Robotics

NASA Spinoffs 2022 brings space tech back down to us Earthlings

NASA Spinoffs 2022 brings space tech back down to us Earthlings

NASA may be best-known for its role in exploring space and putting men on the moon. What many people may not realize, however, is the agency arguably does more to better life on Earth than it does in the exploration of space. That revelation shouldn't come as a surprise. While the agency's primary mission is focused on space, actually achieving that goal requires a tremendous amount of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. More often than not, products, services, and methods designed to solve a problem in space have valuable applications here on Earth. In addition to technology developed for space, NASA also focuses some of its development efforts specifically on terrestrial issues humanity is currently facing.

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This LG robot wants to fix the hiring crisis

This LG robot wants to fix the hiring crisis

In what has been labeled the "Great Resignation," millions of American workers are quitting their jobs, leaving millions of positions unfilled (via Harvard University). While virtually every industry has been impacted, the services industry has been particularly hard hit. Restaurants, bars, hotels, and the like are struggling to remain operational without the necessary staff to run day-to-day operations. Some restaurants have reported seeing 50 to 100% more business than pre-pandemic, but without the staff to handle it. LG is hoping to address that with the CLOi ServeBot.

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The coolest robots you can buy today

The coolest robots you can buy today

As time goes on and robots are becoming more advanced, more and more are marketed primarily at regular consumers. Robots are no longer just the domain of manufacturing and laboratories as there are plenty for the average consumers of the world to buy. Some of these have uses around the house, some are meant to spark an interest in STEM fields, and others are toys with some extra functionality. Here are some of the coolest robots you can buy today.

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Roborock has new wet-dry and robotic vacuums to clean home messes

Roborock has new wet-dry and robotic vacuums to clean home messes

What's better than a vacuum? A vacuum that can find and clean up messes entirely on its own. That's where the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra comes in, a robotic model Roborock has announced as part of its CES 2022 wares. Joining the autonomous vacuum is the company's new Dyad, a wet-dry vacuum that can be used to clean up just about any kind of spill, even liquid ones.

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Northrop reveals concept lunar vehicle for NASA’s Artemis astronauts

Northrop reveals concept lunar vehicle for NASA’s Artemis astronauts

Defense and aerospace company Northrop Grumman will work alongside some of its partners to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) for NASA, the company has announced. The rover will be used to shuttle NASA's astronauts across the Moon's surface as part of a future crewed Artemis mission. Multiple other companies will fulfill their own parts of the project, including Michelin, Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and AVL.

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Watch Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dance to The Rolling Stones

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dance to The Rolling Stones

Boston Dynamics' Spot robot is back with another dance number, this time showing off its agility and stability by dancing along to The Rolling Stones. Spot is showcased side-by-side with Mick Jagger as it mirrors his every dance move, including rapidly moving its head side to side, walking with a sassy countenance, and even lip-syncing its "mouth" to the lyrics. The new video joins previous dance numbers from Boston Dynamics, including the last year's massive celebration involving all of its robots.

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Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs now have their own sniper rifle, hinting at the future of autonomous and remote-controlled warfare. The weapon comes from SWORD Defense Systems, which says its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) can be used with various remote-controlled "unmanned platforms." The company recently showcased the rifle mounted on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

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Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson has a robot vacuum they'll likely release this year to roll up on Roomba. Appearing in an FCC filing this week, the Roomba robot vacuum shows a collection of features that make this device seem at least as powerful as the previously-released (internationally, anyway), Dyson 360 Heurist. This new device sports a shocking blue (as all good Dyson vacuums should) and assurance that it works with a brand new Dyson Hyperdymium motor.

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“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

Amazon knows you're probably skeptical about "Alexa on wheels," but it's making its Astro robot anyway. Announced today, the latest iteration of the retailer's smart assistant cuts the cord completely - well, for as long as the battery lasts, anyway - in a way the rotating Echo Show 10 could only dream of, though there's still an uphill struggle if Astro is to convince us that it's a household necessity.

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Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon has unveiled its first robot, Amazon Astro, combining Alexa on a motorized platform that can roam around the home. Astro has a pop-up periscope camera on top, a moving screen on the front, and a cutesy expression to make it more appealing to families.

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Hyundai Factory Safety Service Robot puts Spot on factory patrol

Hyundai Factory Safety Service Robot puts Spot on factory patrol

Boston Dynamic's first "BigDog" robot may have been the stuff of robotic nightmares, but its smaller Spot has received mixed feedback both from people and companies. The quadruped's more streamlined appearance still doesn't easily remind one of a dog (or any living creature for that matter), but it has become more approachable and a teeny bit more affordable to the point that companies, hospitals, and even governments have put it to some use. The latest to join that list of clientele is the Hyundai Motor Group, employing Spot as a late-night safety officer.

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Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway may be best known for its balancing scooters, but its latest wheeled product is happy on the ground where it can focus on keeping the lawn trimmed. The Segway Navimow is the company's first robotic lawnmower and, while it may not be the first option in the space, it does promise a much easier setup with no need for a perimeter wire.

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