Robot News

August 8, 2022

Artificial finger able to identify surface material with 90% accuracy

A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has developed an artificial finger that was able to identify certain surface materials with 90% accuracy. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they used triboelectric sensors to give their test finger an ability to gain a sense of touch. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
August 5, 2022

Amazon to Acquire iRobot F​or $1.7 Billion

This morning, Amazon and iRobot announced “a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire iRobot” for US $1.7 billion. The announcement was a surprise, to put it mildly, and we’ve barely had a chance to digest the news. But taking a look at what’s already known can still yield initial (if incomplete) answers as to why Amazon and iRobot want to team up—and whether the merger seems like a good idea. The press release, like most press releases about […]
August 5, 2022

Video Friday: Build a Chair

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion. IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITY CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGAL ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Enjoy […]
August 5, 2022

A bartending robot that can engage in personalized interactions with humans

A widely discussed application of social robots that has so far been rarely tested in real-world settings is their use as bartenders in cafés, cocktail bars and restaurants. While many roboticists have been trying to develop systems that can effectively prepare drinks and serve them, so far very few have focused on artificially reproducing the social aspect of bartending. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
August 5, 2022

Safely Integrating Robots and AI Into Your Warehouse Workforce

While integrating robots and AI into our warehouses can help with production and quality assurance, care must be taken when this tech is first introduced. Managers need to familiarize their employees with these innovations.. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
August 4, 2022

Smart microrobots learn how to swim and navigate with artificial intelligence

Researchers have been able to successfully teach microrobots how to swim via deep reinforcement learning, marking a substantial leap in the progression of microswimming capability. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
August 4, 2022

Industrial Robots Vs (or With?) Cobots

Apart from being unsafe for workers, and thus requiring specific safety measures within their working area, industrial robots are also exceedingly expensive and difficult to set up and redeploy. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
August 4, 2022

Wind and water: undersea drone readies to aid offshore boom

In a wave tank at a robot laboratory in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, engineers observe in silence as an underwater drone rises stealthily to the surface. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
August 3, 2022

Allowing social robots to learn relations between users' routines and their mood

Social robots, robots that can interact with humans and assist them in their daily lives, are gradually being introduced in numerous real-world settings. These robots could be particularly valuable for helping older adults to complete everyday tasks more autonomously, thus potentially enhancing their independence and well-being. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
August 3, 2022

Berkshire Grey and FedEx Expand Their Robotic Automation Solutions Relationship

The new product development agreement is an expansion of this collaboration and offers new opportunities for the two companies to work together to further increase efficiencies across the FedEx enterprise using AI-enabled robotic automation. Source: Robotics Tomorrow