January 17, 2022

Bone growth inspired 'microrobots' that can create their own bone

Inspired by the growth of bones in the skeleton, researchers have developed a combination of materials that can morph into various shapes before hardening. The material is initially soft, but later hardens through a bone development process that uses the same materials found in the skeleton. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
January 17, 2022

Robotics Pioneer Exotec Raises $335M Series D to Improve Supply Chain Resilience for Global Retailers

Goldman Sachs Asset Management invests in Exotec robotic systems to improve warehouse working conditions while also optimizing operational efficiency Source: Robotics Tomorrow
January 17, 2022

A framework to optimize the efficiency and comfort of robot-assisted feeding systems

Robots could be invaluable allies for older adults and people with physical disabilities, as they could assist them in their day-to-day life and reduce their reliance on human carers. A type of robotic systems that could be particularly helpful are assisted feeding or bite-transfer robots, which are designed to pick up food from a plate and feed humans who are unable to move their arms or coordinate their movements. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
January 16, 2022

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-1H) review: A slim, durable 2-in-1 ready for work at home or away – CNET

The AMD-powered Spin 514 two-in-one is impressive if you’re looking for a durable 14-inch Chromebook. But, you might want to wait for the Intel version. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
January 15, 2022

Flashforge Adventurer 4 review: A 3D printer protected from the elements – CNET

The next-gen version of this midprice 3D printer can handle bigger prints and longer hours. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
January 14, 2022

Video Friday: Guitar Bot

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): ICRA 2022: 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Germany CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, Açores, Portugal Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. Robotics. It’s […]
January 14, 2022

A new framework that could simplify imitation learning in robotics

Over the past few decades, computer scientists have been trying to train robots to tackle a variety of tasks, including house chores and manufacturing processes. One of the most renowned strategies used to train robots on manual tasks is imitation learning. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
January 14, 2022

Jabra Elite 4 Active review: Checking a lot boxes for $120

I review a lot of true wireless earbuds, so I’m always curious what the next trends will be when companies offer their annual refresh for new products. Over the last few years, smaller sizes, better battery life and hands-free features have become the norm, but there’s only so much you can do on such a tiny device. In 2021, Jabra set the new standard for affordable wireless earbuds with the Elite 3. At $80, it covers most of the basics quite […]
January 14, 2022

How Are Cobots Disrupting Automotive Manufacturing?

Cobots are creating a disruption in automotive manufacturing, offering a number of benefits to businesses. How and why are these cobots being used, and what will their long-term impact be? Source: Robotics Tomorrow
January 14, 2022

Microsoft opens a third-party review into its harassment and discrimination policies

Microsoft has hired a third -party law firm to review its policies on sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies, The Verge has reported. As part of that, the final report will summarize the results of sexual harassment investigations against the company’s senior leadership and board of directors, including former CEO Bill Gates.  The report will “lead to the public release of a transparency report assessing the effectiveness of the company’s workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies, training, and related […]