



Im Very Pleased to share this website my partner directed me to. You’re interested in retro techand/or robotics, The Old Robots is a unique and surprisingly thorough archive of all sorts of real robots from as early as the 1940’s to as late as the 2000’s. I especially love the dated nature of its aesthetics. But, seriously- there’s pages and pages worth of these robots. Many robots also include videos embedded in the site to show them in action.

An excellent resource for those interested in robotics, the history of robots, robotic toys, or just goofs like me that love to see little funny hard metal and plastic fellas.

This site has been around for a long time, I remember using it when I was in high school to learn about robots. He’s added onto it since then, which is cool.

Big Wheels by Jack Jones (1999), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. The JPL Inflatable Rover…


Big Wheels by Jack Jones (1999), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. The JPL Inflatable Rover Program is focused on inflatable vehicles for increased speed and range, enabling robotic outpost development on distant worlds. ’Big Wheels’ has two large 1.5m diameter rear-drive balloon wheels, with a forward steering wheel the same size, and is topped by an inflatable solar array. “We sent this rover out to Death Valley, to a place called Mars Hill that has a general geological formation like Mars, and nothing could stop it,says Jack Jones (pictured), “It just kept going and going and going.” The large balloon wheels absorb impacts with smaller rocks, and provide a large surface area to climb over larger rocks. The Big Wheels rover would only need to steer around larger boulders, “Why worry about every little rock, pebble, and crack when you can just roll right over most of them?

- Sophia Munir

Acquisition to accelerate Rockwell’s end-to-end autonomous production logistics solutions, providing safer, more efficient manufacturing environments for customers   MILWAUKEE – Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario, Canada-based Clearpath Robotics Inc., a leader in autonomous […]

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- Sophia Munir
University of Glasgow Develops a Cyber Physical Architecture for Symbiotic Multi-Robot Fleet Autonomy

The adoption of robotics and automation systems for inspection, maintenance and repair of facilities is becoming more prevalent. The application is especially valuable when used in inspection of net zero energy generation infrastructure. As the world faces a climate change crisis, it is imperative that industries move towards achieving net zero emissions.  There are many […]

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- Sophia Munir
University of Texas at Arlington Employs Husky UGV for Automated Plant Phenotyping

Precision plant phenotyping is an essential practice for breeders to make informed decisions to meet the demands of modern agriculture and to contribute to resilient and sustainable crop production.  Decades of extensive research has resulted in the establishment of genetic resources for upland cotton, a globally significant crop that holds tremendous economic importance. With a […]

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- Sophia Munir
TurtleBot 4 Now Supports ROS 2 Humble

We are happy to announce that TurtleBot 4 now supports ROS 2 Humble. TurtleBot 4, the latest iteration in the TurtleBot series, is an open source, compact and affordable platform designed to facilitate education, development and research in robotics. It is popular for its ease of use, versatility and extensive support from the ROS community.  […]

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- Sophia Munir
Clearpath Robotics to Launch Husky Observer at ICRA 2023

In March of 2023, Clearpath Robotics announced Husky Observer™; an all-terrain, rugged robot with an integrated payload for inspection. We are thrilled to launch Husky Observer at ICRA this year. The new robotic system combines Husky™, a popular and versatile robot from Clearpath Robotics with OutdoorNav Autonomy Software™; a software platform that enables autonomous navigation […]

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- Heath Thomas
From the outset, genetic engineering and manipulation have been one of the issues associated with the ethics and risks of synthetic biology.The earliest roots of synthetic biology (or syn-bio for short) trace back to the 1960s when scientists Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod discovered regulatory circuits that underpin cell response. Soon, researchers envisioned the creation [...]
- Heath Thomas
LabLinx™ Track-based Systems: Transforming Laboratory Automation with Dynamic Robotic Solutions
What Are the Different Types of pH Meters in Your Laboratory? As the term sounds, laboratory automation is using automated technologies in the lab to improve processes and applications. There are many benefits to lab automation, particularly for high-throughput laboratories. Over time, it became apparent that performing processes manually was difficult for technicians and needed [...]
- Heath Thomas
A few pieces of equipment are imperative to have in your microbiology, synthetic biology, or other laboratory. Having the right pH meter in your laboratory, or using the correct one in fieldwork, is essential to perform numerous types of applications, from testing soil to water quality. Regarding pH meters vs pH test strips, strips are [...]
- Heath Thomas
Synthetic biology, or syn-bio for short, looks at problems from an alternative perspective to create solutions. For example, when it comes to synthetic biology and environmental remediation, Ben Bostick, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has said, “We think about how we can roll back our footprint, and not so much about how can we [...]
- Heath Thomas
Before advances in automation, samples had to be screened and tested by hand. Not only was this an inefficient way to process samples, the work hours alone required to perform colony picking or other applications could take hours, even days, to process a small amount of samples. However, with the advent of high-throughput screening. Instead [...]
- Heath Thomas
Integrating PlateCrane into Your Lab: Tips for Successful Implementation and Optimization
The PlateCrane EX™™ helps revolutionize laboratory automation by streamlining microplate handling—it is a handler optimized for the “SBS footprint,” including microplates, reservoirs, and disposable dip racks. Not only can the PlateCrane EX™ handle plates with hundreds of different instruments, it is easily integrable into any working lab and is designed to complement several systems; but [...]
- Heath Thomas
The field of synthetic biology (syn-bio for short) is growing at an amazing rate, partly because of all the many ways syn-bio can be useful. If you think about the blanket term “biology,” think of all the applications and many different fields that fall under that umbrella. Synthetic biology can look very similar in that [...]
- Heath Thomas
One of the more fundamental tools in every laboratory, a pH meter is an absolute necessity. Decades ago, researchers would have used a pH indicator kit, but in the interest of time and faster processing, a meter (whether benchtop or handheld) is a staple in a modern lab. The “p” stands for potential, while the [...]
- Heath Thomas
Those who watch or read the news may be familiar with how many decades it took for the first genome sequencing projects to come to fruition fully. Tens of thousands of individual fragments were used in these projects, but these fragments had to undergo processes before they became usable. Each fragment had to be cloned, [...]
- Heath Thomas
No introduction to synthetic biology would be complete without the precise definition provided by The National Human Genome Institute, which describes syn-bio as “a field of science that involves redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities.” A complete history and introduction to synthetic biology would teach that synthetic biology was [...]
- Mike Oitzman

The Robotics Startup Boot Camp at RoboBusiness will provide “tips of the trade” around the challenges that can make or break a startup.

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- Brianna Wessling

Interact Analysis expects the mobile robot market to reach an installed base of over 4 million mobile robots by the end of 2027.

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- Steve Crowe

The Florida manufacturer of exhaust parts has increased weld speed tenfold, lower lead times, and improve quality using its new cobot colleague

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- Steve Crowe

This new facility will increase ABB's manufacturing capacity for its collaborative and industrial robot arms by 50% and enable it to better serve the European market.

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- Cobot Trends Staff

ReAutomated: The virtual experience will focus on three applications within industrial automation: welding, machine tending and palletizing.

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- Cobot Trends Staff

Robotiq's PE20 comes with a payload capacity of 18 kg (40 lb) and stacking heights of up to 2150 mm (84 in).

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- Mike Oitzman

Universal Robots' UR20 cobot is debuting its welding abilities with Vectis Automation, Hirebotics, and Melton Machine & Control Company.

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- Brianna Wessling

RoboBusiness will feature an interview with Hani Abouhalka, the Company Group Chairman of Robotics & Digital Surgery at Johnson & Johnson MedTech.

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- Brianna Wessling

The partnership includes a memorandum of understanding for Doosan Robotics to use Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service for a GPT-based robot control system. 

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Since 2016, Universal Robots has offered robotics training to customers and others with an interest in collaborative robots.

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- Steve Crowe

Thursday, September, 7 2023 2:00 PM EST Packaging and palletizing are end-of-line tasks found in almost all production facilities. Automating these processes with a reliable and efficient system is crucial to any business’ continuity – and scaling up your systems with modular hardware and plug-and-play software is a must-have as your business grows. Tune into […]

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- Cobot Trends Staff

Generative AI is revolutionizing the software industry, but how can this breakthrough be applied to robotics?

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- David Brandt, PhD

Why is simply considering the sensitivity of a safety function insufficient to assess the level of safety provided?

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- Universal Robots

With welding jobs being crucial for communities across the world, demand for welders is only set to grow over the next decade.

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- Brianna Wessling

Buy your early bird pass for RoboBusiness in Santa Clara on October 18-19 now and save $300 on full conference registration.

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- Cobot Trends Staff

Dexterity, Inc. unveiled the 3.0 release of its Palletizing and Depalletizing software aimed at unlocking pallet operations in the warehouse. 

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- Brianna Wessling

DoBot Robotics has signed a Letter of Intent with VenHub, a company developing a modular retail platform built on expendable containers. 

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- Mike Oitzman

The 2023 RoboBusiness Pitchfire startup pitch competition is now open for submissions of participants.

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- Cobot Trends Staff

Taking a regional perspective on the components in the industrial robots market, Japan is currently the largest market, but China will catch up by 2027 in terms of revenue.

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- Cobot Trends Staff

Teradyne named Ujjwal Kumar, whose 25-year career has spanned multiple companies and industries, as the Group President of Teradyne Robotics.

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- Anice Huang

By 2029, the worldwide market for industrial robots is expected to be worth $35.68 billion, up from an estimated $16.78 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 11.4%. Amid this rapid growth, collaborative robots or ‘cobots’ are making a significant mark in various industries, most prominently in manufacturing. They offer unparalleled agility, precision, and […]

The post Robotic Arms in Manufacturing: How Cobots are Revolutionizing Material Handling appeared first on Techman Robot.

- Anice Huang

What Is a Cobot? In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, businesses constantly seek innovative solutions to enhance productivity and efficiency. One breakthrough in the automation field is the creation of collaborative robots, commonly known as cobots. Unlike traditional automation methods that often require complex and costly setups, cobots offer a modernized and human-friendly approach to […]

The post How to Choose the Right AI Cobots for Your Business Needs? appeared first on Techman Robot.

- Anice Huang

What Is AOI (Automated Optical Inspection)? Automated Optical Inspection, commonly known as AOI, is a machine-based inspection technology that enables the detection of defects and flaws in various production processes, including PCB and electronics manufacturing, automotive, medical, and aerospace industries.  AOI machines, on the other hand, use advanced computer vision algorithms and diverse lighting techniques […]

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- Anice Huang

What is Machine Vision? Machine vision is an AI technology that enables machines to quickly recognize and analyze visual data with high accuracy. It allows industrial equipment to “see” what it is doing and make immediate and informed decisions based on what it observes. The increased efficiency and product quality it provides has made it […]

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- Anice Huang

The rise of collaborative robots, also known as cobots, has revolutionized modern industrial settings. Cobots are robots that work alongside humans to enhance efficiency, safety, and flexibility. They are equipped with sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that enable them to perform dangerous, tedious, or repetitive tasks. Cobots have become an indispensable part of logistics, […]

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- Jereme Bivins

In the latest installment of our conversation series, we get to know Kenneth Ramah, one of the core members of our dedicated team. Sharing more of the heartbeat behind our operations and what makes our team thrive, we delve into Kenn’s role within the organization, his journey to get where he is, and the shape […]

The post In Conversation with… Kenneth Ramah, WeRobotics Coordinator & Tech Support appeared first on WeRobotics Blog.

- Jereme Bivins

In 2020, we published our first blog post on “what goes on behind the scenes” of co-creating a Network that effectively localizes emerging technologies such as drones sustainably and responsibly, with a locally-driven, bottom-up approach. In 2021, we built upon this blog post by publicly sharing our key activities and roles on our website. In 2022, we followed […]

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- Jereme Bivins

One of the most frequently asked questions about the Flying Labs Network is, “How many Flying Labs are there in the Network?” This is an essential question as the actual size of the Network influences its growth on multiple levels, such as local representation, diversity of experiences and approaches, and collective learning, to name a […]

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- Jereme Bivins

The story of WeRobotics is not just about a workplace; it is about our dreams coming true, transforming lives, and filling hearts with hope. Each of us finds our purpose, passion, and joy in participating in this incredible organization. Once upon a time, there was a shy little girl named Uyangaa in Mongolia. She grew up during […]

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- Jereme Bivins

In a webinar organized by WeRobotics on Thursday, March 16, 2023, the stage was set to showcase the transformative potential of drones in two critical areas: unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and methane detection. Speakers from SPH Engineering and Senegal Flying Labs unveiled groundbreaking insights from their collaborative methane detection project conducted in Senegal, a remarkable initiative supported by the […]

The post Using Drones for Clearance of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Methane Detection appeared first on WeRobotics Blog.

- PAL Robotics

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Zaki Hussein, the CEO & Founder of Touchlab, the award-winning startup that exists to solve the great challenge of touch in robotics, and specialises in electronic skin (e-skin) and teleoperated avatar technology. During our interview, we asked more about the mission and founding of the company,

The post Zaki Hussein talks founding Touchlab and pioneering work fitting TIAGo robot with e-skin to work in hospitals appeared first on PAL Robotics Blog.

- PAL Robotics

In today's commercial landscape, efficient inventory management stands as a cornerstone for success. It's not just about keeping track of products; it's a strategic practice that involves careful planning, monitoring, and control to ensure optimal resource utilisation, meeting customer demand, and minimising costs and risks. This practice is essential for controlling expenses, optimising cash flow,

The post Managing data centre operations with RFID inventory tracking appeared first on PAL Robotics Blog.

- PAL Robotics

In a world where technological advancement is reshaping industry, healthcare stands at the forefront of transformation, as the integration of social robots in healthcare has the potential to enhance patient care and support the overburdened healthcare system. We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Séverin Lemaignan and Dr. Raquel Ros, both experts in social robotics,

The post Exploring the potential and challenges of social robots in healthcare appeared first on PAL Robotics Blog.

- PAL Robotics

At PAL Robotics we are happy to announce in the ever-evolving landscape of robotics the launch of the Advanced Grasping Premium Software designed exclusively for the mobile manipulators TIAGo and TIAGo++. This Premium cutting-edge software package is set to enhance the capabilities of manipulation in robotics. From intricate research endeavors to competitive robotics competitions and

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- PAL Robotics

In today's retail industry, efficient inventory management is crucial for the success of any business. Retailers often face numerous challenges in this regard, including inaccuracies in stock information, difficulties in locating products, out-of-stock situations, and misplacements. These issues can result in customer dissatisfaction, lost sales, and inefficient operations. To overcome these challenges, we have developed

The post StockBot: empowering retail excellence through advanced inventory management appeared first on PAL Robotics Blog.

