Pepper Robot

The latest creation from Aldebaran, Pepper is the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans. Pepper is a social robot able to converse with you, recognize and react to your emotions, move and live autonomously. Engaging and friendly, Pepper is much more than a robot, he’s a companion able to communicate with you through the most intuitive interface we know, voice, touch and emotions. Created for SoftBank Mobile, one of the largest mobile phone operators in Japan- Pepper is already gre...
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Microbe Powered Robot

A new robot created by researchers at the University of Bristol has the mission of cleaning ponds and lakes. Powered by the microbes it scoops up from the water and digests, it doesn't need any recharging to keep going. The Row-bot is inspired by the water boatman insect and uses a similar mechanism to glide across the surface of water, in the robot's case, a paddle powered by a 0.75 Watt DC motor. Both bug and robot maximize surface area when making a power stroke and then minimize surface area...
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Walk-Man – The Humanoid Search and Rescue Robot

Scientists from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) and University of Pisa in Italy have developed an anthropomorphic robot that can use human tools and interact with its surrounding environment in the same way as a human. The researchers hope that the robot, colloquially known as Walk-Man, will find use in search and rescue situations that are too dangerous for humans to engage in. Lead researcher Nikos Tsagarakis believes Walk-Man will be well accommodated in ...
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Hardware store robot gives customers high-tech help

Robotics technology benefits the customers and employees in many ways. San Jose's Orchard Supply Hardware, a subsidiary of Lowe's has brought in the Oshbot robot. About the size of small refrigerator, the talking robot can guide you through the aisles to the item you want. It even uses its 3D camera to determine the make and model of that rusty hinge you brought from home. "There's no way that every sales associate could know the exact number and location of every single item we sell," Kyle Nel,...
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Grillbot: A Grill-Cleaning Robot

Grillbot, a cute, single button operated bot that perches on your grill that automatically cleans barbecue grill grates. It works automatically on both gas and charcoal grills (hot or cold). It doesn’t matter if it’s called a BBQ, a grill or a Barbie, those char-grilled steaks leave a thick layer of grease and grime behind. And while cooking is fun, cleaning is not. The Grillbot is the invention of former real estate agent Ethan Woods. Woods had his eureka moment while scrubbing his grill with a...
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RoboBee : The tiny flying submarine

A Harvard University lab has developed the first insect-size robots capable of flight and swimming. Researchers at the Harvard Paulson School have demonstrated a flying, swimming, insectlike robot, easing the way to create future aerial-aquatic robotic vehicles. Coming from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, this discovery can only mean one thing, swimming RoboBees. The biggest challenge involved the conflicting design requirements. Aerial vehicles require large airfoils such as wings or sails to...
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How robots can fall gracefully

Researchers at Georgia Tech have identified a way to teach robots how to fall with grace and without serious damage. The work is important as costly robots become more common in manufacturing alongside humans. The skill becomes especially important, too, as robots are sought for health care or domestic tasks working near the elderly, injured, children or pets. These machines are expensive to make and typically take months, if not years, to complete meaning every time they fall they can become da...
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Soft robot to swim through Europa’s oceans

A soft, swimming robot for exploring Jupiter’s moon Europa. A Cornell engineering team has received a nine-month, $100,000 starter grant from NASA to develop a soft, swimming robot suitable for exploring the harsh conditions of other worlds, notably Jupiter’s moon Europa. An amphibious robot that can swim through the oceans of distant moons and planets could be the next iteration of self-sustaining, robotic space exploration. The Cornell team developing this otherworldly robot is led by Ma...
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Robot That Builds Its Own Children

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in England have created a mother robot that not only constructs its own children but mimics the process of natural selection to improve their capabilities with each generation. It's a robotic version of nature's survival of the fittest. The mother robot analyzes the performance of each of the “children” it creates, and incorporates preferential traits into the next generation. The Mother robot makes each child better than the last. "As the mother creates...
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Jibo – the world’s first social robot for home

Jibo, is a friendly, helpful and intelligent robot who can sense and respond, and learns as you engage with him. The World’s first social household robot called Jibo has been recently launched by Jibo Inc. Jibo is a 11-inch-tall.Friendly, helpful and intelligent robot who can sense and respond, and learns as you engage with him. This robot represents a new class of consumer robots. He's a social robot and is not designed to vacuum your floor. He's not designed to look humanoid with a nose,...
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New light-controlled gel makes big strides in soft robotics.

A new material controlled by light may help scientists build better soft-bodied robots. The UC Berkeley scientists created the gel using graphene and a synthetic protein similar to elastin, which is found in humans' blood vessels, skin and more. The synthetic elastin, created from genetically engineered bacteria, absorbs water at room temperature, but at higher temperatures it expels the water and shrinks. Inspired by the way plants grow toward light sources, a phenomenon known as phototropis...
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RoboSAM Robot can call for human help if needed

Smart Robot can assess its situation and call a human for help when it needs assistance. Researchers from the University of Maryland have developed RoboSAM (ROBOtic Smart Assistant for Manufacturing), an industrial robot smart enough to know when something is wrong, to pause and to call a human for help. The new RoboSAM, based on the Baxter industrial robot platform, is able to estimate the probability it can complete a task before beginning it, and can ask a human help if necessary. Cu...
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Mint: the automatic floor cleaner robot

Mint, is the latest robot that uses GPS to clean your house. Robotic vacuum cleaners are gaining popularity quickly. Roomba isn’t the only robotic cleaning device on the scene now. The latest Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner from Evolution Robotics is designed exclusively for sweeping and mopping hard surface floors. The new Mint is easy to use. It uses disposable cleaning cloth and reusable microfiber cloth for dry sweeping and wet mopping of floors. Simply attach the cleaning cloth of choice...
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Smart Bird – the ultra-light robot bird

A flying robot that imitates a bird has been created. Plenty of robots can fly but none can fly like a real bird. Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull that flies by flapping its wings. This invention of a flying robot imitates a bird. It takes off, lands and flies like a real bird. The flying robot has a two-meter wingspan, and is made of a lightweight (450 gram) carbon-fiber skeleton body. It uses hybrid drive technol...
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