has chosen several automation technologies in its selection of what it considers the top 25 inventions of 2017. Time Magazine
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
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Chinese company Siasun Robot and Automation has launched a new personal assistance robot for the elderly, according to a report on the website. China Daily
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.
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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.
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Exclusive interview with Dong Li, research engineer at Hitachi R&D Europe, about the company’s new humanoid robot, Emiew
At street level, the Barbican area of London, England has the strange quality of looking like a small underground city. But it’s actually not.
True, it has an Underground railway station, but the rest of the commercial and cultural district – with its museums and office blocks – is mostly above ground.
It may be because the buildings are so imposing that they overshadow the often narrow streets and block out the sun in some places. The bridges overhead connecting one set of buildings to another, or one side of the road to the other, and the tunnels that go underneath the building complexes themselves, exacerbate the feeling of being underground.
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South Korean robotics and automation company Yujin Robot has been awarded a patent relating to technology that enables mobile robots to pinpoint the locations and positions.
Awareness of its own precise location within an environment and the location of other objects close by is obviously a crucial requirement of a mobile robot.
Yujin says the new technology in the patent “has the effect of reducing the position error caused by tilting or sliding of mobile robots, and enables stable position recognition”.
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Telit, a provider of internet of things technologies, is supplying appliance maker Husqvarna with a wireless sensor device for its city robotic mower pilot program.
The sensor was co-developed by Telit and
Wireless System Integration, a Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems.
The sensor will be used by Husqvarna mowers to collect data about the environment, the quality of air, water, and levels of light and sound, while maintaining the cities’ green spaces.
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US telecommunications company Sprint is employing Pepper, the humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, for customer relations.
SoftBank Robotics America and Sprint to will initially place Pepper in locations where it will interact with Sprint business clients and retail customers.
Pepper is said to be the first humanoid marketing platform that could help businesses and consumers embrace the power of robotics and artificial intelligence.
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Midea, the Chinese company which acquired industrial robotics and automation systems supplier Kuka, is planning to launch robot bartenders and design factories where no humans are needed.
Neither one of the ideas is new, since most visitors to robotics industry events may have seen at least one robotic arm pouring and serving up a drink, and fully automated factories have been much discussed for some time.
However, Midea is thought to be the world’s largest appliance maker, producing a wide range of washing machines, fridge-freezers and other gadgets for the home.
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SoftBank Robotics and Zora Bots have signed what they describe as “a major partnership” aimed at reaching a wider audience for the humanoid robot Nao.
Zora Bots, which has already deployed its software designed for robots in the health sector, is now the world’s leading distributor of Nao and is poised to expand its solution in many areas including retail, hospitality, education and personal services.
This strategic rapprochement in the international arena will bring humanoid robotics into a new dimension and make Nao available to a wider audience.
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A mobile robot called Tally has got a job at Schnucks grocery stores, where it will wander round the aisles and make mental notes of what products are running low on stock and checking prices.
Simbe Robotics, Tally is said to perform the tasks humans might find boring and time-consuming. It can do this while customers are shopping or after the stores close.
Simbe claims Tally is the “world’s first fully autonomous robotic shelf auditing and analytics solution for the retail industry”, and suggests the technology could save some of the $450 billion retailers lose annually through inefficiencies which Tally can help resolve.
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A burger-flipping robot developed by Cali Group and Miso Robotics has received $3.1 million in financing from strategic investors including Acacia Research and Match Robotics.
Miso was co-founded and funded by Cali Group, which owns the Caliburger chain of fast food restaurants across the US. The company is currently specialising in automation for the catering industry.
The burger-flipping robot has been named “Flippy”, appropriately enough, and was the first robotic product developed by Miso, and the company has since developed numerous automation applications for the robot, including preparation, grilling, frying, and so on.
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The LG Airport Guide Robot
South Korea’s largest airport – Incheon International Airport, in Seoul – has given jobs to a number of robots made by LG Electronics.
The mobile machines are designed to enable travellers to scan their tickets to get flight information and they can escort them to the flight gates.
Alternatively it can just provide directions to locations within the airport, complete with walking distances and times, or information about the traveller’s eventual destination, such as weather and other details.
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Toyota has been demonstrating what it calls its “Human Support Robot”, a type of robot which looks likely to take over millions of homes all over the world in the next few years.
The market for this type of so-called personal assistance robot is forecast to grow very quickly over the next few years because of advances in the technology.
According to analysts at
ResearchAndMarkets.com, the personal robotics market will grow by almost 40 per cent within the next five years to a total size of $34 billion. Continue reading Toyota demonstrates ‘human service robot’ of a type that may take over a lot of homes
Charles Deguire, president and co-founder of Kinova Robotics, explained the benefits of robotics in the health sector before the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
The Committee invited Deguire to testify as senators study the role of automation in the health care system, particularly robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, in direct and indirect care to patients and home care.
Charles Deguire, CEO of Kinova, said: “It is clear to us that the future of medicine depends on robotics and its great ability to empower humanity. People cannot imagine how many technological advances in medical robotics have been made in recent years.
“The scalpel and the hand have not changed in the past 100 years, it’s time for medicine to evolve. Kinova is actively working with surgeons to develop better tools for them and their patients.”
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Man walks into a coffee bar and says, “Waiter, coffee, black, no sugar.”
How anyone can drink coffee without milk, cream or sugar is beyond our understanding of human taste buds, but anyway…
A robot barista would not be making such judgments, and would serve up the coffee just as the man who walked into the bar had ordered it.
It might take a few years, but sooner or later, you will be served some drink or food somewhere by a robot.
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