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Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
By Tim Hornyak · 13 April, 2017 • 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).
Poker AI Wins $290K from Humans
By Steve Crowe · 12 April, 2017 • An AI poker system called Lengpudashi won $290,000 after beating five Chinese pokers players during a five-day competition. The "landslide" victory was the second time in 2017 an AI program beat competitive poker players.
MIT CSAIL AI Initiative to Address Skills Gap
By MIT News · 12 April, 2017 • SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL is a new artificial intelligence from MIT CSAIL that aims to develop new "human-like systems" for data science and other fields.
Marble Delivery Robots Working for Yelp Eat24 in San Francisco
By Steve Crowe · 12 April, 2017 • Yelp Eat24 is testing Marble's delivery robots in two San Francisco neighborhoods. Marble's delivery robots are over four feet tall, travel 3-4 MPH and hold up to four grocery bags at a time.
Honda Miimo Robot Lawn Mower Comes to US
By Steve Crowe · 11 April, 2017 • 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.
Spot Robot Preps for New Testing by Marines
By RT Staff · 5 April, 2017 • The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.
MegaBots Giant Robot Fight Set for August 2017
By Steve Crowe · 5 April, 2017 • MegaBots says the long-awaited giant robot fight between its Mk. III and Team Japan's KURATAS will take place in August 2017. The location of the giant robot fight isn't being released to ensure no further delays.
Self-Driving Cars: No, Detroit Isn’t Beating Silicon Valley
By Brad Templeton · 5 April, 2017 • A new self-driving car report says Ford and GM are leading the way. Saying Ford and GM are ahead of Waymo smacks of old-school car industry thinking. Ford and GM might feel good reading this report, but they should not.
RoboGames: Combat Robots Face Off for 15th Year
By RT Staff · 4 April, 2017 • RoboGames has grown into the world's largest open robot competition. Combat robotics is still the biggest crowd draw, but other popular events are Sumo, Humanoid and ArtBot challenges.
How Deep Learning Could Help Drug Discovery
By Steve Crowe · 3 April, 2017 • Researchers at Stanford University show how an advanced form of machine learning called "one-shot learning" can be used to solve problems in drug discovery.
Best Robot Videos of the Week: Automatic Bullseye Dartboard
By Steve Crowe · 25 March, 2017 • A look at the week's best robotics videos for your weekend viewing pleasure, including Mark Rober's Automatic Bullseye Dartboard and Amazon's MARS Conference.
Liquid-Handling Lego Robot Automates Lab Experiments
By Steve Crowe · 24 March, 2017 • A liquid-handling Lego robot from Stanford University helps students and teachers create inexpensive automated systems to do biology experiments. Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers.
INF Robotics
INF Robotics is developing the Rudy assistive robot that will act as a healthcare companion for seniors, disabled and wounded warriors.
Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place
By Steve Crowe · 24 March, 2017 • 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."
Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
By Tim Hornyak · 22 March, 2017 • 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.

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