Thursday, January 11, 2018

1/11/2018 BLAST ROBOT NEWS REVIEW

NEWS   1/11/2018


Last year was when talking to a smart speaker started to become the norm, but surprisingly, LG has struggled to replicate the same success with its CLOi series commercial robots. Ahead of LG's CES show, I talked to its Head of Research for Life Robots, Jaewon Chang, who updated on the company's ...


UK online supermarket Ocado is on a quest to automate its business as much as possible, experimenting with technology from flexible robot hands (for packing soft fruit) to self-driving delivery vehicles. Its latest robotic addition to the team is a prototype bot that's designed to help human technicians in ...


Anyone who came for the robot companions, won't be disappointed. Robots are everywhere, doing chores, playing games and providing companionship. One, from the Industrial Technology Research Institute, plays scrabble. It uses 3-D vision recognition and hand-eye coordination technology to detect ...


LAS VEGAS - Are you ready to talk to your toilet? Or cuddle with a robot? Those are just a few of the ideas we've seen at CES 2018, the annual consumer technology confab here at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. Sure, there are tech titans here battling to control our computers, TVs ...


An adorable robot dog, a TV that could fill up a wall, a car whose entire dashboard is a touch screen. WSJ's Joanna Stern went on the hunt for the most exciting and unusual products at this year's biggest tech show. Photo/Video: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal ...


But, that's the intent behind Sapphire Las Vegas's introduction of -- we're really in the future now -- robot strippers to its stage during this year's CES. "We were looking for something creative to do during CES that would sort of match what was happening in town," Sapphire Managing Partner Peter ...


This pig doesn't necessarily need a robot tugging on its esophagus, but children born with a section of theirs missing, a disorder known as esophageal atresia, may in the near future. What researchers detail today in the journal Science Robotics is how their robot could not only help treat this disorder, ...


Honda just introduced a quartet of new robots at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. These four glossy, battery-powered, meter-high machines exist under the moniker 3E, which stands for Empower, Experience, Empathy. These terms reflect new thinking in ideal use cases for Artificial ...


The little rolling robot in front of me is mostly circuitboards, its camera sensors and parts exposed. It looks a little like Wall-E without the forklift -- or like the many other cute robots flooding CES in Las Vegas. This one beeped like BB-8, and spun a dance when it saw my face. I kneeled down, unsure what ...


If you've read absolutely nothing about CES this year, this may come as news: There are robot pole dancers in Las Vegas this week. More likely, you've already heard about them. They've certainly struck a chord. I have the text messages to prove it. The gist is that there's a strip club in Las Vegas where ...


Forpheus, a fourth-generation table-tennis robot developed by automation parts maker Omron, returns a shot to a human player during a press preview at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on October 2, 2017. The robot called does more ...


Seeing all this robot diversity in one place can be jarring. Out in the wild, it's easy to forget the advances robotics has made in just the last few decades. Unless you work in a factory or are a techie with a particularly fat wallet, you're not likely to find one at home or in your day-to-day life. But this diversity ...


Leonard Comma, the CEO of Jack in the Box, indicated that the fast food chain will reconsider replacing human cashiers with machines like self-service kiosks as California gradually increases its minimum wage over the next four years, according to Business Insider. “As we see the rising costs of labor, ...


Or cuddle with a robot? Those are just a few of the ideas we've seen at CES 2018, the annual consumer technology confab here at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. Sure, there are tech titans here battling to control our computers, TVs and smart homes. But our favorite part is the ...


LAS VEGAS — When LG, one of the world's largest corporations, brings a home robotto CES and places it smack dab in the middle of its mammoth booth here, you know something is up. So what if the debut of the South Korean giant's CLOi fell flat at a press conference? Early technology can be spotty, ...


