Monday, January 31, 2022

Asus Zenbo, the wise and versatile home robot

Asus Zenbo

Zenbo is ASUS' attempt to normalize robotics in our homes: it has a 7-inch screen, expresses emotions, reads recipes and takes photos.

We are not sure if in the future that awaits us in a few years we will be able to travel in Hyperloop, our cars will drive themselves or if we will have robots to help us in our daily lives as an evolution of the assistant that is in our phones. ASUS believes so and to prove it they have shown Zenbo, a family robot.

ASUS has had the idea of creating this robot to help the family, a friend for your children and a companion for grandparents. But it is more than a companion, it can move around the house and take notes with voice commands, read recipes, take family photos and videos, remember tasks or play music.

Zenbo uses the camera to recognize the people in front of it so it knows who it's addressing, so if it's a family's robot, it can know how it should address the elders and how to address children.

ASUS says it can express emotions thanks to the graphics it displays on its 6.8-inch touchscreen and perhaps that is one of the most important features, because no robot of this type can have a nice design and if you want children to "respect" it, they should learn to treat it as if it were something that is alive.

Zenbo looks like the result of putting together a Roomba vacuum cleaner with JIBO, the promised household robot and BB-8 in one product. It is, to say the least, a strange robot from a sci-fi fairy tale, but as a concept it may show us where we are going. Maybe this is the future, assistants in your home that can move, recognize people and be companions for people.

It will cost $599, but ASUS has not said when it will launch it or if it will finally become a reality someday.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: zenbo.asus

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Tapia is a robot that wants to be your best friend.

Tapia robot


MJI is a technological business based in Japan that focuses on producing robots for modern humans. Its goal is to develop technologies that accompany you, assisting you in relaxing and being joyful. That's true, this corporation's futuristic bet is that robots will become the company of people who require a nice buddy or assistant.

While other technology companies have focused on developing industrial robots, MJI has chosen to develop alternatives for the household. Tapia, a robot that, in a word, is supposed to become your best friend, is a clear example of its bet.

Tapia features a lot of things that will help you live a less burdened life, in addition to having an ultra-friendly and playful design. Perhaps the most striking feature of this robot is that it has facial and voice recognition, making it simple to identify who is speaking to it and engage in conversation.

Tapia can also read aloud to you or your children, take, save, and save images, as well as play the music you request, make phone calls, schedule appointments for you, read the news, and even monitor your and your loved ones' health.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: nishinippon

Friday, January 28, 2022

T-HR3, Toyota Assistant Robot

 T-HR3, Toyota's Most Up-to-Date Robot

Toyota Assistant Robot
 

Toyota's Assistant Robot the T-HR3 is a third-generation humanoid robot created and built to test new technologies for properly managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings.

Toyota's broad vision of how sophisticated technologies might help suit each individual's distinct mobility needs is reflected in the T-HR3. This new Toyota robot is a step up from the previous generation of humanoid instrument-playing robots that were designed to test precise joint placement and pre-programmed movements.

The T-HR3 is a third-generation humanoid robot capable of assisting humans in a variety of settings, including at home, in medical settings, on construction sites, in disaster-stricken areas, and even in space. "The members of the assistant robot team are committed to developing pleasant and helpful robots that live alongside humans and support them in their everyday activities utilizing the technology incorporated in the T-HR3," says Toyota's General Manager of the Assistant Robot Division, Akifumi Tamaoki.

The Master Maneuvering System, a new remote maneuvering system that allows the robot's entire body to be operated instinctively with remote controls that transfer the movements of the hands, arms, and feet to the robot, as well as a helmet visor that allows the user to see from the robot's perspective, is one of the great novelties of the Toyota T-HR3. Furthermore, Integrated Self-Interference Prevention Technology ensures that the robot and the user's motions do not collide.

Several electric motors, reduction gears, and torque sensors (torque servo modules) are connected to each joint on the T-HR3 and the Master Maneuvering System, which communicate the operator's movements directly to the T-29 HR3's body parts and the Master Maneuvering System's controls to provide the user with a smooth and synchronized experience.

Another key feature of the T-HR3 is its torque servo modules, which enable the robot's core capabilities: Flexible Joint Control, which allows the robot to control the contact force it exerts on any subject or object in its immediate environment; Whole Body Coordination and Balance Control, which allows the robot to maintain its balance if it collides with any object in its environment; and Real Remote Maneuvers, which allows users to control the robot in an intuitive and seamless manner.

Since the 1980s, Toyota has been creating industrial robots to better its manufacturing processes, and the T-HR3 was unveiled at the International Robot Expo 2017, which took place in Tokyo last November 29 2017

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: .global.toyota

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Panasonic charming intelligent robot in the shape of an egg.

Panasonic Pico is an ovoid-shaped robot companion for residential use, at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). N+1's editorial crew received a copy of the new device's press release.

Panasonic Pico robot


Different electronics firms are starting to produce their own robots for household use, thanks to decreasing costs of manufacturing individual parts and the advent of cloud storage services. The limited range of possibilities for interacting with the user was one of the most common flaws shared by most home-use robots. Furthermore, the information that a robot showed onto a screen was frequently given in an unplanned and unnatural manner. In the case of Pico, one of the most well-known decisions was the robot's design decision to forego the humanoid form.

Panasonic Pico robot, which is housed in a plastic egg with a height of 29 cm and a projector on top. Pico can travel at a top speed of 3.5 kilometers per hour on flat surfaces. It also comes with a six-hour built-in battery. Pico's "neck" contains three servomotors, which allow him to point the projector towards the ceiling and give life to his movement.



