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The Everyday Robot project performed by Alphabet's X group is making robots that can safely operate in human environments, where things change every day, people show up unexpectedly, and obstacles appear out of nowhere. In order for robots to be useful day to day, they need to understand and make sense of the spaces where we live and work, and adapt to them as they gain experience. This requires new forms of machine intelligence.

Google parent Alphabet closes Schaft, the secret unit that develops running robots aimed at helping in disasters. After the sale of Boston Dynamics to Softbank, this is the second farewell to the large initiative Alphabet started in 2013. Consumer robot It is a sad end for a division that once looked like it had a bright future. In 2013 Schaft won the Robotics Challenge of DARPA with surprisingly graceful movements. There were even plans to bring a consumer-oriented product onto the market by 2020, according to reports, but it soon turned out that this was too optimistic a goal. New focus A source known at Tech Crunch indicated that the focus of Alphabet was already there. The tech giant now focuses more on industrial robots and parts such as robot arms than on fully independent robots.

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.

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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