Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, like Star Wars’ BB-8, but now the company wants to bring advanced robotics into homes and offices with its own spin-off Misty Robotics. The newfangled robotics startup aims to build personal robots for home and office use, and it’s secured $11.5 million in
Harvard researchers are exploring new and clever ways of designing nature-inspired robots. Inspired by arthropod insects and spiders, Arthrobots are semi-soft walking robots constructed from drinking straws. Unlike soft robots, Arthrobots don’t have the same air chambers that expand and contract to generate clumsy movement. These robots are far more
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Sony, known for home appliances and gaming consoles, has developed a new toy hoping to change future generation’s outlook on engineering. Toio is a new robot-centric “game console” from Sony. At the core of Toio are tiny robotic cubes on wheels. The cubes aren’t really the toy itself but rather
No more pulling weeds by hand!
Maintaining a flower garden or vegetable bed usually entails pulling stubborn, pesky weeds. Luckily, Joe Jones, the creator of Roomba, and his team at Franklin Robotics have a solution. Tertill is a solar-powered robot for weeding your home garden beds. It’s round and plucky like a Roomba and comes with weatherproofing and
The robots are taking our flippin’ jobs
Momentum Machines has raised $18 million in funding, according to a recent SEC filing, to build robot-powered restaurants of the future. The San Francisco-based startup has been developing its burger-making restaurant in secrecy since at least June last year. In 2014, Momentum Machines revealed a concept said to crank out 400 burgers an
There’s great potential if both companies are willing to compromise.
It’s official: Boston Dynamics is being acquired by SoftBank. The news, announced yesterday, comes a year after rumors of Google’s intentions to sell its robotics company surfaced. Now that Atlas, Spot, and the whole robot family are in the hands of a Japanese telecoms company, what’s next? Alphabet’s Replicant To
The Japanese telecoms company wants to catalyze the next wave of “smart robotics.”
Boston Dynamics, the Alphabet robotics company behind humanoid Atlas and quadruped Spot, will be acquired by SoftBank. The Japanese telecoms company notes that the acquisition aligns with its investment in “paradigm-shifting” technologies and vision of “smart robotics.” The details of the transaction haven’t been disclosed. “Today, there are many issues we still cannot
A proper system that reliably tracks and manages multiple drones.
Alphabet is working on an air traffic control system before delivery drones become ubiquitous. The team behind Project Wing, Alphabet’s drone delivery project, recently took part in some nationwide tests with NASA and the FAA to explore ways of managing large numbers of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Partnering with Virginia