Panasonic does not reveal many details regarding the robot's capabilities, instead relying on the information supplied in the press announcement, which describes it as a "intelligent companion robot." Only that an upgrade is planned for future production in order to accommodate interactive games is known. According to publicly available information, the robot, like several other domestic robots, is heavily reliant on cloud services, which allow it to freely communicate with humans. There hasn't been any word on when the robot would be available for purchase.

Cozmo, a non-humanoid robot created by the company Anki, is one of several examples of non-humanoid robots that actively interact with people. Cozmo has a cartoon-like physiognomy and is always looking for physical engagement with its surroundings. This robot can imitate various moods and interact with the supplied cubes.



 Article Author Gerluxe Image: news.panasonic

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Olly robot personal assistant with personality

 The Olly robot has positioned itself as one of the coolest technologies we've seen during the 2017 edition of CES, having won four CES Innovation Awards.


Olly robot

It's a voice-activated personal assistant comparable to Google Home or Amazon Alexa. However, because it integrates personality, movement, and interaction, it is a more advanced robot.

For your home, a robot with personality

Olly learns from the actions of its users. Furthermore, it is proactive; it is not passively waiting for you to issue a command. It understands, for example, that when you get home from work, you would prefer to listen to soft music. Alternatively, if it is a rainy day, it will suggest that you read a book and will literally be able to tell you which one would be appropriate based on your preferences.

It takes in information from users, interacts with them, and develops a personality. Not only that, but it moves and glows, making it feel less static than the Amazon Echo.

Olly can recognize and learn from all members of the family, and it will act differently with each of them.

Article Author Gerluxe Image : indiegogo

Monday, January 24, 2022

Moley Robotic Kitchen can prepare over 5,000 recipes

 This kitchen robot may appear to be a futuristic creation, but it is quite close. It's a robotic chef created by the company Moley Robotics that can prepare over 5,000 recipes and scrub dishes as well.

Moley Robotic Kitchen

Technology is growing at a breakneck pace, and we are reaping the benefits in our homes. Cooking robots have advanced significantly in recent years, adding internet connectivity to download recipes and update software with new features, as well as screens for step-by-step assisted cooking. They are not, however, self-contained and require someone to supply ingredients and execute other tasks.

Many people fantasize about the day when they will be able to have a robot that can prepare food without assistance. If you're one of them, you won't have to wait long for your wish to be fulfilled. Although it may appear to be something from the future, there is a robot that not only cooks but also cleans up after itself.

Moley Robotic Kitchen is a robot chef that is completely automated. It includes robotic arms and hands, a recipe recording system, a screen with access to a recipe library, and a full set of kitchen appliances and accessories that are suitable for both robot and human use.

The system is a fully automated kitchen that prepares food and cleans up without the need for human participation, as shown in the video above.

The set is equipped with a variety of sensors, cameras, and electronics that allow the arms to grab the ingredients they require from the shelves or the refrigerator, select the utensils to be used in the recipe's preparation, cook the dish, and clean up after themselves.

The Moley Robotic Kitchen will have a database of 5,000 recipes that will be updated, and owners will be able to submit their own favorites.

We first heard about Moley's robot chef last year, when it was still at the prototype stage, but the commercial version is now available for purchase on the manufacturer's website, Moley Robotics in the United Kingdom.

According to the company's claims to the Daily Mail newspaper, the price of this automated kitchen runs from 33,000 to 61,000 euros, depending on the configuration chosen. This is a secret sum for the time being, but the company claims that they will be able to lower their prices over time.

 

Article Author Gerluxe  Image: newatlas

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Autonomous Nissan Pitch-R paints soccer fields on its own



Equipped with ProPILOT technology, it detects surfaces with sufficient gap to create fields.

Nissan Pitch-R


An important part of new technologies is to make them visible to the general public. Nissan, as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League final, had the perfect setting last weekend at the final in Kiev, something it took advantage of to show the world its autonomous technology with the Pitch-R.

This small autonomous robot has the Nissan ProPILOT system, which in this case consists of several cameras, a GPS locator and an anti-collision system. These elements, which in vehicles that circulate on the road are used to facilitate driving, in this model are used for a peculiar purpose: to paint soccer fields.

Equipped with an ecological paint tank, it detects surfaces where there is enough space to create a field, regardless of whether it is asphalt, dirt or grass. Once it has charged its electric battery, it is enough to let it loose somewhere, at which point it proceeds to analyze the surroundings looking for a spot with optimal space, which does not need to be completely smooth.

Once it has found it, it starts to draw all the lines that form the playing field, a process that takes 20 minutes at most and that can be for indoor soccer, 7-a-side soccer or 11-a-side soccer.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: unit9

Friday, January 21, 2022

MoRo, the robot that helps with household chores

MoRo is a robot that assists with home tasks.

MoRo robot


Ewaybot, a Chinese firm, is'strolling' around the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES 2017) with MoRo, a robot whose sole aim is to make humans' lives easier.

The MoRo robotic helper is designed to move and function both inside and outside the home, according to its developers in a YouTube presentation. It essentially makes domestic chores easier.

With the help of a built-in camera, Ewaybot's device can grip and hold objects, listen to and understand vocal orders, and recognise the faces of people present in a room.

 


The robot stands 1.2 meters tall, weighs 35 kilograms, has a 40-centimeter-wide base, and arms with six bending points and a 70-centimeter reach. It features Wi-Fi capabilities. It can also last up to eight hours on a single charge.

MoRo is being marketed at CES 2017 for educational, scientific, and academic reasons, according to Ewaybot. Despite the fact that it is meant for domestic usage, this is the case. The price of this method is the reason behind it: $30,000.


