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Auto Mee S Cleans Smartphones and Tablets
02/07/13 — Takara Tomy Company, Ltd., the Japanese toy company, recently released a tiny cleaning robot, called the “Auto Mee S”, designed for cleaning smartphone and tablet LCD displays. We all hate using a smartphone or tablet when the screen's covered in greasy fingerprints. But normally it's a situation that's easy to…

Robotic Dog Simulator Trains Tomorrow’s Veterinarians
01/31/13 — Cornell’s new simulation center includes two fully equipped exam rooms, two rooms for live video-feed observation and debriefing, and space for storage and developing new models, such as a new robotic cat and a more advanced dog. In the 10-minute simulations, a small team of students collects basic patient info…

Pint-Sized Service Robot on Wheels Massages as it Roams
01/24/13 — WheeMe is a massage robot that moves gently on your body to provide the most realistic massaging experience. It was developed by the Israeli company, DreamBots, and recently shown off at CES 2013. This palm-sized massage robot has two arm sticks on its top to sense the edges of the body. It also includes a tilt sensor technology to automatically…

60 Minutes Robotics Segment Stirs Controversy
01/16/13 — “There are two sides to every story; the truth inevitably resides somewhere in between.”—ancient proverb There is no question that rapidly advancing robot and AI technology are enabling companies to bring back work previously done overseas, especially in China. At the same time, they are eliminating the need for human…

New Lego Mindstorms Communicate with Apple Devices
01/10/13 — Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit. Lego is set to announce Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections.…

Samsung to Debut New Robotics Vacuum Cleaner at CES 2013
01/03/13 — Samsung revealed yesterday its latest robotic vacuum cleaner -- the Smart Tango Corner Clean -- just a week before a potential CES debut. Due to the inclusion of appendages, the latest robotic vacuum from Samsung might give pause to prospective buyers of Roomba or Neato devices. According to Samsung, its…

The Robotics Company that could Revolutionize Fast Food
12/19/12 — Science fiction has always positioned the idea that one day our human jobs would be replaced by machines. For those working in burger assembly lines, that day might be sooner than you think. Introducing a machine that makes burgers. Literally, it’s a burger making machine, in prototype, that takes unprepared ingredients…

Revolve Robotics Introduces $200 Kubi to the Telepresence Market
12/13/12 — Embodiment vs. Non-embodiment Roboticist Maja Mataric from the Interaction Laboratory at the University of Southern California makes the case in her paper Embodiment and Human-Robot Interaction that: “If the robot does not need to engage in a physical contact task, what is the reason for using a robot at all? Would a…

Robot App Store Joins Grishin Robotics’ Investment Portfolio
12/10/12 — RobotAppStore is the first online marketplace enabling users around the world to purchase and download hundreds of applications that extend the functionality of any types of robot – from Roomba vacuum cleaners and NAO humanoids to the AR.Drone quadcopter and Sphero. Developers are encouraged to add their own applications to…

3-D Printing Services Soon to be Available at Staples
12/05/12 — Pretty soon you'll be able to print your 3-D projects at the local Staples. A new service called "Staples Easy 3D" will allow customers to upload their designs to Staples' website, then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply megastore, or have them shipped to their home…

Robots Alive Introduces Smartphone Enabled Robot to India’s Youth
11/28/12 — Robots Alive, a Bangalore-based emerging robotics and automation solutions company has created 'Andy’, a personal smart robot that can be enabled by the intelligence of a smartphone or any smart device. The robotic device which can drive around by being controlled by a mobile phone which is physically connected to…

Bosch Debuts Autonomous Mower for 2013
11/19/12 — Technology never stops advancing, no matter whether it’s the latest plasma flat screen TV or the garden lawnmower market – it’s constantly changing. Trying to keep up to date with the big players in each field becomes harder and harder every year; that’s why very few brands manage to follow…

Autodesk Enables Consumers to Design and Print Robots
11/14/12 — For a company best known for being the maker of high-end software used in construction projects (NYC’s Freedom Tower), industrial design (Tesla cars), and blockbuster Hollywood special effects (Avatar), Autodesk sure has invested in a big way in the future of DIY. If a revolution is coming, Autodesk wants to…

3D Robotics Attracts $5M in Funding for DIY Drones
11/08/12 — Chris Anderson, who resigned a few days agoas the editor in chief of Wired magazine to become the full-time CEO of 3D Robotics, says today the San Diego-based superstore for amateur UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has raised $5 million in venture funding. In an announcement posted on the 3D Roboticswebsite and at DIY Drones, an online community…

LG Hom-Bot Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Debuts Internationally
10/31/12 — LG Electronics’ HOM-BOT SQUARE robotic vacuum cleaner made its global debut in Place Beaubourg, Paris, where it demonstrated to an international audience what the next generation of robotic cleaning technology would bring. “Helping consumers lead more convenient lives with smart technology is what LG is all about,” said Moonbum Shin,…

Bossa Nova Shifts from Toy Market to Personal Robots with mObi
10/25/12 — Bossa Nova is a company committed to bringing you a home robot in the very near future. Its latest model was announced at Robotbusiness. There's an SDK and you can start thinking up uses for it right now. It is generally believed that the domestic robot market is the next…

Robotic Life Coach Combats Obesity
10/25/12 — “Social” robots (those that mimic human visual and verbal cues) are best known for adding entertainment value at robotics conferences. They give the audience and general public an idea of just how capable and communication-savvy robots are becoming. Many appear in educational environments, particularly with autistic children, but few have…

CMU Adds Undergraduate Robotics Major
10/16/12 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is adding another option for students this time: An undergraduate major in robotics. The new major joins the institute’s existing doctorate, master’s and undergraduate minor programs. The university has offered a minor in robotics for the past 12 years, and undergrads have been able to take robotics…




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