Posts Tagged ‘robot’

Toyota launches ‘baby’ robot for companionship

October 3rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

A palm-sized robot that can hold conversations will go on sale in Japan next year, developer Toyota has announced. Kirobo Mini, who was 10cm (4in) high, had been designed to provide companionship, the company said. And it could tailor conversations to include comments about journeys based on data from its owner’s vehicle. It also has […]

Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge

July 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

A robotic arm that combines a suction cup, a “two-fingered” gripper and a 3D depth-sensing camera has won Amazon’s latest warehouse bot competition. Team Delft’s machine triumphed over its rivals at both of the two tasks. One involved selecting products from a container, picking them up and putting them on a shelf. The other was […]

BMW and Intel plan robot car production

July 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

BMW, Intel and computer vision firm Mobileye have signed a deal to develop autonomous vehicles. The three firms will collaborate on the systems needed to make cars that can navigate without any help from a human driver. The vehicles will be capable of driving safely along major roads as well as in suburban and inner […]

Robot Vacuums Aren’t as Convenient as They Seem (or Why I Returned My Roomba)

June 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Robot vacuums sound great. They do the vacuuming for you, saving time and hassle. And they’ve come down in price, too–you can get a decent Roomba for a little over $300. But while plenty of people seem happy with their Roombas, but I decided to return mine. Vacuuming still isn’t fun, but a solid cordless vacuum is more […]

Pepper robot to work in Belgian hospitals

June 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Pepper, the humanoid robot programmed to “understand” human emotions, is to take a new job – as a receptionist in two Belgian hospitals. It will be the robot’s first foray into healthcare after previous deployments in shopping centres, banks and train stations. One hospital plans to deploy more robots over the next 10 years. Some […]

‘Harmful’ robot aims to spark AI debate

June 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

A robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain has been built by roboticist and artist Alexander Reben from the University of Berkeley, California. The basic machine is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can. Mr Reben has nicknamed it “The First Law” after […]

Hello, I am BBCTechbot. How can I help?

April 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Chatbots are on the rise, but what are they and why is everyone talking about (and to) them? Facebook is widely expected to launch an app store for chatbots at its developer conference this week. Meanwhile, Microsoft has described chatbots as the “new apps” with chief executive Satya Nadella saying that they “unlock conversation as […]

Build 2016: Microsoft proposes helper bot boom

March 31st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Microsoft has unveiled a new system of bots that can represent businesses and interact with users via Skype. Social bots are automated programs that can chat to users in a humanlike way. As part of the Build developer conference, Microsoft also revealed updates to digital assistant Cortana, which can interact with bots on the user’s […]

Remarkable Boston Dynamics robot puts up with bullying

February 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Boston Dynamics – the robotics firm owned by Google – has created a humanoid that is able to withstand all manner of bullying and still achieve its task. Researchers push, kick and tease the remarkable new Atlas robot, which is an upgrade of models we’ve seen from the firm previously. Despite the distractions, Atlas continues […]

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