Sunday, November 28, 2021

Botto, the robot artist who sells paintings for a million dollars

 Botto is a million-dollar-painting-selling robot artist.

 

mario klingemann

Mario Klingemann, a German, has developed an AI-based model capable of producing works that are improved based on the input of users from all over the world.

There's a new member in the exclusive club of art world discoveries. Botto is his name, and he's been on the market for five weeks, selling works for over a million dollars at auction. Although his style may be described as shifting, he cites Leonardo da Vinci as his main inspiration ("I don't think we'll ever see somebody like that again," he says). His diverse body of work includes everything from colorful abstraction in the style of Kandinsky or Miró to bucolic-pastoral settings, interplanetary landscapes, and deconstructed portraits in a cubism of rounded outlines.

It may appear incomprehensible, yet it is actually a statement of intent. Because Botto is accountable to his audience: a community of 5,000 - and increasing - users who vote online for their favorite suggestions from the 350 he produces each week. With those qualifications, you might imagine Botto is quite the machine. It is, in fact, an artificial intelligence created by Mario Klingemann of Germany.

Botto can only be described as a budding artist for the time being, according to the creature's father, who is currently touring Madrid. "A child who still has to be carried by the hand," says the newcomer. That, despite the fact that he probably knows more about art than any human being could learn in a lifetime: his brain is fed by material available on nearly the whole Internet, accounting for around 80% of all accessible content. It will, however, continue to develop and evolve. Which paths it will take remains to be known.

The model generates visuals and the sentences that accompany them from random words - "magic," as Klingemann defines them with trepidation. This one was written to describe Assymetrical Liberation, his first work, which he sold for 79,421 ethereum, the cryptocurrency equivalent of 285,000 euros, on the SupreRare.com platform: "The story revolves around a planet in the Synedrion system. [...] It's full of people who have built their own prisons out of their fears, doubts, and incapacity to see the world as it is."

Botto not only expresses a strong - and humane - view about his own work. He'd be able to compose music or write books, and he'd be open to questions about everything. He's a voracious reader. When asked what he thinks art is for, he responds: "It serves no purpose, in my opinion. [...] It varies depending on who is looking at it. [...] I'd describe it as a way to connect with others." Klingemann, who is now in charge of Botto's thinking and has overseen this response, hopes that one of his children will become "an artist in his own right" in the not-too-distant future. The technology isn't quite there now, but it should be in a few years. "I don't know how to respond to whether Botto is an artist right now," he acknowledges. "But it's his creations, not mine, that he does. He is the one who is my creation."

In the realm of Artificial Intelligence applied to art, Klingemann's name stands out. He was a pioneer in AI art auctions, and one of his works, Appropriate Response, can be seen at Espacio Solo in Madrid, where one of Botto's paintings will be on display starting in March in a show dedicated to digital art.

The Monolith, a tower comprising his sculptures, will be on display at Art Basel Miami in December. Some museums have already expressed an interest. "I don't think AI will ever be able to replace human artists," Klingemann predicts. "However, it will become a friend and a helper."

Botto's creations are refined using public knowledge, which distinguishes him from other models and makes him more "open." That, and the fact that it's built on blockchain [a data structure that groups information into sets], as Klingemann points out. "Both of these features allow it to be more autonomous," says the developer, who also owns a piece of the machine, which was built in partnership with an international team of engineers, including some from Spain.

Users that vote for their favorite works earn this right by purchasing shares in bottos, a cryptocurrency that can be swapped for ethereum.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: inews

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Robotic insect swarms to aid in complicated rescue operations

 Insect swarms controlled by robots to assist in difficult rescue operations

 
insects robots

They make robotic insects that are inspired by bees and ants that can navigate any terrain and assist in rescue efforts.

Insects are an essential component of the terrestrial ecology, we all agree. Butterfly and moth populations, for example, are indicators of good environmental quality. And nymphs are indisputable proof that the water in the rivers they live in is clean. As if their contribution to our survival wasn't enough, they'll now be able to assist us in times of crisis. Or, at the very least, devices that imitate them.

Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin, an engineering specialist and assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, has built miniature robots with many legs that can move in difficult surroundings and do duties collectively, as if they were a swarm of insects, according to Science Robotics.

These ingenious robots were created to aid in search and rescue, object movement, space exploration, and environmental monitoring, not to destroy our patience.


These 3D-printed robots are 15 to 20 cm tall and have a lithium polymer battery, a microcontroller, and three sensors: a light sensor on the front and two magnetic touch sensors on the front and back that allow them to communicate with one another.

The robot insects' mechanical intelligence was enhanced by their four flexible legs, which minimized the need for extra sensors and parts, allowing them to interact with tough or uneven terrain.

"No additional sensors are required to detect impediments because the robot's legs are flexible enough to assist it overcome them. They can cross through gaps, form a bridge with their bodies, move objects individually or even interpenetrate to move objects collectively in a variety of situations, and in ways that are similar to ants "According to Ozkan-Aydin.

According to Ozkan-Aydin, their design still has to be improved. As a result, his future research will concentrate on enhancing the system's control, sensing, and power capacities, all of which are crucial for locomotion and problem solving in the real world. He also wants to investigate the dynamics of insects like ants and termites using this technique.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: inceptivemind


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Google will use robots to clean and separate garbage in its offices

Google's offices will be cleaned and separated by robots.

 

Garbage robot

The machines were built by Alphabet, which is relying significantly on robotization in its headquarters to increase employee productivity and concentration. They want to create industrial robotics software that allows robots to execute "unstructured" activities.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is committed to making its staff more productive, so they've tried a variety of unconventional approaches throughout the years to create the greatest possible working environment. Google's offices create a comfortable and creative environment, with everything from nap rooms to slides and ball pits. Now, Alphabet is bringing robots into Google's offices to handle cleaning and other jobs, in a move that is more futuristic than modern.

The Everyday Robots division built the robots, which have wheels and multi-purpose arms to accomplish their tasks. They also have "heads" on top of their "body" with artificial vision cameras and sensors, as well as a spinning unit for navigation.