- Gecko Marketing Team
What is a Penstock and its Role in Hydropower?
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that hydropower was responsible for 6.2% of the United States' total electricity production and approximately 28.7% of the total for renewable energy generation in 2022. Renewables provide about 20% of the country’s electricity, and this number is projected to increase over the next few years. 

This article covers the basics of hydropower, explaining how it is generated and the role of penstocks – one of the most important components of hydropower systems. It also discusses how modern nondestructive testing technologies can help ensure these critical structures operate efficiently and reliably as the demand for renewable energy grows.

- Gecko Marketing Team
4 Steps to Start Your Digital Transformation Journey
Four steps to start your digital transformation journey for predictive maintenance

Digital transformation continues to gain traction across numerous business sectors. In 2022, companies invested nearly$2 trillion in digital transformation technologies. By 2026, it is expected to reach $3.4 trillion. While digital transformation has been embraced for certain industrial segments - like rotating equipment - fixed equipment has been left behind.

Why are so many companies investing in Industry 4.0 technologies? When done right, it is lightning in a bottle. Improvements to safety, uptime, and throughput accelerate the winners to the front of the pack faster than ever. 

The payoff from digital transformation can be significant, but the success rate is shockingly low. Forbes reported that the risk of digital transformation failure falls between 70% and 95%

As you start your digital transformation journey, this blog will guide you through four steps to beat the odds and explain the critical element most strategies are missing. 

- Gecko Marketing Team
Three Ways Robotic Inspections Improve Safety
Robotic inspections improve safety for facilities, communities, and the environment

You’ve seen the signs on the gates of refineries and other process industry facilities: “This plant has worked 147 days without a safety incident.”

For some plant managers, this sign is validation that good processes are in place. For others, especially plant safety engineers and managers (EHS), it’s counting the days leading to something bad inevitably happening.

The impacts of safety are twofold when it comes to asset management. First, traditional inspection methods are inherently dangerous to the facility workers and inspectors involved. There’s also a bigger picture that goes beyond the plant level. Without proper procedures, technology, and analysis, nearby communities and the environment are also at risk of disastrous events.

Here, we break down three ways that robotic inspections improve safety – at the plant level and beyond.

- Gecko Marketing Team
Data Transformation: From Reactive to Predictive Maintenance
Gecko's complete and connected solutions combine wall-climbing robots, industry-leading sensors, and an AI-powered data platform

With large industrial equipment comes inherent risks and costly consequences when something goes wrong. Asset failures can send devastating ripple effects, causing unplanned downtime, lost productivity and revenue, significant unbudgeted costs, and dangerous safety incidents.

Maintenance activities are critical to running operations safely, reliably, and seamlessly across various industrial sectors. The ultimate goal of performing maintenance is to maximize the availability of assets while mitigating or fixing issues. 

Though this primary goal remains, how we approach maintenance has drastically evolved. Facilities have shifted from trying to figure out what happened after something fails to predicting what will happen, when it will happen, and what proactive actions can be taken to avoid problems. 

In this blog, we dive into three different approaches to maintenance – reactive, preventive, and predictive – and discuss how data is changing the game as companies advance with Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

- Gecko Marketing Team
Smooth Sailing: Data’s Role in the Maritime Supply Chain
Inspection data's role in the maritime supply chain

The world’s supply chain continues to adopt modernized approaches as consumers expect fast, often overnight delivery of goods. By replacing manual processes with digital transformation tools and connected technologies, supply chains are boosting their efficiencies, visibility, and flexibility to build resilient end-to-end operations. 

Many businesses now rely on implemented technologies like autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and warehouse management systems (WMS) to streamline workflows and gain real-time views into the point-by-point handling of goods across supply networks. A tremendous amount of data is being collected and analyzed about the movement of goods to avoid delays and bottlenecks. However, this data is missing a crucial primary step that impacts all subsequent supply chain stages.

Before goods are received at a warehouse or distribution center, they must safely and reliably travel from ship to shore. Maritime transport is the foundation of global manufacturing and trade. It’s reported that 90% of world trade is carried by maritime vessels. More than 50,000 ships are dedicated to transporting an estimated 11 billion tons of goods each year. The average reliability of container shipping lines arriving on time has historically hovered around 66%– leaving significant room for improvement.

If a maritime vessel requires unplanned maintenance while transporting cargo, this causes significant delays and disruptions to the on-time arrival of goods. With such an impact on our daily access to goods and the global economy as a whole, the digitalization principles that are revolutionizing critical phases of the supply chain should also be applied to how we maintain and monitor the structural health of the vessels that transport goods across the sea.

- Gecko Marketing Team
Raising the Grade: America’s Infrastructure Report Card
How to improve America's infrastructure through digitization

We all depend on the reliable operation of infrastructure every day. Our infrastructure is the silent foundation for our economic development, supply chains, energy and water systems, transportation, and much more. 

However, most of us don’t think about the structural health of the built world until an issue arises, like power outages, a bridge collapsing, or dangerous refinery explosions. Our infrastructure systems are essential in keeping the world running. They must be reliable, operational, and safe—today and in the future.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. It details the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure across 17 different categories. In the most recent report, America’s infrastructure scored a C- rating, leaving significant room for improvement. 

In this blog, discover key learnings from the report card and how we can improve the rating for a safer, stronger, and more resilient future.

- Gecko Marketing Team
Pre-Turnaround Planning: Take Guesswork Out of Operations
Pre-turnaround planning for refineries: How to reduce risk and take the guesswork out of operations

Oil refineries help keep the world running by turning crude oil into products that heat our homes, fuel our cars, and serve as several essential items in our daily lives. With such significance, refineries must maintain safe, uninterrupted production by avoiding asset failures, extended downtime, and potentially catastrophic events. 

Refineries typically conduct a turnaround, commonly called a TAR, to combat these challenges. During the turnaround process, assets are taken offline for an extended period to complete scheduled maintenance, perform inspections, repair or replace equipment, conduct cleaning activities, and ensure compliance. 

The primary goal is to complete the turnaround as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. The key to successfully achieving this goal is effective pre-turnaround planning. Discover how to build an impactful pre-turnaround plan and the benefits of optimizing your roadmap.

- Gecko Marketing Team
Reducing Risks: Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Vessels
Reducing Risks with Robot Powered Inspections: Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Vessels

Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) vessels create and separate gases using a high degree of pressure. The PSA process can be implemented across a large range of applications and is commonly utilized by oil and gas refineries to purify hydrogen.

With this process, gases and impurities are filtered from the feed stream by being adsorbed onto solid surfaces at high pressure levels and desorbed at lower pressures. The higher the pressure, the more gases are adsorbed. While high pressure increases operational efficiency, it also increases the risk of structural issues that can lead to catastrophic failures and dangerous explosions. 

Learn about some of the common damage mechanisms found in PSA vessels and what can be done to identify and address problem areas to optimize safe, reliable operations.

- Gecko Marketing Team
The Critical Role of Robotics and Data in a Secure Future
Gecko Robotics CEO on the World Economic Forum's panel about robotics, AI systems, and data software being critical for energy security and national defense

The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting gathers government, business, and civil society leaders in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss global issues and make positive, impactful changes happen. 

Gecko Robotics CEO Jake Loosararian was invited to speak at the forum on a panel titled, “In the Name of National Security.” In this session, he joined the Global Editorial Director of Wired Magazine Gideon Lichfield, FBI Director Christopher Wray, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko, and Cloudflare, Inc. CEO Matthew Prince to discuss dual-use technologies and why robotics, AI systems, and data software solutions are critical in driving energy security and national defense. This blog highlights and expands on Jake’s discussions from the panel. 

- Gecko Marketing Team
Seasonal Readiness: Powering Safe, Reliable Operations
Seasonal readiness planning for power plants ensure safe and reliable operations

Inclement weather conditions can cause catastrophic impacts on power plants, especially during the winter months with periods of extremely frigid temperatures. Severe conditions can be forecasted in advance or hit without notice — Either way, they can become disruptive, dangerous, and costly.

In this blog, learn about the importance of seasonal readiness planning, what happened when an energy provider didn’t effectively prepare for extreme weather, and how energy companies can increase operational reliability to protect against service disruptions.

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Empowering Future STEM Innovators: Cultivating Interest and Inclusivity

By Katie Brenneman 

A robust STEM education is key to student success in the digital age. A strong grasp of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ensures that the pupils of today have the skills they need to find personal and professional success in the future.

However, many students find STEM classes dull and unengaging. This is largely due to misconceptions about the purpose of STEM classes and outdated lesson plans that fail to capture the student’s imagination.

Unfortunately, social inequalities exacerbate disinterest in STEM fields. Black and Hispanic folks are underrepresented in the STEM industry and women in STEM only earn 77% of the average salary that a man in STEM receives. These inequalities push some students away from STEM and must be addressed by teachers who want to cultivate interest and inclusivity in the classroom.

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Preparing for an Electric Future With STEM Education

By Ellie Gabel

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STEM education is critical for the long-term success of electric vehicles and clean energy. These industries remain relatively new to educators and students alike. Expanding coverage of electrification technologies will ensure the next generation has the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to positive, long-term growth in sustainability initiatives. 

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How AI Can Promote Equity in STEM Students

By Devin Partida

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Pursuing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is an ever-evolving conversation around representation and diversity. Artificial Intelligence (AI) — a frontier within STEM itself — emerges not just as an object of study but as a tool to promote equity among students who want to pursue a career in this field. However, can teachers really use AI to champion inclusivity, adaptability and accessibility to create a brighter future for minorities?

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Does Your School Have the Tech to Support an Esports Program?

By Ellie Gabel


Although most schools have integrated technology into many aspects of their institution, their standard equipment doesn’t typically meet the requirements to support an Esports program. To modernize and future-proof their endeavors, they must invest in quality equipment.

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How Does a STEM Education Encourage Leadership?

By Devin Partida


Our world is changing so rapidly that sometimes, it's challenging to predict what the future will look like. But one thing is certain — kids have different needs now than they did 20 years ago.

Gone are the days when being intelligent and hardworking is enough. Now, more factors contribute to determining the future generation's success. But just how can we prepare our kids to become key leaders in future industries?

The answer can be found in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. A STEM education significantly impacts children's future as these subjects can teach kids many soft and hard skills that will enable them to perform at a globally competitive level.

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Enhancing Math Proficiency: Unleashing AI Labs and Robots as Engaging Tools

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In recent years, concerns have been growing over the declining math proficiency among students in the United States. The ability to comprehend and apply mathematical concepts is not only essential for academic success but also for preparing individuals to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. As math scores continue to drop, there's a pressing need to explore innovative solutions to reignite students' interest in mathematics. One such solution lies in harnessing the power of AI labs and robots as engaging educational tools. This blog post delves into the potential of AI labs and robots to enhance math proficiency and foster a renewed enthusiasm for learning.

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Five New Technologies in Education Transforming School Operations

By Softbank Robotics


New technologies like remote learning platforms, big data, and AI are changing the way students learn (and the way schools are managed). From early childhood, to K-12, to higher education, and beyond, new tech in schools is opening up transformational possibilities for instruction, student support, and school operations. Below, we cover some of the most valuable technological innovations helping school administrators and their staff deliver a quality educational experience while adapting to staffing challenges and tight budgets.

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How AI Should Be Used in Education

By Ellie Gabel


Is artificial intelligence in education the future or a risky new tool for cheating? AI can be a highly beneficial technology for students and teachers alike. When used wisely, it can help kids learn at their own pace or provide valuable support for educators. How can the sector leverage AI to benefit students and teachers without compromising safety or integrity? 

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Innovative Curriculums That Spark Enthusiasm in STEM and Robotics Students

By Katie Brenneman


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The continued rise of the digital landscape has revolutionized the world we live in. A range of day-to-day interactions are influenced by advanced tools and technical ideas. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that students today benefit from a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, alongside an understanding of robotics. After all, these elements are likely to continue to be core parts of their future.

However, as important and fascinating as these subjects are, not all students will be enthusiastic about them. Some of the ideas can be complex or might seem to not tie into the more creative subjects certain students prefer. This is where identifying innovative approaches to STEM and robotics curricula can ensure you can offer students an engaging and enriching education.

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10 Simple Ways to Introduce AI to Elementary and Middle School Students

By Carla Jose

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If we think about the world our elementary and middle school students are growing up in, we notice that everyday tasks are constantly being redefined by artificial intelligence (AI). 

From voice assistants to self-driving cars, AI is changing the way we live, work, and play, and introducing students to these ideas at a young age can open a world of opportunities for them. However, teaching such an abstract concept can be challenging for some. But fear not! 

This handy guide will walk you through ten simple ways to make AI a part of your school curriculum, creating truly engaging and interactive lessons for all of your young learners. 

Let's delve into the fascinating journey of acquainting kids with artificial intelligence concepts!

