Robotics

Sony Aibo hands-on at CES 2018: In the USA to make us envious

Sony Aibo hands-on at CES 2018: In the USA to make us envious

Today we got our first chance to take a look at the newest version of Sony Aibo. This is the electronic puppy dog that Sony re-introduced to the world late last year after an extended time of darkness. That is, a time without the doggy. People loved this dog's predecessor. They loved this robot dog's family members so much, they had funerals for them when they "died." Now, here in Las Vegas in January of 2018, we get to see the greatest robot puppy again.

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LG CLOi line adds three new helping robots

LG CLOi line adds three new helping robots

While much of the tech industry has seemingly moved on to the disembodied voices of personal assistants, some still want to put and see a “face” on those helpful assistants. Even if said faces don’t have hands or feet. Yes, we’re talking about robots and LG has three of them. But forget your ideas of humanoid, much less cute, robots. LG’s new Serving, Porter, and Shopping Cart robots are designed to be efficient in carrying things around, not entertain you.

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Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

A hospital in Nagoya, Japan, has deployed robots to help nurses during the overnight shift. The robots aren't involved with patients, instead designed to serve as something like a rolling delivery cabinet. Less nurses work the overnight shift, leaving less humans to take items where they're needed. These robots fill that void, transporting medicine, samples and other items between in-hospital destinations.

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This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

UBTECH has launched one of the most adorable home robots to date: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper robot. The robot works with a companion app, which includes a pair of augmented reality modes for fighting against the Resistance. In addition to that, the First Order Stormtrooper bot boasts facial recognition capabilities, plus support for many voice commands, a sentry patrolling feature, and more.

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FAA drone registration is now part of the law

FAA drone registration is now part of the law

Get ready to fork up a few dollars to register that hefty but totally innocent drone of yours. The FAA’s requirement to have drones of certain weights registered is now back and this time it has some staying power. More than just an FAA rule, it has become part of the US law. That is partly due to the fact that the registration requirement is just a very small part of a larger, and more expensive, National Defense Authorization Act that US President Trump just signed into law.

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San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco has banned sidewalk delivery robots, squashing a delivery method that is still in its infancy. Not many of these robots exist, but some companies, such as Domino's, are testing them in various regions. The decision to ban these bots from operating on public sidewalks was made unanimously by the city's Board of Supervisors.

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Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda isn't bringing cars to CES 2018, it's got a small army of cheerful robots instead. Dubbed the Honda 3E Robotics Concept, the quartet of bots built around "Empower, Experience, Empathy" aren't so much focused on traditional practicality, but instead want to give physical embodiment to a more helpful artificial intelligence (AI).

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Youbionic develops weird double robotic hand

Youbionic develops weird double robotic hand

Back in 2015 we talked about a company called Youbionic that had created a bizarre set of bionic arms that you could wear to give yourself literal helping hands. In what appears to be an attempt to create Doctor Octopus, Youbionic is back with a bizarre set of double robotic hands. This odd prosthetic device is going up for sale to give you a couple helping hands on each arm.

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This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

Apple research into how self-driving cars could better and more affordably identify pedestrians and other potential hazards has been spotted online, giving a new glimpse into the Cupertino firm's secretive project. The company has long been rumored to be working on autonomous driving technology, with the most recent belief being that it hopes to develop, not an Apple-branded car, but software that it can license out to automakers.

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Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

The recent demonstration of the Atlas humanoid robot’s jumps and backflip might have left you impressed at how far such robots have come. It might have also left you terrified at its appearance. Boston Dynamics has never really been known for creating visually appealing robots. Coincidentally, Toyota has just announced its own humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which boasts of some smooth and precise movements. In contrast to Atlas, however, it is also designed to attract humans and not scare them off.

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Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Company UBTECH Robotics has announced the launch of Lynx, the first ever humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa baked in. The robot utilizes Amazon's personal assistant along with UBTECH's robotics tech to offer a variety of services and abilities, such as a surveillance mode for keeping an eye on your home while you're away and playing music via voice commands.

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This Boston Dynamics Atlas video won’t help your robot-apocalypse fears

This Boston Dynamics Atlas video won’t help your robot-apocalypse fears

Remember Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, the robot that just a few years ago was toddling around with a physical cable tethering it to its controller? Robots grow up quickly, it seems, as Boston Dynamics has just shown off the Atlas robot performing a variety of complex movements, doing so entirely wire-free.

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