Robotics

WORX Landroid M robotic mower Review : Automatic electronic yard care

WORX Landroid M robotic mower Review : Automatic electronic yard care

This summer I've been testing several lawn mowers, the most unique of which is this robot from WORX. This is the WORX Landroid M robotic mower, a fully automated, cordless, rechargeable battery powered piece of equipment that'll do all your work for you. The biggest obstacle you'll face is setup, and that's pretty straightforward if you follow the directions step-by-step.

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US Army’s latest AI system lets humans and robots have conversations

US Army’s latest AI system lets humans and robots have conversations

The United States Army has detailed the development of a new dialogue system that enables humans and robots to hold conversations. The new systems enable 'fluid communication' between soldiers and AI, according to the US Army, which refers to its new capability as Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI). By enabling conversations between humans and machines, officials say the two will be able to work together 'at operational speeds.'

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Ford adopted two Boston Dynamics robot dogs for its factory

Ford adopted two Boston Dynamics robot dogs for its factory

Ford has released the hounds into its factories, setting two Boston Dynamics Spot robots loose to survey its Van Dyke Transmission Plant. Part of the robot-maker's newly-expanded lease program, Ford's goal with the two quadrupeds is to create a 3D digital scan of the facility that's both faster and cheaper than the old method.

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Amazon Scout delivery robot is heading to Atlanta and Tennessee

Amazon Scout delivery robot is heading to Atlanta and Tennessee

The Amazon Scout delivery robot introduced last year is rolling out into new markets, Amazon has announced. After successful tests in California and Washington state, the company will deploy its Scout rover in certain southern markets, including Atlanta. Amazon Scout will make deliveries from Monday to Friday, using sensors and other advanced tech to navigate itself.

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Researchers teach robots to grasp and pick up reflective objects

Researchers teach robots to grasp and pick up reflective objects

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have been able to teach robots to pick up transparent or reflective objects. This has been a challenge for robots in the past, and the way researchers have addressed the issue is to teach the robots to infer shapes from color images. Picking up transparent and reflective objects has long stymied robots, but the new system promises to alleviate that issue.

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Engineer builds barber robot that gives quarantine haircuts

Engineer builds barber robot that gives quarantine haircuts

YouTube channel Stuff Made Here has published a new video showing off what is arguably one of the riskiest ways to cut your own hair: using a homemade robot wielding a pair of sharp scissors. No, host and subject of the video Shane doesn't lose an eye or an ear during the haircut, but he does show off the construction of his machine and explain how it works.

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Researchers 000 with Intel to make super-sensitive artificial skin

Researchers 000 with Intel to make super-sensitive artificial skin

The field of robotics is one that’s made some significant strides in recent years, but one major difference between us and our robotic counterparts is our ability to feel. Simply having the dexterity to carry out a task isn’t always enough, as our sense of touch gives the brain a lot of contextual information. Today, researchers with the National University of Singapore (NUS) have demonstrated new tools that will allow robots to sense touch, potentially opening the window for them to carry out a larger array of tasks.

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MIT researchers create a robot with a soft gripper that can manipulate cables

MIT researchers create a robot with a soft gripper that can manipulate cables

One of the most challenging things for humans to manipulate are items like rope, wire, or cables. These thin, flexible objects are even more difficult for robots to manage with most robotic grippers being unable to handle them at all. Researchers at MIT have now created a robotic gripper that's able to mimic how a human handles such flexible objects more closely.

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New smart fabric can inflate and deflate based on temperature

New smart fabric can inflate and deflate based on temperature

Researchers from the Wyss Institute have developed a new smart fabric that can inflate and deflate based on temperature-dependent liquid-vapor phase changes. The researchers believe that the new smart fabric could be used to create soft robots using a specially engineered fabric to help with rehabilitation therapies or as enhancements to protect the wearer while performing strenuous tasks.

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Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

In the future, a special robot designed to help protect healthcare workers may test you for the flu, COVID-19, and other pathogens that require a nose swab. The contraption was created by engineers at the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), which explains that the robot can be also be used to swab a patient's throat for conditions like strep.

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BionicSwift robotic bird has artificial feathers

BionicSwift robotic bird has artificial feathers

Researchers at Festo have announced the creation of a new bionic project called the "BionicSwift." The robotic bird can fly using artificial feathers. The researchers used radio-based indoor GPS with ultra-wideband technology to allow the robotic birds to fly safely in a coordinated pattern inside a defined airspace. One feature that gives the birds their agility is that the wings are modeled on the plumage of real birds.

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Open source Solo 8 robot looks less like a dog but is cheaper to make

Open source Solo 8 robot looks less like a dog but is cheaper to make

Boston Dynamics' Spot robots are grabbing headlines as a number of them get deployed to help address new limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This may have generated more interest in quadruped robots but Spot easily costs more than $50,000 and developing your own usually takes years and several 000s working together. If you don't mind crediting someone else's work, engineers from the US and Germany have come up with a four-legged robot designed to be a platform that others can build on.

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