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Robotics Research
Dec 31, 2019
Volkswagen Lets its Charging Robots Loose

Volkswagen Lets its Charging Robots Loose

Volkswagen provides a glimpse into the future in which the search for charging stations for electric cars comes to an end. Volkswagen Group Components' mobile charging robot takes over this task - and drives to the electric car completely autonomously.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Surgical robots - An introduction

Surgical robots - An introduction

Surgical robots are robotic systems designed to execute surgical procedures. These systems are not designed to replace surgeons, but rather to collaborate with them in order to enhance their capabilities.
Robotics Research
Dec 26, 2019
Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil.
Robotics Research
Dec 24, 2019
British Airways Trials Airport Robots

British Airways Trials Airport Robots

In the latest stage of British Airways' investment in airport automation, the airline has announced that from 2020 it will trial AI-powered autonomous robots at its home at Heathrow Terminal 5 to help some of the 90,000 customers who travel through the terminal each day navigate through the airport, freeing up the airlines' hosts to help customers with more complex queries.
Robotics Research
Dec 23, 2019
Hot Dog Making Robot

Hot Dog Making Robot

In a step forward, a team of researchers has developed a new approach to teaching a robot, or a team of robots, a high-risk, complex task—a framework that could be applied to a host of tasks. In a paper published in Science Robotics, the team demonstrated this framework with a proof-of-concept task by teaching two robots to cook, assemble and serve hot dogs together.
Robotics Research
Dec 23, 2019
Sidewalk Last Mile Delivery Robots: a Billion-Dollar-Market by 2030?

Sidewalk Last Mile Delivery Robots: a Billion-Dollar-Market by 2030?

Last mile delivery is the most expensive part of the delivery chain, often representing more than 50% of the overall cost. This is mainly because it is the least productive and automated step. As such, many are seeking to bring automation into the last mile.
Robotics Research
Dec 20, 2019
Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Students have developed a smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets. NASA partners recently conducted successful testing of the glove at the Haughton Mars Project research station.
Robotics Research
Dec 20, 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019

Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019

Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
Robotics Research
Dec 19, 2019
A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter

A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter

Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move.
Robotics Research
Dec 18, 2019
Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there's not much that can currently be done to fix them.
Robotics Research
Dec 17, 2019
Stretchy, Squeezy Soft Sensors One Step Closer

Stretchy, Squeezy Soft Sensors One Step Closer

Stretchy and squeezy soft sensors that can fit around body parts or squeezed in hands could be used for applications including sports and rehabilitation after injury or stroke. For example, soft electrical force sensors in the form for a squeeze ball could monitor the rehabilitation of patients with hand injuries or neurological disorders.
Robotics Research
Dec 16, 2019
Non-Chemical Weed Zapping With Rootwave

Non-Chemical Weed Zapping With Rootwave

Small Robot Company announced the world's first non-chemical precision robotic weeding for cereal crops. Using electricity and artificial intelligence, the 'Dick' robot will zap individual weeds using commercially-proven RootWave weed zapping technology. Early field trials are due to commence in 2020.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
Recent High Valuation in Autonomous Mobile Robots in Warehouses

Recent High Valuation in Autonomous Mobile Robots in Warehouses

The trend of investment in and acquisition of mobile robotic companies seeking to automate the movement of goods within warehouses, fulfilment centres, and manufacturing facilities is still rising.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
How Close are we to Autonomous Cars?

How Close are we to Autonomous Cars?

In the past decade, progress continues in the development and deployment of autonomous driving technologies. IDTechEx forecasts that autonomous car and mobitliy services will become a $2.5 trillion market by 2040.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
Nuro and Walmart Have Teamed Up on Autonomous Grocery Delivery

Nuro and Walmart Have Teamed Up on Autonomous Grocery Delivery

Walmart, moves products to 200 million customers across more than 11,000 stores worldwide. Nuro feels honored to act as an extension of this modern supply chain, partnering with the world's largest company by revenue and largest private employer.
Robotics Research
Dec 12, 2019
Underwater Robotic Gliders to Measure Ocean Sound Levels

Underwater Robotic Gliders to Measure Ocean Sound Levels

At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea.
Robotics Research
Dec 11, 2019
Spying on Hippos With Drones to Help Conservation Efforts

Spying on Hippos With Drones to Help Conservation Efforts

A new study has shown that using a drone to film hippos in Africa is an effective, affordable tool for conservationists to monitor the threatened species' population from a safe distance, particularly in remote and aquatic areas.
Robotics Research
Dec 10, 2019
Who Makes Better Decisions:  Humans or Robots

Who Makes Better Decisions: Humans or Robots

In cities, we depend on apps such as Waze and Google Maps to help us discover new places. At home, we use these apps to beat the rush-hour traffic and find the quickest routes to school, work, and other places we regularly frequent. But sometimes, we doubt a suggested turn; we question a re-route; we suspect an arrival-time estimate.
Robotics Research
Dec 9, 2019
A $250Bn Revolution: Mobile Robots and Autonomous Vehicles in Delivery

A $250Bn Revolution: Mobile Robots and Autonomous Vehicles in Delivery

Automation in the delivery/logistic and warehousing/fulfilment chain is a growing market. A particularly exciting subset of this is the use of mobile robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles for automation of movement-based tasks.
Robotics Research
Dec 9, 2019
A Cafe Staffed by Robots

A Cafe Staffed by Robots

SoftBank Robotics recently revealed its Pepper Parlor Cafe, staffed with robots. At Pepper PARLOR, a variety of robots work alongside humans.
Robotics Research
Dec 31, 2019
Volkswagen Lets its Charging Robots Loose

