September 24, 2021

iPhone 12 review: In 2021, it's still an excellent buy – CNET

5G support, a new striking design, improved cameras and four models all add up to make the iPhone 12 an absolute unit. Source: Reviews –
September 24, 2021

Foundation review: Apple's slow-burn sci-fi epic thinks big, looks great – CNET

Isaac Asimov’s novels come to Apple TV Plus in a 10-episode series that may be ponderous but genuinely has big ideas to ponder. Source: Reviews –
September 23, 2021

DARPA SubT Finals: Robot Operator Wisdom

Each of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge teams is allowed to bring up to 20 people to the Louisville Mega Cavern for the final event. Of those 20 people, only five can accompany the robots to the course staging area to set up the robots. And of those five, just one person can be what DARPA calls the Human Supervisor. The Human Supervisor role, which most teams refer to as Robot Operator, is the only person allowed to interface with the […]
September 23, 2021

How the U.S. Army Is Turning Robots Into Team Players

This article is part of our special report on AI, “The Great AI Reckoning.” “I should probably not be standing this close,” I think to myself, as the robot slowly approaches a large tree branch on the floor in front of me. It’s not the size of the branch that makes me nervous—it’s that the robot is operating autonomously, and that while I know what it’s supposed to do, I’m not entirely sure what it will do. If everything works […]
September 23, 2021

Porsche 718 Boxster, Cayman to go fully electric, Mission R previews design, report says – Roadshow

We’ve heard rumors of an electric 718 for years now, but this sounds like we’re on the verge of it really happening. Source: Reviews –
September 23, 2021

Delivery robots take the strain out of shopping in UK town

It’s famous for its roundabouts and statues of concrete cows. But the English town of Milton Keynes now has another claim to fame—a trundling army of shopping delivery robots. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
September 23, 2021

DronePaint: A human-swarm interaction system for environment exploration and artistic painting

Researchers at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia have recently developed an innovative system for human-swarm interactions that allows users to directly control the movements of a team of drones in complex environments. This system, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv is based on an interface that recognizes human gestures and adapts the drones’ trajectories accordingly. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
September 23, 2021

Robust Drive System Simplifies Mobile Robot Development for the Factory of the Future

Another issue is the inability of some AGVs and AMRs to drive smoothly while operating slowly, an important consideration for scenarios where the AGV or AMR itself may perform part or component assembly. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
September 23, 2021

Understanding human-robot interaction critical in design of rehabilitation systems

Robotic body-weight support (BWS) devices can play a key role in helping people with neurological disorders to improve their walking. The team that developed the advanced body-weight support device RYSEN in 2018 has since gained more fundamental insight in BWS but also concludes that improvement in this field is necessary. They find that recommendations for the optimal therapy settings have to be customized to each device and that developers should be more aware of the interaction between patient and the […]
September 22, 2021

Social robots may be more persuasive if they project less authority

In the future, socially interactive robots could help seniors age in place or assist residents of long-term care facilities with their activities of daily living. But will people actually accept advice or instructions from a robot? A new study from University of Toronto Engineering suggests that the answer hinges on how that robot behaves. Source: Phys Org – Robotics