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) expands powerhouse briefing into two-day event, including new half-day introductory course, to help manufacturers in data strategy, advances in AI robotics, machine vision, and AI-powered optimization and prediction
Hosted by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the long-running event explores key issues in robot safety with an in-depth overview of best practices and current industry standards
Max Moruzzi, CEO of intelligent automation startup Xaba, to shed light on how robots that think will reshape the factory floor, delivering more efficient and economical production
The robot can now automatically use elevators to make deliveries between floors.
Market Leader Now Live at 22 Health Systems Nationwide, Expects to Triple Customer Footprint Over Next 24 Months
Spotlighting the breadth and scope of its automation capabilities, KUKA will feature a wide variety of robotic solutions from education and training to augmented reality and collaborative robots at WIMTS 2023.
The cross-sector products expand the range of high-performance, easy-to-use cobot solutions primarily for companies in dozen of industries, including electronics, automotive, metal processing and so on.
Autonomous modular vehicle platform for agriculture automates a variety of tree crop tasks, including intelligent spraying - to improve efficiency and alleviate labor challenges
With the rolling shutter sensor onsemi AR2020, IDS Imaging Development Systems adds the technical successor of the onsemi AR1820 to its portfolio – making the company the first manufacturer in the industrial camera market to do so.
Integrating inspection and checklist apps with new AI object detection and classification skills reduces quality escapes and improves traceability for manufacturers
The Keypanion app provides an easy way for anyone to step into the next generation of electronic access.
Industrial education robot, powered by ABB’s OmniCore controller, includes the latest advancements in robotics such as energy-saving power grid feedback solutions
Take a more in depth look at Cincoze's all new computer and monitor module.
Landmark achievement strengthens FANUC’s position as a global automation leader.
Exciting Rebrand Marks the Mobile Robotics Leader's Next Chapter, Reinforces Its Mission to Revolutionize Order Fulfillment and Move Clients Forward
• MERLIC 5.4 to be launched on October 25, 2023 • New version of easy-to-use machine vision software easier to integrate into applications • Plug-ins for a REST API and for the Modicon PLC®* from Schneider Electric
Explore the transformative impact of wafer handling robots and automation software on semiconductor manufacturing. Discover precision, speed, and efficiency in action.
Factory will Produce the Human-Centric, Multi-Purpose Robot “Digit” at Scale in the US
Marty Now Monitors Real-Time Data to Improve On-Shelf Product Availability and Price Accuracy, While Continuing the Work to Keep Stores Safe and Clean
How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Autonomous Last Mile Logistics
Marking a significant milestone following the initial joint venture plans announced in June, this collaborative effort strengthens and expands on Jungheinrich’s and Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas’ existing partnership with over 570 Logisnext dealer locations across North America. Rocrich offers proven mobile automation solutions for warehouses, production facilities and the industry’s best service promise with leading local and regional coverage.
Maryland-based Quasi Robotics, a leading provider of integrated autonomous robotics, has announced the release of Model C2 – now available for pre-order. Designed to streamline material movement, the C2 autonomous delivery solution aims to eliminate the time-consuming task of manual item transport between or during workflows and has a wide feature set that is purpose-built to function optimally across numerous industries. Shipping of the C2 automated cart will begin in Q4 2023.
Kneo Automation, a pioneer in advanced automation solutions, is making waves in the manufacturing industry with its groundbreaking perspective on sustainable automation
Intellinum announces major new product release: The Next-Generation AI-Enabled Solution for Supply Chain Execution
Robotic equipment cleans recovery boiler spouts without manual intervention
Commercial drone event hosted 3,449 UAS professionals and featured an expanded exhibit hall floor
Leading robotics and automation company, RMGroup, will be exhibiting on stand F10 at this year’s PPMA show, held at the NEC, Birmingham on 26-28 Sep.
PF consultants is offering free CMMS installations to selected partners. The company wants to expand its product features and market reach by working with clients that run advanced technological and automated operations. The partners will get free consultancy, support and other benefits. The number of available spots is limited. Interested parties can apply on the product website.
Elevate factory efficiency with Predictive Maintenance. Proactively monitor equipment like vacuum pumps, motors, and more for optimal performance.
TRUMPF will present arc-welding robot that programs its own weld path at world’s leading trade fair for joining and cutting // Smart sensor enables robot to determine weld spots automatically // Technology will help tackle shortage of skilled workers
Robotic Soldering, Inspection & Defect Guide is the latest free process guide produced by Bob Willis. If you would like to contribute/sponsor for launch in November at Productronica the greatest electronics show in the world
The worldwide shortage of skilled welders has become a pressing concern in the manufacturing industry. The European Union alone needs an additional 300,000 welders to meet industry demands. Danish firm Smooth Robotics recognized this challenge and took action by introducing SmoothTool, a cobot welding solution that makes programming intuitive and easy for the welders to do themselves. Alusteel, the Danish manufacturing company, has experienced the benefits of this solution firsthand. Founder Mads Milling is enthusiastic about the resource-saving advantages that also make sound economic sense. "It's akin to having three workers when a welder collaborates with a cobot.
‘Black Recon’ tech concept will enable crews in fighting vehicles to autonomously launch and recover small drones for immediate, covert situational awareness without leaving the vehicle
Leveraging User friendly Easy-to-Deploy Automation, Big Joe continues to invest, collaborate and improve the automation experience for customers
OTTO 1200 delivers unmatched throughput with its quick maneuverability and industry-leading average speed
Global lifestyle brand deploys 16 innovative, AI-driven AMRs at Mexicali, MX facility
Robotics startup launches latest autonomous outdoor security patrolling robot, Ascento Guard. This next gen security tech allows companies to save cost while allowing security providers to fulfill more contracts.
More than 50 companies, universities, and student robotics teams will gather to showcase cutting-edge robotics and technology in a series of professional and family-oriented STEM-related events. RoboBoston will take place at 88 Seaport Blvd, Boston, and is free and open to the public.
FANUC's easy-to-use CRX-25iA welding cobot, which now offers a 30kg payload and 1,889mm reach, will demonstrate welding joints on a mower deck. Attendees can teach points using hand guidance or the Tablet TP interface with drag and drop icons. See FANUC at FABTECH in Booth B-27015.
This historic release marks a significant leap forward in the metal fabrication industry and will take center stage at FABTECH, North America's premier metal forming and fabrication tradeshow.
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Roboguide: How To Program a FANUC Robot

Roboguide is a well-known software tool for programming FANUC robots… but it’s not the only available option. You might not have realized this before, but there are other offline programming …

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New TwinTrack Probe from RoboDK Simplifies Robot Programming by Demonstration

RoboDK, a leading Canadian-European robot programming software company, has released the design and assembly instructions of the TwinTrack Probe. Available from September 2023, the cost-effective tool allows users to easily …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
9 Ways to Improve a Production Process with RoboDK

Are you looking for ways to improve your production process? Whether you are looking to optimize your workflow, automate bottleneck tasks, or prioritize continuous improvement, RoboDK can help. Simulation and …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Easier and Faster Offline Programming

Robots are becoming one of the most commonly used technologies in many industrial settings. However, programming industrial robots often remains a complicated process. Offline programming offers a way to make …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Introduction to RoboDK’s API: How to Automate Repetitive Tasks

The RoboDK API offers a powerful set of tools for you to quickly and easily program more complex robot tasks. It is the perfect tool for automating repetitive robot programming …

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The Transformative Power of Industrial Robot Arms in Industry 4.0

The rise of Industry 4.0 has ushered in a new era of industrial automation characterized by the convergence of digital technologies and physical manufacturing processes. At the heart of this …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Spotlight on ABB: How to Program ABB Robots

ABB is one of the top robot brands in the world – being one of The Big 4 robot companies. If you use ABB robots, this spotlight guide is for …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Robot Singularity vs Kinematic Singularity: What’s the Difference?

One concept that’s often misunderstood in robotics is “singularity.” There are 2 types of singularity that relate to robotics, but they both mean very different things. When you hear someone …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
How to Minimize Machine Downtime with RoboDK

What could your business achieve if you could minimize downtime? Downtime is an inevitable part of any manufacturing process. But too much downtime can quickly add up. If you aren’t …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Agile vs Flexible: What’s the Difference for Robotic Manufacturing?

Agile and flexible are two terms we often use in the context of robotics and automation… but what do they really mean? In today’s increasingly competitive market, we are all …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Optimize Robot Programming for Efficient Deployment

Robot programming is an integral part of automation deployment. But you need to optimize your programming workflow if you want to deploy robots efficiently and get the most from your …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Saving Money on Robot Energy Costs

How much energy does a robot use? Robots can have many benefits for businesses, but people don’t always consider how much energy they will use. Industrial robots can be power-hungry …

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Gear Repair Collaboration with RoboDK

In a recent collaborative effort with FORCE Technology and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence using ESPRIT additive toolpath programming, an industrial robot was programmed using RoboDK’s simulation software. ESPRIT and RoboDK, a …

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How Robot Integration Improves MRO Applications

There is one factor that always remains constant in industry, and that is technological innovation. The manufacturing industry is always pursuing innovations to improve production processes and material handling to …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
Is Flexible Manufacturing Right for You? How to Stay Competitive

In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to stay competitive. One way to do that is by incorporating flexible manufacturing into your business. According to the Deloitte 2022 Industry …

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- Alex Owen-Hill
10 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

Efficiency is often the word on the tip of every manufacturer’s tongue when they are thinking about improving their processes. And rightfully so! Improving your efficiency can lead to spending …

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Boxbot brings in $12M for package handling system

This Series A funding round brings Boxbot's total funding raised to date to $29.5 million for its package handling system. 

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- Brianna Wessling
FERNRIDE brings in $19M, bringing Series A round to $50M

This new funding brings FERNRIDE's Series A round to a total of $50 million, just months after the round's first $31 million was announced. 

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- Brianna Wessling

Over the next 10 years, Waabi and Uber Freight plan to deploy Waabi Drivers alongside carrier partners on the Uber Freight network.

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- Brianna Wessling

The Robotics Startup Boot Camp at RoboBusiness will provide “tips of the trade” around the challenges that can make or break a startup.

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- Sean Whooley
CMR Surgical brings in $165M to support surgical robot

CMR Surgical announced today that it raised a funding round worth $165 million (£133 million) and hit a milestone with its surgical robot.

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- Brianna Wessling
Diligent Robotics brings in $25M for Moxi

Diligent Robotics plans to use the funding to fuel system-wide expansions of its Moxi robot across hospitals nationwide. 

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What is a cartesian robot and how is it used in automation?

A cartesian robot system that uses XYZ coordinates to move multiple axes—typically three—to a specific location within its workspace.

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The P80360 stepper drive offers closed-loop position control and is fully programmable, enabling servo-like versatility, precision and repeatability in a stepper drive.

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- Brianna Wessling
Waymo to give free robotaxi rides during LA tour

Waymo will be offering free rides to residents and visitors across different LA neighborhoods ahead of a wider service launch. 

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- Brianna Wessling
ABB expands educational robots with IRB 1090

Students using the robot and controller can learn how robotics can be deployed across different sectors and applications.

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- Sean Whooley
Virtual Incision raises $30M for mini surgical robot

Virtual Incision announced that it added a $30 million extension to its previous $46 million Series C financing round.

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- Sean Whooley
Moon Surgical picks up CE mark for updated Maestro surgical robot

The latest evolution of the Maestro System focuses on manufacturing scalability, together with increased capability and has simplified both usability and training.

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TRI said new approach is a step towards building Large Behavior Models (LBMs) for robots, analogous to Large Language Models (LLMs) for conversational AI.

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- Mike Oitzman
AMD launches Kria K24 SOM and starter kit for industrial and commercial applications

K24 SOM and KD240 Kit enable the design of power-efficient, production-ready solutions for motor control and digital signal processing applications with a fast time to market

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- Brianna Wessling
Learn the fundamentals of designing AMRs at RoboBusiness

Interact Analysis expects the mobile robot market to reach an installed base of over 4 million mobile robots by the end of 2027.

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- Jason Dorrier
Agility’s New Factory Can Crank Out 10,000 Humanoid Robots a Year
Simple robots have long been a manufacturing staple, but more advanced robots—think Boston Dynamics’ Atlas—have mostly been bespoke creations in the lab. That’s begun to change in recent years as four-legged robots like Boston Dynamics’ Spot have gone commercial. Now, it seems, humanoid robots are aiming for mass markets too. Agility Robotics announced this week […]
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DeepMind’s ChatGPT-Like Brain for Robots Lets Them Learn From the Internet
Ever since ChatGPT exploded onto the tech scene in November of last year, it’s been helping people write all kinds of material, generate code, and find information. It and other large language models (LLMs) have facilitated tasks from fielding customer service calls to taking fast food orders. Given how useful LLMs have been for humans […]
- Vanessa Bates Ramirez
This Sweaty Robot Can Teach Us How to Survive Extreme Heat
It’s been a hot summer, with heat waves engulfing multiple parts of the world and setting record temperatures in some. We can hope that in time some of the measures being taken to fight climate change—from switching to renewable energy to capturing atmospheric carbon to using more sustainable building materials—will make a difference, and the […]
- Vanessa Bates Ramirez
Last year, fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle brought in a new employee: Chippy the chip-making robot. Chippy was tasked with slicing corn tortillas into triangles, frying them, tossing them with lime juice and salt, and dividing them into portions. The bot must have done a pretty good job, because now the restaurant is bringing in one […]
- Vanessa Bates Ramirez
Robots are slowly getting smarter, mostly thanks to advances in artificial intelligence that enable them to learn on their own rather than requiring constant human guidance. But despite being able to independently learn new tasks, most robots are still limited to a single form of motion—that is, they either walk, crawl, swim, fly, or move […]
- Edd Gent
Despite rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robots remain stubbornly dumb. But new research from DeepMind suggests the same technology behind large language models (LLMs) could help create more adaptable brains for robotic arms. While autonomous robots have started to move out of the lab and into the real world, they remain fragile. Slight changes in […]
- Edd Gent
Robots are nothing new. They build our cars, vacuum our floors, prepare our e-commerce orders, and even help carry out surgeries. But now the sci-fi vision of a general-purpose humanoid robot seems to be edging closer. While disembodied artificial intelligence has seen rapid improvements in performance in recent years, most robots are still relatively dumb. […]
- Vanessa Bates Ramirez
Flight. Invisibility. Mind-reading. Super-strength. These powers have mostly been limited to the realms of science fiction and fantasy, though we’re starting to see robots and computers replicate some of them. Now a small robot built by an international team has a new superpower: shape-shifting. Or perhaps a more accurate name would be… state-shifting. Described in […]
- Vanessa Bates Ramirez
CES 2023 Robot Roundup: Bots to Make Our Lives Better, Easier, or Just More Fun
Robots are already helping cook food, do construction work, clean homes, and more. In the future they’ll take over additional tasks—but which ones? At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a plethora of robots with various purposes was on display. Some of them were silly, some ingenious, some a bit creepy. Not […]
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Materials Made of Mechanical Neural Networks Can Learn to Adapt Their Physical Properties
A new type of material can learn and improve its ability to deal with unexpected forces thanks to a unique lattice structure with connections of variable stiffness, as described in a new paper by my colleagues and me. The new material is a type of architected material, which gets its properties mainly from the geometry […]
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Information on 2023 usage reporting, AprilTag updates, and more!

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It’s that time of year where we share award updates for the new season!

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We’re so excited to announce that Dow is now the sponsor of the Team Sustainability Award! We have updated the award to encompass two aspects of sustainability: team longevity and environmental consciousness.

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We are so excited to announce some updates to the Dean’s List Award!

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As teams are reforming for the new season, we want to remind you to take time to make sure all team members, adults and youth, understand their role in creating a safe environment.

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We want to let our FIRST Robotics Competition teams know about the potential grant opportunities our generous sponsors have to offer. 

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Meet the 2023 FIRST® Robotics Competition interns!

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Sharing a change coming to the robot rules for the 2024 season to help teams and vendors make better informed decisions as they prepare for Kickoff.

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Sharing more details on the expansion of the Kit of Parts base robot to help teams make decisions before the Black Tote and Drive Base opt-out deadline on Oct. 19th 12pm noon ET.

