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5 Robotics Trends from LiveWorx 2017

A recap of the first-ever robotics track at LiveWorx, including how AI is helping bring social robots to market and why Massachusetts is still No. 1 in robotics.
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15 Must-See Robotics Startups at RoboBusiness 2016
By Steve Crowe · 28 September, 2016 • Pitchfire, the "Shark Tank" of robotics, gives 15 robotics startups two minutes to tell a live panel of judges and attendees how their product will be a disruptive technology. Here's a sneak peek at each finalist.
Jibo Shipping Pre-launch Models in November
By Steve Crowe · 27 September, 2016 • Pre-launch versions of Jibo the social robot will start shipping to backers in November on a first-ordered, first-received basis. The hardware will be finalized on the pre-launch version of Jibo, but the software will not be finalized. No timeframe was set for when fully-functioning Jibo will ship.
Jibo SDK Demos Kitchen Assistant Skill
By Steve Crowe · 26 August, 2016 • A developer demos the Jibo Kitchen Assistant skill to show how the social robot can help you become a master chef.
Jibo Shouldn’t be Given up on Just Yet
By Steve Crowe · 24 August, 2016 • If Jibo fails, it won't be because of shipping delays or cancellation of international orders. It'll be because it didn't live up to the hype it promised at the start.
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.
Pepper Robot Goes on Sale in Taiwan
By Steve Crowe · 25 July, 2016 • Businesses in Taiwan can now lease Softbank's Pepper robot for two years at $836.67 per month. Does Pepper's arrival in Taiwan mean a US launch is imminent?
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.
Here Come the Robot Shopping Carts
By Steve Crowe · 30 June, 2016 • Walmart and Five Elements Robotics are building the Dash robot shopping cart that can map your route through Walmart, check you out, and carry everything to your car.
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.

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