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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. Future Tech3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
A lot of work still needs to be done before we start hailing our automated Ubers and Lyfts, whizzing around cities in fully autonomous vehicles. And Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality will play a large role in making the (safe) driverless vehicles of tomorrow a reality. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationInside 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 TransportationAI Cooks up Recipes for Materials Fabrication
A new machine-learning system could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials. Future TechToyota 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 TransportationCaltech 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 & TechnologyPepper 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. Future TechAutonomous Snake-like Robot to Support Search-and-Rescue
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams. Future TechDisney: Focus on the Robot Experience
The robot experience included in a business strategy is important not only to customer relations but soon also to competitiveness and employee satisfaction. Future TechHow Many Robots Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
Watch a Fetch robot with a custom soft robotic gripper use a screwdriver, screw in a lightbulb, remove a bottle cap and more. Future TechNVIDIA: Drive PX Pegasus AI Computer Powers Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles
NVIDIA introduced its Drive PX Pegasus AI computer that it claims can power Level 5 autonomous vehicles. Will Pegasus help show a path to production for the automakers and tech companies working on fully autonomous vehicles? Future Tech · Driverless TransportationAI System Could Help Robots See Around Corners
MIT CSAIL's new CornerCameras system uses information about light reflections to detect objects around corners and measure their speed and trajectory in real-time. Future TechRobot Cybersecurity Needs to be on Governments’ Radar
Governments and the automation industry need to consider new policies when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some recent examples of cybersecurity challenges facing the automation industry. Future TechTendril, Origami Robots Ready to Move into Tight Spots
Roboticists have unveiled robots that can be deployed in interesting new ways through growing and unfolding, giving them useful access to all kinds of nooks and crannies. Education · Future Tech · Science & TechnologyHow Microsoft’s AI Mastered Ms. Pac-Man
A Microsoft AI system has set the all-time high score for the game Ms. Pac-Man with 999,990 points - the highest possible score in the game. The AI mastered Ms. Pac-Man by assigning a number of AI agents different tasks and having them work collaboratively. Future Tech
SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The...
3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles
A lot of work still needs to be done before we start...
New Emotional Robotics Lab to Study Human-Robot Interaction
The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics...
Inside the Autonomous Super Highway Race
As autonomous vehicles are speeding ahead toward adoption, one challenge that Cruise,...