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Dyson releases 360 Eye in Japan for ~$1200, files legal proceedings against Bosch for VW-like cheating

News Brief: Dyson released its 360-Eye in Japan today -- for about $1200 USD -- and has also filed legal proceedings against Bosch, alleging that their longstanding rival is cheating EU energy eff...
22 October 2015, by

The state of telepresence

Telepresence robots have been around since the early 2000s, with a research project called PEBBLES out of Ryerson University in Toronto. When I first started covering this area a little over three yea...
09 October 2015, by

IFR predicts double digit growth for service robots through 2018

The service robotics industry is relatively new, diverse and picking up steam daily. Service robotics covers every activity except those described as industrial. These are robots that perform useful t...
05 October 2015, by

Shopping via telepresence makes for good PR; how long before it’s mainstream?

Robots are great for doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs, and few jobs are more dangerous and downright dull (at times) than waiting in line to buy the latest tech gadget. Last week in Palo Alto,...
29 September 2015, by

Dobot’s robot arm: Industrial precision at low cost

Unsatisfied by the low cost, low precision and poor functionality desktop robotic arms on the market, a group of six hardcore robot makers decided to quit their high-paying industry jobs, and build th...
23 September 2015, by

Virtual assistants are the testbeds for tomorrow’s personal robots

Virtual assistants are setting the bar for the kind of user experience people will expect from the social robots of tomorrow....
22 September 2015, by


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CoCoRo: Tracking the development of the world’s largest autonomous underwater swarm

The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built the world’s largest swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout the first half ...
04 September 2015, by

BUDDY goes into final hours of crowdfunding at +500% of goal; announces new US offices

BUDDY, the world's first affordable companion robot, has reached a crowdfunding milestone. With just hours to go on the BUDDY crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, backers have contributed over $501,63...
04 September 2015, by

Silicon Valley’s Crowne Plaza hotel launches Savioke robot delivery service

Leading hotel operator the InterContinental Group is introducing delivery robots at its Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley property. The robots, made by local startup Savioke, will deliver snacks, t...
05 August 2015, by

Japanese telcos vie for share in consumer robot-as-a-service business

View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday a second Japanese telecommunication firm entered the consumer robot-as-a-service market when the state-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NT...
29 July 2015, by

Robot as marketing strategy: Bosch takes a bet on Rotimatic’s consumer flatbread maker

First it was robot vacuum cleaners; now it's robot kitchen appliances. Robots are back in the popular imagination as household helpers, and industry seems to be taking a bet on leveraging that int...
22 July 2015, by

BUDDY opensource companion bot meets 100K crowdfunding goal in 1 day; now >200% funded

[tweetquote]BUDDY has something to smile about.[/tweetquote] The new open source companion robot by Blue Frog Robotics, launched an Indiegogo campaign on July 7th and sailed past its $100K crowdfu...
15 July 2015, by

Talking Machines: The economic impact of machine learning, with Baidu’s Andrew Ng

In episode twelve we talk with Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu, about how speech recognition is going to explode the way we use mobile devices and his approach to working on the problem....
04 June 2015, by

Residential robotic vacuum cleaner market poised for stellar growth

Although robotic vacuum cleaners have been on the market for over a decade now, it is only recently that they have started to become pervasive. Innovations in technology have allowed manufacturers to ...
28 May 2015, by

Shadow Robot’s Dexterous Hand can do more than cook up a storm

The Shadow Robot Company has been perfecting its robot hands for almost two decades, but it took just a short demo by the world’s first robot chef last month to propel this small, London-based start...
07 May 2015, by

Why are JIBO, Pepper, Siri, Google Now and Cortana so important?

There's a race going on to see which AI solution providing personal assistance is welcomed by businesses, end users and consumers, and whether this will be physical or virtual....
16 March 2015, by

Robots to serve guests in Japanese hotel | The Telegraph

Guests checking into a new hotel close to the Japanese city of Nagasaki this summer may find themselves complaining that the service is just a little .... robotic. With due cause. In a paradigm-s...
09 February 2015, by

HoloLens: Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles | WIRED

In several months, Microsoft will unveil its most ambitious undertaking in years, a head-mounted holographic computer called Project HoloLens. But at this point, even most people at Microsoft have nev...
22 January 2015, by

Natural language: The de-facto interface convention for social robotics

Social Robotics: The UX of Natural Language A very smart and snotty journalist told me that he had spoken with Aldebaran's Pepper system when he was in Boston. Much to his chagrin, the robot didn't ...
21 January 2015, by

What do consumers want? Better batteries, not wearables | Fortune

You wouldn’t guess it wandering the endless displays of gadgets here at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, but the top tech need on the mind of most Americans isn’t sharper televisions, smar...
15 January 2015, by

SoftBank/Aldebaran Pepper robots go on sale in February

IEEE/Spectrum Senior Editor Erico Guizzo describes in a recent post (and two videos) how Aldebaran's two-year Pepper project is coming to fruition....
15 January 2015, by

25 holiday gift ideas for RoboGeeks (2014)

[tweetquote]Need some gift ideas for that special robot geek in your life?[/tweetquote] We polled the Robohub team for their favorite ideas, from stocking stuffers to once-in-a-lifetime gifts, so you'...
21 November 2014, by

Over 70,000 robotic vacuum cleaners sold on a single day

Just last month Rod Brooks chided me that robotic vacuum cleaners were already mainstream in response to what I had written: that they had just recently moved from niche to mainstream partly because ...
20 November 2014, by

Ground Drone Project: Urban mobile robot chassis

The Ground Drone Project wants to make a [tweetquote]low cost ground robot chassis for hobbyists and inventors that is capable of traversing challenging obstacles[/tweetquote]. The project’s origina...
13 November 2014, by

Nestlé 1st big buyer of Softbank’s Pepper robot

Earlier this year Softbank announced the launch of Pepper, a robot created specifically for SoftBank and the Japanese market. Last week Nestlé announced that it will use Pepper to sell its Nescafé ...
03 November 2014, by

Rethinking iRobot, Samsung and Dyson robotic vacuum cleaners

At a break in a conference in San Diego, I was sitting enjoying my tea, when up walked Rodney Brooks (of Rethink Robotics and Baxter fame) and said (with a mischievious smile): I have a bone to pick ...
29 October 2014, by

Balance of privacy and control key to acceptance of robot bath assistants

While the past decade has witnessed the emergence of various prototypes and research projects involving bathing robots, the public acceptance of the concept seems to largely depend on one socially sen...
15 October 2014, by

What would you want your robot home to do for you?

The devices that we interact with in our everyday lives are getting 'smarter': we wear smart watches, carry smart phones, and many of us are now living in smart homes that are equipped with intellige...
14 October 2014, by

Reader poll: Home robots — appliance or companion?

While vacuum robots continue to dominate the ‘robots at home’ market, with Jibo taking on the role of the top 5 most funded Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, and Pepper expected to arrive at ...
17 September 2014, by

Why is Japan the first to get Dyson’s new 360 Eye?

This post originally appeared on Akihabara News.  The Dyson 360 Eye autonomous vacuum cleaner went public in Tokyo on September 4th, and it got a lot of attention - enough to make almost any prod...
10 September 2014, by







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