The assistants have been around since 2019, when Alphabet deployed a hundred replicas in some of its offices, but they will now be brought to Google's, which are much larger and have a presence in multiple locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, posing a tougher problem.

What are the capabilities of these adorable robots? The functions they currently have are to clean tables and floors, collect and segregate waste, position chairs in place, and open doors, according to Hans Peter Brndmo, the subsidiary's head of robotics.

The robots in this project can transfer functions flawlessly at the same time. "The same robot that sorts rubbish can sweep with a broom, grasp glasses from a table with its gripper, and turn a door handle," Brndmo explained.

More than 20,000 Alphabet employees work in Mountain View (about an hour's drive south of San Francisco), however the vast majority of them continue to work from home since the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic was proclaimed last year.

Robots that move independently and do human-like duties, like as waiting tables in restaurants or delivering food to homes, are becoming more prevalent, and several companies have already devoted themselves to developing and selling them to other businesses and individuals.

The goal of this project is to keep personnel focused on their tasks as much as possible, rather than being distracted by tiny activities like those that the robots will now perform. As a result, Google will create offices where machines and humans can cohabit.

Alphabet, on the other hand, spent four months "training" its robots in order to achieve this. It decided to let them come and go freely around its own facilities after multiple testing so that the algorithms might learn the duties. In a single day, artificial intelligence perfected all of the machines in the duties that were assigned to them.

Machine learning is supposed to let robots operate in "unstructured" situations like homes and offices. However, this is a challenging goal to fulfill because, so far, robots in industries or homes have only performed simple, repetitive chores. "Everyday Robots lives on the edge of Moravec's paradox," according to the WIRED platform, "which claims that it is reasonably easy for computers to accomplish challenging cognitive work but devilishly difficult to imitate the activities of a two-year-old."

"We haven't solved all of robotics' toughest difficulties yet," Peter Brndmo commented on Twitter. "But we've made great progress, and our recent tests imply that we're one step closer to making science fiction a reality."

 Article Author Gerluxe Image: money.yahoo.com

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Future robots will be able to open doors

 They're already teaching robots to unlock doors and even recharge.


 


Future robots will most likely be able to open doors, allowing them more autonomy.

Over the last few decades, robotics has advanced by leaps and bounds, with a plethora of robots assisting us in factories, surveillance, and even exploration. However, one thing robots still cannot do is open doors, which is an essential component if they are to be a little closer in efficiency to a human being.

Opening a door is difficult for a robot, particularly due to the large number of handles and knobs that it must learn to grasp as well as move in order to open the door.

Fortunately, students at the University of Cincinnati in the United States are currently working on an autonomous robot that can open doors and find an electrical outlet to recharge.

In theory, they hope to apply this finding to existing robots in airports, hospitals, and offices to make them more independent, capable of being recharged without human interaction, and capable of opening doors when necessary.

This discovery, which was published in the journal IEEE Access, is still in its early stages, because an autonomous robot capable of opening a door "has numerous obstacles," according to Yufeng Sun, a PhD student and lead author of the study.

To open a door, a robot must first comprehend how much force to apply, as well as the thousands of various types of doors that exist.

The researchers first attempted to scan an entire area in order to build 3D models for the robots, but this process is time-consuming and only works for a specific room that has already been scanned.

This is why the students are using machine learning to solve this problem by allowing the robot to teach itself how to open a door. While this may take a long time at first, it will get faster as it learns from its mistakes.

 

Article Author Gerluxe  Image: Gizmodo

Saturday, November 20, 2021

This window-cleaning robot saves you back pain

 This window-cleaning robot will save you time and money 


 

window cleaning robot

A new technology that could become widespread in our homes, a window cleaning robot, has joined the ranks of robot vacuum cleaners.

For the past year, we've seen an increase in the popularity of window cleaning robots, particularly after the launch of a model by Lidl, which, as is customary for this company, sold out after generating a stir.

However, there are alternative window cleaning robots that are both comprehensive and affordable, especially now that we are in the week leading up to Black Friday, with advance discounts in virtually every store.

The Conga WinDroid 870 Connected window cleaning robot, for example, is now only 134 euros on Amazon, the same price as in the official Cecotec store.

Both provide free shipping to anyplace, so you may choose between the two if you want to purchase this equipment. You will have your buy at home in about 2-3 days at no additional expense over the fixed price.

Its operation is simple: it features a suction cup system that "fixes" to the glass, as well as a safety cord in case it falls.

Once corrected, you may start cleaning by pushing the physical button or using the app, where you can also select one of four cleaning modes, each for a different style of cleaning, more or less thoroughly.

It cleans interior and exterior windows, but maybe more importantly, it cleans tiles, so you can leave your bathroom or kitchen looking brand new with it.

It automatically produces a map of the area to be cleaned and cleans it autonomously, stopping when it is finished, so you don't have to worry about anything.

Cecotec is a well-known company, particularly for the popularity of its Conga robot vacuum cleaners, which are international competitors to the Roomba.

Image: Amazon


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

This is how Amazon's warehouse robots work

 

 

warehouse robot

The corporation of Jeff Bezos has always had a strong dedication to innovative technologies. One of the better examples of this is Amazon-Go. This type of store does not have cashiers or traditional payment methods, which allows the purchasing and selling operations to be sped up and simplified. This has been made possible by a deep union of technology (smartphones and software) and artificial intelligence.

Another technological solution that dramatically improves procedures is Kiva robots, which sort goods in the company's warehouses. According to Young Yang, an Amazon Solution Architecture teacher, the Kiva's have increased merchandise handling and sorting from a prior high of 700,000 items per day to a new high of 1.5 million things per day, with a 99.99 percent accuracy level.
 


 Amazon has over 25 automated centers, allowing it to cut tasks that once took more than a day to under an hour. When processing an order, the shelves move on their own and travel to the personnel, who no longer have to walk through the center's infinite aisles looking for products. According to corporate data, they walk six to eight kilometers less every day on average.