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Building a String Art Robot Looks Difficult
Building a String Art Robot Looks Difficult

Paul's string art robot is impressive, but the path he took to get there - as well as the persistence required - is what is really impressive

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- Gillian Mutti
Review of mBot Neo
Review of mBot Neo

What is the mBot Neo, anyway? The mBot Neo a coding robot that makes learning interactive, engaging, and loads of fun! With its cutting-edge technology, this educational robot takes learning to a whole new level by showcasing real-world applications, and we need to mention lego compatibility too. How To Put mBot Neo Together The instructions […]

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- Caleb Kraft
How To Build A Knife Throwing Robot
How To Build A Knife Throwing Robot

Have you ever wanted a hand-held knife launching robot that always hits it’s target? No? Well Quint Builds did and he (and his son) went through the exhausting process of designing it. This build is so much more complex than it looks at a glance. Take for example the “simple” task of holding a knife. […]

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Give Alexa a Billion Times More Personality with a New Body
Give Alexa a Billion Times More Personality with a New Body

When it comes to building robot assistants, Thomas Burns at Workshop Nation points out that we have incredible and amazing technology, but it’s lacking in visual personality. Just look at your Alexa or Google home device. They are pretty incredible in terms of technology but they are lacking in aesthetics. OK, some of you may […]

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Build Your First Combat Bot!
Build Your First Combat Bot!

Want to build your own battle robot? Today’s the day. Kerfuffle is a mini bot designed to inflict mechanical damage to other machines in caged combat. If you’ve ever seen the show BattleBots then you already have a very solid idea of how these robots operate. Kerfuffle is a 1lb robot in the plastic antweight class, meaning […]

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- Takashi Kaburagi
Smart3: The Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube
Smart3: The Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube

In the summer of 2015, I went to my first Maker Faire, in Tokyo, Japan. Afterward, I could only think about the challenge of making something. It moved me so much that I left the company where I worked as a programmer for 16 years and became a full-time maker. I challenged myself to create something […]

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How I Built A Guitar Picking Robot
How I Built A Guitar Picking Robot

The idea came to me while I was listening to a great Seattle fingerpicking guitarist, the late Klaus Lendzian, at a favorite local restaurant. I’d been hearing him play at various venues around town since the 1980s.  As I watched him play, I thought, “He’s really good. Lyrical, a great sense of timing. Wow, I […]

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- Caleb Kraft
We Love This Tiny Radio Controlled Wall-E
We Love This Tiny Radio Controlled Wall-E

Many of us fell absolutely in love with Wall-E, the main character of a movie by the same name that came out in 2008. This tiny bot was so full of emotion and so adorable, we all wanted one in our lives. The youtube channel ProfessorBoots has put together this tiny version of Wall-E and […]

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- Caleb Kraft
Bringing A Broken Industrial Arm Back To Life As A CNC Mill
Bringing A Broken Industrial Arm Back To Life As A CNC Mill

These awesome, somewhat aged, industrial arms are out there, and most of us have seen them floating around on ebay or other various auction sites. However, when you look at the details you see that the cnc “brains” are machines from the 90s with floppy drives and antequated hardware, and more often than not, simply […]

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The Return of RoboGames
The Mortician robot by Ray Billings

Organizer David Calkins and combat robot legend Ray Billings talk about RoboGames. After a four-year hiatus, RoboGames returns on April 6th through the 9th to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. RoboGames is the world’s largest robot competition with over 54 different events — everything from tiny little Rubik’s cube-sized Sumo robots that act […]

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Using sound waves to propel a microrobot through narrow tubes
A team of robotic and acoustic engineers from the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich, and Institut für Theoretische Physik, Center for Soft Nanoscience, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, has developed a microrobot that can be propelled through narrow tubes using sound waves. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances the group describes how they designed their robots and how well they worked when tested.
Creation of training data to estimate the states of care robot users
A research team led by Assistant Professor Mizuki Takeda from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, has developed a technique to generate training data for robots that operate based on estimations of the user's state using machine learning. The research is published in the journal IEEE Access.
Flexible robot that can sneak into small spaces for mapping, inspections
A lizard-like soft robot that can creep into walls, ductwork, and pipes to perform inspections and three-dimensional mapping tasks that could be dangerous or impossible for humans has been developed by WPI researchers partnered with the City of Worcester.
A framework for risk-aware robot navigation in unknown environments
Mobile robots have become increasingly sophisticated and are now being deployed in a growing number of real-world environments, including airports, malls, museums, health care facilities and other settings. So far, however, most of these robots have been introduced in clearly defined indoor environments, as opposed to completing missions that would require them to travel across the city or explore unknown and unmapped spaces.
AI-driven drones defeat human pilots in obstacle course
In what is being called a milestone in mobile robotics, an AI-assisted drone has defeated drones controlled by humans in an obstacle course testing precision flight patterns and speed.
Researcher team develops soft valve technology to enable sensing and control integration in soft robots
Soft inflatable robots have emerged as a promising paradigm for applications that require inherent safety and adaptability. However, the integration of sensing and control systems in these robots has posed significant challenges without compromising their softness, form factor, or capabilities.
Using tiny combustion engines to power very tiny robots
A team of mechanical engineers at Cornell University, working with a colleague from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, has designed and built a tiny robot that is powered by a combustion engine. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they built their tiny engine and possible uses for it. Ryan Truby, with Northwestern University, has published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue outlining the work done by the team on this new effort.
How do robots collaborate to achieve consensus?
Making group decisions is no easy task, especially when the decision makers are a swarm of robots. To increase swarm autonomy in collective perception, a research team at the IRIDIA artificial intelligence research laboratory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles proposed an innovative self-organizing approach in which one robot at a time works temporarily as the "brain" to consolidate information on behalf of the group.
Battery-free robots use origami to change shape in mid-air
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed small robotic devices that can change how they move through the air by "snapping" into a folded position during their descent. The team published these results in Science Robotics.
An embodied conversational agent that merges large language models and domain-specific assistance
Large language models (LLMs) are advanced deep learning techniques that can interact with humans in real-time and respond to prompts about a wide range of topics. These models have gained much popularity after the release of ChatGPT, a model created by OpenAI that surprised many users for its ability to generate human-like answers to their questions.
Humans can feel empathic embarrassment towards robots, finds virtual reality study
In a virtual reality study that sheds light on the intricacies of human-robot interactions, researchers have discovered that humans are capable of experiencing empathic embarrassment when witnessing robots go through embarrassing situations.
Robot fried chicken: entrepreneur seeks to improve S. Korea's favorite food
In fried-chicken-obsessed South Korea, restaurants serving the nation's favorite fast-food dish dot every street corner. But Kang Ji-young's establishment brings something a little different to the table: a robot is cooking the chicken.
'Brainless' robot can navigate complex obstacles
Researchers who created a soft robot that could navigate simple mazes without human or computer direction have now built on that work, creating a "brainless" soft robot that can navigate more complex and dynamic environments. The paper, "Physically Intelligent Autonomous Soft Robotic Maze Escaper," was published Sept. 8 in the journal Science Advances.
Robotic driving seat helping to improve safety of highly automated vehicles
A newly developed robotic driving seat will be showcased at the British Science Festival by UCL researchers, as part of ongoing efforts to increase public trust in highly automated vehicles.
Japan city to use robots to tackle rising school truancy
A Japanese city plans to use robots to enable pupils to attend classes virtually, as truancy rates surge due to anxiety and bullying, officials said Wednesday.
Do robots have to be human-like for us to trust them?
Recently published research assessed human trust when collaborating with eyed and non-eyed robots of the same type. The data suggest that humans might not need human-like machines to trust and work with them. Instead, they even seem to collaborate better with machine-like, eyeless machines.
Targeted stiffening yields more efficient soft robot arms
The current crop of AI robots has made giant leaps when it comes to tiny activities.
Muscles for soft robots inspired by nature: Hydrogel actuators with improved performance
Robots made of metal and other solid materials are already widely used in industry. But they are too rigid and cumbersome for fine-motor activities and interaction with people, such as in nursing or medicine. Intensive research is therefore already being carried out into robots made of soft materials: inspiration from nature, such as jellyfish, earthworms, fish or the human body should enable "soft robots" that can move flexibly and adapt to their environment.
Exploring the effects of hardware implementation on the exploration space of evolvable robots
Evolutionary robotics is a sub-field of robotics aimed at developing artificial "organisms" that can improve their capabilities and body configuration in response to their surroundings, just as humans and animals evolve, adapting their skills and appearance over time. A growing number of roboticists have been trying to develop these evolvable robotic systems, leveraging recent artificial intelligence (AI) advances.
A technique to facilitate the robotic manipulation of crumpled cloths
To assist humans during their day-to-day activities and successfully complete domestic chores, robots should be able to effectively manipulate the objects we use every day, including utensils and cleaning equipment. Some objects, however, are difficult to grasp and handle for robotic hands, due to their shape, flexibility, or other characteristics.
Scientists create soft and scalable robotic hand based on multiple materials
Robots based on soft materials are often better at replicating the appearance, movements and abilities of both humans and animals. While there are now countless soft robots, many of these are difficult to produce on a large-scale, due to the high cost of their components or their complex fabrication process.
A bipedal robot that can walk using just one actuator
A small team of mechanical engineers at Carnegie Mellon University, working with a colleague from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has designed and built what they describe as the simplest walking robot ever. They have written a paper describing the ideas they used to build the robot and the factors that have led to its simplicity and have posted it on the arXiv preprint server.
Team simulates collective movement of worm blobs for future swarm robotic systems
Tubificine worms are segmented worms that are capable of forming entangled blobs that behave as a single organism to adapt to extreme environmental conditions or migrate more efficiently. Individual worms are capable of elongating, entwining an uneven area of terrain and dragging the collective worm ball through a narrow passageway in laboratory experiments.
An energy-efficient object detection system for UAVs based on edge computing
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are already used in countless settings to tackle real-world problems. These flying robotic systems can, among other things, help to monitor natural environments, detect fires or other environmental hazards, monitor cities and find survivors of natural disasters.
New AI technology gives robot recognition skills a big lift
A robot moves a toy package of butter around a table in the Intelligent Robotics and Vision Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas. With every push, the robot is learning to recognize the object through a new system developed by a team of UT Dallas computer scientists.
US military plans to unleash thousands of autonomous war robots over next two years
The United States military plans to start using thousands of autonomous weapons systems in the next two years in a bid to counter China's growing power, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks announced in a speech on Monday.
Tiny, shape-shifting robot can squish itself into tight spaces
Coming to a tight spot near you: CLARI, the little, squishable robot that can passively change its shape to squeeze through narrow gaps—with a bit of inspiration from the world of bugs.
Challenge accepted: High-speed AI drone overtakes world-champion drone racers
Remember when IBM's Deep Blue won against Gary Kasparov at chess in 1996, or Google's AlphaGo crushed the top champion Lee Sedol at Go, a much more complex game, in 2016? These competitions where machines prevailed over human champions are key milestones in the history of artificial intelligence. Now a group of researchers from the University of Zurich and Intel has set a new milestone with the first autonomous system capable of beating human champions at a physical sport: drone racing.
A soft glove based on honeycomb pneumatic actuators for assistive care and rehabilitation
In recent years, roboticists and computer scientists have developed a variety of highly innovative systems that could assist people with physical disabilities, improve their quality of life and aid their rehabilitation. These systems include soft wearable technologies, such as smart assistive gloves.
Robotic-assisted dressing system accommodates different poses, body types and garments
Most people take getting dressed for granted. But data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals that 92% of nursing facility residents and at-home care patients require assistance with dressing.
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Toyota upends robot learning: New AI masters complex tasks in hours

A new approach to AI in the physical world is vastly accelerating robots' ability to acquire and refine new skills

We are living at the dawn of the general-purpose robotics age. Dozens of companies have now decided that it's time to invest big in humanoid robots that can autonomously navigate their way around existing workspaces and begin taking over tasks from human workers.

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"World's first humanoid robot factory" will ship Digits in 2024

The factory will partially be staffed by Agility's own Digit robots

Agility Robotics is well into construction of a 70,000-sq-ft (6,503-sq-m) facility in Salem, Oregon, with the capacity to produce more than 10,000 units per year of the company's Digit humanoid robot – which will work alongside humans on the factory floor.

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- Loz Blain
Soft micro-combustion actuators unlock explosive robot motion

Cornell's combustion-powered actuators give this tiny frog robot some explosive leaping abilities

Most robots use electric actuators, but this little fella packs a lot more punch. Researchers have created a new type of minuscule combustion engine that gives this tiny frog robot explosive leaping abilities, as well as fine movement control.

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- Ben Coxworth
Bio-inspired Sensiworm is made to inch(worm) its way into jet engines

The Sensiworm robot (white) can easily climb curved surfaces and travel upside-down

It goes without saying that it is very important for airliners' jet engines to be regularly inspected. Such inspections could soon be easier and more thorough than ever before, thanks to a robot that moves like an inchworm.

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- Ben Coxworth
UGOT kit turns you into the maker of seven robots

The robots that can currently be built with the kit – future possibilities include humanoid, aerial and aquatic robots

In recent years we've seen quadruped robots, self-balancing robots, and omnidirectional robots. Should you want one of your own, the UGOT Robotic Kit now allows users to build all of those bots and more.

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- Ben Coxworth
Insect-inspired robot gets skinny to go through gaps

Although the present version of CLARI is hardwired, plans call for future versions to be free-roaming (and to have more legs)

One of the most commonly suggested uses for tiny robots is the search for trapped survivors in disaster site rubble. The insect-inspired CLARI robot could be particularly good at doing so, as it can make itself skinnier to squeeze through tight horizontal gaps.

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- Paul Ridden
Powered exoskeleton designed to take the strain out of senior care

Most of German Bionic's power suits are designed to assist workers in industrial facilities, but the company's latest device is aimed at supporting healthcare professionals in hospitals, elderly care or rehab units.

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- Loz Blain
Apptronik's new Apollo humanoid can carry 25% more than the Tesla bot

Apptronik's first humanoid Apollo will have an initial affinity for boxes, it seems

Humanoid robots: so hot right now. Apptronik out of Austin, Texas, has pulled the covers off Apollo, a friendly-faced general purpose humanoid designed to hit the workforce and start making a useful impact as quickly as ... inhumanly possible?

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FORMIC system uses a swarm of robots to transport heavy loads

Each FORMIC robotic module can lift up to 2.5 tons (2.3 tonnes)

While forklifts do work well for lifting and moving heavy loads indoors, they're bulky (in close quarters), expensive, and can't lift loads over a certain footprint size. That's where the FORMIC modular robotic transportation system is designed to come in.

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- Ben Coxworth
Dog-inspired robot keeps running on its own once started

The robot moves at a speed of 6 km/h (3.7 mph) using only the motion of the treadmill passing beneath it to keep running

While we've seen a number of quadruped "robotic dogs" lately, they all require control motors to maintain their running gait. An experimental new one, however, keeps running on its own once it's been set in motion.