Wonder Workshop is launching Cue, their newest robot that lets kids learn Javascript or block programming using their friendly robots. Related Videos. Sony COO talks Aibo and CES favorites. 01:26 48 minutes ago · Debussy puts a smartphone in your headphones. 01:55 58 minutes ago · Coravin lets ...


s new pet dog 'aibo,' but that's not stopping the company from planning a deeper push into robotics. The mechanical mutt, which goes on sale in Japan on Thursday, is just the beginning of the Tokyo-based company's return to robotics, CEO Kazuo Hirai told Bloomberg TV. While aibo is primarily a toy, ...


Killer robots are already among us. Not weaponised drones, but industrial robots working alongside humans in factories that can cause significant injuries and occasionally deaths if an accident occurs. In 2015, an employee at a Volkswagen factory in Germany was killed when a robot picked up and ...


Israel-based CommonSense Robotics wants to make online orders a profitable proposition for grocery retailers. The company plans to accomplish that goal with robots, which stock bins of various items in a cube of racks in a fulfillment center 10,000 square feet or smaller and then deliver the bins ...


Heraud has come here to test Potato, a robot you might call the agricultural equivalent of an Apple 1 prototype circa 1976. The machine is trying to thin baby lettuce plants so the hardiest ones have space to mature. If you're imagining a C-3PO-style bipedal contraption with pincerlike hands that do the ...


LAS VEGAS - The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent's ability, and offer advice and encouragement. "It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot," said Keith ...


Will construction companies of the future turn to robots to tie rebar on bridge projects? Carnegie Mellon University researchers and industry partners have developed such a robot. Construction industry consultant Brian Moore, a speaker at the 2018 Minnesota Construction Summit, cited that research in ...


When you look across America to see where jobs and wages have been lost to robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, it is the middle of the country that stands apart from the rest. The accompanying map, which was produced by Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo ...


Entertaining season is upon us and cleaning inexorably comes with company and cooking and that's where vacuums come into play. They are human-kind's helper in sweeping and siphoning our messes away. Len Morse has owned Vacuum World in the Bronx for 52 years and talked to Fox News ...


The two Xenex robots, named Violet and Ray use pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola ...


Shay Barrett, Nathan Rogers and Seán Nolan from Scoil Chonglais, Co Wicklow described their project in the Technology category 'SON Multisystem Console', which involved the use of Lego Technic Mechanisms and Minstorm Robotics to model engineering projects and develop problem-solving skills ...


A programmable medical robot has been developed that could be implanted into an animal and help increase the size of the tube-like organs by pulling on them appropriately. The robot can stimulate tissue growth. This new robotic system was unveiled in an article published in the Science Robotics.


By Joshua Yehl There's seemingly no shortage of properties featuring big robots fighting even bigger monsters - no doubt Voltron, Evangelion, or Power Rangers just sprang to your mind - but Mech Cadet Yu from comic publisher BOOM! Studios aims to focus the story not on the titans trading blows ...


High-tech factories complete with robots are replacing traditional Asian shoe and clothing plants, especially those supplying top sports brands, like Germany's Adidas and Puma. It is an unavoidable shift that may slowly bring the era of low-paid workers in foreign countries, toiling in dark factories making ...


For the last 10 to 20 years, a wide variety of robotics technology has been efficiently and effectively deployed and utilized across multiple industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and farming. In most of the developed nations – all of this was once considered 'fiction,' has been 'non-fiction' for almost ...


Diligent Robotics didn't provide many details on the exact services its robots might take on for nurses and other clinical staff, so it may be a stretch to assume that a robot will soon be assisting a doctor on the operating table. But the company does say that its machine learning algorithms will allow the ...


Sex robot creator Matt McMullen is creating a realistic-looking male robot complete with a bionic penis that he hopes will be available for sale sometime later this year. The robots will also come in a variety of appearances and, er, sizes. And the CEO of Realbotix says the bionic penis will be "better than a ...


If Then reports from CES on the A.I. battle between Amazon and Google, Intel's cybersecurity problem, and a robot that shoots dog treats six feet in the air. ... They talk about all the weird, wonderful, and unnecessary gadgets and tech they have seen so far at the convention, like the laundry-folding robots ...


