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What will be the role of robots in our lives?

The robot revolution has begun, robots are mowing our grass and vacuuming our house. They assist the surgeon in the operating room and drive around on Mars. They are entertaining our children and soon even our cars will be autonomous robots. Read the robot news here if you really want to stay with it.


2nd generation TASKI robot scrubber drier

Robot schrobzuigmachine, Taski swingobot 2000Robot-schrobzuigmachine-Taski-swingobot-2000.jpg More than two years of practical experience with robot scrubber/dryers has led to a new revolutionary and robust cleaning robot. Using state of the art technologies, at least 25 percent more productivity is achieved, allowing locations to be cleaned more effectively.

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Healthcare provider in the netherlands extends experiments on social robots

healthcare provider in the netherlands extends experiments on social robotshealthcare-provider-in-the-netherlands-extends-experiments-on-social-robots.jpg Healthcare provider Philadelphia sees robots as a tool and complementary to the existing care process. The Pepper robot, renamed Phi robot at Philadelphia, has already met more than 2,000 clients, relatives and employees. From the time spent in the accommodation periods, it appears that the robot fulfils a function as an emotional outlet. The robot also helps with practical control, such as the daily rhythm. The robot helps to remind people of certain things or gives suggestions for actions. Clients visibly build a bond, gain more self-confidence and learn from and with the robot.

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TV presenter klaas can everything uses telepresence robot

klaas kan alles is een Nederlandse tv presentator die alles kanklaas-kan-alles-is-een-Nederlandse-tv-presentator-die-alles-kan.jpg Klaas is a Dutch TV presenter who can do anything. Klaas uses a telepresence robot, which can be controlled remotely. Through a video connection you can talk to other people. To try this invention Klaas surprises his lunch-guest to join as a robot.

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A robot for cleaning up your house

A robot for cleaning up your houseA-robot-for-cleaning-up-your-house.jpg Robots that help in the household. A wish we hear many people express when we ask what kind of robot would you like to have. The robots from Japanese company Preferred Networks can put back swinging objects in the living room where they belong. This is done using Toyota's HSR, Human Support Robot.

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Atlas robot runs track

Atlas robot boston dynamics runs trackAtlas-robot-boston-dynamics-runs-track.jpg We have known the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics for some time. Running over inhospitable terrain, a somersault backwards. The makers are one step further, as can be seen in this video. The control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms and trunk, to combine the energy and power to jump over the trunk and jump up the steps without breaking the tempo. (Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself.

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Google Home from 24 October in Dutch

Google home, smart assistantGoogle home, smart assistant.jpg Googles Home-smartspeaker will be available in Dutch stores from 24 October. This is shown by an e-mail that Google has sent to partners who are working on Google Assistant-support for their services. It was already known that Google Home would eventually also come to the Netherlands. When the search giant released the Dutch version of Google Assistant for phones earlier this year, the company already announced that the voice assistant had to work on the Home speakers later this year.

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Rethink Robotics closes its doors

Rethink Robotics logoRethink Robotics.jpg Rethink Robotics, the Boston, Mass.-based maker of collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer, shut its doors today. Rethink was founded in 2008 and raised nearly $150 million to date, according to Crunchbase. Its last round of funding was an $18 million Series E in August 2017. Rethink Robotics CEO Scott Eckert first confirmed the news via email to The Robot Report. “I can confirm that unfortunately the news is true, Rethink Robotics closed its doors today,” Eckert writes. “We were pioneers and innovators in the industry and responsible for the creation of the collaborative robot category, but unfortunately we didn’t quite achieve the market success we had intended. We have been helping our team find new homes and have been overwhelmed with interest. It’s a world-class group of people will continue to do great things in their next endeavors.”

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Making a robot look better

Een robot beter laten kijkenEen-robot-beter-laten-kijken.jpg People have long been masters of handicrafts, a skill that can largely be attributed to the help of our eyes. Meanwhile, robots are still working on catching up. The system, called Dense Object Nets (DON), developed by researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), allows a robot to inspect random objects and understand them visually enough to perform specific tasks without ever having seen them before (self learning).

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Robotexoskeleton of TU Delft wins obstacle race

Robotexoskelet van TU Delft wint obstakelraceRobotexoskelet-van-TU-Delft-wint-obstakelrace.jpg Delft students have won an international prize in Germany. Their designed exoskeleton was the fastest in the obstacle race. Participants with spinal cord injuries had to take four different obstacles with the help of such a skeleton. Mobility An exoskeleton is a robot suit for people with spinal cord injury. With this orthosis people who are paralysed can still walk and take obstacles. Shaan Quirijns wore the exoskeleton during the competition. She has had a spinal cord injury since 2000. "We are very proud of this first place. But, even more importantly, we think that with the development of this technique we contribute to giving back mobility to people with spinal cord injury," says student Lennart Schut.

