Aromyx and Rewired partner to give robots a sense of smell

Aromyx is partnering with Rewired to develop technologies that will enable robots to smell things around them just like the average human can. 

Aromyx makes something called the EssenceChip, which it describes as “the digital platform for measuring taste and scent”.

The company has agreed a strategic partnership with Rewired, the robotics-focused venture studio and fund based in London and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Aromyx and Rewired say they will work together to explore novel applications of taste and smell for smart robots.  Continue reading Aromyx and Rewired partner to give robots a sense of smell

PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

A startup company called PerceptIn has raised a total of $11 million in funding, and has launched a new robotics vision system. 

The funding came from Samsung Ventures, among others.

The vision system is called Ironsides, and PerceptIn claims it to be “the first full robotics vision system to combine both hardware and software for real-time tracking, mapping, and path planning for autonomous robots”.  Continue reading PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

As many people – including us – have said many times, Boston Dynamics makes the scariest robots in the world (see video below). 

Not only do they look terrifying, they move in such a realistic way that you wonder if the makers have done something horrible to achieve such life-like motion.

Like transplanting an actual human brain into the humanoids or a dog’s brain into the canines to achieve such expert movement skills.  Continue reading Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

As well as being a globally well-known automaker, Honda is the maker of what is probably the most recognizable humanoid robot in the world – the famous Asimo – it’s the one that looks like an astronaut and runs in a funny way. 

But the company hasn’t really made many headlines in recent times for its ongoing work in robotics. Now it’s in the spotlight again.

Honda Robotics is preparing to unveil what it calls its “3E – Empower, Experience, Empathy – Robotics Concept at CES 2018, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, US, from January 9th to 12th. (See video below.) Continue reading Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

Alien robot from Forbidden Planet walks off with $5.4 million in New York. No word of a lie

The alien robot which starred in the classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet has just walked off with $5.375 million in New York. 

Robby the Robot was last seen celebrating his film’s winning of an Academy Award for special effects.

Now, the allegedly lovable robot has conspired with New York auctioneer Bonhams to nab $5.4 million.  Continue reading Alien robot from Forbidden Planet walks off with $5.4 million in New York. No word of a lie

Omron says its table tennis-playing robot is first of its kind in the world

Omron has made further advancements in its table tennis robot, Forpheus, which the company continues to develop further each year to showcase in an easy-to-understand manner the evolution of its “Sensing & Control + Think” technology and the human-machine harmony that it targets with this. 

Omron says it has now pushed the evolution of Forpheus into becoming a robot with which beginners through to advanced players can enjoy table tennis rallies, adding serve functionality and smash-handling functionality.

Most notably, with two onboard robots at work, Forpheus becomes now the world’s first robot to have the ability to toss the ball and hit a serve.  Continue reading Omron says its table tennis-playing robot is first of its kind in the world

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

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

Robots and artificial intelligence are coming soon to your work, home, and cars

Article contributed by John Hawthorne, Industrial Quick Search Directory

We are becoming more accustomed to jaw-dropping video game technology, Amazon’s Alexa speakers, and nifty Android and iOS apps that seem to let us do just about anything.

While commercial technology continues to make leaps and bounds each year, what role does artificial intelligence play in all this, and how will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

The following is an overview of several way that AI and robots are helping us through algorithms and physical functioning at work, in our homes, and in the way we move around.   Continue reading Robots and artificial intelligence are coming soon to your work, home, and cars

Commercial and industrial robotics market to see ‘rapid growth’ over the next eight years, says report

The commercial and industrial robotics market is expected to see rapid growth over the next eight years, according to the latest forecasts from ABI Research.

Different research companies segment the robotics and automation industry in different ways, so it’s up to readers to decide how to piece together the various reports to build up a complete picture.

But according to ABI Research, what it calls the “commercial and industrial robotics market” will see revenues increase from $15 million in 2017 to over $48 million in 2025.  Continue reading Commercial and industrial robotics market to see ‘rapid growth’ over the next eight years, says report

ST Engineering looks to Aethon robots to lead it to bigger markets

ST Engineering, the Singaporean company which bought Aethon recently, says it is looking to grow its robotics division. 

The company’s chief executive, Vincent Chong, says ST Engineering is hoping Aethon can help it pass through the 100-million-dollar barrier – Singaporean dollars that is, which equates to about $73 million in US currency.

As quoted on Nikkei, Chong says: “We want it [Aethon] to be a material business [with a revenue of] over 100 million Singapore dollars. How fast we get there, we don’t know yet.”  Continue reading ST Engineering looks to Aethon robots to lead it to bigger markets

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

Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back from wherever it’s been for the past 12 years – but is it the same dog?

Sony’s Aibo robotic pet dog made a lot of headlines when it was first launch more than a decade ago, but for some reason, the company stopped making the toy. 

Now, some 12 years later, Aibo is back. But it looks so different that the question is, is this the same pet from all those years ago or is it an imposter just angling for some pet food and a cosy home?

Sony says Aibo – which it now writes as aibo, with a lower-case a – “can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion”.  Continue reading Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back from wherever it’s been for the past 12 years – but is it the same dog?

South-east Asian nations partner to create robotics ecosystem

Several south-eastern Asian nations have entered into a partnership to create what’s being described as a “robotics ecosystem” for the region. 

The basic idea is to increase the use of robotics, automation, and related technologies to improve their industrial sector.

Industry associations from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to sign a deal which was outlined by trade minister Dr Koh Poh, at the ongoing Singapore International Robo ExpoContinue reading South-east Asian nations partner to create robotics ecosystem

Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  Continue reading Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them