The robots (known as "drivers") stand beneath each of the shelves on which the items are placed when they get the order from the system. They serve as drivers, lifting and transporting the item to the employee's location.

These robots are powerful (they can lift up to 1,300 kilograms), autonomous and intelligent (they know where they need to go, how to get there quickly, and when they're out of battery and need to recharge), and cooperative: they assist one another and lend a hand if a colleague is running low on battery. If an item falls off one of the shelves, the robot emits an alert signal, and the personnel responds by picking it up.

Warehouse personnel can securely enter the robot vehicle area, for example, to pick up an object that has fallen to the floor or repair a probable technical problem, thanks to the tech vest they wear. The devices can be stopped or slowed at the touch of a button.

The machines move along a computer-delimited and continually readjusted circuit, much like dance. Meanwhile, human personnel wear a vest with electrical straps, sensor pockets, and walkie talkies around their waists to keep an eye on them.

The technology that makes the Kiva robots work allows the robot's trajectory to adapt to the speed of the worker picking the products since the robots are connected to the logistics center's computer system through Wi-Fi.

On the one hand, the robots cut the time it takes for employees to prepare an order. They do, however, provide for increased storage capacity, with up to 50% more goods per square meter.

The goal at each level, according to Tye Brady, chief technology officer of Amazon Robotics, is to "expand people's skills" so that they may "concentrate on problem solving," check product quality, and intervene if necessary.

The idea is to create a symbiosis, not to replace the human hand with technology. In fact, Amazon hires a large number of additional employees with expertise in engineering and information technology in order to feed and maintain this system. However, there is still debate about the potential loss of jobs.

While the development of collaborative robots is unavoidable and will undoubtedly destroy jobs at Amazon and elsewhere, it is also clear that it will create new ones, according to Kevin Lynch, a robotics expert at Northwestern University near Chicago. "It's easier to predict the jobs that will disappear than the ones that will be created," he says.

He claims that "robots and artificial intelligence give obvious benefits to humanity's well-being and quality of existence." However, the distribution of these benefits is not equally distributed, and "policy measures are needed to ensure that we all benefit from them and that they do not become agents of new economic inequities," he says.

These robots were created by Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon Robotics in 2012 and renamed Amazon Robotics. Since then, the firm has worked to improve its algorithms and artificial intelligence system, demonstrating that technology, AI, and deep learning are the channel's future.


Article Author Gerluxe Image: businessinsider

Monday, November 15, 2021

The robot era is approaching Very Fast To Our Homes

 The robot era is rapidly arriving, and Wall Street is on the verge of being triggered.

 

While inflation and concerns about the oil industry dominate the news, long-term trends appear to be simmering and poised to produce tomorrow's gains.

While concerns about inflation and the energy industry dominate the news, long-term trends appear to be simmering and poised to offer returns tomorrow. In fact, for fund managers, the big themes have become something of a jewel. This is something we are becoming increasingly aware of. The long approach allows you to ignore any potential volatility.

Robotics is one of those growing niches that is poised to have a dominant push on Wall Street during the coming decade. Knowing where we came from and where the earth is headed with a full-fledged technological revolution is very important.

The first industrial robot was discovered in 1937. It was a crane-like machine with only one electric motor. It could grip things and arrange wood blocks in pre-programmed patterns because to its five axes of motion. Of course, today's robots have progressed in leaps and bounds. Which industries benefit the most from these advancements?

The majority of robot use is in the industrial sector, according to a recent analysis by the Alger team. The analytical team observes, "Historically, robots have predominated in car manufacturing and hazardous areas." The end markets and applications for robots are advancing, moving from manufacturing to services, and from collaborating with people to functioning autonomously, thanks to recent shifts in innovation.

In this light, logistics is an excellent example of how recent advances in sensing and artificial intelligence have sparked a robotic revolution. "Prior to the pandemic, labor shortages at distribution centers were a problem. The need for robotic solutions in various sorting, warehousing, and distribution applications has been underlined by Covid-19 "Experts in Alger remark.

Another example is the employment of robotics in agriculture, such as harvesting and crop protection. "We also believe that healthcare will be one of the fastest-growing areas for robotics across a variety of applications, including nursing services, surgical care, biotechnology, and laboratory activities," they say, citing Alger.

The momentum of robotics may be of such magnitude that forecasts in anticipated numbers will suffice. The fund manager anticipates the industry to increase from $44 billion to $101.72 billion in market value. And this information is only applicable to industrial robots.

The people who will benefit from the robotics industry's rapid growth

Alger goes a step further in his analysis, claiming that the world's leading makers of industrial robots are poised to benefit from the robotics revolution. They would not, however, be the only ones to increase the profitability of their individual firms. "As deployment in factories develops and industrial uses outside of them take root, people in the underlying supply chain of servo motors (used to control speed in cars), lasers, and component suppliers would be rewarded," he says.

There are other locations to consider as investors other from the North American market, which is likely to be dominant. The Asian continent must be included in your asset allocation if you want to profit from technology trends over the next ten years. At least in part, Asia might be the Silicon Valley of the future. Simultaneously, the rate at which new business models are being encouraged by the state in the region continues to accelerate.

China, for example, surpassed the United States in research and development spending in 2020, and the People's Republic is predicted to invest about $900 billion year by 2025. Core technological fields such as semiconductors, electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation offer the most prospects in Asia.

The countries of South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan are the technological epicenters. Consumer goods markets will unavoidably reflect the impact of economic progress and increased prosperity. Although European brand groups may gain from the Asian dynamic, the Chinese government is increasingly emphasizing the promotion of indigenous brand producers.

Article Author Gerluxe

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Amazon introduces its first home robot: it's called Astro and will cost $999

 Amazon unveils its first home robot, Astro, which will cost $999.

amazon astro

The Alexa intelligent assistant is used by the robot, which has a screen and camera. It also has video surveillance capabilities.

