December 8, 2018

Smart display review roundup: The next frontier for the smart home? – CNET

We’ve reviewed every smart display since Amazon launched the Echo Show back in 2017. Here’s a quick rundown of the category. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
December 7, 2018

Video Friday: Space Station's New Robot Helper, and More

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. 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!): Robotic Arena – January 12, 2019 – Wrocław, Poland RoboDEX – January 16-18, 2019 – Tokyo, Japan Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
December 7, 2018

New Class of Metamaterials Changes Physical Properties in Seconds

Mechanical metamaterials can have their rigidity tuned, offering a new approach to soft robotics Metamaterials seem like a technology out of science fiction. Because of the way these materials affect electromagnetic phenomena and physical attributes of materials, they can render objects invisible, leaving the observer in disbelief. While invisibility cloaks are a gee-whiz application, metamaterials now offer real-world commercial applications such as new antenna technologies for mobile phones. To get to the point where metamaterials are not just a curiosity, […]
December 6, 2018

Apple's clear iPhone XR case, reviewed – CNET

Here’s what $40 gets you. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
December 6, 2018

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

AlphaZero, a general-purpose game-playing system, quickly taught itself to be the best player ever in Go, chess and Shogi DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that included chess, Go, and Shogi, and do so without human guidance. The system, called AlphaZero, began its life last year by beating a DeepMind system that had been specialized just for Go. That earlier system had itself made history by beating one of the world’s best Go players, but […]
December 6, 2018

Aston Martin previews EV conversions with electric 1970 DB6 Volante

By Joel Stocksdale It’s all completely reversible.If you’re a fan of classic British sports cars, and you’re concerned about the environment, the future is looking pretty bright. Similar to what Jaguar is preparing for old E-Types, Aston Martin has… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
December 6, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reviews are in: Here's what you need to know – CNET

Our review has arrived, and the new Smash Bros. is the best yet. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
December 6, 2018

Changing the Landscape of the Insurance Market

How UAVs benefit consumers through faster estimates, quicker response times and faster delivery of benefits Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, are growing at a rapid rate for both consumer and professional markets. Market research firm IHS Markit forecasts the professional drone market will manage a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77.1% through 2020 driven by industries such as agriculture, energy and construction using the technology for surveying, mapping, planning and more. Meanwhile, the consumer drone […]
December 6, 2018

What Caused Rethink Robotics to Shut Down?

The outcome for Rethink Robotics demonstrates that even when companies are in a popular sector, they still face challenges that could make it hard to thrive. As such, the company’s closing should not be viewed as a sign of a struggling robotics industry. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
December 6, 2018

Fauna Robotica

In millions of years of evolution, nature has produced many sophisticated locomotor systems that engineers use as inspiration for creating better robots. We show some current technical developments that are highly advanced. Source: Robotics Tomorrow