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A Robot State of Mind at CES 2015
12/17/14 — “Robot creep” and consumer electronics If you’ve attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in past years, you undoubtedly have become aware of “robot creep” slowly and what seems inexorably seeping into many CES venues and product categories. In 2014, getting into a “robot state of mind at CES”  was easy: it began as subtly as taking the monorail that transports attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)—the monorail is a robot.  Alighting from that robot the first things spied were more robots: BMW’s self-driving roadsters tooling around an obstacle course. Inside the LVCC were more driverless vehicles, plus robot home cleaners…


iRobot’s Create 2 Gives STEM Students a Boost
12/11/14 — iRobot has announced updates to its STEM outreach programme, including the launch of Create 2 – a preassembled robot platform, based off the company’s Roomba. It also unveiled online resources, including 3D printable files for new parts, a faceplate drilling template, and educational projects and instructions.  Create 2 gives educators, students and developers first-hand robotic programming experience. It’s ready right from the box so people can start messing around with it straight away. There are starter projects for beginners to get going on and even a ‘DJ Create 2’, which is basically a DJ robot. The chasis of sorts is essentially…



Modular Robotics Helps You Achieve Your Robot-Building Dreams
12/02/14 — If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that at some point in your life, you dreamed about building your own robot. But then reality creeps in: building a robot is hard, and requires a lot of time and space. And also knowledge of soldering, wiring, programming and more. At least, it…

RoboMentors Help High School Students GRASP Robotics
11/25/14 — A RoboMentor is not exactly what it sounds like. Rather than a futuristic robot personal guru, it’s a Penn engineering student who advises local high school students in robotics competitions. Penn Science Across Ages and Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Laboratory, commonly known as the GRASP Lab, are…

KUKA Robotics Debuts the KORE Program
11/20/14 — The KORE program presents high schools, vocational schools, community colleges and universities the opportunity to offer Certificate based robot education on official KUKA products. Students will learn basic robot programming and operation skills on exercise hardware that is similar to the onsite classes taught in Shelby Township, MI at the…

Tokyo University of Science Ships its First Robotic Muscle Suit
11/13/14 — After years of testing, the Tokyo University of Science has announced that it’s shipping a robotic muscle suit. The device, designed with people who regularly lift heavy objects in mind, purports to make it possible for everyday people to easily lift far more weight than they normally would. Known simply as the Muscle Suit, the…

Robotic Bartenders and Entertainers Set Sail on Quantum of the Seas
11/06/14 — Not content with working as sales assistants and burger flippers, robots are landing jobs on cruise ships as bartenders and entertainers. Leading the way is Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, currently on its maiden voyage from Southampton to Bayonne, New Jersey. With its RFID passenger bracelets, virtual concierge, and “virtual balcony” staterooms where…

Halloween Contest Winners: Robot-Style!
10/30/14 — In the spirit of Halloween, Robotics Trends held a virtual costume contest for all the robots and robot lovers who were feeling festive! Choosing only our three favorites was a tough undertaking, as every submission was fangtastic!  And the winners are... 1st Place: Empire Robotics' VERSABALL - cute as a…

Lowe’s to Add Robots to their Customer-Service Staff
10/29/14 — Lowe’s on Tuesday announced that it soon will add two robots to the customer-service staff at one of its San Jose, California, stores. Called “OSHbot,” the robots will assist customers at the Lowe’s-owned Orchard Supply Hardware store by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about promotions and…

3 Reasons Google’s Self-Driving Car Will Never Happen
10/23/14 — A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can't do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain…

Rolls-Royce Adding Robot Chauffeurs
10/09/14 — Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade. "But we have already autonomous driving – we have chauffeurs,"…

NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
10/02/14 — After a New Jersey man spotted his neighbor's camera-equipped drone flying over his house this week, he fetched a shotgun and peppered the drone with holes, knocking it from the sky. Did he have a right to do so?Even though local police arrested the man on unlawful weapons charges, some…

RFID Gives Robots Better Vision to Locate Items
09/25/14 — Robot vision - and comprehension of what the robot sees - is one of the major sticking points when it comes to household helper robots. But robots don't have to be subject to the limitations of human senses - particularly if they can tap into technologies such as NFC and…

Anki Drive Robotic Cars Adding Android Support
09/18/14 — Ever since Anki Drive -- a toy car racing system powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning -- made a big splash at Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, it's been iOS-only. That ends next month, however, as Anki Drive is finally coming to Android for the first time. Sean Levatino, Anki's…

Nao Humanoid Robot Learns to Drive Mini BMW Z4
09/11/14 — Aldebaran Robotics' RobotsLAB, maker and seller of the small humanoid robot, Nao, has built a miniature version of the BMW Z4 for the Nao robot to drive around - and it's for sale to consumers already.The Nao robot has made a splash in the educational community - it comes with…

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Maps, Cleans Rooms
09/04/14 — It has taken 16 years but James Dyson has achieved one of his dreams: to build a robotic vacuum cleaner. As befits a device of the modern age, it can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app – and reports on where it has been. The Dyson 360 Eye relies…

Abu Dhabi School Hires Robot Teachers
08/28/14 — Robots will soon be teaching basic math and other subjects at a private school in Abu Dhabi. Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence. Humanoid AISOY…

Robots Cook, Serve Food at Restaurant in China
08/21/14 — It's more teatime than Terminator — a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. Mechanical staff greet customers, deliver dishes to tables and even stir-fry meat and vegetables at the eatery in Kunshan, which opened last week. "My daughter…

Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
08/14/14 — I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind…

Korean Baseball Team Fills Stands with Robot Fans
08/06/14 — A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost…




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