Robot News

March 18, 2019

Robots Will Help Spectators at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project promises an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games. But will they be more than a novelty? Last week, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizing committee announced the launch of the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project.” The project will involve the deployment of an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games, but so far, we’ve just seen specific details about two: Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR) […]
March 18, 2019

20,000 Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Shipped in 2018

More than 20,000 AMRS were shipped in 2018 – double the number sold the year before – according to the results of our freshly released quarterly mobile robot market tracker which shows that AMR demand continued to surge in Q4. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
March 18, 2019

Micro-robots could go inside the body and track vital signs, professor says

Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? Source: Phys Org – Robotics
March 18, 2019

The robots that dementia caregivers want: Robots for joy, robots for sorrow

A team of scientists spent six months co-designing robots with informal caregivers for people with dementia, such as family members. They found that caregivers wanted the robots to fulfill two major roles: support positive moments shared by caregivers and their loved ones; and lessen caregivers’ emotional stress by taking on difficult tasks, such as answering repeated questions and restricting unhealthy food. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
March 18, 2019

Water-resistant electronic skin with self-healing abilities created

Inspired by jellyfish, researchers have created an electronic skin that is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and repairs itself in both wet and dry conditions. The novel material has wide-ranging uses, from water-resistant touch screens to soft robots aimed at mimicking biological tissues. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
March 18, 2019

Untold History of AI: Charles Babbage and the Turk

The famed 19th century engineer may have been inspired by an early example of AI chicanery and hype The history of AI is often told as the story of machines getting smarter over time. What’s lost is the human element in the narrative, how intelligent machines are designed, trained, and powered by human minds and bodies. In this six-part series, we explore that human history of AI—how innovators, thinkers, workers, and sometimes hucksters have created algorithms that can replicate human […]
March 15, 2019

Video Friday: MIT's Origami Magic-Ball Gripper

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!): HRI 2019 – March 11-14, 2019 – Daegu, Korea ISMR 2019 – April 1-5, 2019 – Atlanta, GA, USA We Robot 2019 – April 11-13, 2019 – Miami, Florida, USA RoboSoft 2019 – April 14-18, 2019 – Seoul, Korea NIST […]
March 15, 2019

Seeing through a robot's eyes helps those with profound motor impairments

An interface system that uses augmented reality technology could help individuals with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks such as scratching an itch and applying skin lotion. The web-based interface displays a ‘robot’s eye view’ of surroundings to help users interact with the world through the machine. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
March 15, 2019

Short circuit: Tokyo unveils chatty 'robot-eers' for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan’s cutting-edge technology. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
March 14, 2019

RoboticsTomorrow – Special Tradeshow Coverage<br>Automate & ProMat 2019

Automate & ProMat 2019 take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL April 8th – 11th. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event. Source: Robotics Tomorrow