Pepper Lands Holiday Job at California Shopping Centers
Pepper the humanoid robot will spend the next three months greeting customers at two shopping centers in California: the Westfield San Francisco Centre and the Westfield Valley Fair. Each shopping center will have four Pepper robots that will greet and engage with customers. Future Tech · Humanoid RobotsNeato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Adds Amazon Alexa Voice Control
Users can now control the Neato Botvac Connected robot vacuum using Amazon Alexa voice control on the Echo or Echo Dot. Alexa voice control allows you to start, stop, pause, and resume the Botvac Connected's cleaning cycle. Household · Cleaning Robots · Robot VacuumsCozmo Robot Gets Smarter with Software Update
Anki's Cozmo Robot is getting its first major update on December 5, 2016 that will allow it to talk more, recognize pets, see in the dark, and play new games. Robot Fun · Robot ToysHow Tesla Autopilot Sees the Road in Real Time
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweets a video that shows how Tesla Autopilot sees the road in real time, sharing views from three cameras mounted on the self-driving car. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationiRobot Acquires Japanese Distributor Sales On Demand Corporation
iRobot will acquire Tokyo, Japan-based Sales On Demand Corporation, a distributor that will help grow iRobot sales in Japan. Household · Cleaning Robots · Robot VacuumsnuTonomy Self-Driving Cars Coming to Boston
nuTonomy will put its self-driving cars to the test against the confusing streets and unpredictable weather of Boston, Mass. before the end of 2016. nuTonomy will begin testing its self-driving car, an electric Renault Zoe, in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, a 191-acre area in Boston's Seaport district. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationJibo Social Robot Won’t Ship in 2016
Jibo won't ship to customers in 2016. In an email update to its Indiegogo backers, CEO Steve Chambers says Jibo's second in-home beta test "shed light on some important technical challenges we must overcome." Household · Personal Robots · Family RobotLaundroid Laundry-Folding Robot Maker Raises $60M
Seven Dreamers Laboratories, a startup specializing in the development in AI, robotics, and healthcare devices, has raised $60 million. Household · Robot AppliancesAI Fails University of Tokyo Admission Test for Second Time
The National Institute of Informatics has given up on making its Todai Robot AI smart enough to get into the University of Tokyo. Future TechDomino’s Pizza Delivery Drones Get to Work in New Zealand
Domino's DRU Drone autonomously flew pizzas to customers in New Zealand, the country's first commercial delivery of pizza by drone. The flight lasted less than five minutes. Robot Fun · DronessuitX MAX Exoskeleton Designed to Reduce Workplace Injuries
suitX's Modular Agile eXoskeleton (MAX) is made up of three exoskeletons called backX, shoulderX, and legX that can be worn independently or in any combination depending on the need. Health & Sports · Wearable RobotsThis AI Gets Smarter by Surfing the Internet
"Information extraction" system helps turn plain text into data for statistical analysis. Future TechNVIDIA’s CANDLE AI to Help Fight Cancer
NVIDIA has partnered with the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the CANDLE (Cancer Distributed Learning Environment) AI-based "common discovery platform" to help fight cancer, which is now the leading cause of death worldwide. Future TechAImotive aiDrive Level 5 Self-Driving Car Comes to US
AImotive is a full stack software company delivering AI-based software for self-driving cars. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationWatch: Robot Teaches itself How to Shoot Hoops in 2 Hours
The Sun Devil two-armed robot used a custom version of reinforcement learning to learn how to shoot hoops in two hours. Its creators say the learning technique can be applied to other areas of robotics. Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness
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