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Lynx, a companion robot compatible with Amazon's Alexa technology.

Lynx is a new robot that works with Alexa from Amazon.

lynx robot

The 2017 edition of CES, one of the most renowned technology exhibitions of the year, included a large number of robots among the new products on display. Lynx, a robot that works with Alexa technology, Amazon's personal assistant, is one of those that has garnered the most interest.

Ubtech Robotics, a business with a lot of experience in the field of robotics, created the robot we're talking about. In fact, the business has other robots on display at this year's CES. If we concentrate on some of Lynx's features, we can see that the robot has facial recognition technology and can send customised greetings. It will also be able to play music and show us what is happening at home while we are away.

Lynx is a robot that combines Alpha Robot's voice recognition and AI skills with Amazon's Alexa voice recognition and AI. Lynx is a platform that combines exceptional intelligence and robotics in a simple to use format. When you can't be there, be there in Avatar Mode. From anywhere in the globe, turn on Avatar Mode in the Lynx app. Your Lynx robot allows you to see, hear, and communicate. You may also use the Lynx Robot app on your smartphone to command Lynx to do things like wave, embrace, or dance.

Having a companion around the house is a plus.

Because of the many functions the Lynx can perform, such as facial recognition, personalized greetings, music playback, live feeds from your home while you're away, event reminders, and calendar alerts, Ubtech refers to it as a "partner in the home." The Lynx can use Alexa to order Prime products from Amazon using simple voice commands.

Lynx's powers, of course, do not stop there. The company's robot will also be responsible for reminding us of upcoming activities and notifying us of calendar notifications. But, without a doubt, one of its strongest features is its Alexa compatibility, which will allow us to conduct Amazon orders using simple voice commands.

At this time, we can't deny that this is an intriguing model, even if some of the most significant aspects, such as the pricing and availability of the product, are still unclear. Nonetheless, we know that Lynx will hit the market later this year, so we'll keep an eye out for any updates.


Article Author Gerluxe Image: theverge

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Jumping Bionic Kangaroo

Jumping kinematics that are efficient and allow for energy recovery

 
Bionic Kangaroo

Festo is well-known in the robotics industry for its eye-catching aesthetics. They proved this in 2011 at the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh with their robotic seagull, and afterwards with creations like their BionicOpter or the Dr. Octopus-like robotic arms we just discussed.

This German company has now produced a one-of-a-kind robotic kangaroo as part of its "Bionic Learning Network," a program that aims to employ natural principles to "inspire technical applications." The so-called BionicKangaroo imitates kangaroo behavior and is capable of recovering energy from one jump in order to fuel the next. That is exactly what kangaroos do in the wild, and in Festo's design, that process is accomplished via an elastic spring that "recharges" the legs after each hop.

The robot is only one meter tall and weighs seven kilograms, but it can jump 0.4 meters vertically and 0.8 meters horizontally. The pneumatic muscles that allow the bionic kangaroo to jump are powered by an internal battery and a compressor that generates high-pressure air. Because of the energy gained in each previous jump, following jumps cost less and less energy as the robot continues to hop.


In the Bionic Learning Network, new propulsion systems and modes of movement have always played a vital role. That's why we took the kangaroo's distinctive motion and applied it to the Bionic Kangaroo on a technical level. It can recuperate the energy from the jump, store it in its Achilles tendon, and utilise it efficiently for the next jump, much like its natural model.

An elastic rubber band performs the vital function of the native Achilles tendon. It is linked to the back of the leg and runs parallel to the knee joint's pneumatic cylinder, which initiates the jump. With the same manner as a natural kangaroo, the artificial tendon cushions the hop when it hits the ground, absorbs the kinetic energy, and releases it for the next jump.

Jumping behavior that is both stable and dynamic

During leaps and landings, condition monitoring and precision control and regulation technology provide steadiness. The pneumatic technology helps the robot kangaroo reach its great jumping force. Wherever maximal positional accuracy is necessary, such as in the regulation of the tail and hips, electric motors are used. In a highly dynamic system, the artificial kangaroo demonstrates how pneumatic and electric drive technology may be coupled efficiently and intelligently.

Gesture control allows for intuitive operation.

Gestures are used to control the Bionic Kangaroo. It is started by moving one's hand. Your hand revolves on its own axis as you wave it. A unique armband records the user's movements and communicates them to the artificial kangaroo's controller via Bluetooth.

On-board power supply for mobile devices

The artificial kangaroo's transportable power supply was given considerable consideration by our engineers. The team even came up with two separate concepts: one with a built-in compressor and the other with a mobile high-pressure accumulator. The locomotory apparatus is made up of carbon-reinforced laser-sintered components. This implies that the nearly one-meter-tall artificial animal weighs just under 7 kg and can jump 40 cm high and 80 cm wide.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: festo

Monday, January 17, 2022

RoboBee, a revolutionary micro robot from Harvard, can fly, dive, swim, and jump in water.

RoboBee

RoboBees that can fly, adhere to walls, and plunge into water have been seen. Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have designed a hybrid robot that can fly, dive into water, swim, exit the water, and land safely, all while being inspired by insects.

RoboBee, a new hybrid, can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself out of the water, and land safely. The RoboBee has four buoyant chambers and a central gas collection chamber. An electrolytic plate in the chamber transforms water into oxyhydrogen, a flammable gas fuel, once the RoboBee reaches the surface.

This new RoboBee, which is 1,000 times lighter than any prior aerial-aquatic robot, might be utilized for a variety of tasks, including search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and biological research.

