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Japanese Startup GROOVE X Goes Viral as Teaser for LOVOT Robot

GROOVE X is teasing its LOVOT companion robots that are scheduled to be released in 2019. GROOVE X says its goal is to create companion robots that provide emotional support through AI-driven interactions.
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Amazon Echo: Virtual Assistant or Government Spy?
By Tim Albright | AVNation · 12 August, 2016 • Even if Amazon Echo is secure, many IoT devices are not. Some security experts are concerned about hacking, government access and who exactly is receiving all this consumer data.
Jibo Won’t Ship Outside US, Canada
By Steve Crowe · 10 August, 2016 • The social robot Jibo won't be available outside the US and Canada anytime soon due to "performance latency issues."
Pepper Robot Goes to Work in US
By Steve Crowe · 3 August, 2016 • Softbank's Pepper robot will greet customers at the b8ta retail store in Palo Alto, Calif. from August 11-18 as the humanoid robot gears up for its launch in the United States.
Buddy Companion Robot SDK: Hands On
By Steve Crowe · 27 July, 2016 • Blue Frog Robotics demos its software development kit and how to create apps and skills that will make Buddy the companion robot smarter.
Jibo Preparing New Pre-sale of Social Robot
By Steve Crowe · 25 July, 2016 • Jibo sent an email asking people to confirm their spot on a pre-order waitlist, which gives those on the list the first opportunity to pre-order the social robot.
Sparksfly for Jibo Brings Voice Control to Social Media
By Steve Crowe · 28 June, 2016 • Sparksfly for Jibo allows you to read, post, like and dislike social media content by simply having a conversation with Jibo.
Podcast: Living with Personal Health Robots
By Steve Crowe · 24 June, 2016 • Emanuele Musini, CEO of Pillo Health, joins The Robotics Trends Show to discuss his Pillo health companion robot and some of the challenges and liabilities involved.
SpotMini Robot Dog Loves to Do the Dishes
By Steve Crowe · 24 June, 2016 • The SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics can run up stairs, load the dishwasher, throw away trash, and fetch you a drink.
Podcast: The Art of Human-Robot Conversation
By Steve Crowe · 10 June, 2016 • The Robotics Trends Show examines the keys to a flexible voice platform for robots and how to make conversations with robots seem as natural as possible.
Pepper Working as a Pizza Hut Cashier
By Steve Crowe · 24 May, 2016 • Pepper humanoid robots will soon be working as cashiers at Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia. And thanks to a partnership with MasterCard, Pepper will be able to process payments and make recommendations based off ordering habits.
Jibo SDK Beta Version Available to Developers
By Steve Crowe · 23 May, 2016 • Developers now have access to the beta version of the Jibo SDK, allowing them to build Jibo skills using JavaScript. Skills built by developers will be put through a certification process and will be accessible in the Jibo Skill Store, which the company says will launch later in 2016.
Jibo to Re-create Classic Video Games
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2016 • Jibo has partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe to create a new gaming experience for the social robot. The first game being built for Jibo will be a reincarnation of Pac-Man called "Rescue PAC-MAN!"
5 Promising Robots for Kids with Autism
By Steve Crowe · 3 May, 2016 • Robots are helping autistic children in ways humans can't. Here are five social robots helping autistic children become more independent by improving their motor and social skills.
Leka Robot for Special Needs Kids Launches on Indiegogo
By Steve Crowe · 3 May, 2016 • The Leka social robot is designed for children with autism, Down's syndrome, or multiple disabilities. Leka provides sensory stimulation to help special needs children become more independent and improve their motor and social skills.
An Open Letter to Jibo
By Steve Crowe · 29 April, 2016 • Will Jibo ever make its way to homes around the world? While this early adopter wrote an open letter expressing his frustrations, he's still holding out hope.

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