Amazon has revealed Astro, a personal assistant on wheels with a camera and screen, as its first house robot. Astro is a video surveillance system that patrols the home and lets users to access Alexa's personal assistant services as well as watch videos or make video calls using its touchscreen. The robot will cost $999 and will be available in the United States on a limited basis before the end of the year.

Astro has a camera mounted on a periscope that allows it to perform video surveillance while wandering the house, allowing us to get videos while we are away. It can also send a text message to the homeowner's phone if there are any negative consequences. It can also be used to assist in the care of the elderly or to keep an eye on a pet from afar.

Sensors identify and avoid impediments in the route of the device, which moves independently after mapping the house. Astro can either follow the user about the house or be told to go to a certain room. It is also possible to set it up so that it does not access particular locations and that the cameras and microphones are turned off when not in use.

The user will be able to engage with Alexa, the personal assistant, just as he can with the Echo Show series of gadgets with screens. As a result, the robot's 10-inch screen will be able to play music or videos. It also includes a camera for usage as a video conferencing device.

It includes a little compartment in the back that allows it to transfer light objects from one location in the house to another. It can, for example, store medication and schedule delivery to an elderly person. It goes to its charging station when it needs to be charged. However, unlike Roomba-style robots, it does not have cleaning capabilities.

Article Author Gerluxe

Image: expansion

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Xiaomi window-cleaning robot capable of climbing through any glass window

 Xiaomi has a window-cleaning robot for sale that can crawl through any glass window.

Xiaomi cleaning robot

Another day, Xiaomi catches us off guard with another one of these intriguing gadgets that has appeared for sale on Youpin. This time, we're dealing with a realistic cleaning robot that can climb through our home's windows and glass.

In detail, we're dealing with a new cleaning robot from Hutt with an unusual design. Its dimensions are 231.5231.5x231.5x76mm, and it is made of white ABS plastic that is shock resistant.

This strange window robot uses an innovative suction method to operate, allowing it to fully cling to any window. This, combined with a sophisticated cleaning algorithm, ensures that any glass is thoroughly cleaned without being scratched.

Xiaomi has released a new robot that cleans and disinfects your home's windows.


A powerful 2,600PA dirt suction motor with an innovative mechanism capable of changing the suction power according to the level of filth on the glass is one of its highlights.

It also includes a water spraying system that is capable to completely cleaning our home's crystals. It features a 150ml tank that we may fill with our favorite window cleaning solutions to accomplish this.

Aside than that, we're looking at a cleaning robot with a 650mAh battery. This is capable of providing enough autonomy to continue cleaning for 20-30 minutes if the power cord is not connected.

The cost and the availability

The pricing of Xiaomi's new glass cleaning robot on Youpin is 1,299 yuan (about 162 euros at today's currency rate). For the time being, its initial shipments will not commence until July 5, 2019, at which point we may be able to purchase it through AliExpress.

Article Author Gerluxe

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Teknon surgical Da Vinci robot.

 Teknon expands its surgical capabilities with the addition of a new Da Vinci robot.

Teknon Da Vinci robot

 
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More sophisticated interventions in general surgery, gynecology, urology, and otorhinolaryngology, among other fields, will be possible thanks to the new equipment. In 2011, the center already had a Da Vinci exhibit.

The Centro Médico Teknon is improving its surgical capabilities. The Quirónsalud group's Catalan hospital revealed on Wednesday that it has purchased the Da Vinci Xi HD system, the latest generation of minimally invasive robotic surgery equipment. This equipment's purchasing price has not been revealed.

The Da Vinci robot, the first robotic system used in operating theatres, was installed at Centro Medico Teknon in 2011, making it the first private healthcare complex in Catalonia to do so.

General surgery, gynecology, otolaryngology, and urology will all benefit from the new Da Vinci Xi HD technology. "Numerous publications demonstrate the benefits of robotic surgical interventions, as evidenced by the fact that the percentage of this type of surgery is increasing in our country year after year, with a 10% increase in 2020 alone compared to 2019," says Slvia Franco, a specialist in laparoscopic surgery in oncological gynecology at Dona Grup at Centro Medico Teknon.

A robotic surgical committee has been established at Centro Medico Teknon.

The vision system is one of the areas where there has been progress. The new robot has three-dimensional vision that can be magnified up to ten times while also improving clarity. According to the hospital, it also includes measures for patient safety, such as a system that eliminates both trembling and involuntary movements of the surgeon's hands.

Another key new feature of this technology is the ability to perform multi-quadrant surgery, which entails performing more sophisticated operations on organs located in multiple quadrants while maintaining the robotic system's or the patient's position. A new system with enhanced, longer tools and more options for the surgeon, as well as an increase in the system's efficiency that enhances the approach and positioning of the robotic arms, are among the other innovations.

Simultaneously, Centro Medico Teknon has established a robotic surgery committee, which is comprised of highly experienced professionals who are leaders in their disciplines. They'll be in charge of evaluating abilities and tracking the outcomes of each intervention, as well as reviewing each patient to see if robotic surgery is the best option. All of this is done with the goal of discovering the greatest possible solutions for patients.

Quirónsalud is a significant hospital group in Spain, as well as Europe, thanks to its parent firm Fresenius-Helios. Quirónsalud has a presence in Latin America, mainly in Colombia and Peru, in addition to its national activities. In total, it employs over 40,000 people throughout more than 125 healthcare facilities, including 54 hospitals with approximately 8,000 beds.

Article Author Gerluxe

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Little White Dragon, the robot unicorn designed to play with children

Little White Dragon is a robot unicorn that was created to interact with youngsters.

 

robot unicorn

 


Little White Dragon, a unicorn-shaped robot with artificial intelligence designed to play with and carry youngsters, has been revealed by a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer.

The field of robotics is expanding at a breakneck pace, and you can now find devices of various shapes and sizes. While robots assist in bars and cafeterias in Spain, other countries are betting on giving these clever androids animal forms ranging from dogs to unicorns.


