Halfway through its stunt, the robot’s limbs locked up, rendering it a mere projectile that crashed into W.E.B. building.
Sex, Race, and Robots author Ayanna Howard discusses how to identify, fight bias
Ayanna Howard, the first female dean of Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, discusses her new book on Sex, Race, and Robotics.
Inside Canada’s robotics ecosystem, world’s spookiest robots, Miso’s restaurant robots
In Episode 22 of The Robot Report Podcast, we learn about Invest Ottawa’s and Canada’s initiatives around drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles at Area X.O, as well as Miso Robotics’ expansion with White Castle, not to mention Halloween scares.
Roybi develops educational robots, responds to pricing and pandemic pressures
Roybi has developed social robots to entertain and educate children and met the challenges of keeping the price point down and addressing the pandemic head on.
Vinsa to build visual AI workflows with Boston Dynamics’ Spot quadruped robot
Boston Dynamics has partnered with Vinsa to build models for visual AI workflows using its Spot quadruped robot.
Bloomingdale’s holiday festivities at flagship store include ABB robots
The 12 robots from ABB participating in the holiday displays at Bloomingdale’s flagship store trim a Christmas tree, play karaoke, and serve coffee, among other interactions with visitors.
Vicon applies motion capture to industrial applications, drone controls
Vicon has applied its experience in motion capture technologies from entertainment to industrial applications, including controlling robots and drones in warehouses.
Sony Aibo robot dog can now learn tricks from developers
Thanks to a new web-based API, developers can now teach Sony’s Aibo robot dog new tricks. Sony just released software update 2.50 for the ERS1000 Aibo that introduces a developer program for experienced developers and a visual programming tool for beginners that features drag-and-drop block coding. Both allow Aibo owners to program new actions. However,…
AlphaPilot AI drone competition crowdsources talent with HeroX, Lockheed Martin
HeroX, a spinoff of XPRIZE, is crowdsourcing talent. One of its projects is the AlphaPilot AI drone competition, run with the Drone Racing League and Lockheed Martin.
Sphero buys littleBits to take the lead in STEAM education
Sphero is acquiring littleBits, which makes modular electronics, and other technology companies as its seeks leadership in STEAM education.
5 materials to evaluate for designing, building robust robots
From soft polymers to the hardest steel, robotics designers should know their materials options that best suit the intended uses of their machines.
Quick-turn manufacturing readies DUCK! for ‘BattleBots’
With just 28 days to design, build, and test his robot for the 2018 season of “BattleBots” on the Discovery Channel, Hal Rucker had no time to waste. The tight timeline he had given himself due to other commitments leading up to the tournament drove the majority of his design and theme decisions. DUCK!, Rucker’s…
Jibo personal robot tops Time’s Best Innovations of 2017
Jibo is a personal robot with a difference. It is unlike the stationary Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It attempts to offer the same repertoire of features while adding its physical presence and mobility to the mix. Quoting Time Magazine, “Jibo looks like something straight out of a Pixar movie, with a big, round head and…
Robots two-pronged role in Alibaba’s $25.3 billion Singles’ Day sale
The Singles’ Day Shopping Festival held each year on November 11th is just like Black Friday, Mothers’ Day or any other sales-oriented psuedo-holiday, but bigger and more extravagant. Starting in 2009 in China as a university campus event, Singles Day has now reached all over China and to more than 180 countries. After 24 hours…
Omron’s ping-pong bot wants to soften the robot-human interaction
Japanese robotics company Omron has developed a robotic ping-pong system that looks to approach the human-robot interaction on a gentler level, according to a report from The Verge. The Forpheus robot, in its 4th generation, was recently shown at the CEATAC trade show with updates that include a companion arm to serve balls in the…
Disney and robotics proves to be a magical combination
The so-called “imagineers” who work at Walt Disney World and Disneyland have long been at the forefront using robotics to replicate humanlike movement—as well as creature-like movement, I suppose, given their vast catalog of characters. At the recent RoboBusiness event in Santa Clara, Calif., Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering, discussed what the…
Disney robots create memorable experiences
In a keynote speech at the annual RoboBusiness conference and expo held September 27-28 in Santa Clara, CA, Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, described the core criteria for robotics at Disney: safety, reliability, and the means to communicate a story that creates a memorable experience for the visitor. Storytelling is what makes…