Volkswagen Lets its Charging Robots Loose

Volkswagen provides a glimpse into the future in which the search for charging stations for electric cars comes to an end. Volkswagen Group Components' mobile charging robot takes over this task - and drives to the electric car completely autonomously.
Robotics Research
Dec 26, 2019
Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil.
Robotics Research
Dec 23, 2019
Hot Dog Making Robot

Hot Dog Making Robot

In a step forward, a team of researchers has developed a new approach to teaching a robot, or a team of robots, a high-risk, complex task—a framework that could be applied to a host of tasks. In a paper published in Science Robotics, the team demonstrated this framework with a proof-of-concept task by teaching two robots to cook, assemble and serve hot dogs together.
Robotics Research
Dec 20, 2019
Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Students have developed a smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets. NASA partners recently conducted successful testing of the glove at the Haughton Mars Project research station.
Robotics Research
Dec 19, 2019
A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter

A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter

Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move.
Robotics Research
Dec 17, 2019
Stretchy, Squeezy Soft Sensors One Step Closer

Stretchy, Squeezy Soft Sensors One Step Closer

Stretchy and squeezy soft sensors that can fit around body parts or squeezed in hands could be used for applications including sports and rehabilitation after injury or stroke. For example, soft electrical force sensors in the form for a squeeze ball could monitor the rehabilitation of patients with hand injuries or neurological disorders.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
Recent High Valuation in Autonomous Mobile Robots in Warehouses

Recent High Valuation in Autonomous Mobile Robots in Warehouses

The trend of investment in and acquisition of mobile robotic companies seeking to automate the movement of goods within warehouses, fulfilment centres, and manufacturing facilities is still rising.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
Nuro and Walmart Have Teamed Up on Autonomous Grocery Delivery

Nuro and Walmart Have Teamed Up on Autonomous Grocery Delivery

Walmart, moves products to 200 million customers across more than 11,000 stores worldwide. Nuro feels honored to act as an extension of this modern supply chain, partnering with the world's largest company by revenue and largest private employer.
Robotics Research
Dec 11, 2019
Spying on Hippos With Drones to Help Conservation Efforts

Spying on Hippos With Drones to Help Conservation Efforts

A new study has shown that using a drone to film hippos in Africa is an effective, affordable tool for conservationists to monitor the threatened species' population from a safe distance, particularly in remote and aquatic areas.
Robotics Research
Dec 9, 2019
A $250Bn Revolution: Mobile Robots and Autonomous Vehicles in Delivery

A $250Bn Revolution: Mobile Robots and Autonomous Vehicles in Delivery

Automation in the delivery/logistic and warehousing/fulfilment chain is a growing market. A particularly exciting subset of this is the use of mobile robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles for automation of movement-based tasks.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Surgical robots - An introduction

Surgical robots - An introduction

Surgical robots are robotic systems designed to execute surgical procedures. These systems are not designed to replace surgeons, but rather to collaborate with them in order to enhance their capabilities.
Robotics Research
Dec 24, 2019
British Airways Trials Airport Robots

British Airways Trials Airport Robots

In the latest stage of British Airways' investment in airport automation, the airline has announced that from 2020 it will trial AI-powered autonomous robots at its home at Heathrow Terminal 5 to help some of the 90,000 customers who travel through the terminal each day navigate through the airport, freeing up the airlines' hosts to help customers with more complex queries.
Robotics Research
Dec 23, 2019
Sidewalk Last Mile Delivery Robots: a Billion-Dollar-Market by 2030?

Sidewalk Last Mile Delivery Robots: a Billion-Dollar-Market by 2030?

Last mile delivery is the most expensive part of the delivery chain, often representing more than 50% of the overall cost. This is mainly because it is the least productive and automated step. As such, many are seeking to bring automation into the last mile.
Robotics Research
Dec 20, 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019

Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019

Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
Robotics Research
Dec 18, 2019
Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there's not much that can currently be done to fix them.
Robotics Research
Dec 16, 2019
Non-Chemical Weed Zapping With Rootwave

Non-Chemical Weed Zapping With Rootwave

Small Robot Company announced the world's first non-chemical precision robotic weeding for cereal crops. Using electricity and artificial intelligence, the 'Dick' robot will zap individual weeds using commercially-proven RootWave weed zapping technology. Early field trials are due to commence in 2020.
Robotics Research
Dec 13, 2019
How Close are we to Autonomous Cars?

How Close are we to Autonomous Cars?

In the past decade, progress continues in the development and deployment of autonomous driving technologies. IDTechEx forecasts that autonomous car and mobitliy services will become a $2.5 trillion market by 2040.
Robotics Research
Dec 12, 2019
Underwater Robotic Gliders to Measure Ocean Sound Levels

Underwater Robotic Gliders to Measure Ocean Sound Levels

At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea.
Robotics Research
Dec 10, 2019
Who Makes Better Decisions:  Humans or Robots

Who Makes Better Decisions: Humans or Robots

In cities, we depend on apps such as Waze and Google Maps to help us discover new places. At home, we use these apps to beat the rush-hour traffic and find the quickest routes to school, work, and other places we regularly frequent. But sometimes, we doubt a suggested turn; we question a re-route; we suspect an arrival-time estimate.
Robotics Research
Dec 9, 2019
A Cafe Staffed by Robots

A Cafe Staffed by Robots

SoftBank Robotics recently revealed its Pepper Parlor Cafe, staffed with robots. At Pepper PARLOR, a variety of robots work alongside humans.
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