Wednesday, April 4, 2018

3/21/2018 BLAST ROBOT NEWS REVIEW

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Pitzer's strawberry-picking robot is about to meet its latest test. It's rolling, ever so slowly, into a strawberry field near Duette, Fla. This contraption drives itself. It's as big as a bus, long enough to to straddle a dozen rows of strawberries at once. Powerful computers are sitting on top. Underneath, there are ...
In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Justin Werfel, senior research scientist at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Justin talks about what termites can teach us about creating impressive structures using autonomous swarms of robots, as demonstrated in ...
Traveling inside the pipes and using advanced sensors, the RadPiper robots are also far more accurate than the current method of detecting radiation from outside the pipes. The Department of Energy paid CMU $1.4 million to develop the robots. Taking into account labor costs and overall efficiency, the ...
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One more job that's at risk of being eliminated by robots? The social media influencer. A social media influencer, a phenomenon that has surfaced with the growth of the internet, is traditionally someone—such as a celebrity or a well-known enthusiast— who inspires followers to take an action, whether ...
“We had the largest robotics event in Delaware on Saturday and it looked like it was going to be a disaster,” Foster Schucker, founder of the Wilmington-based STEMRobotics, began in a message wrapping up the March 17 VEX IQ event for elementary-school-aged students, held at Springer Middle ...
Robots may not have taken all our jobs yet, but they are getting in our heads. U.S. employees working in fields with "higher risk of automation" reported greater job insecurity--which was associated with poorer mental and physical health, a new study finds. The research, slated to be published in April ...
“Sōseki is a very, very nice robot, a beautiful robot,” says the Flemish artist Wanda Tuerlinckx, who created a haunting portrait of the robot last year using a large box-like camera similar to those that existed during the human Sōseki's lifetime. “He's so unbelievably real. The way he moves, when he looks ...
robot is seen in a Bay Area Walmart store on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (KGO-TV). KGO. By Chris Nguyen. Tuesday, March 20 ... Robots have been deployed to scan shelves for out-of-stock items, and check for incorrect prices, as well as mislabeled items. The data is collected in real-time and then ...
As sequels to sci-fi action thrillers showcasing giant metallic fighters go, “Pacific Rim Uprising” is adroit and enjoyable. John Boyega, who's also a regular in the new “Star Wars” pictures, stars as Jake Pentecost, the decidedly more roguish son of Idris Elba's character from 2013's “Pacific Rim.” He steals ...
At some point in the next year or so, Amazon's payroll is going to be split 50/50 between flesh-and-blood and steel-and-silicon. Amazon's US operation employs around 125,000 actual people, but it's also engaged in a ferocious expansion of its robotic workforce, the kind that doesn't need paying, ...
The Washington County Sheriff's Office gave a demonstration of one of two robots they keep with the patrol unit. The robot is used remotely to give deputies a live look at potentially dangerous situations or even suspects. It can climb stairs and is equipped with cameras that can zoom and tilt. Deputies ...
La Rockita makes its first delivery — by robot. On a cloudy Tuesday in March, DAX rolls into La Rockita, the local Mexican Joint. Owner Elsa Parmelee drops a burrito into Dax's heated belly compartment. The simple action marks the first delivery for the 21-year-old family-owned restaurant — and its first ...
Built Robotics CEO Noah Ready-Campbell posed for a picture in front of the company's autonomous track loader, Feb. 21, in San Francisco. Backed by Silicon Valley money, tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, drones to inspect work sites and robot bricklayers that can lay bricks faster ...
The market for industrial automation is still growing worldwide, and small and midsize enterprises have been looking to collaborative robots, or cobots, for their increased flexibility and safety. Earlier this month, Universal Robots A/S reported another strong year, with cobot demand leading to a revenue ...
Robots are taking over factory floors around the world because human workers are becoming scarcer, according to a new study published this month by the US's National Bureau of Economic Research. The increase in automation is linked to the aging of blue-collar workers, say study authors Daron ...