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- Paul McClure
Introducing PIBOT, the world's first humanoid robot pilot

Researchers have created PIBOT, the world's first humanoid robot pilot

A team of researchers has developed the world’s first humanoid robot pilot. As well as being able to slide easily into the pilot’s seat and use its hands to flip switches in the cockpit, the robot – called PIBOT – uses AI technology to memorize flight charts and emergency protocols.

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- Loz Blain
Toilet-cleaning robot makes us feel better about all this AI business

The Somatic robot blast-cleans office toilets autonomously, with a range of tools

It can really get us down watching as AIs learn to write music, poetry and technology news, but watching this clever autonomous toilet-bot mop up the bogs somehow makes it all worthwhile. It's good to know robots are coming for the crappy jobs too.

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- Paul Ridden
Xiaomi lets more pooch-like CyberDog 2 off the leash

The CyberDog 2 has been designed to be more pooch-like than the first generation

China's consumer technology giant Xiaomi has unleashed the second iteration of its robot pooch. The CyberDog 2 looks much less business-like and more like a family companion, comes packed with sensors, and can still do back flips.

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- Ben Coxworth
Adaptable turtle-bot uses four flippers to scoot across the sand

The robot-turtle uses it front flippers for propulsion, and the rear two for steering

Just last week, we heard about a robotic baby sea turtle that can "swim" through the sand. It's not the only robo-turtle in town, though, as another one has been developed to possibly one day lead real baby turtles to the safety of the sea.

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- Paul Ridden
Autonomous cleaning robot brushes away solar panel dust as it rolls

Enel Green Power has ordered 150 SandStorm autonomous cleaning robots for its solar farms in Totana and Las Corchas, Spain

Keeping panels clear of dust in large solar farms can be a time-consuming, wasteful and costly business. A Sicilian technology startup called the Reiwa Engine has developed an autonomous robot called SandStorm to reduce maintenance and cleaning costs by as much as 80%.

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- Paul McClure
Kirigami-inspired robotic grippers combine strength & a delicate touch

Inspired by Japanese paper cutting, researchers have developed a novel robotic gripper that is both gentle and strong

Using a novel design inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers have developed gentle yet strong robotic grippers that can fold clothes, grasp a drop of water and ultrathin microfibers, lift 16,000 times their own weight, and turn the pages of a book. The device has a wide range of potential applications, from prosthetics to minimally invasive surgery and deep-sea exploration.

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- Ben Coxworth
Sand-swimming robot inspired by freshly hatched baby sea turtles

Coming soon to a beach near you? Probably not, but maybe to a far-off planet

When baby sea turtles hatch from their buried eggs, they use their powerful flippers to make their way up through the sand. A new "sand-swimming" robot, inspired by those hatchlings, could one day save lives or even explore other planets.

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- Ben Coxworth
Soft robotic gripper uses nothing but air to grasp and release objects

The gripper goes to work on a tennis ball

As is the case with any other electrical device, the less energy that a robot uses to perform its assigned duties, the better. A new soft robotic gripper was created with this fact in mind, as it grasps and releases objects without using any electricity at all.

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- Ben Coxworth
Wall-climbing Magnecko robot is like a cross between a gecko and a spider

The four-legged Magnecko robot autonomously transitions between walking on horizontal and vertical surfaces

Inspections of tall metal structures or machines can be difficult for people to perform up-close and in person, and while aerial drones may help, their limited battery life is a problem. That's where the magnetic-footed Magnecko robot is intended to come in.

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- Loz Blain
Insanely athletic $1,600 robot dog gets GPT-powered conversation option

The Go2 is capable of following you around at jogging speeds, as well as gymnastic feats like going down the stairs in a paw-stand

Chinese company Unitree has opened pre-orders on its second-gen robot dog companion. The Go2 can follow you around at jogging speeds, perform some wild gymnastic feats, and even talk to you through a GPT-enabled system that writes code on the fly.

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- Loz Blain
Autonomous, omnidirectional hamster ball robot can fly over obstacles

The Hybrid Mobility Robot looks like an early prototype for a Star Wars probe droid

Arizona's Revolute Robotics has presented its autonomous Hybrid Mobility Robot (HMR), a whirling, spherical cage that can fly like a multicopter, or roll in any direction using two gyroscopic gimbal rings. It's one heck of a thing to see in motion.

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- Ben Coxworth
Rose-inspired robotic gripper gently plucks up fragile items

The ROSE gripper in action – in the lower two panels, it's lifting an egg out of olive oil

When handling fragile objects, robots need to have a delicate touch. And while some previous efforts to give them that touch have involved things like soft rubbery fingers, an experimental new one was inspired by a blooming rose.

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- Loz Blain
GR-1 general-purpose humanoid robot will carry nearly its own weight

Prototypes are already walking, balancing, manipulating objects and performing a range of other tasks

Chinese company Fourier Intelligence says it plans to manufacture 100 of its GR-1 general-purpose humanoid robots by the end of 2023, making the remarkable promise that they'll be able to carry nearly their own weight. They also have a unique focus.

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- Ben Coxworth
Four-armed robotic surgical system is controlled by hands and feet

The system incorporates two main arms and two secondary arms, each of which is manipulating a different tool

Robotic surgical systems such as the da Vinci X are very impressive, with their two arms that are controlled by the surgeon's two hands. An experimental new system takes things even further, though, by adding two more arms controlled by the user's feet.

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- Ben Coxworth
Robots may one day sport tough-yet-gentle wooden fingers

This wooden gripper combines a soft touch with the ability to handle the heat

In recent years, we've seen wood used in the construction of traditionally non-wooden things like transistors, bicycles and drones. Now, scientists have used the stuff to create a robotic gripper … which definitely has its selling points.

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- Ben Coxworth
Scientists copy krill to develop swarms of aquatic robots

The Pleobot replicates the pleopods on the underside of actual krill (pictured)

While most of us may just think of krill as baleen whale food, the tiny crustaceans are also very adept swimmers … enough so that scientists have now developed a krill-inspired robotic platform in hopes of one day creating swarms of ocean-exploring swimming robots.

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- Michael Irving
Transforming robot drives, flies, crawls, stands, tiptoes and tumbles

M4 is a transforming robot with multiple modes of motion

As much as a robot might excel at a certain mode of transport, as soon as conditions change it can become hopeless. Now engineers at Caltech have designed a new robot that can roll around on four wheels, flip them into rotors to fly, or transform for six other types of motion.

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- David Szondy
Robotic dog turns up the heat with a flamethrower backpack

The robotic half has artificial intelligence

If you thought that putting a rifle on a robotic dog was daft enough, what about one with an actual flamethrower on its back? Not just a concept, Throwflame is taking preorders for its Thermonator flamethrower-wielding quadruped robot for those who feel their life would be incomplete without one.

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- Ben Coxworth
Grain-flinging robot goes into granaries so farmers don't have to

The Grain Weevil robot flails its way through a bin full of corn grain

While farmers have to perform a number of difficult tasks, tending to the grain stored inside grain bins (aka granaries) is particularly arduous – not to mention dangerous. That's where the Grain Weevil grain bin management robot is designed to come in.

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- Ben Coxworth
Modular Mori3 tech could let astronauts build the robots they need

Made of multiple linked triangular modules, a Mori3 robot walks on four legs

In cramped spacecraft or space stations, there typically isn't room to store multiple robots that are each designed for a specific task. The Mori3 system was designed with that fact in mind, as it can be used to create different types of robots as needed.

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- Paul Ridden
Dual-armed robot lends a helping hand in Amazon reforestation effort

Once a laborious task undertaken by hand, seed planting is now undertaken by a YuMi collaborative robot

Often referred to as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon rainforest is in trouble – with around a third reported as already gone or degraded. A pocket of resistance in Peru has now been joined by a dual-armed robotic gardener to help with reforestation.

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- Ben Coxworth
Student-designed robot gives crop-eating insects' eggs the brush-off

The TartanPest robot, getting put through its paces

The spotted lanternfly is a serious invasive pest in some parts of the US, causing considerable damage to crops such as apples, grapes and hops. That's why it's important to destroy the insect's eggs – which is exactly what the TartanPest robot is designed to do.

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- Ben Coxworth
Oceanbotics' newest ROV seeks and destroys sea mines

The Oceanbotics SRV-8 MDR features a Viper MDS mine-detonating module (yellow-capped device at bottom)

Oceanbotics' SRV-8 underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) is certainly no slouch, nor is its more capable sibling, the SRV-8X. The latest version of the vehicle, the SRV-8 MDV, takes things even further – it blows up sea mines.

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- Paul McClure
AI and humans collaborate on first ChatGPT-designed robot

Researchers have enlisted the help of ChatGPT to design and create a robot

Is there anything ChatGPT can’t do? Yes, of course, but the list appears to be getting smaller and smaller. Now, researchers have used the large language model to help them design and construct a tomato-picking robot.

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- Ben Coxworth
Spongey pads may one day let robots tweak the stiffness of their grasp

Pumping air in or out of the pads allows them to deliver a soft or firm touch

There's a tradeoff with robotic graspers – they're typically either firm enough to securely grab and lift sturdy, heavy objects, or soft enough to lift fragile objects without breaking them. A new sponge-based system, however, could allow one grasper to switch back and forth between doing both.

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- Michael Franco
How robot ranch hands could protect livestock from predators

Robotic vehicles could keep coyotes away from livestock and spare both groups from lethal consequences

In an effort to keep livestock safe from coyotes while not harming the predators themselves, researchers carried out a study involving a remote-controlled vehicle equipped with powerful lights. The solution worked, hinting at a future in which robot ranch hands could work night patrol.

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- Ben Coxworth
Uber Eats food-delivery robots set to enter use in multiple US cities

Each robot can reportedly run for a full day on one charge of its battery pack

For the past year, Uber-backed Serve Robotics' wheeled robots have been delivering takeout food and groceries to customers in the Los Angeles area. The company has now announced that up to 2,000 of the bots are set to enter use with Uber Eats in other North American cities.

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- Paul McClure
Flexible robot centipede takes cues from nature, navigates via instability

Researchers have taken inspiration from nature to create a robot that moves like a centipede

Once again, technology has been inspired by nature. After examining how centipedes traverse rough terrain, researchers created a multi-legged robot that mimics their curved, side-to-side movement, providing greater stability and maneuverability.

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- Ben Coxworth
Scientists give robots a sense of touch – by knitting them a sweater

A RobotSweater-wearing robot could immediately cease movement upon accidentally making contact with an adjacent human worker

In order to keep from accidentally hurting their human coworkers, many industrial robots have sensors that detect physical contact with people or other objects. Scientists have now devised a high-tech sweater which brings this functionality to robots that don't have it already.

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- Paul McClure
Sound-powered microbots zip to where they're needed to deliver drugs

Researchers have created a tiny microrobot, propelled by sound, that mimics the orbital movements of biological swimmers like bacteria and sperm

Researchers have taken another step forward in medical micro-robotics, designing a tiny, speedy, self-propelled bot that may one day deliver medications directly where they’re needed inside the body.

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New high-tech microscope using AI successfully detects malaria in returning travelers

By Deborah Pirchner, Frontiers science writer Image: Malaria is an infectious disease claiming more than half a million lives each year. Because traditional diagnosis takes expertise and the workload is high, an international team of researchers investigated if diagnosis using a new system combining an automatic scanning microscope and AI is feasible in clinical settings. They found that the system identified malaria parasites almost as accurately as experts staffing microscopes used in standard diagnostic procedures. This may help reduce the burden on microscopists and increase the feasible patient load. Each year, more than 200 million people fall sick with malaria and more than half a million of these infections lead to death. The World Health Organization recommends parasite-based diagnosis before starting treatment for the disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. There are various diagnostic methods, including conventional light microscopy, rapid diagnostic tests and PCR. The standard for malaria diagnosis, however, remains manual light microscopy, during which a specialist examines blood films with a microscope to confirm the presence of malaria parasites. Yet, the accuracy of the results depends critically on the skills of the microscopist and can be hampered by fatigue caused by excessive workloads of the professionals doing the [...]

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Machine learning helps researchers identify hit songs with 97% accuracy

By Deborah Pirchner, Frontiers science writer Image: Predicting hit songs is notoriously difficult. Researchers have now applied machine learning (ML) to high-frequency neurophysiologic data to improve hit song prediction accuracy. They showed that if ML was applied to neural data collected while people listened to new music, hit songs could be predicted with close-to-perfect accuracy. This can open doors to providing consumers with the entertainment they are looking for, rather than flooding them with options. Every day, tens of thousands of songs are released. This constant stream of options makes it difficult for streaming services and radio stations to choose which songs to add to playlists. To find the ones that will resonate with a large audience, these services have used human listeners and artificial intelligence. This approach, however, lingering at a 50% accuracy rate, does not reliably predict if songs will become hits. Now, researchers in the US have used a comprehensive machine learning technique applied to brain responses and were able to predict hit songs with 97% accuracy. “By applying machine learning to neurophysiologic data, we could almost perfectly identify hit songs,” said Paul Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University and senior author of the study [...]

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Why diversity and inclusion needs to be at the forefront of future AI

by Inês Hipólito/Deborah Pirchner, Frontiers science writer Image: Inês Hipólito is a highly accomplished researcher, recognized for her work in esteemed journals and contributions as a co-editor. She has received research awards including the prestigious Talent Grant from the University of Amsterdam in 2021. After her PhD, she held positions at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Currently, she is a permanent lecturer of the philosophy of AI at Macquarie University, focusing on cognitive development and the interplay between augmented cognition (AI) and the sociocultural environment. Inês co-leads a consortium project on ‘Exploring and Designing Urban Density. Neurourbanism as a Novel Approach in Global Health,’ funded by the Berlin University Alliance. She also serves as an ethicist of AI at Verses. Beyond her research, she co-founded and serves as vice-president of the International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind. Inês is the host of the thought-provoking podcast ‘The PhilospHER’s Way’ and has actively contributed to the Women in Philosophy Committee and the Committee in Diversity and Inclusivity at the Australasian Association of Philosophy from 2017 to 2020. As part of our Frontier Scientist series, Hipólito caught up with Frontiers to tell us [...]