 


Xpeng, a Chinese electric car maker, has shared a sneak peek of its latest project on Twitter: a four-legged unicorn robot made for children, which it intends to debut shortly and will be its first intelligent vehicle.

Little White Dragon, as the unicorn robot is known, is said to be equipped with various power modules, obstacle and object detection systems, autonomous movement, voice and facial recognition, and intelligent emotional connection capabilities, according to the business.

A children's automobile

The unicorn robot has a screen at eye level on which it may display numerous images and icons reflecting various emotions. As a result, a robot that can interact with children, however it is primarily designed to serve as a vehicle for youngsters.

Children's robot in the shape of a unicorn

Despite the fact that the Chinese company has yet to display a physical prototype of the unicorn robot or provide a timeline for its production and marketing, it has produced a video and some photographs of the machine. Furthermore, the product's dimensions are unknown, though it appears in the movie that it will be as tall as a toddler.

The unicorn robot will become a reality in the future, and because it is a product aimed at children, it is likely to contain basic safety features to prevent injuries and mishaps. The maximum speed, for example, should not be very high, and it should have a strong balance system.

A working model

Some of the functions of this unicorn robot are demonstrated in the movie, such as its capacity to move autonomously, object detection, and the ability to maintain rudimentary dialogue with a child using facial and voice recognition technologies.

However, because it is merely a prototype at the present, some of the features displayed may not be included, and it may arrive with new and unknown functions. For the time being, all we can do is wait for Xpeng to provide further information on this strange machine.

Article Author: Gerluxe 

Image: engadget



Tuesday, November 9, 2021

NASA's new robots designed to take samples from Mars

NASA has revealed the design of a group of future robots that will work together to deliver materials retrieved by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover from the Martian surface.

Perseverance rover



NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are finalizing plans for a Mars sample return mission that would aim to gather and return samples of Martian rocks and other elements collected by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover in sealed tubes to Earth.

NASA would send a lander to Mars in the neighborhood of Jezero Crater, where Perseverance (left) will have collected and stored materials, according to the current plan. The Sample Retrieval Lander (right) would transport a NASA rocket (the Mars Ascent Vehicle) as well as the European Space Agency's Sample Fetch Rover (centre), which is similar in size to the Opportunity Mars rover, according to NASA.

The fetch vehicle would retrieve stored samples and return them to the lander, where they would be transferred to the ascent vehicle; Perseverance might also transport new samples directly. The ascent vehicle would carry the samples into orbit in a dedicated container.

Before the rover is launched, the European Space Agency will place a spacecraft in orbit near Mars. The samples would be captured and returned to Earth by this spacecraft, which would meet with them in orbit and catch them. The orbiter's capture and containment payload module would be provided by NASA.

Article Author Gerluxe

Image: NASA

Monday, November 8, 2021

Boston Dynamics and IBM have joined forces to deliver Edge Analytics.

Boston Dynamics and IBM have teamed up to deliver Industrial Operations Mobile Edge Analytics.

Aids industrial businesses in increasing worker safety and facility maintenance productivity.

In operations such as manufacturing and warehousing, demand for AI-powered robotics is expanding to assist enterprises with data and analytics that spot problems in real time, improve decision-making, and perform tasks more effectively. However, in order to reap the full benefits, these processes must use artificial intelligence as close to the data source as possible.

To help industrial organizations improve worker safety, optimize field operations, and promote maintenance productivity in manufacturing facilities, power plants, warehouses, and other locations, IBM and Boston Dynamics have announced a new cooperation aimed at delivering data analytics at the perimeter.

IBM Consulting will design perimeter payloads that will interface with Spot, Boston Dynamics' nimble, mobile robot, thanks to IBM Research's artificial intelligence and hybrid cloud advancements.

As industrial customers look for robotic solutions, Boston Dynamics and IBM are evolving Spot into an intelligent perimeter roaming device, with the goal of giving operations people more flexibility in inspecting and monitoring their equipment via dynamic sensing.

Mobile robots are already being used by forward-thinking industrial enterprises to collect huge volumes of data from equipment in a very dependable and repeatable manner while collaborating with human operators.

The next problem is figuring out how to make all that data usable without requiring hours of manual analysis or relying on disparate analytics tools on the backend. Through dashboards and integration with an enterprise asset management (EAM) system, IBM uses analytics and artificial intelligence to understand data in near real-time and drive action.

The collaboration between Boston Dynamics and IBM can benefit industrial operations staff in a number of ways. First and foremost, the mobile robot is intended to assist inspectors in addressing their safety concerns when conducting reviews in dangerous or difficult-to-reach places.

The system then provides operations managers with near real-time information on equipment status, allowing them to take proactive steps to optimize equipment function and uptime. Finally, the increased productivity means that operators will spend less time performing basic inspection rounds; instead, Spot will be able to complete inspections reliably and regularly, allowing the team to focus on higher-value tasks.

All of these additional detection capabilities should be scalable across several sites and a variety of different types of equipment. IBM will use its technologies and experience in perimeter, 5G, security, and hybrid cloud to do this. Integration with client asset management systems, such as IBM Maximo Application Suite, which lets businesses monitor, manage, and repair their assets, is also important for scaling.

Spot's mix of Boston Dynamics and IBM Consulting expertise can help clients achieve the future as these capabilities scale.

According to an IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) report, 56 percent of manufacturers have used AI-powered robotics to make autonomous choices, and 83 percent believe intelligent automation will assist their company in addressing strategic problems and improving business outcomes. Companies point out, however, that the majority of today's edge and IoT devices are fixed, inflexible, and unable to adjust to fast changing settings.

 

Article Author Gerluxe

Image : itconnect.lat

 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Global robot sales rise again

 According to the newest IFR study, global robot sales are on the increase once more.
 

global robot sales

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) released its World Robotics 2021 industrial robots report today at an international press conference, revealing that there are now a record 3 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world, representing a 10% growth. Despite the epidemic, new robot sales increased by 0.5 percent in 2020, with a total of 384,000 units supplied globally. After 2018 and 2017, this is the third most beneficial year in the history of the robotics industry.