Putting the nightmarish predictions of shows like Black Mirror to one side, the rise of technology has made it easier to do everything – from ordering food to keeping in touch with friends and family. It is now even possible to have a robot hand-pick an investment portfolio for you and track financial markets ...
Automation ran into a roadblock in the last day with the news that an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a woman. That's extreme, but a new report says that automation and robotics may be causing enough anxiety in another group -- workers -- to cause poorer general, physical, and mental health.
Even though the humans defeated the monsters, the reigning Sino-American joint government (which may or may not be a nod to producer Legendary Pictures' new ownership by Dalian Wanda) maintains a cache of enormous robots (called Jaegers) that serve as ass-whoopin' avatars for their muscular ...
A public debate at Saint Mary's University on Wednesday will focus on autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence and killer robots. Duncan MacIntosh, professor of philosphy at Dalhousie University, will engage with Noel Sharkey, chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.
Working that Tony Stark brand, Amazon's billionaire founder strutted down a path alongside a robot dog at the company's MARS conference on Monday at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The invite-only gathering of robotics companies and academics, first held in 2016, focuses on machine ...
While many experts believe we are on the precipice of a robotics revolution, robots have in fact existed for over 2,000 years. The first robot was a steam-powered pigeon, which was created by ancient Greek mathematician Archytas and was designed to study how birds fly. Although the concept has ...
David Kohanbash, senior research programmer at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, prepares the RadPiper robot for a test in a mockup pipe. The robot is designed to measure radiation levels within processing pipes used for uranium enrichment. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University.
When humanity's back is against the wall and the robots have us cornered I'd say I'm all for whanging a few with a baseball bat. However, until then, we must be kind to our mechanical brethren and this robotictortoise will help our kids learn that robot abuse is a bad idea. Researchers at Naver Labs, ...
Evans said the water rescue robots have a top speed of about 30 mph and are buoyant enough to save about five or six people at a time. "They're basically like remote-controlled boats," Evans explained. "They have a camera on the front that you can use to monitor if you're far out so you can see where ...
The 1986 horror film Chopping Mall may not be a classic by traditional standards, but it was certainly entertaining. In Chopping Mall, a group of teens are trapped in a high-tech mall that has robots for security guards. As bad luck would have it, the robot guards go haywire and start bumping off the teens.
The challenges include understanding natural speech, finding and retrieving objects, greeting visitors, supplying medical aid kits, and stopping simulated radioactive leaks. The teams' technical approaches could find their way into future commercial robots and could be suitable for a wide range of ...
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warehouse processes such as order fulfillment require the ability to recognize and pick a wide range of items that are different sizes, weights, and materials, often jumbled together in bins. While traditional industrial robots usually stay bolted down in protective ...
Fourth and fifth grade students who are in the school's LEGO Robotics Club, were in progress of building and programming robots to navigate a large maze Thursday. The room was dimly lighted by computer monitors and a few overhead fluorescent fixtures. Hundreds of LEGO pieces were in crates and ...
Last year musician Nigel Stanford made this incredible music video, from his album Automatica, and it shows just how dexterous and versatile industrial robots can be. In this case the robots made by KUKA. Made last year, Stanford apparently knew nothing about robots before he embarked on the ...
Why Big Scary Robots Won't Steal Your Jobs ... The agricultural industry is one of the oldest in the world, so introducing robots makes sense. But, you still have to ... We're not silly enough to give robots full control over us, so there will be jobs sprouting up that don't require any technology. It's a fancy way ...
Probably not. But as we start the new year, automation is one of several trends that will change the face of sustainable fashion. For the better. Here are four unfolding trends that point to a more sustainable future for fashion. No more excuses. We have a case (or two) for change. For years, visionary ...
Maplewood Career Center robotics team prepares for battle .... They are among Maplewood Career Center students building a robot from scratch for competition this year. ... On April 28, the Maplewood students' robot will go head-to-head with other robots, hoping to be the last one standing.
