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Home robot with personality

Home robot with personality

Aug 15, 2018 United States
Vector is Anki's first home robot with personality. Fully autonomous, cloud-connected, and always-on, Vector represents a major leap for consumer robotics by bringing accessibly-priced, life-like robots to millions of homes.
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IDTechEx TVSoft multifunctional robots get really small

Soft multifunctional robots get really small

Aug 14, 2018 United States
Robots could be safely deployed in difficult-to-access environments, such as in delicate surgical procedures in the human body.
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Ultra sensitive skin for robots

Ultra sensitive skin for robots

Aug 13, 2018 United States
A smart skin that will give robots more sensitive tactile feeling than humans. The smart skin technology allows the robots to sense temperature changes and surface variations, which would allow a person alongside the robot to be safer or react accordingly.
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Field testing harvesting robots

Field testing harvesting robots

Aug 10, 2018 United Kingdom
University of Plymouth spinout Fieldwork Robotics has signed an agreement with a leading UK soft-fruit grower to expand development of its harvesting robots.
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Robotic lawnmowers and child safety

Robotic lawnmowers and child safety

Aug 9, 2018 Germany
Robotic lawn mowers are great for cutting the grass, but they do pose a risk of injury to children playing nearby. Highly advanced sensors developed by researchers ensure that the lawn mower shuts down when children are in close proximity.
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Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

Aug 8, 2018 Japan
The conversational robot has received considerable attention in the recent research. However, research to date has not sufficiently explored the robot's "sense of conversing", the robot's "existence" and its "sociability".
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IDTechEx TVCollision-free swimming with ultrasound

Collision-free swimming with ultrasound

Aug 7, 2018 United States
The BionicFinWave takes advantage of these properties: the underwater robot swims collision-free through a pipe system made of acrylic glass thanks to ultrasound sensors.
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Are you a start-up or research company? Explore the IDTechEx Launchpad

Are you a start-up or research company? Explore the IDTechEx Launchpad

Aug 6, 2018
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles, energy storage, graphene, internet of things, printed electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
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A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Aug 6, 2018 United States
Researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force.
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Controlling drones via voice channels

Controlling drones via voice channels

Aug 3, 2018 Germany
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
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Gentle robotic hand for sea life

Gentle robotic hand for sea life

Aug 2, 2018 United States
The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on Earth, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be described. However, many of those organisms are soft-bodied - like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses - and are difficult to capture for study with existing underwater tools, which all too frequently damage or destroy them. Now, a new device safely traps delicate sea creatures inside a folding polyhedral enclosure and…
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The Centauro: A new disaster response robot

The Centauro: A new disaster response robot

Aug 1, 2018 Italy
Researchers have completed the realization, assembly and testing of a new disaster response robot: the Centauro, a Centaur-like robot consisting of a four-legged base and an anthropomorphic upper body. The robot is capable of performing robust locomotion, high strength manipulation and harsh interactions that may be necessary during the execution of disaster relief tasks.
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AI predicts personality through eye tracking

AI predicts personality through eye tracking

Aug 1, 2018 Australia
It's often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, revealing what we think and how we feel. Now, new research reveals that your eyes may also be an indicator of your personality type, simply by the way they move.
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Seafaring robots break new ground

Seafaring robots break new ground

Jul 31, 2018 Australia
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have broken new ground while trialling aerial and underwater robots at sea, which would allow greater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Cell-sized robots

Cell-sized robots

Jul 30, 2018 United States
Researchers have created what may be the smallest robots yet that can sense their environment, store data, and even carry out computational tasks. These devices, which are about the size of a human egg cell, consist of tiny electronic circuits made of two-dimensional materials, piggybacking on minuscule particles called colloids.
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AI equipped robots develop situational awareness

AI equipped robots develop situational awareness

Jul 26, 2018 United States
Waves, winds, currents, wakes from passing boats and eddies swirling around structures make water one of the most complex environments for experienced boat captains, let alone robots.
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Microrobotics for disaster recovery and high-risk environments

Microrobotics for disaster recovery and high-risk environments

Jul 25, 2018 United States
Partnering rescue personnel with robots to evaluate high-risk scenarios and environments can help increase the likelihood of successful search and recovery efforts, or other critical tasks while minimizing the threat to human teams.
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Autonomous tractors easing the farmer's burden

Autonomous tractors easing the farmer's burden

Jul 24, 2018 Japan
The new autonomous driving "Robot Tractors" are designed to greatly enhance farm management efficiency, while realizing significant labor-savings.
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IDTechEx TVRolls Royce swarm robots to inspect engines

Rolls Royce swarm robots to inspect engines

Jul 23, 2018 United States
An exciting vision of how robotics could be used to revolutionise the future of engine maintenance.
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Remotely piloted aircraft completes transatlantic mission

Remotely piloted aircraft completes transatlantic mission

Jul 20, 2018 United Kingdom
A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force, Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight.
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Robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers

Robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers

Jul 19, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in environments while carrying out actions a human would expect of the robot in a given situation.