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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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MIT’s Skinbot crawls over your body to monitor health

MIT’s Skinbot crawls over your body to monitor health

MIT's Media Lab is always working on the future of robotics and its latest project is a small robot called the Skinbot. This robot is roughly the size of your plan and is designed to crawl over your body and keep tabs on your health. It adheres to your skin using suction-cup feet that are based on the abilities of leeches or cephalopods.

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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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Researchers create flying robot that mimics insect flight

Researchers create flying robot that mimics insect flight

Anyone who has ever tried to smack a fly that was annoying them knows how fast the little bugs can move and how agile they are. Scientists have been trying to create robots that can fly like insects and birds for a long time. A new flying robot has been created by researchers at TU Delft from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab).

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MIT researchers develop robot arm able to pick up any object after inspection

MIT researchers develop robot arm able to pick up any object after inspection

One of the biggest challenges for robots is something that humans can do so easily we don’t even see it as a challenge. When we walk through our home if we see something like a mug on the table we can pick it up by the handle no matter the orientation. Robotic hands find something that simple to be a major challenge. Human dexterity is credited in part to our eyes because we can see the object clearly making it easy to pick up.

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Aflac robot therapy ducks for hospitals help comfort kids with cancer

Aflac robot therapy ducks for hospitals help comfort kids with cancer

Earlier this year, insurance company Aflac introduced a robot designed to comfort children undergoing extensive medical treatments. Called the "My Special Aflac Duck," the device is exactly what it sounds like: a robot shaped like a duck, which is fitted with a soft pelt and paired with large tokens that control its mood. Now, months later, Aflac has started deploying its therapy duck in hospitals around the US.

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It’s game-over for Kuri as home robotics claims another victim

It’s game-over for Kuri as home robotics claims another victim

Mayfield Robotics, the startup which aimed to put a friendly robot, Kuri, in the home, will shut down be the end of October 2018. The news comes as little surprise, after the Bosch Startup Platform-backed 'bot-maker announced it had halted production back in July.

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Anki Vector: The new Rosie

Anki Vector: The new Rosie

There's a new robot in town, and it's basically Rosie from The Jetsons made real. This is the second-generation friendly two-tread rolling robot called Vector, from Anki. That's the same company best known for their super-sweet racing remote control car toys and their first-generation robot, the always entertaining Cozmo. This new robot called Vector looks a whole lot like Cozmo, but it's got a new set of inside parts that take it out a WHOLE new door.

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Centauro disaster response robot is part robot part grandma’s walker

Centauro disaster response robot is part robot part grandma’s walker

Creating a robot that can help responders and save human life during a disaster is challenging work. This is specifically what the DARPA Robotics Challenge was made for and we have seen some cool robots come from that challenge. Some of them have two legs and walk upright, but others are different designs meant for more versatility.

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Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics, the startup developing the companion 'bot Kuri, has halted operations, another fatality in the tough home robotics space. The company, part of the Bosch Startup Platform, announced the news today, along with confirming that all pre-order deposits that had been placed for the robot will be refunded.

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Researchers create environment sensing robots the size of cells

Researchers create environment sensing robots the size of cells

MIT researchers have been able to create what is believed to be the smallest robots ever that can sense their environment, store data, and carry out computational tasks. The tiny robots are the size of a human egg cell and have tiny electronic circuits that are made of 2D materials. That material piggybacks on tiny particles known as colloids.

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Rolls-Royce teases a future where robots climb inside aircraft engines for repairs

Rolls-Royce teases a future where robots climb inside aircraft engines for repairs

The Rolls-Royce name conjures images of super expensive, super luxurious cars for the elite. The company is also big in aviation and is teasing a future where tiny robots will be used to maintain and repair its aircraft engines when needed. There are several types of robots and they would all be used for engine maintenance.

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