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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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Gatebox virtual home robot automates your home

Gatebox virtual home robot automates your home

Robots aren't quite to the point yet where they can live in your home and help you do all the things that you really don't want to do when it comes to keeping house. While physical robots are a ways away, you can get a virtual robot that can help you with home automation. Think about the Gatebox virtual robot like Google Home only with a cutesy animated Japanese girl inside.

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Robotic cashier rings up purchases and bags them in Osaka, Japan

Robotic cashier rings up purchases and bags them in Osaka, Japan

The Lawson convenience store chain in Osaka, Japan has teamed up with Panasonic Corp to create the first cash register that lacks a human to operate the equipment. The register is able to ring up all the purchases the customer has in their cart and then bag them up. The system is called Reji Robo, which is short for register robots.

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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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Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

The Biomimetic millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley is rather known for making small robots that mimic animals and so far Ron Fearing and his team have created some unique little robots. They have bots that can run, bots with wings, bots with tails, and hairy robots. The latest robot is a tiny thing that is hailed as the most agile robot ever made and it is designed to mimic a very cute animal that lives in Africa called the bushbaby or galago.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

Almost every game these days have an online element to them, either really playing with others online in a massive persistent world or simply going into one-off skirmishes. Some gamers, however, have a deep love for keeping things single. Such gamers might find solace and joy in the announcement of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first time in over 15 years that the franchise is getting a non-multiplayer, totally single-player game. That is, if developers Piranha Games successfully launches it in 2018.

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Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Forget wearable devices. In the future, you might be using wearable robots instead. No, you’re not getting into a robot suit, of course, but your suit might instead have tiny robots rolling and crawling all over. At least that’s the idea behind “Rovable”, a roving robot “wearable” developed by researchers from MIT and Standford University. While it seems to give a whole new meaning to “creepy crawlies”, the robots’ purpose isn’t whimsical. The goal is to eventually developer robots that can perform anything from activity tracking, notifications, calls, and perhaps even wardrobe repairs.

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SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

Professor Ralph Hollis invented a robot with a special motor that has a very simple drive system about a decade ago called the ballbot. Fast-forward ten years and Hollis' invention called the spherical induction motor (SIM) has been improved in a new robot called the SIMbot that has eliminated the mechanical drive system used on previous ballbots.

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MIT’s 3D printed ‘skin’ will make more durable robots, drones

MIT’s 3D printed ‘skin’ will make more durable robots, drones

Imagine a robot or a drone that is made with a 'skin' of sorts capable of precise amounts of shock absorption, something tailored to meet the precise needs of the device. That's exactly what MIT researchers have made possible via a new shock-absorbing 3D material for robots that offers all sorts of interesting properties, not the least of which is less bouncy, more precise and controlled landings after a blow.

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Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

From car accessory/companion to a surrogate baby. That’s a rather big leap for such a small robot. And yet that seems to be one of the new missions of the Kirobo Mini, the baby version of Toyota’s astronaut robot of the same name,sans the “Mini”. The little and, for most perhaps, cute robot that can fit inside a car cupholder is finally slated to launch in 2017, more than a year after it was first unveiled. And with it are the hopes that Japan’s population problem will soon come to an end.

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Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Robotics researchers and engineers all around the world are working on bipedal and quadrupedal robots for various tasks. We want bipedal robots that can use human tools to help us in daily life and in rescue situations where humans might not be able to go to give assistance. The problem is that many of the available robots today are extremely expensive. Ghost Robotics has unveiled a new robot called the Minitaur and this little quadruped robot has some cool tricks up its robotic sleeves.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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