Robotics

Walmart taps autonomous robots with BrainOS to clean its floors

Walmart taps autonomous robots with BrainOS to clean its floors

Walmart has teamed with Brain Corp to bring autonomous floor scrubbers to its stores, the companies have announced. Brain Corp's technology already automates more than 100 floor scrubbers utilized by Walmart, which will expand to have 360 of the machines by the end of January 2019. The floor scrubbers are powered by BrainOS.

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Stanford glove gives robots sense of touch

Stanford glove gives robots sense of touch

Now that Stanford's made a glove for robots so that they might have a sense of touch, what's next? It's not a great time to hand a robot a sharp metal object, of that you can be sure. A paper was published this week in the scientific journal Science Robotics by chemical engineer Zhenan Bao and her team on what makes this robot hand work.

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The best gifts for the person who has everything: 2018 Edition

The best gifts for the person who has everything: 2018 Edition

Today we've got a gift guide for the holiday season of the year 2018 packed full of awesome oddities. This gift guide is not relegated to any gender or age group (for the most part), and instead is meant for the person for whom you're never sure what to get. Note that this is not the only gift guide we've got for the season - it is but one of a larger collection.

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Hover 2 AI camera drone flies itself so you won’t have to

Hover 2 AI camera drone flies itself so you won’t have to

Artificial intelligence is permeating almost every electronic product today, from consumer electronics all the way up to cloud services and, of course, software. Most of these consumer AIs are designed to take the drudgery out of things we should be handing over to computers rather than doing them ourselves. Two years ago, Zero Zero Robotics brought that idea to the field of camera drones and now it’s back with the Hover 2, now smarter than ever and an extra pair of eyes to keep an eye on the target while not bumping into trees and posts.

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Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

This week the folks at Intel revealed their latest RealSense camera tech, a model by the name of RealSense Depth Camera D435i. This is the sort of camera you use to add depth sensing and tracking capabilities to all manner of devices. This latest version of the camera from Intel adds the all-important inertial measurement unit (IMU) that brings a whole new dimension to the data provided to the end user.

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Watch this Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot dance to Bruno Mars

Watch this Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot dance to Bruno Mars

By now, most of us are probably familiar with the SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics. The SpotMini has been the subject of quite a few videos where Boston Dynamics flexes its robotics know-how, but the video that was published today is quite unlike any other we've seen so far. In it, we get to watch the SpotMini dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

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Amazon picker robots tipped to do heavy lifting in warehouses

Amazon picker robots tipped to do heavy lifting in warehouses

Amazon is developing robots that can pick items from inventory in fulfillment centers, according to a new report. These robots will allegedly perform the same job as human "pickers," retrieving items ordered by customers and moving them to packaging for shipment. The report indicates these robots may eventually replace many human warehouse workers.

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics has published another video showcasing its Atlas robot and the new skills it has acquired. This video, simply called "Parkour Atlas," shows the company's Atlas robot perform a fairly basic parkour activity -- quickly ascending three large steps -- with a level of agility that is life-like.

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Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

There's a robot out there in the wild made by UBTECH that's aiming to ramp up female interest in STEM research. While the idea is questionable that the color purple and a fanciful unicorn form will entice girls any more than any other sort of robot, the robot itself remains pretty neat. The full product name is "JIMU Robot Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit" and it's basically just hit stores this morning.

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MobiLimb gives your phone a finger to stroke your wrist with

MobiLimb gives your phone a finger to stroke your wrist with

Most of us at one point probably wished we had another pair of hands. Our smartphones probably wished they had one too. Barring that, maybe they’d settle for a finger. If so, then maybe this MobiLimb prototype might be the best gift you can give your smartphone this Christmas. Or this Halloween for that matter. Because what better way for your smartphone to show your affection by gently stroking your wrist in the middle of a phone call.

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Sony aibo Review (2018): Robot pup charm

Sony aibo Review (2018): Robot pup charm

Sony's aibo is back, and after more than a decade the robotic dog is smarter, more talented, and generally more adorable than ever. Now promising to be more lifelike and to tap into the potential of the cloud, aibo's 2018 return is a long way from the original, faintly-Terminator-esque robots that first introduced the name back in 1999. What hasn't changed, though, is the premium price tag, or indeed the suspension of disbelief required to truly understand the aibo experience.

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Sony aibo 2018 released for sale in USA: Robot dog returns

Sony aibo 2018 released for sale in USA: Robot dog returns

Sony released the aibo 2018, the "First Litter Edition" to the United States today for the first time. This robot dog was made available for order and shipping to every one of the 50 United States except for one: Illinois. We don't know why Illinois, just yet, but we're certainly aiming to find out. Everyone else can get their robotic puppy shipped to them by mid-December, 2018.

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