Robotics

Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

I want this robot arm.* Not in the same way Moss wanted a robot arm in The IT Crowd, but in a way which is mysterious to me, a person who has never owned a robot arm. This is the Mirobot, an open-source desktop robot arm that does not (yet) exist in the world as a product that you (or I) can purchase. But if you've ever seen a robot arm that looks nearly so cute, I demand that you show me that baby robot arm immediately.

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This robot cat Kiki thinks learning AI can win where other home robots failed

This robot cat Kiki thinks learning AI can win where other home robots failed

Building a companion robot is harder than you might think, but startup Zoetic AI believes its cutesy cyber-cat Kiki has the personality it takes to reach the mainstream. Resembling a cross between a bowling pin and a manga kitty, Kiki aims to do what Jibo, Kuri, and others failed to, earning a spot on your desk by virtue of its infinitely flexible AI-powered personality.

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Toyota robots to let people enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a new way

Toyota robots to let people enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a new way

Japan is most famous for its sushi, anime, and, of course, robots so it's only natural that those will have a big presence in next year's biggest international sports events. It's also not surprising that Toyota, who has branched its robotics out into the mobility market is playing a big role in mixing the 2020 Olympics and robots. Don't expect giant mechas and Gundams, though, as Toyota's army of non-frightening robots will work to let people experience the event in a unique way, even from afar.

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Tiny 3D printed robots are nearly invisible

Tiny 3D printed robots are nearly invisible

Scientists are working hard to perfect tiny robots that can work with more of their kind to perform tasks on a larger scale. The tiny robot seen below was created by Georgia Tech and is called micro-bristle-bot. The scientists say that these tiny robots might one day work in groups to sense environmental changes, move materials, and possibly one day repair injuries inside the human body.

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US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

The United States Army has announced plans to test robotic combat vehicles starting in March 2020 at Fort Carson in Colorado. During that time, soldiers will participate in an operational test of modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles (tanks) called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds). The test will influence future autonomous vehicle projects conducted by the US Army.

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Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

The Amazon Echo is a device that's gone through a few different iterations throughout the years, and according to a new report today, Amazon is looking to give it a fairly significant upgrade. Amazon is said to be looking at launching a new Echo that will be larger than currently smart speakers in the line. At the same time, today's report claims that the company is beginning to ramp up its efforts in creating a home robot.

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Tiny robots work together to complete complex tasks

Tiny robots work together to complete complex tasks

Researchers at EPFL have developed a group of small robots that weigh only 10 grams each that are able to work as a group. The small robots are inspired by trap-jaw ants; individually, ants only have so much strength and intelligence. As a colony of ants, they can complete sophisticated tasks and evade larger predators.

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Atlas and Valkyrie robots navigate rough terrain thanks to IHMC software

Atlas and Valkyrie robots navigate rough terrain thanks to IHMC software

When people talk about robots taking over humans' jobs, they're mostly talking about those robots that come in incorporeal, digital-only form. It's going to be a very long while before humanoid or even bipedal robot can pose a fictional threat to humans. They can't even walk on uneven terrain without toppling over. That has been one of the challenges of DARPA's contests and IHMC Robotics may have developed a way for the likes of Atlas and Valkyrie to learn how to step through treacherous land.

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Astrobotic gets $5.6m NASA contract to develop MoonRanger rover

Astrobotic gets $5.6m NASA contract to develop MoonRanger rover

Private American space robotics company Astrobotic has received a $5.6 million contract from NASA to help develop an autonomous lunar rover called MoonRanger. The development will take place in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, according to Astrobotic, which received the contract under NASA's Lunar Surface and Instrumentation Technology Payload (LSITP) program.

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Mars 2020 rover gets its impressive robotic arm

Mars 2020 rover gets its impressive robotic arm

The Mars 2020 rover has gained its robotic arm, with NASA fitting the SUV-sized robotic explorer with the primary tool with which it will perform experiments on the red planet. The new milestone comes shortly after the rover was shod with its six wheels for the first time, as the countdown to its 2020 launch nears.

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Researchers create a soft robotic arm that tastes using bacteria

Researchers create a soft robotic arm that tastes using bacteria

Scientists at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have designed a soft robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to "taste" for a specific chemical. The robotic gripper arm is a proof-of-concept for biologically-based soft robots.

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Harvard’s insect-like RoboBee achieves major solo flight milestone

Harvard’s insect-like RoboBee achieves major solo flight milestone

The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has announced the latest version of its insect-like RoboBee 'X-Wing' is officially the lightest vehicle to achieve sustained untethered flight. The solo flight milestone was recorded as a slow-motion video in which viewers see the tiny robot's wings flap rapidly, just like an ordinary insect. The achievement was made possible via a number of improvements made to the RoboBee.

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