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iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum Comparison
By RT Staff · 2 May, 2017 • Here's how iRobot's new Roomba 690 robot vacuum compares to other Roombas and other budget-friendly robot vacuums.
Lyrebird AI Learns to Copy Voices in 1 Minute
By Steve Crowe · 1 May, 2017 • Montreal-based AI startup Lyrebird has created voice imitation technology that can "copy the voice of anyone" after listening to just 60 seconds of audio. Lyrebird wants to use the technology for good reasons, but it's easy to imagine the technology being used to create false recordings of people.
How Intel Joule Brings Power to Robotics Prototyping
By RT Staff · 28 April, 2017 • Just as PCs and smartphones have become more powerful at a lower cost, next-generation robots are destined for the same path. Increased processing power will be a main driver in mass adoption of robotics, and chip giant Intel is hoping to be at the center of the movement with its Joule development platform.
TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule
By Steve Crowe · 24 April, 2017 • The TurtleBot 2i, a modular ROS-based robot powered by Intel Joule, enables the development of next-gen advanced robots.
Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life
By Steve Crowe · 21 April, 2017 • This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and two in its ankles, to dance to the music it plays.
Mini Robot Cheetah Could Give Legged Robots Smoother Gait
By Steve Crowe · 19 April, 2017 • The University of Twente has built a mini robot cheetah in hope of replicating its movements to improve how legged robots move.
FAA Faces Second Drone Audit
By Steve Crowe · 19 April, 2017 • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being audited for the second time by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT IG) for its "approval and oversight processes" for drones. The audit, which will begin in April 2017, will assess both the processes for granting waivers and its "risk-based oversight" for entities that do have waivers under the Part 107 rulemaking for commercial drone operations.
The Resurgence of Neural Networks
By MIT News · 19 April, 2017 • MIT explains neural networks and how deep learning has led to the recent revival of neural networks, which have been going in and out of fashion for more than 70 years.
EH Media, TUS Expo Launch Robo Business Media
By RT Staff · 19 April, 2017 • The Robotics Division of EH Media will merge with the European TUS Expo to form the new global entity Robo Business Media. The merger creates the largest events and media company for robotics in the world.
Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
By Tim Hornyak · 13 April, 2017 • Toyota will commercialize in Japan the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assist robotic system that helps stroke victims get back on their feet and walking again. Toyota plans to rent 100 units to Japanese medical centers beginning in September. There will be a set up cost of 1 million yen ($9,173) and a monthly fee of 350,000 yen ($3,210).
Poker AI Wins $290K from Humans
By Steve Crowe · 12 April, 2017 • An AI poker system called Lengpudashi won $290,000 after beating five Chinese pokers players during a five-day competition. The "landslide" victory was the second time in 2017 an AI program beat competitive poker players.
MIT CSAIL AI Initiative to Address Skills Gap
By MIT News · 12 April, 2017 • SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL is a new artificial intelligence from MIT CSAIL that aims to develop new "human-like systems" for data science and other fields.
Marble Delivery Robots Working for Yelp Eat24 in San Francisco
By Steve Crowe · 12 April, 2017 • Yelp Eat24 is testing Marble's delivery robots in two San Francisco neighborhoods. Marble's delivery robots are over four feet tall, travel 3-4 MPH and hold up to four grocery bags at a time.
Honda Miimo Robot Lawn Mower Comes to US
By Steve Crowe · 11 April, 2017 • Honda is bringing its robot lawn mowers to backyards in the United States starting in June 2017. Honda introduced two Miimo robot lawn mowers that will be available at select dealerships nationwide, excluding California.
Spot Robot Preps for New Testing by Marines
By RT Staff · 5 April, 2017 • The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.

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