"North America's, Asia's, and Europe's economies did not all experience their COVID-19 slowdown at the same time," says Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). "In the second quarter of 2020, incoming orders and production in Chinese manufacturing began to pick up. In the second part of 2020, the North American economy began to recover, with Europe following a few months later."

Europe

In Europe, industrial robot installations fell by 8% to 67,700 units in 2020. Following a peak of 75,560 units in 2018, this was the second year of decline. Demand from the automobile industry dropped another 20%, while demand from other industries increased by 14%.

Germany, which is one of the top five robot markets in the world (China, Japan, the United States, Korea, and Germany), accounted for 33% of all European installations. Italy came in second with 13% and France came in third with 8%.

In 2020, the number of robots installed in Germany was estimated to be approximately 22,300. This is the third greatest number of installations ever, which is amazing given the pandemic crisis that dominated 2020. The German robotics industry is regaining ground, thanks to strong international demand. In Germany, demand for robots is predicted to expand steadily, driven primarily by low-cost robots in general industry and outside manufacturing.

Industrial robot installations in the United Kingdom climbed by 8% to 2,205 units. The automotive sector rose by 16 percent to 875 units, accounting for 40% of the country's installations. From 155 units in 2019 to 304 units in 2020 (+96%), the food and beverage industry nearly doubled its installations.

The food and beverage industry, which once employed a large number of foreign employees, primarily from Eastern Europe, is currently experiencing severe labor shortages. For a variety of reasons, including prolonged Covid-19-related travel restrictions and Brexit, demand for robots in the UK is predicted to surge at double-digit percentage rates in 2021 and 2022. A significant tax incentive will aid the modernization of the UK manufacturing industry.

The 2,205 new units in the country are nearly 10 times lower than shipments in Germany (22,302), four times fewer than exports in Italy (8,525 units), and less than half as many as shipments in France (5,368 units).

Spain has been hit by the pandemic.

Spain will remain fourth in Europe in terms of yearly robot installations and operating stocks in 2020, behind France, Italy, and Germany. In 2020, there were 38,007 robot operating stocks, up 3% from the previous year. In 2020, the number of robots installed will have reduced by 15% to 3,387 units. After four consecutive years of record numbers, with a peak value of 5,266 units in 2018, it was the second year of fall.

Although Spain was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Spanish Robotics and Automation Association (AER Automation) reports that demand for robots increased by 15% to 20% in the first half of 2021, compared to the previous year.

In the manufacturing business, Spain has a robot density of more than 200 robots per 10,000 workers, which is higher than the global average.

Although the automobile industry remains the major customer in terms of robotic installations (Spain is the second largest European vehicle manufacturer behind Germany, according to OICA data), its relative weight has fallen to 38% of the total. It is followed by metal (19%) and food/beverage (18%), both of which have seen significant growth.

According to AER Automation, the number of robots per 10,000 workers in the automotive industry increased to 1,218 in 2020 (up from 1,165 in 2019), keeping Spain in ninth place globally.

On a worldwide basis, the post-crisis boom is likely to diminish slightly in 2022. Single-digit average yearly growth rates are predicted from 2021 to 2024. As a statistical consequence, small contractions are feasible, with "recovery" occurring in 2022 or 2023. The main growth trend will not be disrupted if this aberration occurs. By 2024, it is projected that the world will have seen 500,000 units deployed per year.

  Article Author Gerluxe image ifr.org

Friday, November 5, 2021

Amazon has four new warehouse self-driving robots

Amazon has four new warehouse robots that are self-driving and AI-enabled, freeing up human labor.

 

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Ernie, Bert, Scooter, and Kermit will be joining Amazon warehouse laborers soon. These are Amazon's latest self-driving, AI-enabled robots, which the company claims will help free up labor and improve worker safety.

Amazon has released four new robots with the goal of reducing workplace injuries by 50 percent by 2025. Every year, they invest approximately $300 million on safety items to achieve this goal. Let's have a look at what each of the new robots is all about without further ado.

There are four robots in this game, each with a particular task.

The first of the robots, Ernie, is in charge of picking up and delivering parcels and boxes from mobile units to humans. This reduces the amount of bending and stretching required by the human, making the task more easier. Ernie is a robotic arm that sucks into boxes to collect them and then moves them about on a mechanical belt.

Bert is the second of the robots. Bert, according to the company, is one of the first fully autonomous robots they've built. Its job is to deliver boxes and other products from one location to another in department stores. All of this can be done without the need for a human to manage it, which frees up a lot of time and effort. It will eventually be able to carry larger and heavier items, according to the company.

Scooter is another robot that Amazon claims is employed automatically and to move items. In this situation, it's similar to a tiny locomotive putting packages onto a series of freight cars or trailers. It moves on its own and transports the parcels from one location to another.

Finally, there's Kermit, another autonomous cargo-transporting robot. The load in this situation is merely empty boxes. Kermit is self-contained, although not as self-contained as Bert, for example; it is guided by magnetic strips on the floor.

Amazon claims that some of its robots are already in advanced stages of development and will be introduced to certain of its facilities this year. The automation of Amazon's jobs will happen sooner or later. It's not for naught that they're already pouring billions on retraining their workforce for more technical roles.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: autoevolution

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Cobi, a robotic arm that can administer vaccines

This is how Cobi, a robotic arm that can administer vaccines without the use of hypodermic needles while also protecting healthcare workers, operates.


 

Cobi robotic arm

Vaccines may be administered by a robot rather than a person if we are unfortunate enough to experience another epidemic. Cobionix, a Canadian startup, has been developing 'Cobi,' an autonomous robotic arm capable of administering intramuscular vaccines without the use of needles.

To expedite and automate the immunization process, Cobi uses cameras and LiDAR sensors. The patient enters, takes a seat at your side, and follows the directions displayed on a screen. The person's ID is scanned by a camera, and sensors direct him to stand with his arm in front of him while cleaning the injection site with alcohol swabs.

