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Robots to help children with autism

Robots to help children with autism

Jun 29, 2017 United Kingdom
The Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) project will design robots that can operate autonomously and help the therapist to improve the child's social interaction skills, such as turn-taking, imitation and joint attention.
When kids talk to robots: Enhancing engagement and learning

When kids talk to robots: Enhancing engagement and learning

Jun 28, 2017 United States
Conversational robots and virtual characters can enhance learning and expand entertainment options for children, a trio of studies shows, though exactly how these autonomous agents interact with children sometimes depends on a child's age.
Moisture-responsive 'robots' crawl with no external power source

Moisture-responsive 'robots' crawl with no external power source

Jun 27, 2017 United States
Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power.
BMW Group's Dingolfing plant has a new, highly responsive assistant

BMW Group's Dingolfing plant has a new, highly responsive assistant

Jun 26, 2017 Germany
An LBR iiwa lightweight robot from KUKA primarily takes over monotonous and physically demanding tasks.
Amazon Foods

Amazon Foods

Jun 23, 2017
In the wake of the announcement by Amazon last week that it was to acquire Whole Foods in a $13.7 Billion deal that surprised many Dr Harry Zervos looks at what the long term plans for the retailers may be.
Deep learning technique for trial and error robot skills

Deep learning technique for trial and error robot skills

Jun 23, 2017 United States
Researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
Funding to develop robotic pilot for autonomous aircraft

Funding to develop robotic pilot for autonomous aircraft

Jun 22, 2017 United States
A drop-in robotic system to rapidly convert a variety of traditionally manned aircraft to robotically piloted, autonomous aircraft.
Kar-Go autonomously delivers packages to your door

Kar-Go autonomously delivers packages to your door

Jun 21, 2017
Using a combination of advanced robotics and driver-less vehicle technology, Kar-Go removes up to 90% of the cost associated with the last mile of delivery.
Robot uses deep learning and big data to write and play its own music

Robot uses deep learning and big data to write and play its own music

Jun 20, 2017 United States
A marimba-playing robot with four arms and eight sticks is writing and playing its own compositions in a lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The pieces are generated using artificial intelligence and deep learning.
Teaching robots manners

Teaching robots manners

Jun 19, 2017 United States
Advances in artificial intelligence are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these "smart" machines to be considered safe and trustworthy collaborators with human partners, however, robots must be able to quickly assess a given situation and apply human social norms.
From drinking straws to robots

From drinking straws to robots

Jun 16, 2017 United States
Inspired by arthropod insects and spiders researchers have created a type of semi-soft robot capable of standing and walking.
Amazon Robotics facility opening in Colorado

Amazon Robotics facility opening in Colorado

Jun 15, 2017 United States
Amazon.com Inc has announced plans to open its second Colorado fulfillment center in Thornton, which will be the first Amazon Robotics facility in the Centennial State
Sewbots brings manufacturing closer to home

Sewbots brings manufacturing closer to home

Jun 14, 2017 United States
The company's patented computer vision systems view fabric more accurately than the human eye, tracking exact needle placement to within half a millimeter of accuracy.