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SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
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.
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Inside the Autonomous Super Highway Race
As autonomous vehicles are speeding ahead toward adoption, one challenge that Cruise, Waymo and others may encounter within the busy canyons of urban centers is the loss of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data. Robots require a complex suite of coordinating data systems that bounce between orbiting satellites to provide positioning and communication links to accurately navigate our world.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
AI Cooks up Recipes for Materials Fabrication
A new machine-learning system could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials.
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RoboBusiness Europe Call for Papers
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
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
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.
Robot Fun · Education · Robot Arms
Toyota Finds ‘Extreme’ Test Site for New Self-Driving Car
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.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
Pros & Cons of Trump’s Drone Expansion Program
Jonathan Rupprecht, a leading aviation lawyer who specializes in drones, weighs in with pros and cons of President Trump's plan to expand drone use.
Robot Fun · Drones
Caltech Opens Autonomous Systems Research Center
The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, a new 10,000-square-foot facility at the California Institute of Technology, will unite engineers and scientists to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning.
Future Tech · Science & Technology
Will Robots Take Over for Human Surgeons?
The Internet hummed last week with reports that "humans still make better surgeons than robots." Oliver Mitchell takes a closer look.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
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.
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‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
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.
Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899
Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot
Can AI Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection?
Model developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries for breast cancer.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Robot Masseuse Treating Patients in Singapore
Emma, short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, specializes in back and knee massages. Emma 3.0, the first masseuse robot to go into public service, recently started work on her first patients at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Singapore.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots

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