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Frontiers in Virtual Reality Seminar Series 3: Fostering inclusion and social interaction in XR

Online Seminar Series Inclusion, accessibility, and social interaction in virtual and augmented reality environments is key to ensure the success of the deployment of this technology at a public scale. Although immersive environments offer fantastic opportunities for creativity, learning, and social interaction, there is a risk of abusive behavior and exclusion of people with special needs. The GuestXR European project embraces artificial intelligence, together with neuroscience and social psychology research to increase harmony and improve the participants’ experience in shared 3D virtual or augmented reality spaces. This seminar series, organized by Frontiers in Virtual Reality journal and partners from the GuestXR project, will start with a webinar on the features of an innovative XR technology for meeting with participants around the world. The series of online series will follow on with sessions on the research and advancements on haptic technologies and 3D audio techniques to support social interactions and inclusion in XR environments. Finally, we will delve into advanced multisensory features to improve accessibility to VR environments by publics with special needs. Speakers Bio: SeminarDate AbstractRegistration linkSEMINAR 1. A Shared XR System with Full Body Avatars and AI Agent Integration for Enhanced Inclusivity17 May 2023, 16.00h CESTIn this webinar, we will discuss an innovative [...]

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Machine learning helps researchers separate compostable from conventional plastic waste with ‘very high’ accuracy

By Deborah Pirchner, Frontiers science writer Image: Compostable plastics are on the rise. Despite their merits, these products, including wrappers and packaging, can contaminate conventional plastic waste in the recycling process. Now, scientists used highly sensitive imaging techniques and developed machine learning methods that can identify compostable plastics among conventional types. Disposable plastics are everywhere: Food containers, coffee cups, plastic bags. Some of these plastics, called compostable plastics, can be engineered to biodegrade under controlled conditions. However, they often look identical to conventional plastics, get recycled incorrectly and, as a result, contaminate plastic waste streams and reduce recycling efficiency. Similarly, recyclable plastics are often mistaken for compostable ones, resulting in polluted compost. Researchers at University College London (UCL) have published a paper in Frontiers in Sustainability in which they used machine learning to automatically sort different types of compostable and biodegradable plastics and differentiate them from conventional plastics. “The accuracy is very high and allows the technique to be feasibly used in industrial recycling and composting facilities in the future,” said Prof Mark Miodownik, corresponding author of the study. Up to perfect accuracy The researchers worked with different types of plastics measuring between 50mm by 50mm and 5mm by 5mm. [...]

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Scientists unveil plan to create biocomputers powered by human brain cells 

by Liad Hollender, Frontiers science writer Credit: Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins University Despite AI’s impressive track record, its computational power pales in comparison with that of the human brain. Scientists today unveil a revolutionary path to drive computing forward: organoid intelligence (OI), where lab-grown brain organoids serve as biological hardware. “This new field of biocomputing promises unprecedented advances in computing speed, processing power, data efficiency, and storage capabilities – all with lower energy needs,” say the authors in an article published in Frontiers in Science.  Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been inspired by the human brain. This approach proved highly successful: AI boasts impressive achievements – from diagnosing medical conditions to composing poetry. Still, the original model continues to outperform machines in many ways. This is why, for example, we can ‘prove our humanity’ with trivial image tests online. What if instead of trying to make AI more brain-like, we went straight to the source?  Scientists across multiple disciplines are working to create revolutionary biocomputers where three-dimensional cultures of brain cells, called brain organoids, serve as biological hardware. They describe their roadmap for realizing this vision in the journal Frontiers in Science.   “We call this new interdisciplinary field ‘organoid intelligence’ [...]

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‘My dream is for AI and brain organoids to explore each other’s capabilities’

by Liad Hollender, Frontiers science writer Image: Prof Thomas Hartung Over just a few decades, computers shrunk from massive installations to slick devices that fit in our pockets. But this dizzying trend might end soon, because we simply can’t produce small enough components. To keep driving computing forward, scientists are looking for alternative approaches. An article published in Frontiers in Science presents a revolutionary strategy, called organoid intelligence.   This emerging scientific field aims to create biocomputers where lab-grown brain organoids (three-dimensional brain-cell cultures) serve as biological hardware. According to the authors, this technology could also drive progress in biomedicine, providing unprecedented insight into the human brain.  To learn more about this exciting new field, we interviewed the senior author of the article, Prof Thomas Hartung. He is the director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in Europe (CAAT-Europe), and a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.  How do you define organoid intelligence? Reproducing cognitive functions – such as learning and sensory processing – in a lab-grown human-brain model.   How did this idea emerge? I’m a pharmacologist and toxicologist, so I’m interested in developing medicines and identifying substances that are dangerous to our health, specifically [...]

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Smart ‘Joey’ bots could soon swarm underground to clean and inspect our pipes

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer Joey’s design. Image credit: TL Nguyen, A Blight, A Pickering, A Barber, GH Jackson-Mills, JH Boyle, R Richardson, M Dogar, N Cohen Researchers from the University of Leeds have developed the first mini-robot, called Joey, that can find its own way independently through networks of narrow pipes underground, to inspect any damage or leaks. Joeys are cheap to produce, smart, small, and light, and can move through pipes inclined at a slope or over slippery or muddy sediment at the bottom of the pipes. Future versions of Joey will operate in swarms, with their mobile base on a larger ‘mother’ robot Kanga, which will be equipped with arms and tools for repairs to the pipes. Beneath our streets lies a maze of pipes, conduits for water, sewage, and gas. Regular inspection of these pipes for leaks, or repair, normally requires these to be dug up. The latter is not only onerous and expensive – with an estimated annual cost of £5.5bn in the UK alone – but causes disruption to traffic as well as nuisance to people living nearby, not to mention damage to the environment. Now imagine a robot that can find its [...]

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- Alex McFarland
“Brainless” Soft Robot Navigates Complex Environments in Robotics Breakthrough

In the evolving field of robotics, a novel breakthrough has been introduced by researchers: a soft robot that doesn't require human or computer direction to navigate even complex environments. This new invention builds upon previous work where a soft robot demonstrated basic navigational skills in simpler mazes. Harnessing Physical Intelligence for Navigation Jie Yin, the […]

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- Alex McFarland
Redefining Robotics: Purdue University’s Innovative Machine Vision Solution

Researchers at the esteemed Purdue University have made a significant leap in the realm of robotics, machine vision, and perception. Their groundbreaking approach offers a marked improvement over conventional techniques, promising a future where machines can perceive their surroundings more effectively and safely than ever before. Introducing HADAR: A Revolutionary Leap in Machine Perception Zubin […]

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- Alex McFarland
Revolutionizing Robotics: A 3D Printed Gripper That Functions Without Electronics

In a significant leap forward for robotics, a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with researchers at the BASF corporation, has developed a 3D-printed robotic gripper that operates without the need for electronics. This innovative device, which can pick up, hold, and release objects, is a testament to […]

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- Alex McFarland
A New Dawn in Robotics: Touch-Based Object Rotation

In a groundbreaking development, a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) has designed a robotic hand that can rotate objects using touch alone, without the need for visual input. This innovative approach was inspired by the effortless way humans handle objects without necessarily needing to see them. A Touch-Sensitive Approach […]

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- Alex McFarland
Human-guided AI Framework Promises Quicker Robotic Learning in Novel Environments

In the future era of smart homes, acquiring a robot to streamline household tasks will not be a rarity. Nevertheless, frustration could set in when these automated helpers fail to perform straightforward tasks. Enter Andi Peng, a scholar from MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, who, along with her team, is crafting a path […]

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- Alex McFarland
Revolutionizing Underwater Exploration: Brown University’s Pleobot Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Imagine a sophisticated network of interconnected, self-directed robots. They operate in unison, like an intricate aquatic ballet, navigating the pitch-black depths of the ocean, carrying out detailed scientific surveys and high-stakes search-and-rescue missions. This futuristic vision is inching closer to reality, thanks to researchers at Brown University, who are pioneering the development of a new […]

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- Alex McFarland
The Future of Modular Robotics: EPFL’s Mori3, the Polygon Meshing Robot

Swarm behavior from the biological world and polygon meshing from the digital sphere come together to inspire the creation of the Mori3 robot, a breakthrough in the realm of modular robotics. This novel invention developed by researchers at EPFL exhibits the potential of morphing from 2D triangles into virtually any 3D object, heralding a significant […]

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- Alex McFarland
Researchers Collaborate with ChatGPT to Design Robot

The advent of artificial intelligence has not only reshaped our digital landscape but has also permeated various fields in unexpected ways. In the most recent manifestation of AI's transformative power, researchers at the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have collaborated with […]

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- Alex McFarland
Robotic Chef Masters Recipe Recreation by Watching Food Videos

Cambridge University's engineering team recently revealed a pioneering development in robotics: a robotic chef capable of learning and replicating recipes simply by watching food preparation videos. This breakthrough combines computer vision, machine learning, and robotics, pushing the boundaries of AI capabilities in understanding and executing complex tasks. The robot's unique learning ability is built on […]

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- Alex McFarland
Robotic Bees: Researchers Develop Fully Omnidirectional Flying Robot

In a world first, researchers at Washington State University (WSU) have designed a robotic bee, named Bee++, capable of stable flight in all directions, including the intricate twisting motion known as yaw. This fascinating breakthrough in the field of robotics, enabled by a confluence of innovative design and complex control algorithms, has a multitude of […]

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- Alex McFarland
ReMotion: The New Robotic Telepresence by Cornell Researchers

It's no secret that nonverbal cues play an essential role in our daily interactions, often offering a sense of engagement that words simply cannot. What if we could recreate that in remote settings? This question was the guiding force behind a new project out of Cornell University, which has led to the creation of a […]

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- Alex McFarland
Teaching Robots to Anticipate Human Preferences for Enhanced Collaboration

Humans possess the unique ability to understand the goals, desires, and beliefs of others, which is crucial for anticipating actions and collaborating effectively. This skill, known as “theory of mind,” is innate to us but remains a challenge for robots. However, if robots are to become truly collaborative helpers in manufacturing and daily life, they […]

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- Alex McFarland
Trust and Deception: The Role of Apologies in Human-Robot Interactions

Robot deception is an understudied field with more questions than answers, particularly when it comes to rebuilding trust in robotic systems after they have been caught lying. Two student researchers at Georgia Tech, Kantwon Rogers and Reiden Webber, are attempting to find answers to this issue by investigating how intentional robot deception affects trust and […]

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- Alex McFarland
Children’s Trust in Robots: Age-Dependent Preferences

A recent study published in the Journal of Cognition and Development explored how the age of preschoolers affected their trust in robots as sources of information. The research was conducted by a team from Concordia University and discovered that while three-year-olds exhibited no preference, five-year-olds were more likely to trust robots as competent teachers. Experiment […]

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- Alex McFarland
Pioneering Sustainable Soft Robotics: Biodegradable Artificial Muscles for a Greener Future

An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart, Germany, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria, and the University of Colorado (CU Boulder), Boulder, USA, have brought sustainability to the forefront of soft robotics. Together, they developed a fully biodegradable, high-performance artificial muscle made of gelatin, […]

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- Sebastian Trella
Zukunft zum Anfassen: Der TouchTomorrow-Truck kommt nach Troisdorf!
Vom 22. bis 29.09.2023 ist der Truck zu Gast am Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium in Troisdorf. Seine  Zielsetzung: Schülerinnen und Schüler durch das Erleben und Ausprobieren von  Zukunftstechnologien für Bildungs- und Berufswege im MINT-Bereich (Mathematik, Informatik,  Naturwissenschaft, Technik) zu gewinnen. Das Projekt wird … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
New Robot Companion Unveiled on Kickstarter
Adelaide, Australia – September, 2023 – The new Ortomi Generation 4 has been released on  Kickstarter, and they’re simple, comforting and interactive little friends, designed to make people smile. They’re a creation from Ortomi, a small Australian start-up on a … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Go-to-Automationsanwendungen für einen schnellen ROI
Wie Sie Kosten senken und die Vorteile der Automationsklassiker Pick & Place, Prüfen und Dosieren am besten für sich nutzen Aus der Industrie sind Roboter schon lange nicht mehr wegzudenken – ob als Maschinenbestücker, Qualitätsprüfer oder Montagehelfer. Doch viele kleinere … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
This sophisticated robotic toy is created remarkably to follow lines seamlessly. For kids above 10 years, the Kosmos Line-Follow Robot provides an exciting chance to construct their robot and experience its remarkable line-following skills firsthand. Different branches of science, including … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Variobot VariAnt: The Robot Ant
The presence of robots in our modern environment is getting increasingly casual to see. Robots are progressing rapidly in terms of both their capabilities and the potential uses they have. Examples of this include self-driving automobiles and drones. The VariAnt, … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
- Sebastian Trella
uEye+ Warp10 cameras from IDS combine high speed and high resolution
See more, see better! New 10GigE cameras with onsemi XGS sensors up to 45 MP In industrial automation, the optimisation of processes is often primarily about higher efficiency and accuracy. 10GigE cameras, such as those in the uEye Warp10 camera … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Neue Energieführung von igus für SCARA-Roboter in Reinräumen
Clean SCARA Cable Solution arbeitet nahezu partikelfrei nach ISO Klasse 2 Köln, 1. August 2023 – igus bringt eine neue Energieführung für SCARA-Roboter in Reinräumen auf den Markt: Die Clean SCARA Cable Solution besteht aus tribologisch optimierten Hochleistungskunststoffen und arbeitet … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Robot-based automation: 3 tips for a time and cost-efficient implementation
Why no-code & low-code tools have become indispensable in robotics Using robots is almost always worthwhile for companies. They can reduce labor costs, relieve employees, and make production more flexible – because the required batch sizes are becoming smaller and … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Coole Erfindungen, packende Wettkämpfe, faszinierende Shows  – Die Maker Faire Hannover – das etwas andere Familienfestival
Es ist wieder Maker-Zeit: Am dritten August-Wochenende, am 19. und 20. August, treffen sich wieder die Macher von morgen im HCC, um ihre spannenden Ideen und beeindruckenden  Erfindungen vorzustellen. „The Iron Horse“, ein riesiges aus Eisenplatten konstruiertes Pferd, auf  dem … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Zukunft zum Anfassen: Der TouchTomorrow-Truck kommt nach Troisdorf!
Vom 22. bis 29.09.2023 ist der Truck zu Gast am Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium in Troisdorf. Seine  Zielsetzung: Schülerinnen und Schüler durch das Erleben und Ausprobieren von  Zukunftstechnologien für Bildungs- und Berufswege im MINT-Bereich (Mathematik, Informatik,  Naturwissenschaft, Technik) zu gewinnen. Das Projekt wird … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
New Robot Companion Unveiled on Kickstarter
Adelaide, Australia – September, 2023 – The new Ortomi Generation 4 has been released on  Kickstarter, and they’re simple, comforting and interactive little friends, designed to make people smile. They’re a creation from Ortomi, a small Australian start-up on a … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Go-to-Automationsanwendungen für einen schnellen ROI
Wie Sie Kosten senken und die Vorteile der Automationsklassiker Pick & Place, Prüfen und Dosieren am besten für sich nutzen Aus der Industrie sind Roboter schon lange nicht mehr wegzudenken – ob als Maschinenbestücker, Qualitätsprüfer oder Montagehelfer. Doch viele kleinere … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
This sophisticated robotic toy is created remarkably to follow lines seamlessly. For kids above 10 years, the Kosmos Line-Follow Robot provides an exciting chance to construct their robot and experience its remarkable line-following skills firsthand. Different branches of science, including … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Variobot VariAnt: The Robot Ant
The presence of robots in our modern environment is getting increasingly casual to see. Robots are progressing rapidly in terms of both their capabilities and the potential uses they have. Examples of this include self-driving automobiles and drones. The VariAnt, … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
- Sebastian Trella
uEye+ Warp10 cameras from IDS combine high speed and high resolution
See more, see better! New 10GigE cameras with onsemi XGS sensors up to 45 MP In industrial automation, the optimisation of processes is often primarily about higher efficiency and accuracy. 10GigE cameras, such as those in the uEye Warp10 camera … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Neue Energieführung von igus für SCARA-Roboter in Reinräumen
Clean SCARA Cable Solution arbeitet nahezu partikelfrei nach ISO Klasse 2 Köln, 1. August 2023 – igus bringt eine neue Energieführung für SCARA-Roboter in Reinräumen auf den Markt: Die Clean SCARA Cable Solution besteht aus tribologisch optimierten Hochleistungskunststoffen und arbeitet … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Robot-based automation: 3 tips for a time and cost-efficient implementation
Why no-code & low-code tools have become indispensable in robotics Using robots is almost always worthwhile for companies. They can reduce labor costs, relieve employees, and make production more flexible – because the required batch sizes are becoming smaller and … Weiterlesen →
- Sebastian Trella
Coole Erfindungen, packende Wettkämpfe, faszinierende Shows  – Die Maker Faire Hannover – das etwas andere Familienfestival
Es ist wieder Maker-Zeit: Am dritten August-Wochenende, am 19. und 20. August, treffen sich wieder die Macher von morgen im HCC, um ihre spannenden Ideen und beeindruckenden  Erfindungen vorzustellen. „The Iron Horse“, ein riesiges aus Eisenplatten konstruiertes Pferd, auf  dem … Weiterlesen →
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What’s New in Robotics? 22.09.2023
What’s New in Robotics? 22.09.2023

