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by   -   September 20, 2017

SharkNinja, a well-known marketer of home consumer products, has entered the American robotic vacuum market with a product that is priced to compete against iRobot’s Roomba line of floor cleaners. Their new ION Robot navigates floors and carpets and docks and recharges automatically. It sells at a very favorable price point to iRobot’s.

interview by   -   September 4, 2017



In this episode, MeiXing Dong talks with Leon Kuperman, CTO of CUJO, about cybersecurity threats and how to guard against them. They discuss how CUJO, a smart hardware firewall, helps protect the home against online threats.

China’s second-biggest e-commerce company, JD.com (Alibaba is first), is testing mobile robots to make deliveries to its customers, and imagining a future with fully unmanned logistics systems.

Leka’s co-founder and CEO, Ladislas de Toldi, writes about Leka’s progress since the Robot Launch competition and where the company is headed in the next year.

by   -   March 7, 2017

Kuri is an intelligent, cute, home robot. Kuri’s latest additions will include facial detection and interacting with other smart home appliances and devices.

Back pain is one of the leading causes of work absenteeism in the UK. In these videos, Philip “Robo-Phil” English reviews the Laevo Exoskeleton—a unique, wearable back-support that aids users working in a bent forward position or lifting.

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Pepper, Jibo and Milo make up the first generation of social robots, leading what promises to be a cohort with diverse capabilities and future applications. But what are social robots and what should they be able to do? This article gives an overview of theories that can help us understand social robotics better.

by and   -   December 21, 2016

Stores are engaged in an arms race to make online shopping less of an impersonal chore.

by   -   November 14, 2016
Paul, a member of the Care-O-bot 4 robot family, has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Image: Saturn.
Paul, a member of the Care-O-bot 4 robot family, has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Image: Saturn.

In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

interview by   -   November 12, 2016

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In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Hasier Larrea, Founder and CEO of Ori Systems and MSc candidate at the MIT Media Lab, about robotics used to transform personal spaces. Larrea discusses how the world is urbanizing and how new space paradigms are needed to accommodate this shift. He proposes robotic furniture that allows for what is not being used to be hidden, such as a desk or a bed. Larrea discusses the robotic systems, how these systems will be integrated into existing infrastructure, and the future or Ori Systems.

Source: Halodi Robotics
Source: Halodi Robotics

Our robot, Eve, is built from the ground up using force-control, enabling human-like dexterity and efficiency. We’d like to discuss why we decided to build Eve this way, hopefully offering another approach to robotics outside the factory floor.

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What would your ideal robot be like? One that can change nappies and tell bedtime stories to your child? Perhaps you’d prefer a butler that can polish silver and mix the perfect cocktail? Or maybe you’d prefer a companion that just happened to be a robot? Certainly, some see robots as a hypothetical future replacement for human carers. But a question roboticists are asking is: how human should these future robot companions be?

by   -   April 25, 2016

iRobot recently divested its defense division so that it could focus on consumer and mobility products. Red Mountain Capital, a hedge fund that owns ~6% of iRobot stock wants to place two people on the iRobot board to effect some change.

by   -   April 7, 2016
Source: Fraunhofer IPA/photo: Jens Kilian
Source: Fraunhofer IPA/photo: Jens Kilian

By 2020, a quarter of Europeans will be over 60. In their silver age, many would like to stay in their homes and will require care from family or social workers.

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Source: Wonder Workshop/YouTube

Spoiler alert. It’s April 1. But this is actually happening, just not quite the way SF educational robot startup Wonder Workshop describe it in this wonderful video about their new release – WonderPaw. Wonder Workshop launched their first robots Dot and Dash with a very successful Kickstarter in 2013.



ICRA 2017 Company Showcase
December 10, 2017


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