Science Robotics published an article about the study. It was led by a group of researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

"This is the first microrobot capable of moving repeatedly within and in complicated surroundings," says Yufeng Chen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar at the Wyss Institute who was a graduate student in the Microrobotics Lab at SEAS at the time of the research and the paper's first author. "We created novel systems that allow the vehicle to transition directly from water to air, which is something that nature cannot do in the insect world."

The surrounding water is collected in a flotation chamber once the robot reaches the water's surface. An electrolytic plate inside the chamber created oxyhydrogen. The robot's buoyancy is boosted as a result, allowing it to thrust its wings out of the water. When the robot's wings begin to flap, the surface tension of the water maintains it upright. The oxyhydrogen fuel is then ignited by a Sparker, giving the robot a boost and allowing it to jump from the water's surface. Environmental exploration and search and rescue missions could both benefit from hybrid aerial-aquatic robots.

Another issue is that designing a millimeter-sized robot that can move in and out of water is difficult. For starters, because water is 1,000 times denser than air, the flapping speed of the robot's wing will differ significantly between the two mediums. The RoboBee cannot fly if the flapping frequency is too low. The wing will break off in the water if it is too high.

The researchers discovered Goldilocks' combination of wing size and flapping speed by integrating theoretical models and experimental data, expanding the design to allow the bee to fly in both air and water repeatedly. The robot moves its wings from 220 to 300 hertz in the air and from nine to thirteen hertz in the water using this multimodal locomotive technique.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: qz

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Murata Cheerleaders, robotic cheerleaders that dance in sync


 

Murata Cheerleaders

(EFE) - Tokyo (EFE) - Murata, a Japanese technology company, unveiled its next generation of robots today in Tokyo, consisting of ten little and happy cheerleaders who can hold onto a ball and do synchronized choreography without clashing.

Each robot is equipped with three gyro sensors that detect their leaning direction and cause them to move in that direction.

During the wheel presentation today, project leader Koichi Yoshikawa remarked, "We want the Murata Cheerleaders to inspire young researchers in their new discoveries and put smiles on people's faces around the world."

The robots, which will not be sold, incorporate technologies that could be useful in the real world and highlight Japan's inexorable robotics growth.

Their 36 centimeters in height and 1.5 kilos in weight are sufficient to give them an hour of autonomy and conceal the secrets that allow these cheerleaders to swing at 30 centimeters per second without hitting or falling.

To accomplish this, each robot is equipped with three gyro sensors that detect the direction in which they are leaning and cause them to move in that direction. This is an update of the system developed for the previous Murata Boy and Murata Girl models, to which a technology that allows them to detect angles of rotation has been added.

According to Yoshikawa, these sensors are identical to those found in cameras, automotive navigation systems, and the most recent electric stability control (ESC) systems in vehicles, which keep them from skidding.

In addition, each robot has five ultrasonic microphones and four infrared sensors hidden in its helmet that identify its present position and allow it to locate anything within a 16-meter radius, even in the dark.

The data obtained by these sensors is transmitted among them over a wireless network, allowing each cheerleader to properly find the others while dancing with their multicolored LED pom-poms and avoid any possible collisions.

This group control technique was created in partnership with experts at Kyoto University's Matsuno Laboratory and can be used to develop "safer and more efficient" vehicles and transportation in the future, according to Yoshikawa.

Other potential applications for this sensing and communication technology include energy management systems for homes and buildings, as well as the transmission of people's vital signs and "advanced" healthcare, he added.

The Murata Cheerleaders, whose public debut coincides with the company's 70th anniversary, are the fourth generation of Murata robots, following the introduction of the first Murata Boy in 1991, the second in 2005, and the arrival of Murata Girl in 2008.

The new Murata cheerleaders will be on exhibit at the forthcoming Ceatec 2014 in Tokyo, where they will be on display between October 7 and 11.


Article Author Gerluxe Image: Murata

Friday, January 14, 2022

LG Rolling Bot: much more than a toy

 The LG Rolling Bot is more than just a toy.

LG Rolling Bot



This rolling robot is equipped with a camera that can send live video to the LG G5. It's marketed as a home security system by the firm.

The Rolling Bot is the most shocking of LG's "friends" for its latest flagship, the LG G5. It's a robot that can be operated remotely via a smartphone and looks like something from the Star Wars universe. This spherical contraption may appear to be a toy at first appearance, yet it has many practical applications.

The LG Rolling Bot is a rolling camera first and foremost. It's a fantastic fit for the G5's new ecosystem of devices, which the Korean business has created. The user will be able to shoot videos and photographs like never before with the 360 CAM, for example. Imagine chasing your pet around the house with this robot while recording it from afar.
 


It is a tireless watchdog of the house, in addition to all of the entertaining applications for making entertainment content. The Rolling Bot can be utilized as a home security tool, acting as a WiFi-controlled sentry. It will allow the user to connect to the camera and watch live video on their LG G5.

It does the job with an 8-megapixel sensor. The camera quality respects the balance between image sharpness and video file size because this gadget is designed to be managed remotely via wireless technology. As a result, using it at work is a completely smooth experience. With the Rolling Bot, the LG G5 enhances its capabilities and outperforms other smartphones on the market.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: wareable

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Romeo robot designed to assist the elderly

Romeo robot

Aldebaran Robotic, a French corporation, has given its new humanoid the name Romeo. It stands 1.40 meters tall and weighs only 40 kilograms, and it is being developed to aid senior people in their retirement in the near future.

According to its creators, Romeo, which was shown on March 18 at the Innorobo Robotics Show in Lyon under the motto "a true companion and personal assistant," promises to be a true revolution in supporting people in nursing homes and retirement homes.

