Robotics

Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Amazon's Alexa continues its march across the smart home, showing up next in Hubble's Hugo, an eyeball-like motorized camera that can also figure out your mood. Part-security camera and part-robot, Hugo is a spherical lens atop a moving base, and actually looks quite a bit like 'bots from Jibo and LG. What those robots can't do, though, is tell when you're furious just by glancing at you.

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LG sires a dancing Alexa Home Hub ‘bot and an airport Dalek

LG sires a dancing Alexa Home Hub ‘bot and an airport Dalek

LG is thoroughly obsessed with robots, not that we can blame them, bringing a variety of robo-helpers large and small to its CES 2017 press conference today. In addition to domestic robots, which the company hopes will offer a more personal interface for its connected appliances, there are larger versions intended for public spaces. Your next flight check-in might be courtesy of a friendly Dalek.

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Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

This week at CES 2017 I did not expect to see a robot lamp with a camera with which it could take photos. I also did not expect to see a smart camera lamp with the ability to take commands from its user. Regardless of my lack of imagination, that's exactly what the folks at Cerevo have brought to the halls of the future of technology this week in Las Vegas.

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Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Gently I stroke the top of the robot's head and, with a delighted bloop, he comes alive, eyes smiling as he looks up at me. I may be a cynical British tech journalist but I still catch myself grinning in response, and anyway, I can't blame myself too much for anthropomorphizing the latest attempt at a robotic family companion to grace CES. Kuri's creators, Mayfield Robotics, have put personality front and center in their efforts to crack a surprisingly stubborn segment.

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LG will put robots under the CES 2017 spotlight

LG will put robots under the CES 2017 spotlight

LG has its hands in almost every consumer electronics cookie jar except one: robots. Well, except maybe for the HOM-BOT robot vacuum, which everyone makes these days, and the "G5 Friend" Rolling Bot, which is practically a hi-tech toy for cats. At CES 2017, however, LG will get serious with robots as it unveils its first team of non-cleaning robots for both private and public use. And, of course, like any "smart" thing these days, they will be equipped with AI to make them feel more personal and maybe even human.

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn reveals plans to fully automate factories

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn reveals plans to fully automate factories

Taiwan's Foxconn, the electronics manufacturing giant that builds Apple's iPhone along with dozens of other devices, has recently revealed its plans to eventually replace all the human workers in its Chinese factories with automated robots. This goal is to be accomplished over three phases, with 40,000 robots already in place on production lines, and a reduction of over half the company's workforce since the release of the iPhone 6 in 2014.

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Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology has announced that it will be at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks and at the show it will unveil a new tricopter drone called the Erida Drone. The company says that the Erida will be the world's first mainstream, full carbon fiber smart drone that has strength, speed, and the Yi 4k action camera attached. While most drones have quad rotors today, the Erida has three making it a tricopter.

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Behold Method-2, a real 4-meter-tall human-piloted mech robot

Behold Method-2, a real 4-meter-tall human-piloted mech robot

This week the folks at Hankook Mirae Technology unveiled Method-2, the "world's first manned bipedal robot." This is not the first time a robot like this has been imagined - it's been in sci-fi films like Pacific Rim, Avatar, and ALIENS. This robot represents the dream of enhancing human abilities through robotics real - Method-2 makes Titanfall a reality. Here, near the end of the year 2016, Method-2 takes its first baby steps as a real human-controlled mech robot on two stable legs and metal feet.

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Learning to walk with Hyundai’s incredible exoskeleton

Learning to walk with Hyundai’s incredible exoskeleton

Leaning forward, trying to put my weight on my left leg, I gingerly tap one of a small cluster of buttons on the crutch helping support me. With a faint electric whine, my right leg snaps up and then forward. I've just taken a step with Hyundai's H-MEX and, while I'm lucky enough to have no issues walking on my own, this "Medical Exoskeleton" could represent a whole new world of mobility for those currently confined to wheelchairs.

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Cornell University creates soft robotic hand that senses shape and texture

Cornell University creates soft robotic hand that senses shape and texture

Sometimes hands created for robots need to be very strong with the ability to grasp things very tightly and use them. Other times robot hands need to be very delicate to prevent any injury to humans they are working with or damage to fragile items they might be holding. Researchers at Cornell University have invented a hand for a robot that is able to grip things gently and can also sense the shape and texture of the item as well.

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MIT ChainFORM robot is made up of a bunch of small modules

MIT ChainFORM robot is made up of a bunch of small modules

As robotics matures many of the components that go into making a functional bot are shrinking in size and that allows the robots themselves to get smaller as well. The catch is that depending on what the robot needs to do, you may not want the bot to be particularly small. MIT is working on a mobile robotic platform that takes lots of little modules and those modules can be configured on the fly to create a robot of the size you need and the capability you need when you need it. The bot using this modular approach is called the ChainFORM

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TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

Robots might be thought of taking over human’s jobs or, in the future, the world, but their first real-world uses were in areas too dangerous for humans or for tasks that human physiology just isn’t equipped for. Such is the job of TIM, the Large Hadron Collider’s “security” robot. But unlike what you might think of a security bot, TIM doesn’t protect the LHC and its humans from external threats. Instead, it prowls the innards of the facility, monitoring for environmental dangers to one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific equipment.

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