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TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule
The TurtleBot 2i, a modular ROS-based robot powered by Intel Joule, enables the development of next-gen advanced robots.
Education · Mobile Robots · Robot Software
Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
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).
Health & Sports · Wearable Robots · Medical Robots
Honda Miimo Robot Lawn Mower Comes to US
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.
Household · Robot Lawn Mowers
Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place
The Rudy assistive robot from INF Robotics wants to help the elderly, war veterans and people with disabilities age in place. Rudy will cost $5,000 when it hits the market in 2017, but the company hopes to get reimbursement through Medicare and Medicaid so the robot "will be little to no cost to the user."
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
Androidol U is a new life-like female android developed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Androidol U is a fully autonomous conversational robot that has a more compact air servo system, better voice and body movement coordination and softer body materials compared to previous androids.
Future Tech · Humanoid Robots
Niryo One: A New Robot Arm for Makers
Niryo One is an open-source, 6-axis robotic arm for makers that can be powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi and ROS. The Niryo One wants to make robotics accessible for everyone with a low cost and user-friendly experience.
Education · Robot Arms
Google Home Now Controls Neato’s Botvac Connected Robot Vacuums
Neato Robotics Botvac Connected Series robot vacuums can now be controlled with Google Home. Not only can you use your voice and Google's virtual assistant to start, stop and pause robot vacuums, you can schedule cleanings, check the vacuum's battery level and more.
Household · Cleaning Robots · Robot Vacuums
WiFi-Enabled Roombas Getting Alexa Voice Control
Starting in Q2 2017, iRobot will include Amazon Alexa voice control on any WiFi-enabled Roomba robot vacuum in the United States. The Alexa voice control will allow users to start, stop and pause their Roomba 960 or Roomba 980 by simply speaking to an Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot.
Household · Cleaning Robots · Robot Vacuums
6 Robots Launching on Kickstarter
A roundup of crowdfunded robots raising money on Kickstarter, including three robot arms, a robot tutor and more.
Household · Personal Robots · Education · Robot Arms
Loomo Robot is Singapore’s New Elderly Care Nurse
Team Botler won the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics hackathon by using Segway Robotics' Loomo robot to turn an ordinary wheelchair into a self-driving wheelchair.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Carries 100 Lbs, Conquers Stairs
Boston Dynamics has officially unveiled Handle, a research robot that combines the efficiency of wheels with the versatility of legs.
Future Tech
Top 6 Educational Robots Coming in 2017
A look at six educational robots for kids that will be popular toys when they come to market in 2017.
Education · Robot Kits
Mini 3D-Printed Lens Could Help Robots See Better
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed camera lens that allows for speedier image processing. This lens could help drones, robots and self-driving cars see better.
Robot Fun · 3D Printers
Shakey, World’s First Mobile Robot, Honored by IEEE
Shakey, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, was honored with the IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The award honors "significant inventions, locations or events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefited humanity, and which are at least 25 years old."
Education · Mobile Robots
Panasonic Smart Cart Helps You Take a Load Off
Panasonic's Smart Cart is a prototype mobile robot that can tow either standard airport luggage carts or grocery carts. It can haul up to 330 lbs, including the weight of the cart itself. The Smart Cart can autonomously follow its user by tracking his or her footsteps.
Household · Personal Robots · Shopping Assistant

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