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Nestle Japan Hires Softbank’s Humanoid Robot as Nescafe Salesperson
10/30/14 — Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying out off-beat marketing tactics in what is a small but profitable territory for the world’s biggest food group. The waist-high robot, developed by a French company and manufactured in Taiwan, was touted by Japan’s SoftBank as capable of learning and expressing human emotions, and of serving as a companion or guide in…


Volkswagen to Replace Retiring Workers with Robots
10/23/14 — Volkswagen plans to use robots to cope with a shortage of new workers caused by retiring baby boomers, and ensure that car manufacturing remains competitive in high-cost Germany. As at other German industrial companies, VW’s workforce is growing older and as baby boomers begin to retire between 2015 and 2030, under demographic trends there will be fewer young people to take their place. Writing in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Monday, Horst Neumann, VW board member for human resources, said some of the retiring baby boomers’ jobs would be filled by robots, not people. He insisted the robots would take over…



Regulators Struggling with the Impact of Accidents Caused by Robots
10/09/14 — How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers? It's a puzzling question facing companies developing a new breed of industrial robots that work alongside humans on the factory floor.Setting limits on the level of pain a robot may (accidentally) inflict on a human is a crucial goal…

Empire Robotics’ Versaball Gripper Impacting Industrial Robotics
10/02/14 — In the world of robotics, sometimes it’s the small advancements that make the biggest impact. For years, robots in manufacturing environments or production lines have been in cages in order to protect the humans around them. From ReThink Robotics’ Baxtor who works alongside workers in production lines to Universal Robots that…

Major Aircraft Manufacturer Employs Baxter Robot to Transform Business
09/25/14 — Cutting Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of sub-assemblies and components for the aerospace industry, has installed Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot as a critical part of its thermal deburring line in its Avon, Ohio plant.The company, widely recognized for its innovation in laser-cutting hydro-forming and thermoplastics fabrication has now joined…

Drones with Manipulator Arms Preparing for Work
09/18/14 — A self-organised fleet of autonomous robots could soon replace human fire-fighters, rescuers or construction workers in tasks that could put human lives at risk.The flying robots, equipped with multi-joint manipulator arms, are not a part of a science-fiction movie. They are being developed as part of an EU-funded project and…

Study: Business Leaders Prefer Robot Employees
09/11/14 — America's top business leaders admit that they would rather hire robots then employ humans.A recent survey of Harvard Business School alumni found that 46 percent would rather have robots perform their company's labor then hire people to do the same work. Another 49 percent said their business would rather outsource…

Expert: Robots Won’t Have Big Impact on Jobs
09/04/14 — Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean that machines will soon be able to do many of the tasks of today's workers. And not just blue collar jobs in areas such as manufacturing, but even in such white collar occupations as lawyers, doctors and – gulp – journalists.A new viral…

Are Meteorologists Immune to the Robot Revolution?
08/28/14 — In a recent study from MIT labor economist David Autor, he pointed out that most of us are safe from having our jobs stolen away by robots, due to the fundamental way humans are 'creative' and have 'common sense'. With a job that depends heavily on computer models already, it might…

Video Predicts Robots Will Wipe Out Human Work
08/21/14 — You're probably getting tired of hearing that robots will take your jobs (and, ugh, ours) in the future over and over again. But, here's the deal: perhaps it's necessary keep repeating it so it sinks in, because there's a huge chance that it'll actually happen. The video below explains how…

FANUC M-410 Robots Help Snack Maker Increase Production
08/14/14 — FANUC Robotics has assisted a snacks manufacturer in increasing its output of packed crisp boxes with the installation of six M-410 robotic palletising systems. Palletising over 5,000 boxes of crisps per hour the robots have been integrated into all of the six packing lines within the company's factory enabling them…

Robots Coming for White-Collar Jobs, Too
08/06/14 — The robots are coming, even for the boss's job. Up until now, robots and other smart machines have been used to replace blue-collar workers. But a new study by The Pew Research Center and Elon University, released Wednesday, says that while artificial intelligence will continue to replace jobs in factories…

Material-Handling Robots Are the Future of Industry
07/24/14 — The use of material-handling robots has increasingly become a solution to raise productivity and manufacturing versatility, while enhancing worker safety as they historically have. Material handling is a natural extension of robotics and an area where the technology has already been predominant for many years, but robots are finding new…

iPhone 6 Will be Made by Foxconn Robots
07/14/14 — Folks eagerly awaiting the availability of the iPhone 6 in Sept. 2014 might not spend much time thinking about who made it and how. But for those of us interested in more than snapping selfies, robots will be making the iPhone 6 a reality. The Fiscal Times reports that "Foxconn parent…

Q-Bot Robots Easily Install Insulation Underneath Floors
07/03/14 — Robots small enough to enter under a building's floor and apply insulation from below are being developed in England, helping to decrease heat loss and increase comfort for residents while reducing heating bills. London-based Q-Bot says it hopes to "assist human labor where there are significant cost or health/safety benefits."…

Jellyfish-Killing Robot is Helping Fishermen
06/25/14 — Jellyfish represent far more than just a personal hazard at the beach this summer. They're bigger, badder and more prevalent than ever before due to climate change, over-harvesting of their natural predators and other environmental factors. Groups of jellyfish called blooms kill valuable sealife, close down power plants and wreak…

Trio of ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Create Structures With Concrete
06/19/14 — From the land that brought us Gaudi’s Cathedral comes the latest marvel in architecture: mobile 3D printers that create fabulous structures in one continuous process by laying down concrete. The extrusion process is slow but solid, according to the team that's devised the Minibuilders at the The Institute for Advanced Architecture of…

Robotic Welding Technique Could Result in Lighter Cars
06/12/14 — Researchers at University West in Trollhättan have developed a new robotic welding technique that can reduce the weight of cars, reports Phys.org. And it has to do with incorporating the battery into the vehicle chassis. Here's how it works, writes Phys.org: Researchers at University West in Trollhättan have now invented…

Robot Ice Resurfacer Cleans Ice Rink in 1 Minute
06/04/14 — The Zamboni has been a staple of hockey for more than 60 years. But it could soon be a thing of the past. According to the Winona Daily News, Paul Van Eijl of Winona, Minnesota has created a robot called Ice Jet that uses GPS coordinates to control multiple robots…

Online Tool from Micromo Helps Engineers Specify Products
05/30/14 — Design engineers can now find what they need over the Internet with the new Motion System Selector from Micromo of Clearwater, Fla., a member of the Faulhaber Group.Available from Micromo, the innovation is a powerful, interactive parametric search tool that helps OEMs and design engineers quickly and easily specify and…




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