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These Robots At A Supermarket Chain Are Different, They Have Googly Eyes

Deploying robots to do things like checking on shelves for stock levels, pricing and detecting misplaced items in supermarket is not new. But still, I think this little guy, called Marty (yes, it has a name!), deserve some mentions because, googly eyes. Marty is one of the hundreds of robots which retail giant, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize USA, put into service at its GIANT/MARTIN’s and Stop & Shop stores across the United States. Continue reading These Robots At A Supermarket Chain Are Different, They Have Googly Eyes

Japan’s Robot-staffed Hotel “Fires” Robots, Employs Humans

Henn-na Hotel, a hotel chain in Japan that lauded as the first hotel in the world to be staffed largely by robots, made waves back in 2015. We caught on with the news back in 2017 when it opened the second robot-staffed hotel. Back then, we thought, this is it. The future is here, but nearly four years on, the robots over at Henn-na Hotel, if they had emotions, they would be feeling rather flabbergasted because, they are being replaced by humans. Continue reading Japan’s Robot-staffed Hotel “Fires” Robots, Employs Humans

Ladies And Gentlemen, This Is The Future Of Toys: Fighting Biped Robots

In Japan and apparently, Taiwan, robots that actually looked like robots and also fight are already a thing. Many Japanese/Taiwanese hobbyists have indulged in this high-tech ‘sports’ of fighting robot for several years and now, thanks to a Taiwanese company, Limitless IQ, the rest of the world can get to enjoy this adrenaline-pumping metal-clashing sport too. Continue reading Ladies And Gentlemen, This Is The Future Of Toys: Fighting Biped Robots

British Supermarket Chain, Waitrose & Partners, IS Trialing Robot Farmers

A British supermarket chain, Waitrose & Partners’ parent company, John Lewis Partnership has teamed up the Small Robot Company to start a three-year trial to use three small farm robots to grow produce. These farmbots, called Tom, Dick, and Harry (we did not made up those names, btw), are part of the study to see how automation can help to increase agricultural efficiency. With the help of an AI system called Wilma, Tom, Dick, and Harry will work round-the-clock on a one-hectare (2.5 acre) wheat field on Lewis’ Leckford Estate where they do things like plant-by-plant map of the topography, weeding, and sowing of seeds. Continue reading British Supermarket Chain, Waitrose & Partners, IS Trialing Robot Farmers

A New Kind Of Propulsion Makes This Finned Robot Highly Amphibious

Biomimicry is not new, but this robotic creature here from Pliant Energy Systems called Velox takes biomimicry to the next level. How so? It is amphibious. TBH, I don’t know what to make of this robot. It does not resemble any creature, but at the same time, it is obvious that it is somehow a hybrid of a crawling animal and a fish of sort. In fact, I thought it looks like a cross between the eerie-looking salamander-like robot and Festo’s eel-like robotic fish. Continue reading A New Kind Of Propulsion Makes This Finned Robot Highly Amphibious

Russia’s Supposed Advanced Robot Turns Out To Be A Man In Robot Suit

Russia is not particularly known for technological advancement, but apparently, one reporter from Russian state TV did not get that memo and got really pumped, praising a robot that appeared at a Russian state-sponsored event. The reporter commented that “(Robot Boris) has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad.” Sure, it was convincing as hell, but there is just one problem here: Boris turned out to be a man in a robot suit.

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Lawson Inc. Testing Out Robot That Serves Up Freshly Fried Chicken

Discerning foodies will rather not eat food dispensed by a machine because of the questionable ‘freshness’. If you belong to the aforementioned category of foodie, then perhaps Lawson Karaage-kun Robot might just change your mind. Might. For the initiated, Karaage is fried chicken in Japanese and so yeah, this machine is a robot that whips out freshly fried chicken. Continue reading Lawson Inc. Testing Out Robot That Serves Up Freshly Fried Chicken

Facial Recognition Robotic Arm: Smile And You Get To Eat

You know what they say about life being a journey, not a destination? Well, apparently, the same applies to eating. Eating is not just about picking up the food and shoving it into your mouth. The process that happens between picking up the food and sending it into the mouth is deemed, ermmm, grossly underappreciated. This is one area Exertion Games Lab at RMIT, Australia, aims to explore with an interesting robotic arm called Arm-A-Dine On-Body Robotic Arms. Continue reading Facial Recognition Robotic Arm: Smile And You Get To Eat

Toilet-Scrubbing Robot: The World Welcomes You!

I do a lot household chores, including the most loathe chore in the history of mankind: toilet scrubbing. However, if a team of researchers over at the University of Koblenz-Landau have their way, this particular chore might be a thing of the past. Yes, that’s right. We are talking about a toilet-scrubbing robot. The Toilet Scrubbing Robot is not perfect yet, but it already proven to be a handy robot and perhaps, the single most important robotic development to date. Continue reading Toilet-Scrubbing Robot: The World Welcomes You!

Here’s the First Look At The New AI Race Car From Roborace

Roborace, the world’s first motorsports competition for human + machine teams, has offered the first look at the new competition vehicle for Season Alpha at the WebSummit conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The new race car, dubbed DevBot 2.0, is somewhat similar to the Robocar in technology, but with the addition of a cockpit to accommodate a human driver. You may remember Robocar from July when it made the first ever fully autonomous hillclimb at Goodwood Festival of Speed, relying only on sensors and artificial intelligence. Continue reading Here’s the First Look At The New AI Race Car From Roborace