Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

The makers of a mopping robot have raised 4,000 per cent more money than they asked for on crowd-funding site Indiegogo

The developers of EveryBot RS700 have raised a total of $25,500 which is currently 4,200 per cent more than they asked for.

Although we’re talking about relatively small numbers, the success of EveryBot is an indication of how popular new robots can be both as a simple product purchase and as an investment.  Continue reading Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

Groove X raises $70 million in funding to develop ‘new generation’ of household robot, named ‘Lovot’

A Japanese company called Groove X has raised an astonishing $70 million to develop and release what it calls the “next generation” of household, or companion, robots. 

The company has named its new creation “Lovot”, which is a combination of the word “love” and “robot”, but has yet to release pictures of the machine. It does, however, provide a glimpse in a video (below).

The founder of Groove X is Kaname Hayashi, a former Toyota engineer and lead developer of Softbank Robotics’ interactive humanoid robot, Pepper.  Continue reading Groove X raises $70 million in funding to develop ‘new generation’ of household robot, named ‘Lovot’

Omnicell launches ‘revolutionary’ new automated pharmacy system

Omnicell, a provider of medication automation solutions, has launched the latest version of its pharmacy automation machine.

The Omnicell XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System, designed with input from leading health system pharmacies, streamlines critical workflows to maximize inventory control, improve operational efficiency, and increase medication safety.

The system utilizes robotic technology to eliminate numerous manual tasks, freeing up time for more value-added work, says the company.  Continue reading Omnicell launches ‘revolutionary’ new automated pharmacy system

Toyota launches tiny humanoid robot that fits into the palm of your hand

Toyota has launched a tiny robot small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. 

The KiRobo Mini is clearly the company’s way of taking a break from making cars, and is now on sale in Japan.

According to Nikkei, the little robot “can talk, learn, and serve up information on your car and home”.  Continue reading Toyota launches tiny humanoid robot that fits into the palm of your hand

Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Industrial imaging and machine vision company Framos has launched new smart glasses featuring Sony’s organic light-emitting diode micro display.

The company says the wearable is a super-small, thin, light-weight and fast solution for virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

Framos says Oled microdisplays from Sony Semiconductor Solutions are “the state of the art technology” for small video displays.  Continue reading Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Walmart testing autonomous floor scrubber developed by Brain Corporation

One of the world’s largest retail chains, Walmart, which has more than 4,600 stores in the US, is testing autonomous, robotic floor scrubbers in several of its stores, according to QZ.com

The original, conventional vehicle – usually driven by a human – was built by International Cleaning Equipment, but it has been roboticised by Brain Corporation, which specialises in autonomous vehicles for floor care.

Quartz says Walmart is evaluating the robot in five of its stores, with a view to introducing into more of its stores.  Continue reading Walmart testing autonomous floor scrubber developed by Brain Corporation

Time Magazine picks several automation technologies in its top 25 inventions of the year

Time Magazine has chosen several automation technologies in its selection of what it considers the top 25 inventions of 2017. 

Although it doesn’t seem to have listed them in any numerical order, it did place the Jibo home robot at the top.

Jibo is not mobile in the way many home robots are, but its top part moves as it speaks.

Jibo is designed as an interactive companion and helper to families, according to its creator Cynthia Breazeal (main picture), who was interviewed by Spectrum, the IEEE website.

Continue reading Time Magazine picks several automation technologies in its top 25 inventions of the year

Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

A company called Iconics has integrated its human-machine interface with RealWear’s head-mounted industrial wearable which could be described as being like smart glasses (main picture).

Iconics is a software developer which provides a range of HMI and supervisory control and data acquisition solutions, as well as data analytics and energy management.

Iconics says it provides web-enabled OPC UA and BACnet certified visualization, analytics, and mobile solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial or building automation applications.  Continue reading Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

Toyota unveils its third-generation humanoid robot T-HR3

Company says new robot is enabled through advanced torque servo module and master maneuvering system

Toyota has revealed the third generation of its humanoid robot, the T-HR3, designed and developed by its Partner Robot business unit. 

The company’s aim seems to be to market the robot for use in the home, perhaps for elderly care or companionship, but says it can also be applied in industrial sectors such as healthcare, construction and disaster recovery. (See video below.)

Toyota says its latest robotics platform will explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings, and it features a new remote maneuvering system that mirrors user movements to the robot.

Toyota says the T-HR3 reflects the company’s broad-based exploration of how advanced technologies can help to meet people’s unique mobility needs.  Continue reading Toyota unveils its third-generation humanoid robot T-HR3

HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform

HMS Industrial has demonstrated a range of human-machine interfaces on the Vuzix smart glasses platform.

Vuzix is a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets.

HMS is provider of industrial networking and remote management solutions.  Continue reading HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform

STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics and robotics company Asratec have partnered to develop and demonstrate a humanoid robot at a recent industry event in Japan. 

The companies say the development is in recognition of the observation that the internet of things is becoming a part of people’s lives.

This means that network-connected embedded systems – such as robots – “are growing more important than ever”.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Humanoid robot market to grow to $4 billion in five years

The market for humanoid robots is forecast to grow to $4 billion in about five years, according to a new report by ReportsnReports

The researcher values the current market at approximately $320 million in 2017. So that would mean annual growth of more than 50 per cent.

Humanoids include such robots as Pepper and Nao, which are owned by SoftBank Robotics, as well as Emiew, produced by Hitachi, and Honda’s famous Asimo, although that one is more of an exhibition robot.

The others, like Nao and Pepper, for example, are already finding many buyers. SoftBank says it has sold 10,000 units of Nao, and it releases batches of 1,000 at a time of the Pepper robot, and it sells out online within minutes.  Continue reading Humanoid robot market to grow to $4 billion in five years

Siasun launches personal assistance robot for elderly

Chinese company Siasun Robot and Automation has launched a new personal assistance robot for the elderly, according to a report on the China Daily website. 

Siasun, which claims to be China’s largest robotics and automation company, mostly manufactures machinery used in industrial settings.

But the company clearly believes the market for assistive robots is set to grow and plans to produce 2,000 service robots this year.  Continue reading Siasun launches personal assistance robot for elderly

Dr Robot: Robotics and automation in the medical sector

Robotics in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector has a relatively long history, having started with a robot called the Puma 560 in 1985, according to All About Robotic Surgery.

Now, however, a number of robotic and automation systems have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for operation in healthcare environments, and the market is probably set to grow exponentially in the next few years as they become fully commercialised.

While robotic surgery systems such as Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci may be the most photogenic of the systems, gaining a lot of publicity in recent years, there are numerous other systems being developed, with some already being used in healthcare.  Continue reading Dr Robot: Robotics and automation in the medical sector

Konica Minolta steps up its activities in robotics

Konica Minolta, the Japanese tech giant best known for office equipment, looks to be increasing its activities in the robotics sector. 

Konica claims to be one of the first companies to commercialise automated solutions for business, and also says it’s been making “ground-breaking strides” within robotics through proprietary technology.

But it doesn’t seem to have launched a robot of its own. Rather, what it has done is partnered with a range of companies which are developing robotics solutions for a wide variety of settings.  Continue reading Konica Minolta steps up its activities in robotics