Tag: robot

Sphero BOLT review: A good robot for schools, but not for everyone else

Article Contents As the name might suggest, Sphero’s claim to fame is its sphere-shaped toy robots. These include the original Sphero, Sphero 2.0, Sphero Mini, BB-8, and BB-9E. The company has also been marketing some of its products towards education as STEM learning tools, particularly with the SPRK+. Sphero’s latest product is another educational robot […]

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Scientists built an armed robot to protect coral reefs from invasive lionfish

Lionfish are incredibly eye-catching creatures, and they’re a favorite of salt water aquarium enthusiasts because they just plain look cool. They’re also an incredibly troublesome species when they are introduced in areas where they don’t belong, and coral reefs in the Caribbean are under serious threat from an invasion. Now, researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic […]

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected update adds multi-floor mapping, boost charge

Neato has released a software update for its Botvac D7 Connected smart vacuum, adding a pair of major new features. The vacuum itself is already available to purchase for $799 USD; existing owners will soon see an update notification from the mobile app. After updating, the Botvac D7 Connected will be able to learn the […]

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Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics, the startup developing the companion ‘bot Kuri, has halted operations, another fatality in the tough home robotics space. The company, part of the Bosch Startup Platform, announced the news today, along with confirming that all pre-order deposits that had been placed for the robot will be refunded. Established in 2015, but only breaking […]

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Industrial robots startup Gideon Brothers raises $765K led by TransferWise co-founder

Gideon Brothers, an ambitious startup out of Croatia that is building autonomous robots to put to work in warehouses and other industrial logistics, has quietly raised $765,000 in funding. The round is led by TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus, who has become an increasingly active investor, recently backing fintech Cleo, legal tech startup Juro, and satellite […]

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Robotic “Smart” Planter Chases the Sun to Keep Its Succulent in Sunlight

Have you ever noticed how a plant instinctively grows towards the sunlight? Called heliotropism, it’s a phenomenon where leaves point in the direction of the light—the source of their nutrients. Most of the time, you’ve got to position your plants just right so that they are getting the food they need. But thanks to an […]

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Delivery robot company Savioke raises $13.4 million to expand into hospitals

Savioke, maker of delivery robot Relay, today announced the closure of a $13.4 million funding round. Its Relay robot has operated in hotels since last year, and the company will use the funding to place the robots into hospitals. “With the new round of funding, we are expanding into the hospital market where Relay can […]

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Stuntronics: Watch this Disney robot do super-flip stunts

The following robot presentation was made by Disney Imagineering – a group making some terrifyingly delightful conceptual works a reality. The project includes a number of animatronics – robots you might see at a theme park – but also high-flying stunt double-like amalgamations of metal and smarts. These creations are called Stuntronics, and they’ve developed […]

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Bossa Nova Robotics raises $29 million for its store inventory robot

Bossa Nova Robotics today announced the closure of a $29 million funding round to bolster its inventory robots for grocery stores and large retailers like Walmart. Bossa Nova robots currently scan shelves three times a day in 50 Walmart stores across California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. Bossa Nova also announced that Flex will act as […]

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New system connects your mind to a machine to help stop mistakes

How do you tell your robot not do something that could be catastrophic? You could give it a verbal or programmatic command or you could have it watch your brain for signs of distress and have it stop itself. That’s what researchers at MIT’s robotics research lab have done with a system that is wired […]

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