Robotics

Jibo the companion robot will start shipping in October

Jibo the companion robot will start shipping in October

Earlier this month, we heard that Jibo the companion robot had been delayed, and wouldn't be shipping out to backers this April as previously said. The company didn't know when it would start shipping, but said it would have more info by April 29. Today's the deadline, and the company has posted a video update, saying it will ship the robot to backers starting in October of this year.

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DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

Drones are so common these days that almost anyone and everyone can have them, from tiny machines no bigger than your palm to hulking masses that sometimes provide a formidable target practice for birds. DJI, one of the biggest names in the drone market, has just released yet another drone. But don't let the Matrice 600's unassuming name fool you. This aerial platform easily dwarfs others in the market, not just in appearance but also in power and, of course, in price, making it a drone truly designed to help professionals showcase their creativity.

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Meet Jia Jia, China’s realistic talking robot

Meet Jia Jia, China’s realistic talking robot

Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China on Friday revealed a realistic robot they've been working on for the past three years. Called, Jia Jia, the robot is said to be capable of human-like facial expressions, along with talking and interacting with people nearby. While its creators describe it as looking similar to a "real woman," at least it's a step up from that nightmarish home-made Scarlett Johansson robot.

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Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

It’s a robot and a phone, and it’s called RoBoHon. No, it’s not a mobile phone in the shape of a robot — it’s an actual walking robotic that happens to be small enough to carry around with you while out and about, never mind how eccentric you’ll look holding a humanoid robot against your head. RoBoHoN is particularly focused on hands-free control, featuring a projector, speaker, and camera, among other things.

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Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

It is probably part of a robotics fan's dream come true. Or nightmare once they see the price tag. If you thought Sharp was joking last year when it revealed the talking, walking, and even dancing RoboHon robot phone, then this latest announcement will probably prove how dead serious it is. Serious enough to slap on the equivalent of $1,800 on the non-smartphone communications and telephony device rolled into one. Yes, that will be how much it costs when RoboHon launches in Japan on May 26th.

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Softbank’s Pepper robot enrolls in Japanese high school

Softbank’s Pepper robot enrolls in Japanese high school

Softbank’s Pepper robot is leaving its customer service lifestyle and heading to school, enrolling in Japan’s Hisashi High School in the Fukushima Prefecture. This is the first time the humanoid robot is going to school, and it will, hopefully, positively impact students, inspiring them to hit the books. Pepper speaks both English and Japanese, and will be spending most of its time in English classes, showing off some of its skills and non-retail uses in the process.

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Hitachi EMIEW3 customer service robot runs on a ‘remote brain’

Hitachi EMIEW3 customer service robot runs on a ‘remote brain’

Hitachi has a new robot, and it’s poised to take on Softbank’s Pepper. The new robot is called EMIEW3, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and it’s humanoid in shape with a “remote brain” platform. The robot — or some future version of it — could be deployed in stores to seek and approach customers, offering assistance when applicable. The original version of this robot, EMIEW, was introduced in 2005.

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Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Some days you'll be working hard, and you'll get pretty thirsty. But have you ever been thirsty enough that you've thought to yourself "I wish there was a giant bubble that would expel a bottle of water right in front of me." Sure, that possibility might never have occurred to you, but prepare to have it haunt your dreams in the days to come, because it's a real thing.

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Alphabet unveils new bipedal robot that’s all legs

Alphabet unveils new bipedal robot that’s all legs

While the Google-parent company Alphabet is planning to sell its military-related robotics firm Boston Dynamics, that doesn't mean they don't have other robot projects in development. SCHAFT, which operates under Alphabet's X division (formerly known as Google X), has just unveiled a new bipedal creation in Japan at the New Economic Summit. The name is still unknown, but the bot is capable of climbing stairs, walking across uneven terrain, and even self-balancing.

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Jibo delayed as companion robot misses 2nd deadline

Jibo delayed as companion robot misses 2nd deadline

Bad news if you were holding out for robotic companion Jibo to join you this month, with news today that the crowdfunded 'bot will miss its launch window. The robot, which blends voice, object, and face recognition with advanced kinesthetics to appear more lifelike, was meant to be delivered to its earliest Indiegogo backers in either March or April this year.

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3D printed robot requires no assembly, also has liquid parts

3D printed robot requires no assembly, also has liquid parts

DIY robots are nothing new. 3D printing parts is also nothing new. The combination of the two is also not unheard of. And yet even simple yet substantially functional robots are still in short supply today, despite advancements in the understanding of robotics or the accessibility of manufacturing methods. The problem is that event trivial robots need to be assembled, and that in itself is already quite an undertaking. MIT researchers, however, may have come upon an alternative: 3D printing a complete robot as a whole, no assembly required.

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Study finds robotic Paro seal is therapeutic for dementia patients

Study finds robotic Paro seal is therapeutic for dementia patients

A study conducted by Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing has found that therapeutic robots — in this case, Paro the robotic seal — can help calm and comfort elderly individuals afflicted with dementia. The study observed 920 instances where Paro provided some type of therapeutic effect for dementia patients, "improving the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and reducing the usage of psychotropic medications," said Paro designer Dr. Takanori Shibata.

According to Front Porch’s study, dementia patients who interacted in some way with Paro the robotic seal often experienced a calming effect, easing anxious behaviors observed in the patient. This effect was observed in 60-percent of the patients. As well, interacting with Paro boosted someone’s social behavior by a huge 97-percent among isolated patients.

Finally, 79-percent of the lethargic patients who were presented with Paro became and remained alert, experiencing an increase in appetite, mood, and social behaviors. These results are promising, indicating that robotic therapy "pets" and companions could be a viable way to comfort the elderly and dementia patients, likewise increasing their health by boosting overall morale.

According to its website, Paro has five different types of sensors: temperature, touch, light, audition, and posture. With these, the robot is able to sense things about its environment and interact in appropriate ways — Paro can feel when he is being petted, and can tell how he is positioned.

As well, Paro can respond to praise and to its name, the latter of which can be changed. The robot learns to react in a way that is pleasing to the owner — one example given by its creator is being petted. If you pet Paro, it will remember what it did leading up to that and will repeat doing it, encouraging further petting.

Paro is designed for therapeutic uses, but it’s not the only robot animal of its kind. This past November, Hasbro introduced the first of its then-new Joy For All line of robotic companions, each of these being tailored toward the elderly. As with Paro, these robotic companions come with sensors and a level of intelligence that enables them to interact with their owner, responding to touch and more in realistic ways. Those robotic pets are priced at $99.99 USD.

SOURCE: CNBC

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