It's 2018 and robots are already driving cars, writing symphonies, and even penning news stories like this one. Now, apparently, our silicon friends are going to start stripping for us, too. According to the New York Post, a Las Vegas strip club will feature a pair of android dancers on the poles in honor of ...


In the midst of all the CES excitement, two new relay robots made their debut at the Renaissance Hotel near the Strip. They're the first of their kind to work at a Las Vegas hotel. Relay robots Elvis and Priscilla are now working the hallways at the Renaissance Hotel. Steve Cousins is the CEO and ...


Team Machination 6994 competed in the Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Robotics competition at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. One of the team's scores placed highest for the day's event. Coupled with their four match wins, the team claimed first place and will move forward to ...


Zooplankton are the foundation of the marine food chain. These tiny organisms provide food and energy to fish, sea birds, and other marine mammals—including the bowhead whale, which feeds exclusively on zooplankton. What do zooplankton eat? They feed on phytoplankton, which rely on sunlight.


Robots that reside inside the body to restore or enhance biological function have long been a staple of science fiction. Creating such robotic implants poses challenges both in signaling between the implant and the biological host, as well as in implant design. To investigate these challenges, we created ...


The Root Robotics flagship robot looks a little bit like a miniature hexagonal Roomba — but instead of cleaning up messes, it shows kids how to code. Users can program it to draw, move, and sing through a mobile app. It's demoing at the Consumer Electronics Show, and 50,000 Root robots will soon be ...


Once candidates record themselves answering standardized questions, “robots (aka computers programmed with advanced algorithms) analyze the interviews” across 15,000 different factors including body language and facial cues to vocal tone. If they pass muster with AI, they get invited to in-person ...


One of the world's most popular and mentally challenging board games may be getting even harder to play. Taiwan's largest high-tech applied research institution, The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), revealed on Monday a new companion robot that plays Scrabble with anyone willing to ...


“Do as I say, not as I do” might as well be the mantra for discussions about diversity this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Weeks after marketers and execs slammed the conference's organizers for its lack of solo women keynoters, numerous panels and execs are using the ...


Searches for sex robots and virtual reality porn went up exponentially in 2017 on two popular porn websites: xHamster and PornHub. According to xHamster, searches for virtual reality porn jumped by 47 percent in 2017, while searches for “robotic 'sex dolls' grew even more dramatically, nearly ...


By Seth G. Macy It's strange how everyone just assumes a robot uprising will be bad for humanity. What if it turns out it's great? Robots don't have to be evil, perhaps they want to overthrow their human masters so we can be free? Robots and humans, living side by side, teaching each other, but also ...


In the almost 12 years since, Ecovacs has grown into one of the top two companies in the global roboticcleaner industry. It is the best-selling brand of its kind in China and Asia by a large margin, with over 47% of the region's market share; it has the second largest market share in Europe overall and is ...


Here come the robots: Companies might not be able to dodge rising minimum wages by relocating even their most mobile workforces to lower-wage provinces, but higher costs could accelerate the pace of automation. Some companies may move jobs, say, from Ottawa to Gatineau, but experts expect ...


Avatarmind's iPal Smart AI Robots, designed to be companions for children and elderly, perform. 7/13. Avatarmind's iPal Smart AI Robots, designed to be companions for children and elderly, perform calisthenics during the CES 2018. (Reuters). Sony's Aibo robotic dogs are displayed during the CES ...


An American engineering firm called Boston Dynamics is best known for its pack-horse war robot, BigDog, a 110-kilogram, headless quadruped that looks and walks like a kind of angry deer. This machine was designed for the U.S. military for rough terrain and can climb rocky inclines. It can sit down, ...


Dolls are out, robots are in. That's what AvatarMind wants parents to believe, at least. The China-based company was showing off its three-foot robot, aimed as a 21st century educational toy for kids. The bot will sing lullabies and read stories, among other features. They'll cost around $1,600 to $2,000 ...


In addition to human resources to combat the problem, insurers are taking a different tack by adding software robots (also known as robot-processed automation, or RPA, solutions) to their fraud investigation workforce. These solutions automate the process of sifting through personal and other data ...

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