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Getting to know the future

Kennismaken met de toekomstKennismaken-met-de-toekomst.jpg Stadkamer and RobotXperience will introduce visitors to the future. From 3 to 7 October 2018, Stadkamer en RobotXperience will organise a five-day innovation pop-up in Stadkamer Centrum aan de Zeven Alleetjes 1 in Zwolle. Visitors, employees, teachers and business relations can experience robots and new technology for themselves and learn what they can do with them. From a 'humanoid' robot that keeps you company, a social desktop robot and smart digital assistants for your home, to technology that allows you to be at another location via 'telepresence', everything about smart software and the latest technology trends. https://stadkamer.nl/activiteiten

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NOS broadcast meets Robot Sophia

Humanoid robot Sophia op bezoek in NederlandRobot Sophia op bezoek in Nederland.jpg Sophia will be in the Netherlands for the first time on 28 September 2018, because of a leadership congress in Amsterdam. Enough reason for the NOS to speak to her, to see with their own eyes what the hype is about and to find out whether it is justified. The first thing that strikes you when you see Sophia is that she is small. Everyone - big or small - has to bend down a little to be able to look at her. If you look her in the face, there is a good chance that you will get the thought "she looks like someone, but who? That's not a crazy thought: her face is based on that of Audrey Hepburn.

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From wheelchair to mobile robot device

Matia Robotics TEK RMD Robotic Mobilization DeviceMatia-Robotics-TEK-RMD-Robotic-Mobilization-Device.jpg The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device is not an alternative to wheelchairs, but a brand new mobility platform. The way in which people with spinal cord injury and other walking disorders can move around the world is being redefined. The possibility to sit, stand and navigate independently and safely in environments that were once inaccessible is now possible and safe.

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Update Amazon smart assistants

amazon-echo-dot september 2018amazon-echo-dot-september-2018.jpg September 2018, Amazon introduces new product upgrades and a ton of new Alexa-enabled products, including a microwave and car gadget. Applications based on Amazon's smart assistant for your home and car.

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Research deployment of social robot for people with dementia

Tinybot's small, social desktop robot for people with dementia and their familiesTinybot's small, social desktop robot for people with dementia and their families.jpg Researchers from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Hanze University Groningen, Viaa University of Applied Sciences and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands have looked at the effect of social robots. The research shows that Tessa can be of significance for people with dementia living at home. Tessa can offer and activate a person with dementia structure, because she gives a reminder for appointments and daily activities. She does this by saying a message that has been entered beforehand by the caregiver. For example: "It is three o'clock. Good afternoon Mrs. Nijboer, would you like a cup of tea? In addition, Tessa can become a real 'buddy' for the person with dementia, if only because her voice breaks through the silence in the house. Moreover, she can play music.

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Robotic arm Sawyer as barista

Robot Barista SawyerRobot-Barista-Sawyer.jpg In the Henna café in Tokyo you can now order coffee from a robot. Through a dashboard you can indicate what kind of coffee you want and if you like a biscuit with it. Sawyer scans the receipt that comes out of it and immediately starts working for you. With the precision as we are used to from Sawyer, he fills the filter, lets the water run through it and quietly puts the fresh cup of coffee on the bar. The biscuit is served by the robot arm next to it, after which he can start with the next order.

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New Husqvarna Automower listens to Alexa

Nieuwe Husqvarna Automower luistert naar AlexaNieuwe-Husqvarna-Automower-luistert-naar-Alexa.jpg Husqvarna introduces the Automower X-Line, which can be operated with speech recognition via Amazon Alexa. The latest technology, combined with optimal connectivity and premium design, make Husqvarna Automower a smart robotic mower. Naturally, the ease of operation, the beautiful cutting result and durability are combined. Alexa You can easily set up the mowing program of the Automower X-line or control it via an app on smartphone or tablet. New is the compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Thanks to the speech recognition you can also ask Alexa to put the robotic mower to work, to stop, park or inform where the mower is located. Alexa answers directly on behalf of the Automower with the right information. The first version is in English, other languages will follow in due course.

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Robots and work, what may we expect

Robots en werk, wat mogen we verwachtenRobots-en-werk-wat-mogen-we-verwachten.jpg The World Economic Forum predicts, based on interviews with directors of member firms, that by 2025, 52 percent of all work will be in the hands of programmable machines. At present, about 29 percent of all work is done by robots. At the same time, it is possible that the rapid developments in the ICT field will create some 133 million new jobs in 2022. These will replace 75 million jobs that will disappear. The WEF advises governments to anticipate this forecast now and to retrain employees in the risk sectors early.

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Link View, Google Assistant with smart display

Link view, Google Assistant with smart displayLink view, Google Assistant with smart display.jpg JBL’s Google-powered smart display, link view, launches in September 2108. Other manufacturers, such as Sony, Lenovo, JBL (from Samsung) and LG, have already launched smart speakers with screen based on Google's Smart Display platform.

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iRobot’s latest Roomba i7 empties itself

iRobot’s latest Roomba i7+ empties itselfiRobot’s latest Roomba i7+ empties itself.jpg The newest Roomba i7+, unveiled today, has two key changes: the robot now remembers your home’s floor plan, and it empties itself. The auto-emptying feature is probably the most useful. The i7+ doesn’t actually fling dirt into your garbage after each clean; instead, it uses a hopper attached to its charging station as an intermediary. Each time it returns to the base, dirt in the robot is sucked up into the hopper, which stores up to 30 bins.

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Humanoid robot Sophia visiting the Netherlands

Humanoid robot Sophia op bezoek in NederlandRobot Sophia op bezoek in Nederland.jpg De hoofdgast op Bright Day op 24 en 25 november 2018 is de sociale humanoid Sophia van Hanson Robotics.

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