Lockheed is working on something it calls a hybrid airship, which is essentially a massive blimp, designed for lifting and hauling heavy cargo into areas where there are no roads. The big benefit of this is that the hybrid airship is able to haul large loads but moves in the air faster than vehicles or ships move on land or water. These airships aren’t as fast as helicopters or aircraft though. The challenge for Lockheed is inspecting the envelope of these massive airships requiring a crew of people inside and outside the envelope of the airship.
Robotics company Desin has introduced a device called Obi, and it’s designed to help disabled individuals eat independently. Using a robotic armature with a spoon attached, a bowl with four sections, and some carefully designed buttons, the contraption serves as a diner’s hands when his or her own may have failed them. Obi was created to help individuals with conditions like multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons, and other conditions.
Uncle Owen in Star Wars had a bunch of robots that helped him mind the moisture farm and it looks like the future here on Earth might have robots to help farmers as well. That is if Professor Salah Sukkarieh from Sydney University has anything to say about it. Sukkarieh is the project lead for agriculture robotics at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) currently studying how automated technology could assist farmers and ranchers.
DARPA really wants robots that can walk efficiently like a human and do human things like drive vehicles and use ladders, tools, etc. The road to robots that can do that sort of thing are paved with smaller steps where bots learn to walk just like a human child. One of these robots that is a step on the ladder to robots that can work like people is the SRI DURUS robot.
Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.
Scientists and researchers around the world are working on tiny robots that use organic cells in their construction. The latest such robot device to use organic sells is the soft robotic stingray you see in the image here. This contraption is able to move under its own power by flapping its stingray-like wings and it's made using rat cardiac cells.
Just how far will you go to advertise your product? In Nivea's case, it took to the skies and then dropped the crap. And we mean that almost literally. Its entry at the Titanium and Integrated Lions at Cannes this year involved a drone dressed up as a seagull flying over the beach. But while its distant cousin the pelican delivered babies, the Nivea seagull dropped a payload of a different kind, squirting uncooperative toddlers with sunscreen coming out of its lower extremities.
Factory workers and those in other industries may soon get access to RoboGlove, a robotic glove that lends better gripping power to the person wearing it. The glove was created through a joint partnership between NASA and General Motors, originally for use on the International Space Station. Through a new licensing agreement with Swedish medical technology company Bioservo Technologies AB, the RoboGlove will be rehashed with technology from Bioservo’s own Soft Extra Muscle Glove; the resulting product will first be tested in some of GM’s own plants.
In November of last year, we talked a bit about a company called Starship Technologies that wanted to deliver packages to your door using little autonomous drone vehicles that look like a cooler on three wheels. Starship has anncouend that it has now launched its testing program for self-driving delivery robots in cooperation with major industry partners. Partners in the delivery program include Just Eat, a European food delivery firm, Hermes (a German delivery service), Metro Group, and a food delivery startup in London called Pronto.co.uk.
During a Corporate Strategy Meeting today, Sony detailed plans to create a robot with which humans will be able to form an emotional bond. Named as one of the company’s new future initiatives, this yet-unnamed robot will “be…able to grow to inspire love and affection,” and will also be “capable of forming an emotional bond with customers.” It appears the robot will be targeted at retail stores, not private homes.
Anki has come a long way from its WWDC 2013 demo of iPhone-controlled race cars, but today's big reveal of Cozmo, it's AI-blessed robot, is a lot more than just a toy. Scurrying around on its tank tracks, the palm-scale gadget looks like a plaything but is in reality a clever sleight of hand to bring some of the most complex parts of modern computing right into the home.