News briefs for the week take a look at special cobot debuts at FABTECH and Pack Expo:  Neuromeka's robot welding cell for shipbuilding and Staubli's TX2-60 Stericlean for high-risk sterile environments, the first-ever, mass-producedhumanoid robots, a robot system, after 250,000 tries, discovers toughest known structure, subsea robots service “floating” wind farm, and Aura, the humanoid "spokesbot" for the new Las Vegas Sphere.

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What’s New in Robotics? 08.09.2023
What’s New in Robotics? 08.09.2023

News briefs for the week take a look at robotics at tradeshows FABTECH and PACK EXPO taking place near-simultaneously this September 11 through 14; then a robot team that monitors and maintains the world’s largest radio telescope, a flying and on-wire robot for overhead power lines that predicts wildfires, a robotic surgeon as a cancer patient’s only hope for his inoperable tumor, and how a young, promising surgical robot company suddenly went out of business.

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Introducing the PE20 Robotiq Palletizing Solution – The most powerful palletizer in the Robotiq lineup
Introducing the PE20 Robotiq Palletizing Solution – The most powerful palletizer in the Robotiq lineup

With a payload capacity of 18 kg (40 lb) and stacking heights of up to 2150 mm (84 in), this turnkey solution is designed to help businesses effectively scale future operations and achieve a quick return on their investment.

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What’s New in Robotics? 25.08.2023
Ruggedized robots as disaster assistants

News briefs for the week take a look at the evolution of AMR design from Fraunhofer, cargo hold-cleaning robots for bulk-carrying ships, “Roboforming” precision shapes in sheet metal without cutting dies, ruggedized disaster robots, and net-cleaning aquatic robots on fish farms.

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What’s New in Robotics? 11.08.2023
What’s New in Robotics? 11.08.2023

News briefs for the week take a look at cobots and robots getting their own brand of GenAI, a new retail robot in the beauty business painting fingernails in 10 minutes for $10, an automated rail track repair system for European railroads, a subsea robot and automated surface vehicle that work together as a team, and an automated navigation system for any industrial vehicle from farm tractor to bulldozer.

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Overcoming Barriers to Palletizing Automation
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Automation is revolutionizing the manufacturing sector, with palletizing being a key area of focus. However, the path to full automation is not without its challenges. This article explores the barriers to palletizing automation from a global perspective, drawing on insights from industry experts.

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Boosting Productivity with Automation: Meet Your Customers’ Expectations
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Businesses evolve rapidly. Companies across various industries are grappling with many significant challenges. The labor shortage, giving headaches to many business managers, is a problem that has been exacerbated by ongoing global events and demographic shifts. Another significant, and equally pressing issue, is the ever-increasing need to enhance productivity to meet rising customer expectations.

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The Real Cost of High Turnover Rates in Industrial Companies: Why Automate the Palletizing Process
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In the industrial sector, high turnover rates are a significant concern. Perhaps you are experiencing issues related to labor shortage within your own company. The process of hiring and training new employees is not only time-consuming but also considerably costly. This article shed light on the real cost of high turnover rates in industrial companies and explains how palletizing automation can provide a durable solution.

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Standard vs. Customized The Great Debate
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In the world of palletizing, the debate between standard and customized solutions is a hot topic. As businesses strive for safety, efficiency, productivity, cost savings, scalability, versatility, reduced downtime, ease of maintenance, and long-term investment, the choice between standard and customized solutions becomes critical. This article illuminates these aspects, underscoring the advantages of standard solutions over the potential risks of custom palletizing solutions.

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What’s New in Robotics? 21.07.2023
What’s New in Robotics? 21.07.2023

News briefs for the week take a look at the trend in solution-selling of cobots vs. individual machine sales, Doosan’s new food-safe cobots, cobot partnering for space-saving and collision-free operation, steel plant’s four-legged safety robot, UN’s robot supply trucks delivering while in harm’s way, and robots gobbling plastic bottles in Paris.

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Turnkey Tech Investing: August 2023 Market Brief
Turnkey Tech Investing: August 2023 Market Brief

Are we navigating by the stars under cloudy skies? This year’s equity market trading has certainly been characterized by much trepidation as the market struggles to find its true north. Yet, for all the mental scar tissue around what could go wrong, it has been remarkable to see how much has gone right. Not only has economic growth remained relatively robust amidst inflation abating, but consumer spending and corporate margins have also sustained at healthy levels. Yes, it seems like the skies have at times been cloudy, but when will this market let go of the concern that every cloud may bring thunderous rain? 

- Zeno Mercer
AR / VR Will Break Barriers Between the Physical & Digital Worlds
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Autonomy Will Redefine Mobility in 2023
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Q2 In Review: Inside the ROBO, THNQ & HTEC Indexes
Q2 In Review: Inside the ROBO, THNQ & HTEC Indexes

With the first half of 2023 now in the books, what an unexpected and challenging ride it has been. It’s hard to believe that what started out as a bear market rally could, in fact, be a new bull market globally. For the better part of this year, it feels like we have been asking ourselves how much longer we can keep walking the tightrope – particularly in the US, inflation has been abating while jobs have remained strong and economic growth has been buoyant. Nevertheless, as the Fed’s line in the sand keeps being drawn back further, will the market’s fireworks continue to dazzle after the Fourth of July holiday here in the US?  

- David Edelsohn
With no ‘competitive moat’ who will be GenAI’s big winners?
With no ‘competitive moat’ who will be GenAI’s big winners?

By: David Edelsohn, ROBO Global Venture Advisor & Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research

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3 Societal Drivers Pushing the Adoption of Automation
3 Societal Drivers Pushing the Adoption of Automation

By: Henrik Christensen, PhD

- ROBO Global Research Team
Automation Isn't Just For the Fortune 500
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Q1 2023 In Review: ROBO, HTEC & THNQ
Q1 2023 In Review: ROBO, HTEC & THNQ

The recent wave of extreme weather—from “atmospheric rivers” drenching the drought-ridden west coast, to the unprecedented series of tornadoes ripping through the Midwest—are a perfect parallel to what investors experienced in March. Though “turbulent” has been a perfect descriptor for the dramatic turns in the market ever since the Fed first began boosting interest rates a year ago, things came to a bona fide boiling point last month, driven largely by the three bank closures that caused global panic, significant deposit outflows, and a brief but sharp downturn as a seeming crisis of confidence gripped global markets. And yet, despite the March Madness, the first quarter shaped up to be a winner. The ROBO Global Indexes were no exception, with gains posted across the board. The ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence Index (THNQ) jumped +22.8%, the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index (ROBO) returned +17.71%, and the ROBO Global Healthcare Technology & Innovation Index (HTEC) gained +3.33%.

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VettaFi Acquires the ROBO Global Index Suite
VettaFi Acquires the ROBO Global Index Suite

ROBO Global is a leading provider of research-driven disruptive technology portfolios; acquisition boosts total assets tracking VettaFi indexes to more than $17 billion  

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ChatGPT Fact or Fiction? Expert Opinions Vs. Public Perception
ChatGPT Fact or Fiction? Expert Opinions Vs. Public Perception

ChatGPT has dominated the headlines as of late as the transformative technology is already making a splash in creative industries. We sat down with experts in AI and robotics to get the facts about the future of ChatGPT and generative AI. Then, we followed up with a public survey to understand what the general population knows about the technology. The answers might surprise you.

