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Sony says you can now use a web-based API to program its adorable Aibo robot dog to do new tricks — and you might even be able to make it your smart home’s best friend. Who needs Alexa or Google home if a nice robot dog might be able to help you out around the house instead. Sony is inviting developers to make “services and applications” that can work with Aibo.
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Amazon the creator of Alexa, a smart speech assistant comes up with multiple applications and improvements to existing products to stimulate use. A good example is Show and Tell with Amazon Alexa. For example, the blind and visually impaired can hold things from the kitchen in front of the machine's camera, such as the Amazon Echo, after which Alexa can tell you exactly what you are holding. Amazon uses both computer vision and machine learning.
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The health care specialist medisana presents its first home care robot on the German market. It supports people to live independently at home. With smart services and artificial intelligence, the home care robot makes everyday life easier – and increases safety thanks to various health and emergency services.
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Scout, Amazon's delivery robot, starts delivering parcels after a successful small-scale test. From Monday to Friday, the robot drives around the Irvine region in California. The reason Amazon starts in sunny California is because of the weather. It doesn't rain much and the sun shines a lot, so there's little chance that the robot will have to drive in all weathers to deliver a package. In Seattle, where the robot was tested, it was different.
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PAL Robotics announced last month its TIAGo++, a robot that includes two arms with seven degrees of freedom each. TIAGo is used in diverse European-funded projects where end users from different sectors, from healthcare to industry, are involved.
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Research into robotic prostheses is progressing by leaps and bounds, but a feeling of touch is difficult to overcome. This feeling helps us, among other things, to keep our grip power under control. Researchers at Utah University, among others, have developed a new method that mimics the feeling of a real hand, which is vital when it comes to fine motor control for handling delicate objects, according to the team in the journal Science Robotics.
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A team of researchers and engineers from Gaumard Scientific have developed a robot that provides a more realistic situation for medical training. The robot, called HAL, looks like a boy and also behaves like a boy. He can follow a finger with his eyes, answer questions, cry for his mother and experience anaphylactic shock.
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Elon Musk wants to connect the human brain to computers. A first step in this plan is to implant fine wires into the cerebral cortex. The operation, which must be as safe and fast as having your eyes lasered, will be carried out by a robot. People with a disability; The goal is initially to insert brain implants into the brains of, for example, paralyzed people, and to enable them to operate computers and telephones. It should also be able to restore speech, vision and hearing.
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Amazon originally intended to reveal the robot, known internally as “Vesta,” as early as this year, but the machine isn’t ready to be mass-produced, the people said. While Amazon could choose never to release the robot, in recent months it has pulled engineers from other projects to work on it , Maybe a signal the company plans to sell Vesta at some point. It’s unclear what tasks the Amazon robot might perform. People familiar with the project speculated last year that the Vesta could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices.
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China is already the world's largest market for industrial robots. As labour costs continue to rise, the demand for robots in the country will be stronger. The country's agricultural sector is seen by some as a place where technologies can take root. A research institute and a startup, Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Fujian Newland Era Hi-Tech Co Ltd, are determined to develop an agricultural robot. The sensor-rich agricultural robot can move between two rows of chlorophyll in a greenhouse, collect data on the plants and return them to the control room. The robot, suitable for 5G, is equipped with two 5 megapixel cameras as "eyes". With sensors at the top of its head and mouth, the robot can also detect wind speeds, carbon dioxide, humidity, temperature and other data about the natural environment of the greenhouse.
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Vacuum cleaner manufacturer iRobot will focus on a new area: educational robots. They have acquired Root Robotics. Root is a fun and easy-to-use educational robot that teaches children up to high school coding, creativity and problem solving skills. iRobot plans to include the Root robot in its growing portfolio of educational robot products.
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A new social robot has been brought into use by the University Hospital of Brussels. The robot will inform and guide patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. The robot provides a personal approach and can respond to children's emotions.
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Robot James, developed by Zora Robotics, will be tested by the Belgian Ziekenfonds Bond Moyson. Bond Moyson aims to promote the physical, psychological and social well-being of its clients.
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Ford and robot maker Agility Robotics are working on a concept with which a self-propelled car in combination with the two-legged robot Digit will deliver our packages at home in the future. Digit can lift up to 18 kilos and climb stairs.
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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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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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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, '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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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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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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