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Japanese Startup GROOVE X Goes Viral as Teaser for LOVOT Robot
By RT Staff · 5 December, 2017 • As a teaser for its groundbreaking LOVOT companion robots, scheduled for release in 2019, Japanese start-up GROOVE X has adopted a guerilla approach, placing billboards in strategic locations with the aim of taking its promotion viral. One of these billboards was placed outside of SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as a gesture of respect for SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
MIT Engineers 3D Print a ‘Living Tattoo’
By RT Staff · 6 December, 2017 • MIT engineers have devised a 3D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells. The cells are engineered to light up in response to a variety of stimuli. When mixed with a slurry of hydrogel and nutrients, the cells can be printed, layer by layer, to form three-dimensional, interactive structures and devices.
McKinsey Study: Robots Could Threaten 800M Jobs by 2030
By RT Staff · 6 December, 2017 • A new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that between 400 million and 800 million of today’s jobs will be automated by 2030.
FORPHEUS Table Tennis Robot Teaches Humans at CES
By Steve Crowe · 6 December, 2017 • Omron Corp.'s FORPHEUS ping-pong-playing robot will make its U.S. debut at CES 2018. We worthy humans can put our skills, or lack thereof, to the test against the AI-powered robot.
What Humanoid Backflips Mean for Robot Agility
By Oliver Mitchell · 29 November, 2017 • In just 24 months, machine agility has gone from the Keystone Kops to Aly Raisman. The speed of new technologies and processing power is in itself an Olympic feat, the dawn of autonomous bipedal humanoids is quickly approaching after 500 years of stagnation.
NVIDIA, Udacity Team up to Teach Robotics
By RT Staff · 29 November, 2017 • NVIDIA's Deep Learning Institute (DLI) has been named a curriculum partner for the second term of Udacity's Robotics Software Engineer Nanodegree program. Together, NVIDIA and Udacity will give students hands-on experience developing solutions to tough robotics and AI problems.
Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots ‘Superpowers’
By Steve Crowe · 27 November, 2017 • Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that allow soft robots to lift objects up to 1,000 times their own weight. The artificial muscles can be made for less than $1.
RoboBusiness Europe 2018 Registration Opens
By RT Staff · 27 November, 2017 • Registration is now open for RoboBusiness 2018, which takes place Feb. 14-15 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Registration for the expo is free until Feb. 9, 2018.
WPI Robot Could Inspect Jet Engines for GE Aviation
By RT Staff · 22 November, 2017 • Worcester Polytechnic Institute is building a robot designed to aid human inspectors in checking the quality of bladed disks on jet engines. The three-year project could help GE Aviation, which currently has humans inspecting each blisk by hand.
3 Reasons Flying Cars are Impractical & Unnecessary
By Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab · 22 November, 2017 • The dream of personal aerial transport appears tantalizingly within reach, as investors from Silicon Valley to Dubai vow to deliver the future of urban mobility. But rather than embracing that vision, policymakers should consider why flying cars are not only unpractical, but also unnecessary.
Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans
By Steve Crowe · 21 November, 2017 • Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control system, an HTC Vive VR headset, "data glove" and torque servos to mimic the movements of a human user.
3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
By Todd Richmond, Director, USC Mixed Reality Lab · 15 November, 2017 • A lot of work still needs to be done before we start hailing our automated Ubers and Lyfts, whizzing around cities in fully autonomous vehicles. And Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality will play a large role in making the (safe) driverless vehicles of tomorrow a reality.
New Emotional Robotics Lab to Study Human-Robot Interaction
By RT Staff · 15 November, 2017 • The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support.
SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
By Steve Crowe · 14 November, 2017 • Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The new SpotMini has a whole new look, ditched the manipulator robot arm and added 3D vision cameras for obstacle avoidance.
Inside the Autonomous Super Highway Race
By Oliver Mitchell · 14 November, 2017 • As autonomous vehicles are speeding ahead toward adoption, one challenge that Cruise, Waymo and others may encounter within the busy canyons of urban centers is the loss of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data. Robots require a complex suite of coordinating data systems that bounce between orbiting satellites to provide positioning and communication links to accurately navigate our world.

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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...

What Humanoid Backflips Mean for Robot Agility
In just 24 months, machine agility has gone from the Keystone Kops, to...

Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots ‘Superpowers’
Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that allow soft robots to lift...

RoboBusiness Europe 2018 Registration Opens
Registration is now open for RoboBusiness 2018, which takes place Feb. 14-15 in...