India recently became the most populous country in the world. It has one of the world’s largest markets and is well on its way to becoming a powerhouse of manufacturing
The process of stacking, loading and securing high quantities of goods onto a pallet, with the aim of safely storing or transporting them, has existed since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
For North American businesses of all types, especially those in the manufacturing sector, 2022 was anything but typical. Or boring. Or easy.
The long-predicted shortage of skilled workers is now a reality in Germany. And just like disrupted supply chains or rising costs, it’s challenging companies and the country’s huge export industries such as the automotive and machine
Without welders the world would fall apart. Literally. With welding jobs being crucial for communities across the world, demand for welders is only set to grow over the next decade
In Australia and New Zealand, a thriving food and beverage industry has been among the first to turn to collaborative automation.
Larger investment in automation is an important step in tackling the Finnish skills and labor shortages
For manufacturing businesses, automation is becoming an essential part of remaining competitive in a rapidly changing commercial landscape.
A new pension reform will raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64, meaning that the manufacturing industry must do more to retain senior workers and improve the working environment.
Population trends, industrial changes and the labor environment are driving cobot uptake in Japan.
Almost twenty years after the first collaborative robots (cobots) came to market, experienced and vocal end-users are driving the next era of automation through customer-driven product development.
When the first cobot was introduced in 2008, it came with a vision for the future of automation. A world where robots work around people, and not the other way around.
The absence of skilled workers has been looming over European manufacturers for years. In 2019, three out of four European companies reported that they had trouble finding the right workers. With no improvement in sight, decision makers and companies must collectively care for the workforce, as people are the economy’s most important resource.
SME automation is a game-changer for the manufacturing sector, and we are entering an exciting period of innovation and adoption
Welding is an essential part of the global economy. Every day across the world, businesses rely on it to create safe, durable and high-quality products.
Robotic welding can increase accuracy and reduce waste for most welding operations.
For automation and robot palletizer first timers, it can be hard to know where to start.
Cobots are designed to work alongside humans, and for that reason they are much smaller and lighter than typical traditional robots. As a result, our cobots use less electricity than traditional industrial robots, which usually use three phase power.
Using a collaborative robot (cobot) for palletizing automation offers a huge amount of flexibility
With a collaborative robot (cobot) arm, you can implement a range of palletizing solutions that boost the efficiency and safety of your operations
Palletizing is the epitome of the kind of physically demanding and repetitive work that increases the chance of workplace injury when done for hours on end.
There are lots of different ways to use a cobot for palletizing in your business. And one of the simplest ways to customize your palletizing is to choose a gripper that is designed for a specific function.
Universal Robots’ Global Technical Compliance Officer Roberta Nelson Shea explains why the recent and widely publicized chess robot incident in Moscow should never have happened.
Collaborative robotics (cobots) and Automated palletization are changing the way that manufacturing leaders and managers are able to think about their operations.
Implementing a robotic palletizing solution using a collaborative robot (cobot) can not only help your production operations run as smoothly as possible, but also help increase speed, output and reduce costs.
Collaborative robots (cobots) are a cost-effective way to increase production and delivery time, optimize your processes and boost quality. But even though a cobot is much simpler and faster to set up and get working than a traditional industrial robot, there is still some preparation that needs to be done.
A collaborative robot (cobot) can be utilized in hundreds of ways. Whether you’re looking to automate a tedious task, increase efficiency or free your workers up to complete more technical work, cobots will be a transformative addition to your operations. Here we explain in more detail 10 cobot components and how they can be used within your business.
You may be wondering ‘what is palletization’, ‘what does a palletizer do’, or ‘how to palletize’. Perhaps you’re also curious about how collaborative robots, or cobots, can help with this essential function. We’ve put together a straightforward guide to palletizing robots and how they can take a dull, potentially dangerous task off your people’s to-do lists.
As factory automation becomes accessible to even the smallest businesses, cobot (collaborative robot) palletizing is one of the first areas business owners are looking to explore. Of the many robot applications, palletizing is a popular choice to drive workplace efficiency, reduce costs and keep human workers safe. Here are just five of the ways cobot palletizing can help your business reach its key objectives.
Cobot palletizers are making industrial packaging and palletizing operations simpler, faster, and more efficient. As well as doing the heavy lifting, they can also perform a range of tasks that require accuracy, speed, and relatively complex movements too. We find that while a lot of companies know that automation can help them be more competitive, there is still a lack of awareness about the many ways a cobot can add value to their operations.
Collaborative robots, or cobots, have the power to transform a business’s capabilities, productivity and overheads. More affordable, versatile and compact than traditional industrial robots, they allow even small operations to leverage the power of automation and take their productivity and profitability to the next level. Here is a brief history of the cobot, and how they are transforming manual work for companies across the globe.
The industrial applications of cobots are vast, and these smart machines have capabilities that virtually every manufacturing plant or production line can make use of. A cobot arm handles dull, dirty or dangerous jobs on behalf of their human colleagues and minimizes downtime by boosting round-the clock-capacity, if that is what the business needs. Cobots’ capabilities are incredibly varied, and their tasks can be tailored to your business’s needs, even multiple times per day.
An estimated 2.4 million jobs could go unfilled in the US alone between 2018 and 2028, according to Deloitte. That labor and skills shortage is not limited to the US. It’s being seen across the world as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, born between 1946 and 1964, reaches retirement. Their departure from the workforce not only creates a job to fill, but also leaves behind a skills gap. Meanwhile, consumers are demanding more than ever from manufacturers, including real-time availability, better quality, and fair working conditions – at a lower cost.
The industrial applications of cobots are vast, and these smart machines have capabilities that virtually every manufacturing plant or production line can make use of. A cobot arm handles dull, dirty or dangerous jobs on behalf of their human colleagues and minimizes downtime by boosting round-the clock-capacity, if that is what the business needs. Cobots’ capabilities are incredibly varied, and their tasks can be tailored to your business’s needs, even multiple times per day.
On 28 April, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an awareness-raising campaign that promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. On this special day of awareness, here are 5 stories about cobots taking on dangerous, hard, repetitive or dull tasks where they have allowed people to focus on work that is more enjoyable and less likely to cause injuries.
It’s been 10 years since collaborative robots appeared on the manufacturing scene. First viewed as a lab experiment by global manufacturers that would buy one or two, send them off to their innovation centers for testing never to be seen on the production floor, cobots now are hard at work in many sectors all around the world.
After wreaking havoc on our families, the economy, and the overall social fabric of countries around the world, COVID is abating. Or at least we are learning to live with a pandemic hanging over our collective heads. According to an article in Deloitte Insights, the North American economies are recovering, and demand is ahead of pre-COVID levels. All good – but what about manufacturing labor? When COVID exploded in March 2020, we were struggling to find workers, skilled or entry level, for manufacturing jobs in all industries. And where are we today? Deeper in the hole!
Cobots are transforming food and beverage plants all over the world, stepping in and taking over a wide range of business-critical, yet repetitive and manual tasks. These intuitive machines can assume responsibility for tasks that threaten the safety or satisfaction of workers, or the productivity and profitability of the entire outfit. Here are some examples of how cobots have transformed the way our clients operate.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has led a significant amount of people to re-evaluate their working lives. Many have decided to turn away from roles that are repetitive, lack progression opportunities or pose risks to their mental or physical wellbeing. Cobots are providing an answer to this recruitment and retention challenge by freeing workers from the dullest or riskiest tasks on the production line and helping employers create more efficient workflows.
As part of its commitment to every customer’s success, Universal Robots aims to make products and services that customers love. As with really good food, love is the secret ingredient when UR develops and produces its cobots. Love is the fine red line in all the company does, from research and development to user experience, production, and customer care.
- Shaunak Kapur
Robo-Insight #5
Welcome to the 5th edition of Robo-Insight, a robotics news update! In this post, we are excited to share a range of new advancements in the field and highlight robots’ progress in areas like human-robot interaction, agile movement, enhanced training methods, soft robotics, brain surgery, medical navigation, and ecological research. New tools for human-robot interaction […]
- Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Soft robotic tool provides new ‘eyes’ in endovascular surgery
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a soft robotic tool that promises to one day transform minimally invasive endovascular surgery. The two-part magnetic tool can help to visualise in real time the fine morphological details of partial vascular blockages such as stenoses, even in the narrowest and most […]
- NC Sate University
‘Brainless’ robot can navigate complex obstacles
By Matt Shipman Researchers who created a soft robot that could navigate simple mazes without human or computer direction have now built on that work, creating a “brainless” soft robot that can navigate more complex and dynamic environments. “In our earlier work, we demonstrated that our soft robot was able to twist and turn its […]
- The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Battery-free origami microfliers from UW researchers offer a new bio-inspired future of flying machines
By Roger Van Scyoc On a cool afternoon at the heart of the University of Washington’s campus, autumn, for a few fleeting moments, appears to have arrived early. Tiny golden squares resembling leaves flutter then fall, switching from a frenzied tumble to a graceful descent with a snap. Aptly named “microfliers” and inspired by Miura-fold […]
- Horizon Magazine
Virtual-reality tech is fast becoming more real
By Helen Massy-Beresford Imagine a single technology that could help a robot perform safety checks at a nuclear plant, cure a person’s arachnophobia and simulate the feeling of a hug from a distant relative. Welcome to the world of “extended reality”. Researchers funded by the EU have sought to demonstrate its enormous potential. Relevant research […]
- Frontiers Science News
High-tech microscope with ML software for detecting malaria in returning travellers
By Deborah Pirchner Malaria is an infectious disease claiming more than half a million lives each year. Because traditional diagnosis takes expertise and the workload is high, an international team of researchers investigated if diagnosis using a new system combining an automatic scanning microscope and AI is feasible in clinical settings. They found that the […]
- Robin Murphy
How drones are used during earthquakes
In the realm of disaster response, technology plays a pivotal role in aiding communities during challenging times. In this exploration, we turn our attention to drones and their application in earthquake response, especially as how they are being used in the recent Morocco earthquake. This concise video offers valuable insights into the practical uses of […]
- MIT News
Making life friendlier with personal robots
Sharifa Alghowinem, a research scientist at the Media Lab, explores personal robot technology that explains emotions in English and Arabic.
- Wyss Institute
Fiber-infused ink enables 3D-printed heart muscle to beat
By Kat J. McAlpine / SEAS Communications Over the last decade, advances in 3D printing have unlocked new possibilities for bioengineers to build heart tissues and structures. Their goals include creating better in vitro platforms for discovering new therapeutics for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for about one […]
- Daniel Carrillo-Zapata
Interview with Jean Pierre Sleiman, author of the paper “Versatile multicontact planning and control for legged loco-manipulation”
We had the chance to interview Jean Pierre Sleiman, author of the paper “Versatile multicontact planning and control for legged loco-manipulation”, recently published in Science Robotics. What is the topic of the research in your paper? The research topic focuses on developing a model-based planning and control architecture that enables legged mobile manipulators to tackle […]
- Oliver Mitchell
Tackling loneliness with ChatGPT and robots
As the last days of summer set, one is wistful of the time spent with loved ones sitting on the beach, traveling on the road, or just sharing a refreshing ice cream cone. However, for many Americans such emotional connections are rare, leading to high suicide rates and physical illness. … Read More
- Shaunak Kapur
Robo-Insight #4
Welcome to the 4th edition of Robo-Insight, a biweekly robotics news update! In this post, we are excited to share a range of new advancements in the field and highlight robots’ progress in areas like mobile applications, cleaning, underwater mining, flexibility, human well-being, depression treatments, and human interactions. Simplified mobile robot behavior adaptations In the […]
- MIT News
MIT engineers use kirigami to make ultrastrong, lightweight structures
Produced with techniques borrowed from Japanese paper-cutting, the strong metal lattices are lighter than cork and have customizable mechanical properties.
- University of Bristol
New dual-arm robot achieves bimanual tasks by learning from simulation
An innovative bimanual robot displays tactile sensitivity close to human-level dexterity using AI to inform its actions.
- MIT News
AI helps robots manipulate objects with their whole bodies
With a new technique, a robot can reason efficiently about moving objects using more than just its fingertips.
- AIhub
[UPDATE] A list of resources, articles, and opinion pieces relating to large language models & robotics
Teresa Berndtsson / Better Images of AI / Letter Word Text Taxonomy / Licenced by CC-BY 4.0. We’ve collected some of the articles, opinion pieces, videos and resources relating to large language models (LLMs). Some of these links also cover other generative models. We will periodically update this list to add any further resources of […]
- Silicon Valley Robotics
SVR Guide to Robotics Research and Education 2023
In the last decade we have seen more robotics innovation becoming real products and companies than in the entire history of robotics. Furthermore, the greater Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area is at the center of this ‘Cambrian Explosion in Robotics’ as Dr Gill Pratt, Director of Robotics at Toyota Research Institute described it. […]
- Shaunak Kapur
Robo-Insight #3
Welcome to the third edition of Robo-Insight, a biweekly robotics news update! In this post, we are excited to share a range of new advancements in the field and highlight progress in areas like motion, unfamiliar navigation, dynamic control, digging, agriculture, surgery, and food sorting. A bioinspired robot masters 8 modes of motion for adaptive […]
- The Conversation
Mobile robots get a leg up from a more-is-better communications principle
A study found that adding legs does more for you than having a good sense of the ground around you − if you’re a mobile robot.
- Robin Murphy
The Strange: Scifi Mars robots meet real-world bounded rationality
Even with the addition of a strange mineral, robots still obey the principle of bounded rationality in artificial intelligence set forth by Herb Simon. I cover bounded rationality in my Science Robotics review (image courtesy of @SciRobotics) but I am adding some more details here. Did you like the Western True Grit? Classic scifi like […]
- Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
3D display could soon bring touch to the digital world
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a soft shape display, a robot that can rapidly and precisely change its surface geometry to interact with objects and liquids, react to human touch, and display letters and numbers – all at the same time. The display […]
- Frontiers Journals & Blog
Can charismatic robots help teams be more creative?
By Angharad Brewer Gillham, Frontiers science writer Increasingly, social robots are being used for support in educational contexts. But does the sound of a social robot affect how well they perform, especially when dealing with teams of humans? Teamwork is a key factor in human creativity, boosting collaboration and new ideas. Danish scientists set out […]
- Sebastian Castro
An updated guide to Docker and ROS 2
2 years ago, I wrote A Guide to Docker and ROS, which is one of my most frequently viewed posts — likely because it is a tricky topic and people were seeking answers. Since then, I’ve had the chance to use Docker more in my work and have picked up some new tricks. This was […]
- Lucy Smith
Interview with Roberto Figueiredo: the RoboCup experience
Roberto Figueiredo is a master’s student at the University of Aveiro. He is a member of the Bold Hearts RoboCup team which competes in the Humanoid KidSize soccer league. He is currently the local representative for the Junior Rescue Simulation. We spoke to Roberto about his RoboCup journey, from the junior to the major leagues, […]
- Horizon Magazine
Oceans to get better protection with connected underwater technology
By Helen Massy-Beresford Imagine seals swimming in the sea with electronic tags that send real-time water data to scientists back in their laboratories. Or archaeologists near a coast being automatically alerted when a diver trespasses on a precious shipwreck. Such scenarios are becoming possible as a result of underwater connected technologies, which can help monitor […]
- Carnegie Mellon University
Enabling autonomous exploration
By Aaron Aupperlee A research group in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is creating the next generation of explorers — robots. The Autonomous Exploration Research Team has developed a suite of robotic systems and planners enabling robots to explore more quickly, probe the darkest corners of unknown environments, and create more accurate and detailed maps. […]
- Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Pangolin the inspiration for medical robot
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a magnetically controlled soft medical robot with a unique, flexible structure inspired by the body of a pangolin. The robot is freely movable despite built-in hard metal components. Thus, depending on the magnetic field, it can adapt its shape to be able […]
- Imperial College London
Heat-resistant drone could scope out and map burning buildings and wildfires
By Hayley Dunning and Caroline Brogan The prototype drone, called FireDrone, could be sent into burning buildings or woodland to assess hazards and provide crucial first-hand data from danger zones. The data would then be sent to first responders to help inform their emergency response. The drone is made of a new thermal aerogel insulation […]
- Shaunak Kapur
Robo-Insight #2
Welcome to the 2nd edition of Robo-Insight, a biweekly robotics news update! In this post, we are excited to share a range of remarkable advancements in the field, showcasing progress in hazard mapping, surface crawling, pump controls, adaptive gripping, surgery, health assistance, and mineral extraction. These developments exemplify the continuous evolution and potential of robotics […]
- Université Libre de Bruxelles
Robot swarms neutralize harmful Byzantine robots using a blockchain-based token economy
In a new study, we demonstrate the potential of blockchain technology, known from cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to secure the coordination of robot swarms. In experiments conducted with both real and simulated robots, we show how blockchain technology enables a robot swarm to neutralize harmful robots without human intervention, thus enabling the deployment […]
- MIT News
A faster way to teach a robot
A new technique helps a nontechnical user understand why a robot failed, and then fine-tune it with minimal effort to perform a task effectively.
- AIhub
#RoboCup2023 in tweets – part 2
As this year’s RoboCup draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the highlights from the second half of the conference. Over the course of the weekend, the event focussed on the latter stages of the competitions, with the winners in all the different leagues decided. If you missed our round-up […]
- AIhub
#RoboCup2023 in tweets – part 1
This year’s RoboCup kicked off on 4 July and will run until 10 July. Taking place in Bordeaux, the event will see around 2500 participants, from 45 different countries take part in competitions, training sessions, and a symposium. Find out what attendees have been up to in preparation for, and in the first half of, […]
- Oliver Mitchell
Submersible robots that can fly
Last month, the entire world was abuzz when five über wealthy explorers perished at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near the grave of the once “unsinkable ship.” Disturbingly, during the same week, hundreds of war-torn refugees drowned in the Mediterranean with little news of their plight. The irony of machine versus nature illustrates how […]
- MIT News
Magnetic robots walk, crawl, and swim
New soft-bodied robots that can be controlled by a simple magnetic field are well suited to work in confined spaces.
- Theophile Gervet
Visual navigation to objects in real homes
Today’s robots are often static and isolated from humans in structured environments — you can think of robot arms employed by Amazon for picking and packaging products within warehouses. But the true potential of robotics lies in mobile robots operating alongside humans in messy environments like our homes and hospitals — this requires navigation skills. […]
- Shaunak Kapur
Robo-Insight #1
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Robo-Insight, a biweekly robotics news update! In this post, we are thrilled to present a range of remarkable advancements in the field, highlighting robotics progress in terrain traversability, shape morphing, object avoidance, mechanical memory, physics-based AI techniques, and new home robotics kits. These developments exemplify the continuous evolution and […]
- Lucy Smith
What’s coming up at #RoboCup2023?
This year, RoboCup will be held in Bordeaux, from 4-10 July. The event will see around 2500 participants, from 45 different countries take part in competitions, training sessions, and a symposium. You can see the schedule for the week here. The leagues and their competitions The league competitions will take place on 6-9 July. You […]
- Frontiers Journals & Blog
Why diversity and inclusion needs to be at the forefront of future AI
By Inês Hipólito/Deborah Pirchner, Frontiers science writer Inês Hipólito is a highly accomplished researcher, recognized for her work in esteemed journals and contributions as a co-editor. She has received research awards including the prestigious Talent Grant from the University of Amsterdam in 2021. After her PhD, she held positions at the Berlin School of Mind […]
- Robin Murphy
Joanne Pransky: Rest in Peace (1959-2023)
It is with great sadness that I am sharing that Joanne Pransky, the World’s First Robotic Psychariatrist, and who Isaac Asimov called the real Susan Calvin passed away recently. I had several delight conversations with her, including an interview and moderated panel. Joanne was a tireless advocate for robotics AND for women in robotics. She […]