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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.


6 conveniences of an automatic pool robot

Cleaning the pool is a time-consuming job? No, you don't. Not with a pool robot. Such an automatic pool cleaner relieves you of this annoying chore. She does the work for you without you having to worry about it. Read below the 6 conveniences of a pool robot

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Delivery robot at the office who operates the elevator himself

The Netherlands has a European first: a robot that is active in an office environment and can itself reach other floors via the lift. It is a Relay delivery robot that Sodexo uses in the office of their client Aegon in The Hague. For example, the delivery robot brings sandwiches and drinks from the restaurant to the meeting room on another floor.

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Tombot robot dog

Tombot, robot dogTombot-robot-dog-robothond.jpg Taking care of a pet can be difficult for seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and are forced to depend on others for their own daily affairs. When a live pet or emotional support animal is no longer safe or practical, Tombot can provide a viable option to enrich the lives of seniors. Tombot’s robot Puppy can be an invaluable tool for increasing social engagement in the elderly, and for redirecting “challenging" behaviors.

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Robots at the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020)

Robots at the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020)Robots-at-the-Olympic-and-Paralympic-Games-Tokyo-2020.jpg The Tokyo Organisation announced the launch of its new Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, one of many programmes aimed at ensuring the Tokyo 2020 Games will be the most innovative ever. This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people. Human Support Robot (HSR) Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot developed by Toyota Motor Corporation will allow all spectators to enjoy watching the Tokyo 2020 Games in greater comfort. The robots will provide assistance to spectators in wheelchairs at the Olympic Stadium by carrying food and other goods, guiding people to their seats, and providing event information.

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Update on Furhat, the social robot

Furhat robotFurhat-robots.jpg Furhat has made commitment that social robots should not only give keynotes on stages but also be put in the hands of developers, as soon as possible. One of the examples is Petra. PETRA: the world's first health pre-screening robot Together with Merck Pharmaceuticals, the developed PETRA, a medical screening robot. The idea is to use Petra for medical screening. The friendly-looking robot seeks interaction to give an indication of the medical condition. Besides the fact that this is necessary in many countries, a robot also regularly reduces the distance to discuss difficult subjects. We have also seen this before in pilots in obese children.

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Jibo, one of our favorite robots will pass away

Jibo, één van onze favoriete robots gaat overlijdenJibo-een-van-onze-favoriete-robots-gaat-overlijden.jpg Jibo, 'the first social robot for home with its own "character", stops. Jibo was introduced in 2014 and was designed by Cynthia Breazeal, head of the Personal Robots Group of the MIT Media Lab. Breazeal is a pioneer in the field of social robotics and communication between people and robots. She said at the time that she hoped Jibo would be part of the family. "Jibo is different from other gadgets, because it treats you like a human," she said.

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Mini Cheetah robot of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mini Cheetah robot of Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMini-Cheetah-robot-of-Massachusetts-Institute-of-Technology.jpg MIT’s new mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. The four-legged powerpack can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Perhaps most impressive is its ability to perform a 360-degree backflip from a standing position. Researchers claim the mini cheetah is designed to be “virtually indestructible,” recovering with little damage Robotdog race “Eventually, I’m hoping we could have a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini cheetah with different algorithms, and we can see which strategy is more effective. That’s how you accelerate research.”

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Autonomous FedEx delivery robot can climb stairs

FedEx SameDay Bot logistieke robot kan traplopenFedEx-SameDay-Bot-logistieke-robot-kan-traplopen.jpg Parcel delivery company Fedex will test a delivery robot on the last mile in the United States. The so-called 'SameDay Bot' will eventually have to deliver parcels from local FedEx distribution points to consumers at the door. The remarkable thing about this robot is that it can drive up curbs and climb stairs.

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Remote controlled robot Ugo deals with your laundry

Remote controlled robot Ugo deals with your laundryRemote-controlled-robot-Ugo-deals-with-your-laundry.jpg Japanese start-up Mira Robotics develops robots that can be hired to help especially elderly people with their domestic needs, such as hanging up the laundry. The remotely controlled robot "Ugo" is able to remove the laundry from the washing machine, place it in a basket, hang it on a line and fold it up when it is dry. He uses his arms and adjusts his height to the task. For orientation, he uses three cameras and communicates via microphone and Wi-Fi connection.

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Robot Digit from Agility Robotics

Robot Digit van Agility RoboticsRobot-Digit-van-Agility-Robotics.jpg The many videos with bloopers prove that walking is not easy for a robot. Fortunately, there are companies that focus on this element of robotics, such as Agility Robotics.

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Remote robot operation thanks to 5G technology

Remote robot operation thanks to 5G technologyRemote-robot-operation-thanks-to-5G-technology.jpg Under the leadership of Dr. Liu Rong, doctors in China have successfully completed the world's first remote operation using 5G technology. The technique was tested in Fujian Province on a pig and used state-of-the-art technology. Doctor Liu Rong was able to remotely control robot arms via a 5G connection in a hospital 50 kilometers away for removing the liver of a pig in less than ten minutes. Thanks to the 5G technology, the doctor could see a clear real-time picture of the operation and at the same time communicate with his assistants.