Romeo, who is around the same height and weight as a youngster, is anticipated to start assisting seniors in 2017. (or 2019 at the latest). Its body is made of carbon fiber and rubber to prevent injuries in the event of a collision with a user. The most essential thing, according to the French company, is to modify its use so that end users, such as the elderly, can benefit from its assistance and company without risking their lives.

It has a three-dimensional vision of its surroundings and is able to interact with them. It can move by imitating human footsteps, carry out home activities (such as cooking, shopping, and carrying goods...), and carry on a conversation if necessary.

Its progress is hardly surprising, given that Aldebaran Robotic, a French corporation, has been nurturing this project since 2009, and it has steadily taken shape, expanding from its most basic robot, which was dubbed Nao and can be seen here.

At the present, just four units of our helpful friend are available, and they have been purchased by a number of European development agencies who are evaluating how to improve and adapt the project in the near future (they intend to approve its use in 2016).

We can find all kinds of information about it on its official website, from body plans to various uses that are meant to provide him, sure, we will have to deal with the French to understand something.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image:specs-lab

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The robot that irons, folds and perfumes clothes in seconds

 In seconds, a robot irons, folds, and scents garments.

foldimate


Many people will benefit from this amazing invention. It's a machine that irons, folds, and sprays garments with a mild fragrance in just four seconds.

The robot was first shown at the CES technology show in Las Vegas in 2017 and has since been updated before going on sale. According to FoldiMate of the United States, the device will be available in late 2019 and the first units can already be reserved.

FoldiMate may be used for T-shirts and slacks in sizes larger than six-year-old children and smaller than XXL for adults, as well as small, medium, and large pillows and towels, with an operation time of just four seconds each garment.




The clothing is introduced at the top, ironed, perfumed, and folded within, then placed in a basket at the bottom to utilize FoldiMate. According to FoldiMate, there is no limit to the quantity of clothing that can be collected from the drawer.

The device's major flaw is the amount of space it takes up, as it stands one meter and 25 centimeters tall, 70 centimeters deep, and 60 centimeters wide, making it larger than other household appliances.

FoldiMate can already be reserved for $980 before its official launch at the end of 2019. Although taxes, shipping charges, and a $85 deposit must be added, this pricing includes a 10% discount on the ultimate price, and the company only promises shipping within the United States for the time being.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image:  foldimate

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

BUDDY - A robot that interacts with your family and your home

 A robot that communicates with your family and interacts with your home



buddy robot


BUDDY -  A home social robot designed by Blue Frog Robotics, a French technology company, to connect, defend, and interact with the family.

BUDDY is the first domestic social robot designed by French technology company Blue Frog Robotics to connect, protect, and interact with all members of the family. It is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo for its development and eventual commercialization, which is expected by the end of next year.

BUDDY, weighing only 5 kg and standing 56 cm tall, has limitless options for assisting in the organization of a modern family's everyday routine. Its makers claim that it will be a simple and easy-to-use device that will blend in smoothly with family life. It will not require any assembly or hardware configuration because it will be pre-programmed and ready to use at the factory.

 


The ability to collaborate in daily chores such as remembering major events of the day, following directions from a family member, answering calls, or capturing images and videos stands out among the different functionalities given by this home Android. But that's not all; it'll also act as entertainment for the kids or as a way to keep the house safe when we're away.

The social robot includes WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology, speakers, an integrated digital camera, thermal and motion sensors, and even an interactive screen that displays the android's facial features with a variety of gestures and expressions in response to each stimulus received, as it could not be otherwise. It also includes 16 GB of internal storage and a lithium-ion battery that gives it a battery life of roughly 10 hours.

The audio and video software will also allow users to record and recognize family members, as well as interpret human language in order to connect verbally with family and friends. Furthermore, we may use the remote control technology to access your camera from our phones and control everything that happens in our house while we are away.

As a result, this is a useful home security gadget that can be used to check if the oven is properly switched off, detect a water leak, or just operate basic domestic equipment like thermostats, locks, and switches.

We are surely confronting a fascinating multipurpose home android that can help us out of more than one difficulty from 2016 based on the success of the crowdfunding campaign conducted on Indiegogo. With only a few days left in the crowdfunding campaign, it has raised more than $150,000, much exceeding the $100,000 goal set by its designers for its development and eventual commercialization.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: petagadget


Monday, January 10, 2022

Cafe X is the first robotic coffee business in the United States

Coffee businesses are getting robots, and this one can pour up to 120 cups each hour without stopping.

cafe x robot

Henry Hu is not a coffee enthusiast, but he drinks approximately five cups every day to keep himself alert. Hu observed one day that traveling to the coffee shop took a significant amount of time, especially when he had to wait in line, order his drink, pay, and wait for it to arrive, a procedure he thought could be made more efficient.

As a result, Hu decided to drop out of college and put everything he had learnt while waiting in line at the coffee shop to use. He developed a robotic coffee shop notion, presented it to the Thiel Fellowship business incubator, earned $100,000 to advance his idea, and today inaugurated 'Cafe X,' San Francisco's first robot-operated coffee shop.

 

Cafe X is the first robotic coffee business in the United States, according to Hu, and is focused on providing customers who just want a well-prepared coffee without the usage of artificial additives from vending machines. As a result, he chose to form partnerships with local enterprises that sell coffee beans in order to improve the local economy.

Hu noticed that in coffee shops, a lot of time was spent due to needing to conduct numerous stages, in addition to the human component, which affected reaction time due to chats, breaks, meal times, and shift changes. This is how he obtained a Mitsubishi 6-axis industrial robot, which is extensively used in various manufacturing lines, and programmed it with simple movements to fulfill the task of serving coffee.

