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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
AI Cooks up Recipes for Materials Fabrication
By MIT News · 9 November, 2017 • A new machine-learning system could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials.
RoboBusiness Europe Call for Papers
By RT Staff · 9 November, 2017 • RoboBusiness Europe 2018 will take place February 13-15 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands as part of the 2nd International Robotics Week. RoboBusiness Europe is now seeking proposals for your papers and panel sessions.
10 Memorable ROS-based Robots
By RT Staff · 7 November, 2017 • The Robot Operating System (ROS) turns 10 today. To celebrate, we take a look at 10 memorable ROS-based robots throughout the years.
Watch a Sawyer Robot Give out Halloween Candy
By Steve Crowe · 2 November, 2017 • Georgia Tech's Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning Lab used a Rethink Robotics' Sawyer cobot to hand out 1,000 pieces of candy in three hours to trick or treaters.
Toyota Finds ‘Extreme’ Test Site for New Self-Driving Car
By Steve Crowe · 31 October, 2017 • Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will test its Platform 2.1 autonomous driving system at California’s GoMentum Station. TRI said "GoMentum’s varied terrain, and real-life infrastructure including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of" autonomous vehicles.
Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Pepper, the popular humanoid robot from Softbank, is adding facial recognition technology to its repertoire. SoftBank will use Ever AI's facial recognition platform in hopes of bringing new levels of personalization to Peppers interactions.
‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Ford's "Robutt" robot mimics human buttocks to help the company design better car seats. A KUKA industrial robot arm lifts Robutt in and out of a seat 25,000 times over a three-week period to help design seats that will help passengers remain comfortable for longer.

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