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Sphero RVR Programmable robotcar

Sphero RVR robotcarSphero-RVR-robotcar.jpg Sphero's RVR robotcar is a programmable robot. Directly from the box to control, equipped with a varied range of sensors, and built for customization. Programmable robot car RVR is more than just a fun, programmable robot - it is also highly adaptable. Spero have added some incredible features that open up a world of possibilities for hackers, teachers, students, technical hobbyists and anyone ready to take it to the next level. With a universal expansion port and on-board power supply, you can connect and use third-party hardware such as a Raspberry Pi, BBC micro:bit or Arduino.

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Sqriba robot, for a better handwriting

Sqriba robot om te leren schrijvenSqriba-robot-om-te-leren-schrijven.jpg Through an innovation patented technology, you write the perfect letter with the Sqriba. The movement of the pen automatically teaches you the perfect handwriting, from the beginning Writing is a complex combination of movement and visual feedback, and for this reason there is a screen that gives you constant feedback. All you have to do is hold the pen and the Sqriba will do the rest. Everyone experiences the Sqriba as fun.

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Temi robot, home hub on wheels

Temi robotTemi-robot.jpg Temi claims to have created "the world's first truly intelligent, mobile, personal robot for your home. The company has partnered with Amazon to include the Alexa personal assistant in its robots. The combination of AI and autonomous navigation allows the personal robot on wheels to follow a user at home or in the office and perform a variety of tasks via the user's camera and smartphone. The robot also understands voice commands, using an interface developed by the company. For now in English but soon in other languages, according to the company.

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GenieConnect is here to make life easier

GenieConnect robot care agent GenieConnect-robot-care-agent-.jpg Service Robotics Ltd is launching a unique solution to older adult independent living later this year. The solution, the brainchild of co-founders Rob Parkes and Tim Morgan, is called GenieConnect® and combines a companion robot called Genie with a 24×7 video Care Centre and specialised software for person-centred engagement. Pilot The pilot project will allow the GenieConnect® user to access a 24 x 7 Care Centre via video link on the face of the robot, using a simple voice command. The Service Robotics Care agent will chat with the user and provide information, assistance and referrals as necessary, to enable independent living for the user in their own home for longer.

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Roomba i7+ smart robot vacuum cleaner

Roomba i7+ robot stofzuigerRoomba-i7-robot-stofzuiger.jpg Roomba i7+ is an impressive device with lots of useful features. The i7+ makes a map of your house recognizes several rooms, can be controlled with the Google voice assistant ('Hey Google, clean the living room'). The integration with Google Home is very nice. Using voice commands to quickly clean specific parts of the house sounds like ultimate laziness, but is surprisingly practical.

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Many people in Belgium are in favour of robots

Veel mensen in België voorstander van robotsVeel-mensen-in-Belgie-voorstander-van-robots.jpg Robotisation, automation and artificial intelligence are a hot topic and an integral part of our society. A new survey by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel now shows that most Belgians embrace intelligent technologies and see them as a tool in their daily lives. Only a minority also believe that robots can fill in human relationships or characteristics, such as friendship.

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Amazon test Scout robot that delivers parcels

Amazon scout robot for distributionAmazon-scout-robot-for-distribution.jpg Amazon starts testing an autonomous liver robot near its Seattle home in the northwest of the United States. The "Scout" is a six-wheeled all-electric trolley that reaches just above knee height. The robot has the size of a small cool box and rolls over the pavement at walking speed. Deliveries with the robots will take place from Monday to Friday and only during daylight. The trolleys will autonomously follow a set delivery route, but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee. The technology giant ensures that the devices "can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and any other object in their path".

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Robot Dogs to cover the last mile

Robot Dogs to cover the last mileRobot-Dogs-to-cover-the-last-mile.jpg The last mile is always a challenge for the delivery industry Automotive corporation Continental teamed up with startup ANYbotics to combine the mobility of a four-legged, Boston Dynamics-style robot dog with an autonomous delivery vehicle. A vision of the future of delivery.

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What if robots become "soft"

Wat als robots zacht wordenWat-als-robots-zacht-worden.jpg Existing robots are hard and have limited flexibility. But what are soft and flexible as robots, like the grippers pioneers at TU Delft are developing. This flexibility makes all kinds of new applications possible. A Dutch pioneer is Rob Scharff, PhD student at Delft University of Technology. If you build soft, flexible robots, all kinds of new applications are within reach. Daniela Rus, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the American research institute MIT. Soft robots broaden our view of what a robot is. Much more diversity is possible. Not only in terms of shapes, but also in terms of materials.

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