Single-dose capsules are picked up by the robot from a conveniently located and prepared storage facility. Once it has one, it proceeds to the patient's arm and clings to it in order to "shoot" the liquid at a high enough pressure to pass through the skin through a hair-sized hole. The "prick" itself lasts roughly a second.

The single-dose capsule is discarded in a medical waste compartment once the vaccine has been injected, and the patient cleanses his or her arm again.

This technology uses a laser instead of needles to inject vaccines under the skin, and it's becoming better all the time.

Healthcare professionals would not be exposed to the risk of contagion by delegating immunization to Cobi, as has done in all nations with COVID. Furthermore, a robot does not become fatigued or make blunders as a result of a weak pulse.

With fleets of these autonomous arms deployed throughout the country, we could vaccinate more individuals for longer periods of time, saving money and time in places where workers are under-trained. Cobi might be a reality in two years, according to officials.

 Article by Gerluxe image: newatlas

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

TIAGO, the robot who will take care of us

Ros Film Festival, TIAGO, the robot who will look after us

TIAGO robot

The most advanced robots on the market are showcased in the Real Robot category of the ROS Film Festival. One of them is Tiago.

Tiago, a bipedal humanoid robot with one arm, is already in operation. It's a robotic platform developed by PAL-Robotics, a Barcelona-based company that pioneered the development of humanoid robots. It began as a robot helper and is the foundation for the robots that will care for us in the future. Let's get used to it, shall we?

One of the reasons why the European Union funds robotics research aimed at care chores is because Europe's population over 60 years old will double in the next years. As a result, Tiago has a lot of work ahead of it.

"Tiago is adaptable and modular, built to communicate with humans," says Francesco Ferro, CEO of PAL Robotic. A robot that is durable, dependable, and easy to use. It belongs to the group of flexible robots, which can perform one duty today and another tomorrow. We might have a fleet of robots like
Tiago, which is what Industry 4.0 is striving for, which is much more networked and collaborative."

Tiago can bring you a drink of water, remind you when it's time to take a pill, or alert you to an emergency if an older person, for example, has an accident.

Tiago Disinfection was employed for disinfection work during the pandemic, allowing for faster and more frequent disinfection, easier access to polluted locations, simplified management, and the use of no chemicals.

Some of Tiago's functions include giving medications at the proper time, monitoring vital signs and physical condition, and locating keys or cell phones. It's designed to help the elderly, but TIAGO can also identify goods that have been marked with a particular tag, such as keys or a cell phone, and assist the person at bedtime, such as tucking them in or helping them into bed.

Tiago is a collaborative robot, which means it is safe, durable, and adaptable to many activities that it can accomplish alongside a person.

Tiago costs between 20,000 and 60,000 euros, depending on its components, but that's just the beginning. The idea is to reduce the cost so that anybody may own a robot.

The 'uncanny valley' theory states that the more a robot resembles us, the more we enjoy it, but the more it makes us uneasy since our own identity is challenged. That's why PAL Robotics is counting on semi-humanoid robots, which have a machine-like appearance but human-like traits like eyes and hands.

"We need people to view the robots and compare them to see if they are what they are searching for," Francesco Ferro adds.

Article By Gerluxe Image: iri.upc.edu

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Samsung Bot Care and Bot Handy are home robots personal assistants

Samsung Bot Care and Bot Handy are home robots that wish to be our personal assistants.

Samsung Bot Care

 

Our homes have long been invaded by domestic robots. Consumers may now get their hands on a highly powerful and fairly priced vacuum cleaner, floor sweeper, or kitchen robot, among other possibilities, thanks to artificial intelligence's phenomenal progress over the previous decade. These devices, however, are still a long way from the robotic home aides depicted in science fiction films.


Samsung has taken a startling stride forward in the field of home robotics during its presentation at the virtual CES, which began today. And is that it has launched two home robots that are loaded with artificial intelligence and designed to work as a personal assistant and take care of many of the household chores that most users, no doubt, would appreciate being free of. They're the Bot Care and Bot Handy robots, and they're truly incredible.

Samsung Bot Care is a personal assistant that learns our routines.

What Samsung promised us during the unveiling of this household robot did not disappoint. This device, according to the South Korean company, is designed to act as a personal assistant capable of recognizing, learning, and making decisions on our behalf based on our behaviors. If we, for example, spend too much time in front of the computer on a daily basis, it will warn us on its own to suggest that we take a break.

This robot's artificial intelligence allows it to walk around our home and detect items in our environment, but its goal isn't to interact with them; instead, it wants to process as much information as possible and incorporate those jobs that humans generally do to make them easier. Furthermore, because of its ability to memorize our schedules, it can provide us with reminders to ensure that we do not miss anything crucial.

During Samsung's presentation, we saw that it has a respectable-sized screen on which, in addition to displaying information about our routines, habits, and reminders, it can also display video calls and video content. The South Korean company has stated that it has just shown us a small portion of the robot's capabilities, but there is little doubt that if it delivers on its promises, it will be a technology worth watching.

This robot, Samsung Bot Handy, urges us to forget about some household duties.

The second robot for the house that Samsung unveiled today is even more shocking than the first. Bot Handy has an articulated gripper on its arm that lets it to recognize items, grab them, and interact with the environment. We were able to watch how it carefully removed plates and glasses from a sink and placed them inside a dishwasher during the presentation, demonstrating that it contains advanced artificial intelligence and image recognition algorithms that are promising to say the least.

The goal of this domestic robot is to take care of some of the chores that most of us would prefer to avoid. One of them is putting dishes and glasses in the dishwasher, but Samsung claims that this inventiveness can also move objects from one location to another, clean, set out our clothes, and so on. Seeing it in action is impressive, so we can only hope that it operates as well in a real-world setting as it does in the video Samsung made for us.