Cafe X uses an automated system to control the equipment and coordinate them with the robot's movements, allowing us to order a coffee and customize it with the amount of milk, bean type, additional tastes, and other possibilities. The benefit is that we are provided with a mobile application that is compatible with iOS and Android, from which we can order our drink, pay for it instantaneously, and then simply go pick up our coffee using the code provided by the app. Alternatively, we can use the three tablets provided at the kiosk to place our order.

This robot can serve between 100 and 120 cups each hour and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a result, a 250 milliliter cup of coffee costs an average of $2, while other options in the neighborhood charge between $4 and $5. Cafe X currently has only two locations worldwide, in San Francisco and Hong Kong, but Hu hopes to expand his system to shopping malls and corporate offices across California and the rest of the United States.

This move comes as no surprise, and it adds to a rising trend of companies incorporating robots into previously human-only procedures. We've already seen it with McDonald's, and we've seen it in San Francisco with the Easta restaurant, which are just two instances of how this technology will be used in the future.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: skautogas

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Gita the Piaggo robot

 Piaggo, the Vespa manufacturer, develops a robot that can transport groceries and luggage.

Gita robot



With its renowned Vespa, Piaggio enchanted an entire generation, and it appears that the company is keen not to be forgotten in the golden years. Gita, a droid that will certainly remind us of R2D2, is the result of the manufacturer's decision to provide a twist to its manufacturing line renewing itself, always around the wheel. In this scenario, the Italian firm's robot is designed to aid the user in carrying groceries or luggage, however Piaggio envisions a future with even more features.

Gita is the first student of a huge project called Piaggio Fast Forward (which may be translated as Piaggio's "look forward"), in which the brand is developing new products with the goal of expanding into new markets in the future. This innovation project is based in the United States, and its creative hub is supervised by notable people such as John Hoke (Nike's head of design) and Doug Brent (Trimble's innovation director), among others.


But, what is Gita, and why is it important? A droid or a miniature robot at the service of humans is the most accurate description of this product. Gita resembles a large wheel that follows and conveys the user's cargo, whether it's shopping, luggage, or any other item that has to be transported. "Imagine how different it would be to go around with your hands free and a partner carrying all your belongings," the company writes on its website.

That's the basic concept: a companion robot that moves objects that we previously had to carry in our hands. Gita follows us about without losing sight of its owner, reaching a maximal speed of 35 kilometers per hour (the maximum speed at which a human can run). Gita's inventors have gone far beyond simply seeing Gita as a transport robot, creating a series of YouTube movies that demonstrate the robot's many capabilities.

Thus, we could instruct the robot to walk our dog or deliver a bottle of wine to some friends (both activities performed without the presence of a human), as well as serve as an intelligent transport cart within a factory. For the time being, no other information about this robot, including its commercial availability or price, has been revealed.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: businessinsider

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Loomo - an incredible futuristic segway equipped with high technology,

 

Segway Loomo Robot

 

With powerful, best-in-class Segway-Ninebot mobility capabilities and Intel RealsenseTM technology, the Segway Loomo Robot is the smartest and most capable personal vehicle ever designed. An object detection and tracking system (DTS) and a human understanding system make up Loomo's visual system (HUS).

As a consequence, Loomo can consistently travel to a specified location, track and follow its objective in real time, and avoid impediments in its way.

Loomo is a fantastic future segway with cutting-edge technology. Unlike traditional segways, Loomo features sophisticated artificial intelligence, making it part robot and half segway.

Transportation innovation

Innovative functionalities may not appear to be necessary at first, but they indicate a transition in transportation, such as in the case of Loomo, which has revolutionized the entire transportation experience.

Thanks to the gyroscope mechanism, Loomo is incredibly stable, moves smoothly, and maintains its balance easily.

A segway with intelligence

You can communicate with Lomo because it can listen to voice instructions and gestures, recognize bodies and faces through facial recognition, analyze your gestures to better understand your behaviors, and has its own personality with expressions and movements that will astound you.

Object identification and tracking technologies, as well as a human understanding system, are included in this remarkable segway.

Loomo can follow you about on its own, avoiding obstructions and recording stabilized footage.

Other features

This segway has a top speed of 18 km/h and a range of 35 kilometers on a single charge.

It has a built-in display and an easy-to-use interface for navigating its choices.

The most advanced segway is Lomoo.

As if that wasn't enough, we can now manage the segway using an app, which allows you to direct it where you want it to go, view through its camera, capture photos and movies, and even give it sentences to speak.

Furthermore, its wheels are non-slip and can be used on a variety of conditions, including grass, mud, slopes, and other uneven surfaces.

Segway Lomoo is a futuristic segway.

For the time being, the Segway Lomoo is a project on Indiegogo, with a release date of September 2018.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: segway

Friday, January 7, 2022

Leka, the robot designed for children with special needs

 The robot Leka was created for kids with special needs.

leka robot

The Leka robot was created specifically for kids with special needs to learn. It has launched an Indiegogo financing campaign.

The Leka project arose from a meeting between Ladislas de Toldi and Marine Couteau at the École de Biologie Industrielle in Paris, where a teacher challenged them to create a tool that would fulfill the needs of children with autism. They got to work, and the result is a robot that is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo. It's a circular construction with a screen and a sequence of lights arranged around it.

As the kids interacts with the robot, Leka reacts to his or her movements. In this approach, the child's screen - which usually displays a sketched picture of a pleasant face - can alter based on the stimuli required at any given time. The lights enable for a quick and visible response from the device when interacting with it.

It is marketed as an educational toy in the Indiegogo campaign by its designers. However, Leka will also be used by parents and therapists to help children make cognitive and motor improvement.

The robot was originally designed for children with autism, but after its installation in Leka, various activities have been developed that allow children with all types of needs to benefit from the device's interaction. The product's purpose is to promote the child's learning and encourage him to participate in educational activities.

One thing to remember is that children with special needs, no matter what they are, typically play alone. As a result, toys are extremely significant and can be utilized to stimulate children. The device was created by robotics experts in partnership with therapists and education professionals, particularly in the area of imparting skills to youngsters with special needs.

Another advance made by Leka is its capacity to capture data while it is being used. The robot is outfitted with a number of sensors that, in addition to managing movement and lighting, can also record a significant quantity of data. As a result, the gadget can monitor the child's actions, and later data processing allows for the extraction of patterns that parents and therapists can exploit.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: theverge

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Kuri, a home companion robot with a lot of personality

 Kuri is a friendly home robot with a lot of personality.

 

Kuri robot

CES 2017, we've already seen a lot of big brand advancements, but there are also a lot of little entrepreneurs there, pitching their goods and projects to possible investors. Kuri, a curious companion robot from Mayfield Robotics, seeks to capture everyone's attention with his sensitive disposition.

Kuri is similar to voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, but unlike those two, Kuri has wheels and eyes, allowing it to roam around the house while responding to our commands. Kuri's makers wanted to create an assistant with some personality, one that feels more like a pet than a robot, which is why he has a wide range of expressions that allow us to believe he had sentiments.



Kuri's main feature is that it can be used as a bluetooth speaker to play music from our smartphones. The robot can use facial recognition software to scan the faces of household members and respond to their requests or follow them as they walk thanks to its 1080p front-facing camera. Because the robot's head is touch-sensitive, it may be triggered by caressing it or saying the code phrase "Hey Kuri."

Kuri may be used as a mobile security camera when no one is home, and it will be controlled by a companion app that will be available for both Android and iOS devices. The user will be able to operate the robot and travel around the house using this app to ensure that everything is in working condition. Kuri will also be able to control smart home devices such as lighting, air conditioners, and other smart home gadgets via WiFi connectivity; the robot may even be configured to send a text message when a member of the family arrives home.

Mayfield Robotics was recently acquired by Bosch, and Kuri is expected to be released later this year. It is currently available for a pre-sale price of $699 to interested parties.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: techxplore

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The story of Athena, the first humanoid robot to travel on an airplane as a passenger.

Athena, the first humanoid robot to fly as a passenger on an airplane.

Athena robot

It was constructed by PhD students, who transported it to Germany to learn to walk with it yesterday. He had a ticket and a passport with him.

At Los Angeles International Airport yesterday, a humanoid robot with a head, hands, feet, and red slippers boarded a trip to Germany, becoming the first robot to travel as a paying passenger on an airline.

At the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the robot, named Athena, caused a scene as he was pushed in a wheelchair to the Lufthansa ticket counter to pick up his ticket to Frankfurt. Onlookers pointed their mobile phone cameras at him, saying, "It's a robot!" Television teams encircled him, camera flashes went off, and people shouted, "It's a robot!"

Athena was built by Sarcos, a Salt Lake City engineering and robotics company. It was purchased by the Max Planck Society in Germany, which is working with researchers at the University of Southern California to get it to perform tasks that are too dangerous for humans, such as the cleanup after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

"We don't want them to go there as people and risk their lives," Alexander Herzog, a Max Planck doctoral student, said as he pushed Athena around the airport. "I'd like a robot to do the same things as me, like open doors and clean."

Athena can just sit and absorb the attention for the time being. Though her hands can work and her blue-colored mouth shines in a white helmet outfitted with cameras and sensors, the software to make her legs move is still in development.

A pat-down using electrical technology

Despite the fact that she purchased an economy ticket, she received preferential treatment, such as being the first in line for first-class passengers.

While Athena didn't have to go through the standard metal detector, she did have to go through a special electronic pat-down, according to airport spokeswoman Nancy Suey Castles. She explained, "AST didn't want us to say what it is."

In terms of the journey, Athena was strapped into a seat like any other passenger, though she was placed in the off position, and was escorted to her new laboratory in Germany by Herzog and Jeannette Bohg, a research scientist at the Max Planck Society.

No one from Lufthansa could be reached for comment.


Athena might have been transported in a large box like any other technological device, but Castles explained that the researchers "wanted to test how humans responded to a robot sitting in an airliner." "It's also cheaper to acquire a seat," he continued.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: dailymail

Monday, January 3, 2022

ElliQ - an artificial intelligence half tablet, half robot

 ElliQ is an artificial intelligence-powered companion that is half tablet, half robot, and appears like a desk lamp without attempting to be human.


ElliQ robot

"Electricity!" ElliQ responds when asked what her favorite dish is. She is, after all, a robot, but she was created to accompany the elderly.

We live in a technologically driven world, whether we like it or not. While the majority of us use Google to find answers in seconds, others of us are still learning how to use technology.

ElliQ was created with the goal of demonstrating how technology can keep elders active, interested, and connected. This "happy aging companion" enables individuals to age in their own homes and is the first proactive digital companion that fosters interactions by suggesting sharing games, listening to music, sipping water, going on a stroll, or calling grandchildren. It's also kid-friendly because it allows for intergenerational interactions.

The term "digital divide" is now commonly used to characterize the separation between those who are technologically skilled and others who are left behind. Technology, when utilized effectively, can provide all of the tools we need to stay more connected, engaged, and informed.

ElliQ was created by Intuition Robotics to serve senior citizens, but it can also assist others. It is not difficult to use cognitive artificial intelligence, which is a combination of traditional artificial intelligence with human-like reasoning.

Dor Skuler, a tech enthusiast and entrepreneur, and co-founders Itai Mendelsohn and Roy Amir founded Israeli business Intuition Robotics in 2015 with the purpose of addressing the negative impacts of loneliness on longevity. Ninety percent of senior citizens prefer to age at home, yet social isolation and loneliness can be harmful to physical and mental health. Because they all had elderly parents, they wanted to perform a project with a big societal impact, which drove them to explore and develop the idea that became ElliQ.

To enable ElliQ to make its own decisions and learn from its experiences, the three partnered with award-winning Swiss designer Yves Behar and American tech guru Don Norman. ElliQ, rather than being a reactive assistant like Apple's Siri, intends to build a more genuine relationship with users and encourage them to live a better lifestyle.

The tabletop robot can recognize its owner's face and learn about their daily routines, such as reading messages, showing images, and taking video chats. It offers suggestions and guidance, answers questions, interacts throughout the day, makes appointments, and reminds users to take their medication by mimicking human actions and responding to voice, look, and touch. It can also keep track of when the user wakes up and if a stranger enters the residence.

ElliQ is powered by the 'Q' cognitive platform, which recognizes signals like user feedback and satisfaction and updates and modifies them based on reward.

"Do you want to call Liz and wish her a happy birthday?" "It's Liz's birthday today; do you want to call her and wish her a happy birthday?" ElliQ

"You can age well in a variety of ways, depending on your lifestyle and preferences," Dor Skuler says. "However, a smooth transition to this stage of life generally includes staying engaged with the world around you, staying connected to family and friends, and staying emotionally close to your loved ones, even if they live far away." "Keeping one's independence is another crucial value that technology can assist, and the key is simplicity and ease of use." We believe that technology has the power to improve the planet."

Loneliness has become such a major public health concern in the United Kingdom that a Minister for Loneliness was appointed in 2018, and the impact of isolation on health has been compared to the life-shortening effects of smoking 15 cigarettes per day. ElliQ encourages seniors to stay active and stimulated by using powerful incentive strategies and proactive interactions.

"A lot of senior care technology focuses on impairments and illnesses. This type of everyday connection, on the other hand, is good for your health and can lead to fewer doctor visits during the year, which equals lower medical costs."

The goal is to keep seniors connected and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to make aging as enjoyable and healthy as possible. "It is our honest aim that, through ElliQ and other products, seniors will regard technology as a necessary tool to help them succeed, rather than something to dread or condemn," says the company.

Intuition Robotics, an award-winning company, raised $20 million in 2017. ElliQ was recently named one of TIME magazine's Best Inventions of 2019, "a big milestone we're tremendously pleased of," according to the publication.

"However, seeing seniors smile as they interact with ElliQ brings us the most joy." It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

Article Author Gerluxe  Image; rapid-city

Saturday, January 1, 2022

HitchBOT, the human-powered robot experiment

 HitchBOT, the human-powered robot experiment, was put to death in Philadelphia.

 


The goal of HitchBOT, a social experiment in the shape of a robot constructed by Canadian researchers David Harris and Frauke Zeller, was to "see if robots can trust people." Surprisingly, this robot, which had hitchhiked 6,000 kilometers across three nations, was destroyed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An individual kicked a highway repeatedly till it was damaged while waiting to be picked up by a Good Samaritan who would transport it to another location. According to its creators, HitchBOT, which was made from discarded household appliances, is likely to be reincarnated.

According to its designers, two Canadian researchers, HitchBOT, the sociological experiment in the form of a robot that hitchhiked through three countries before being destroyed over the weekend in Philadelphia, USA, has a chance of being reincarnated.



HitchBOT, a tiny robot constructed in 2014 by Canadian academics David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller from home appliance leftovers, was 'killed' on the streets of Philadelphia over the weekend while waiting for a Good Samaritan to resume its road trip in the United States. During the delay, security cameras capture footage of someone repeatedly kicking HitchBOT to bits.

Despite its demise, both the robot's creators and the robot itself remained hopeful for the future. "Wow, my body has been injured, yet I'm still living with all my buddies," HitchBOT wrote on Twitter.

Smith and Zeller, for their part, believe there is a good chance HitchBOT will be reincarnated, and they do not want to rule out the possibility of the robot's reincarnation by declaring the experiment dead.

According to HitchBOT's website, the objective of this strange innovation was simple: "to travel the globe and make new friends along the way." HitchBOT's developer stated when the robot was created that it was an experiment to see how people interacted with increasingly advanced technical equipment that had "personality."

HitchBOT was the size of a six-year-old child, with a bucket-like body, solar panels to recharge its batteries, and limbs constructed of foam cylinders similar to those used by children to float in swimming pools.

HitchBOT has a simple screen in its head that could show a pair of eyes and a mouth. When spoken to, it was programmed to understand and carry on a simple conversation. It has access to Wikipedia and used its camera to share photos of its adventures on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. It was also connected to a child's car seat to make it easier for drivers to secure its seat belt while picking it up.

HitchBOT would stand on the side of the road with his arm outstretched, like all hitchhikers, waiting for someone to take pity on him and carry him for a while. Until someone else came seeking for him, the driver would abandon him in a ditch at his destination. Thus, the robot crossed the 6,000 kilometers between Halifax, on the Atlantic coast, and Victoria, on Canada's Pacific coast, in three weeks.



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