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NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Disaster is an inevitable part of life. While we can’t stop it from striking, we can, however, be prepared so that when it does strike, we have what it takes to salvage the situation and save lives. Thanks to technological advancement in the robotic development, more lives can be saved while ensuring that rescuers will be safe themselves. However, the many concepts in the works have been individual developments so far. In other words, the individual developments that cover aerial and terrestrial operations have never come together to demonstrate what they can do together to become an effective force in a search and rescue operation. Continue reading NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

There was a lot going for Sony at this year’s CES which concluded last week. Among the gizmos Sony brought along with it to Vegas were a drool worthy, tech-loaded 4K HDR TV, an Ultra Short Throw projector/entertainment console, and the “world’s first” Dolby Atmos soundbar – just to pick out a few. Also debuted outside of Japan was the company’s new Aibo robot dog, along with another “world’s first,” a Dolby Vision-capable 4K UHD Blu-ray player, a 7.2ch Dolby Atmos 4K HDR AV receiver, as well as a new Camera Control Box to enable multi-camera setup for Sony RX0 action cam. Instead of burdening you with words, here are some images, courtesy of Sony, to recap what the Japanese electronic giant has to offer at this year, at Las Vegas. So here goes… Continue reading Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

Robots are set to replace many tasks now carried out by humans. In fact, it already did in some industry, more notably, the auto industry and they have already taken the jobs of flipping burgers, checking stocks at supermarket, security patrol (and committing suicide?), harvesting and whatnot, and now, even strip dancing? Or to be more precise, pole dancing to entertainment men and women. These hip-gyrating pole dancing robots are not the newest news, but they made news again simply because they were the spot light at the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas during CES. Yup. CES. How fitting, isn’t it? And they duo even have names. Continue reading Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

China’s Geneinno To Bring Poseidon I And New Underwater Drones To CES

China-based underwater drone maker, Geneinno, has been around for quite a while, but it is only this year, the team is taking its unmanned underwater vehicle, or UUV, to the world’s biggest electronic show, CES in Vegas. The company will be showcasing the Poseidon I underwater drone to establish its presence. Powered by three thrusters, the Poseidon I gets an 1/2.9-inch CMOS sensor with 120-degree lens, capable of FHD videoing in H.264/Flv format and captures still in JPEG format onto a 32 GB micro SD card. The camera is flanked by two (though I see four?) 600 lumens LED lights, but it is not clear if the camera and the lights are remotely tilt-able. Continue reading China’s Geneinno To Bring Poseidon I And New Underwater Drones To CES

In Future, Even Sporting Coaches’ Job May Not Be Safe From Robots’ Take Over

Sci-fi movies and novels have almost describe a future where robots replacing humans in a variety of jobs, if not taking over the world entirely. Some people people are skeptical that will actually happen, arguing that there are some jobs that no robots can do. But is it, really? Because a Japanese company, OMRON Corporation, has developed a robot that can effectively coach someone tablet tennis, AKA ping pong, which earned it the Guinness World Records title of the First robot Table Tennis tutor. So, sport coaches, your jobs aren’t very safe either. Continue reading In Future, Even Sporting Coaches’ Job May Not Be Safe From Robots’ Take Over

Meet Somnox, The World’s First Sleep Robot That Wants You To Hug To Sleep

We have robots for almost everything. We have robots to check stocks on shelves, hilarious robot that feeds you soup, robot you can pet like a cat, robot that dry and iron your clothes – just to name a few. And now, you can add sleep robot to the growing list. Meet Somnox, the world’s first sleep robot designed to help you to fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and wake up naturally. Buried inside the cashew nut-shaped pillow made by Royal Auping, one of Europe’s largest mattress maker, is a sophisticated technology that will sooth you to sleep through non-invasive features like breathing regulation, calming audio and affection. Continue reading Meet Somnox, The World’s First Sleep Robot That Wants You To Hug To Sleep

Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

Remember ATLAS? The bipedal robot from Boston Dynamics that exhibited incredible bipedal mobility? Well, it has learned new skills since. In addition to picking up things, resisting push over, and getting back up when it happens to fall over, it now adds the ability to jump on to boxes of variety of heights, jumping from box-to-box and even pull of a back flip. Yup. Back flip. A somewhat common stun that some humans (namely, myself) can’t even pull off. And in case you are wondering, ATLAS did the latter with better balance than some humans and it pulled it off completely untethered. Needless to say, it is no doubt an exciting development, but it is also eery at the same time. Continue reading Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

Here Are Some New Gadgets From Xiaomi For This Holiday Season

When it comes to the holiday season, no businesses and manufacturers will want to miss on the opportunity bank on the holiday season shopping craze. This is true everywhere that celebrates Christmas and that obviously includes the U.S. As it turns out, not only China giants like Haier, Hisense and TCL understands this; Xiaomi, the one of the world’s largest phone makers, is not going to miss out this once-a-year golden opportunity outside of their home base. For the uninitiated, Xiaomi is not just about handsets you can’t get in the U.S. you hear so often; it also makes a gazillion of other products, including educational toys, home appliances, and a bunch of other electronics. Continue reading Here Are Some New Gadgets From Xiaomi For This Holiday Season

We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

Remember the now Softbank-owned Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini? The nightmare-inducing robotic dog designed for home and office environments? Of course you do. Who can forget that creepy thing, right? Well, apparently, it has got an update and we are glad to say that the new SpotMini is now a lot less creepy than when we first saw it. For starter, it appears to be ‘clothed’ in some sort of fairings in bright yellow which makes it look less apocalyptic than the previous iteration and the rest of its siblings. As the teaser video suggests, it is now without the creepy extendable head that would allow this abomination to do chores other than happily hopping around. Continue reading We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

When it comes to biomimicry, EPFL, or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is no stranger, but the Zebrafish robot you see here took the institute’s biomimicry technology to a new level of small because, Zebrafish. Granted, at 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) long, this bares-it-all tiny robotic fish is a tad larger than an actual aquatic creature of this species and obviously, look vastly different with its transparent enclosure that pretty much show off its electronics, it managed to assimilate into the school. The researchers not only wanted to develop a robot that will eventually influence the behavior of the organic counterparts, but also capable of adapting its own behavior by picking up communication skills (yes, really) and mimics the real fishes’ movements. Continue reading EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish