Rethink Robotics, the expert company in highly dexterous collaborative robots, has massively improved the software of its one-armed Sawyer robot. Designed to make it easier for human workers to train the robot for carrying out complex tasks, the new Intera 5 software rethinks automation for safer and faster production. At
In its 10-second Super Bowl LI spot, Amazon flashed its Echo voice assistant with a surprise visit from one of its delivery drones. If you’re in need of some more chips for the big game, apparently, asking Alexa to “reorder Doritos from Prime Air” will do the trick. “Okay, look
Ocado, an online food retailer in the UK, wants to disrupt how your groceries are bagged. The company is testing robotic arms fixed with soft, inflatable hands to pick and pack food like humans. Earlier this week, Ocado unveiled of its robotic arm grocery bagger, a standard industrial arm outfitted
Boston Dynamics has a new addition to its impressive robot lineup: a legged humanoid that balances on two wheels. The robot, named “Handle” according to leaked footage, is wickedly impressive. Shown in a presentation given by Boston Dynamics’ founder Marc Raibert, Handle can glide across floors, hop over obstacles, and, of
Go for the coffee. Stay for the robot. Cafe X, a San Francisco-based startup, aims to upgrade the archaic cafe setup. Starting today, customers will be able to order freshly brewed coffee from a robotic arm barista. With locations in San Francisco and Hong Kong, Cafe X aims to solve
bots_alive wants to turn mindless remote-control toys in semi-sentient creatures. The Kickstarter project, led by MIT Media Lab researcher Brad Knox, transforms the remote-control Hexbug Spider into an intelligent and autonomous creature. With a bit of computer vision and artificial intelligence, the robotic beings can sense, avoid and follow obstacles.
The fear of the robotics industry is commonly sparked by one of two things – wacky sci-fi films or the idea of robots pushing humans out of jobs. A Carnegie Mellon-led non-profit wants to prove differently, aiming to help create 510,000 new jobs with the creation of a new robotics
The essentials of preschool have been fairly simple for many years. Reading a picture book here and writing your name there. A new robotics startup from Denmark wants to add coding to that list of essential skills with its little robot, KUBO. KUBO is an educational robot for preschool children, listed