Tuesday Tech Crawl: Construction robots, Spector's return, Facebook drama ... of other cities, it's not that surprising that engineers are looking to automate other types of vehicles. One company, Built Robotics, sees a future with bulldozers and other pieces of construction equipment operate themselves.
She said PR robots had begun to replace humans in many ways, from staying in touch with customers and the public to back-end work such as proofreading documents and even preparing facts for press releases. But she said the creative processes needed for developing PR campaigns were still the ..
Fourth and fifth grade students who are in the school's LEGO Robotics Club, were in progress of building and programming robots to navigate a large maze last week, March 15. The room was dimly lighted by computer monitors and a few overhead fluorescent. Hundreds of LEGO pieces were in crates ...
Within less than two decades it will be cheaper to operate robots in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a new report warns. Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies.Some analysts say poorer countries could be less impacted by this ...
Güdel's second-generation TMF-6 TrackMotion Floor targets the expanding class of super-heavy-payload robots. The TMF-6 floor-mounted linear motion module has the capacity to carry robots with a total dynamic load up to 13,300 kg. It is also capable of carrying static payloads up to 20,000 kg per ...
From Seaford School District: Robots roamed the gymnasium of Seaford Manor Elementary School on March 14, as fifth-graders got an introduction to the high-tech machines. Students from Seaford High School's robotics class and club gave a demonstration for the district's future engineers.
Robotics engineers at Guangdong University of Technology's School of Automation in China are bringing us one step—albeit a much larger step—closer to realizing Tony Stark's fictitious Iron Man suit. Their new robot features jet-powered feet that greatly improve the bot's balance, agility, and ...
At the South by Southwest festival last week, XPRIZE announced the launch of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, “a four-year global competition to develop real-life avatars.” The idea is to bring together many different kinds of remote robotictechnologies to create an easy to use, effective, and ...
Steve Saunders is the founder and managing director of Robotics Plus. He began working in the industry in fruit pack houses. Early on, he recognised the need for innovation to ensure efficiency, best practice and cost-competitiveness. Steve's vision and industry knowledge collided with technical ...
Worthing's multi-million pound Teville Gate redevelopment looks set to become the first site in Britain to benefit from modular housing using robotic construction. Sixty members of the Sussex Property Alliance heard from Aized Sheikh of Mosaic Capital, the developer behind the proposed Station Square ...
Global Agriculture Robots Market outlook 2018 report covers a detailed study of the Global Agriculture Robots Market which highlights the latest technological improvements and new launches, current industrial affairs and developments, upcoming policy alterations, and knocking opportunities in the ...
BOSTON, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Endeavor Robotics, the world's leading supplier of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), today hosted Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at its headquarters in Chelmsford, Mass. Governor Baker toured the facility, met with employees, and got a chance to ...
Now that the fear of robots and automation is beginning to subside, corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the value of an established human workforce, particularly as customer experience is now top of the agenda. According to Guy Kirkwood, Chief Evangelist at UiPath and keynote speaker ...
Unmanned ground vehicle supplier Endeavor Robotics has secured a deal for the delivery of additional battle-proven small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGVs) to the US Marine Corps (USMC). The latest $9.2m deal is a follow-on order to an original $15m contract that was awarded to the company by ...
We're gearing up to bring you the second TC Sessions: Robotics on May 11 at the UC Berkeley campus. We've got a great show on-tap, with some of the premier names in the robotics/AI/automation world, from research to startups to big companies. As we noted last week, we'll be joined by Berkley ...
The company RoboCoaster Ltd was founded in 2001 with the goal of finding entertainment applications for industrial robots. The company maintains partnerships with KUKA and Dynamic Attractions. Then again, it seems that there are also people crazy enough to bolt on a lawn chair and strap in.
What are those tiny spheres doing as they move across that slide? They're doing the breaststroke. Rice University scientists have discovered what may be the simplest form of locomotion in the travels of micron-scale particles linked and driven by a magnetic field. In the Rice lab of chemical and ...

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