Tag: Robotics

First-person digger: Stanley Black & Decker’s game controller for excavators

Enlarge / An operator puts an excavator to work with a game-style controller using Stanley’s ROC remote operating system. Stanley Black & Decker reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share this story In a parking lot at an industrial and office park just outside Baltimore, I took a mid-sized excavator for a spin. I […]

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Qualcomm introduces 5G to its automotive lineup, RB3 platform for robotics products

Qualcomm, which dominates the smartphone world, today unveiled new platforms for automotive and robotics products. At MWC Barcelona 19 (formerly known as Mobile World Congress), Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Automotive 4G and Automotive 5G platforms that feature support for C-V2X, a technology that enables vehicles to communicate with one another as […]

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Lenovo leads $10 million investment in robotics startup Vincross

Robotics startup Vincross today announced the close of a $10 million funding round led by Lenovo. The funds will be used to expand the Vincross line of robotics, starting with Mind Kit, a collection of essential parts hobbyists and tinkerers can configure to make versatile robots capable of completing a […]

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AI tunes prosthetic legs to help human wearers walk better, faster

Robotic limbs aren’t a cure-all for amputees. Technicians typically spend hours manually adjusting them until they mesh perfectly with human wearers’ gaits, and hours more teaching those wearers how to walk with them independently, without stumbling. The costs really add up — tuning sessions require visits to clinics. But the […]

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Elementary Robotics raises $3.6 million for intelligent robot assistants

There’s a lot of money in robotics. The industrial machines market is forecast to be worth $41.23 billion by 2020, according to Grand View Research, with startups like GreyOrange and RightHand leading the charge. But they’re not the only game in town. Los Angeles firm Elementary Robotics today announced that it’s raised $3.6 […]

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Impressive robot praised by Russia state television revealed to be a man in a costume

State-owned TV network Russia-24 ran a story about an impressive humanoid robot named Boris that wowed attendees at a youth technology conference. Turns out, Boris the Robot was actually a man inside a commercially-available, high-end robot costume. From The Guardian: A photograph published by MBKh Media, the news agency founded by the Vladimir […]

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Direct from the Uncanny Valley: Affetto, the freaky child android head

This is the new version of Affetto, the robot child head that’s a testbed for synthetic facial expressions. According to the Osaka University researchers who birthed Affeto, their goal is to “offer a path for androids to express greater ranges of emotion, and ultimately have deeper interaction with humans.” From Osaka University: […]

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Prototyping the betentacled, inflatable soft robots of zero gee

The MIT Media Lab’s Spatial Flux Project was created by Carson Smuts and Chrisoula Kapelonis to imagine and prototype soft inflatable robots that would be designed to operate in zero-gee, where there is no up or down and “we do not have to contend with architecture’s greatest arch-nemesis, gravity.” Their work is […]

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Bolt is Sphero’s most advanced educational robot yet, retails for $150

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sphero, the leader in Connected Play, announced today the launch of its latest app-enabled robotic ball, Sphero BOLT. Building upon the company’s suite of products rooted in a commitment to education, Sphero BOLT’s capabilities empower users to dive deeper into the world of STEAM learning. In addition to the robot itself, Sphero BOLT is […]

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NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA? The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. This thing isn’t made […]

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Waymo partners with Phoenix to connect people to public transit

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, is launching a program in Phoenix next month that will focus on delivering people to bus stops and train and light-rail stations. The pilot program announced Tuesday is in partnership with Valley Metro, the Phoenix area’s regional public transportation authority. […]

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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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PSA: Drone flight restrictions are in force in the UK from today

Consumers using drones in the UK have new safety restrictions they must obey from today, with a change to the law prohibiting drones from being flown above 400ft or within 1km of an airport boundary. Anyone caught flouting the new restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an […]

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