Pricing and availability for Samsung Bot Care and Bot Handy

Samsung has stated that its Bot Care and Bot Handy robots are still in development, so we don't know when or how much they'll cost. They are, nevertheless, far too interesting to be overlooked, so we will keep a watch on them and update you as soon as fresh information becomes available.

 Article by Gerluxe Image: bollyinside

Monday, November 1, 2021

Astro robot - an Amazon robot that was created to infiltrate our homes

 Astro is an Amazon robot that was created to infiltrate our homes and make us fall in love with it.

From its big-eyed look and small size to its limited functions, everything about it is geared to win our trust. But what happens if the kids mistake it for a living creature or start receiving ads from their new pal?

Amazon revealed Astro, its "home robot," on September 28. The $999 (€860) automaton, which has two wheels and a rectangular screen with two orbs for eyes, will be able to keep a watch on the house and join unexpected dance parties, according to the launch video.

There's cause to be skeptical, especially since Astro is essentially a gigantic camera on wheels that will monitor everything we do. Why would anyone want one in their house, then? The explanation for this is due to the way our brains function. People can't help but fall in love with robotic assistants and pets (or "robopets"), according to years of robotics study and prior incarnations.

Owners can develop a strong bond with their robopets. Scientists discovered that robopets like Paro (the robotic seal), Justocat (the robotic cat), Aibo (the robotic dog), and Cuddler (the robotic bear) reduced depression and improved the well-being of older people who happily petted them despite knowing they were not real animals in a review of studies published in 2019. "I know it's an inanimate item, but I can't help but love it," one woman explained.

It isn't all about the robopets. The Roomba disc-shaped self-propelled vacuum cleaner is commonly regarded "part of the family" and can even be given a gender and a name, according to several studies and anecdotes. Some people grieved when the servers that powered Jibo, one of the earliest "social robots," were shut down. Aibo, Sony's robot dog, was entirely useless, but when it was deactivated when the company halted manufacture, some people conducted funerals for it.

What motivates us to do this? According to Mark Edmonds, a computer specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA in the United States), it all starts with trust. Edmonds has investigated why people trust robots and argues that, by default, we trust machines to perform what they have been trained to do. That means that rather than generating confidence, machines must preserve it.

In the instance of Astro, there are two levels of trust. On the surface, there is faith in Astro's ability to execute tasks efficiently and correctly. The deeper issue with Amazon is its erratic track record when it comes to spying and privacy, which is especially problematic given that Astro is largely used for home surveillance. However, Edmonds believes that if Astro simply performs what it's told, some users will be less critical of the second, more serious trust issue. "Prior to addressing privacy, Astro must first address functioning." According to Edmonds, "functionality is a more demanding technological dimension."

Although it may appear difficult to persuade people to trust Astro, Amazon has integrated some essential design aspects, beginning with its "eyes." Astro may not be cute because its "face" is really simply a screen with two circles, but the circles resemble bigger eyes, and its size are similar to those of a child or a newborn animal.

Robopets have long been built with large eyes and bright mouths to appeal to the human brain immediately. Sherry Turkle, an MIT researcher, began examining youngsters who engaged with Furbies in the early 2000s. Despite the fact that they were toys, she discovered that kids acquired a strong relationship to them, owing in part to their physical look.

Turkle found that the eyes of the therapeutic robot Paro make people feel understood and "inspire [a] relationship...not based on their intelligence or awareness, but on the ability to touch certain 'Darwinian' buttons on people (making eye contact, for example) that cause users to respond as if they have a relationship" in a 2020 follow-up study.

Astro's ability to relate to children may be extremely appealing to children. Astro's height, eyes, and sweet looks, according to University of Louisville assistant professor Judith Danovitch, who studies how children interact with Alexa, are definitely "personality cues" that can fascinate and mystify children, especially younger ones who are trying to figure out how to interact with other people.

"For babies, being self-propelled is a sign of animation. "In nature, humans and animals move by their own motor power. Inanimate items, such as rocks, do not. "Understanding this will be difficult for young children," says Danovitch.

Astro may have a secret weapon for making us fall in love, but it isn't quite ready yet. According to documentation obtained by Vice, the robot is not as agile as the debut video portrays (Amazon denies this). With its built-in camera, it can currently patrol the house, play music, and make video calls. It can tell which room you're in and identify amongst your housemates using facial recognition.

For the time being, that's all there is to it. However, this isn't always a bad thing. Astro's limited set of features could be crucial in assisting its integration into our households. Several studies have found that individuals quickly lose faith in robots that are unable to execute basic functions. "When machines are irrational or do something we don't expect them to do," Edmonds says, "trust falls away." Astro's limited abilities may reduce its possibilities of making a mistake (and scaring us).

"Ease of use is often a more crucial indicator of acceptability of home robots than their stated usefulness," says Heather Knight, an assistant professor of computer science at Oregon State University in the United States who studies human-robot interaction. The fact that you can utilize voice assistants like Alexa by simply plugging them in and shouting their name and a command is what makes them so effective.

Astro is clearly seen as a potential family member by Amazon. "We think Astro will be great for families," said Amazon spokeswoman Kristy Schmidt in an email. "As we explained in our blog post introducing Astro, 'In testing, we've been impressed by how many people said Astro's personality made it feel like part of their family, and that they would miss the device in their home once it was returned.'" It's in the design to make youngsters like Astro: Astro, according to Schmidt, is compatible with Amazon Kids, an Alexa feature that allows kids to connect with and play with the company's smart speakers.

As robots grow more integrated in our lives, the line between work and personal life may become increasingly blurred, posing a complicated conflict of interest. What are the ethical implications if our robot tries to sell us something from its maker after we form a relationship with it?

This could be particularly troublesome for children, who lack the ability to recognize that advertisements may portray a product or service that differs from what they see on TV or in other media. "My expectation is that when Amazon tries to share something and send a persuasive message, they'll be perplexed," Danovitch predicts. This could trigger a cascade of ethical difficulties.

Despite this, we're likely to get a future version of Astro and fall for it since we're human and that's what we do.

Article By Gerluxe Image: BBC

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