TECHNOLOGY – ROBOTICS: GENERAL ARCHIVE
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ROBOTS USING AI TO DRYWALL FLAT SURFACES (Construction/Building Trades - 2020-11 - Mashable SE Asia)
Canvas has built a robot using AI that’s capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker. The four-wheeled robot navigates an unfinished building carrying laser scanners and a robotic arm fitted to a vertical platform.
PLASTERING ROBOT DEVELOPED FOR CONSTRUCTION SITES (Construction - 2020-11 - Engadget)
South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co. announced that it has developed the nation’s first AI plastering robot that can flatten concrete floors by itself.
A GENERAL-PURPOSE HUMANOID ROBOT (2020-11 - Fox News)
Agility Robotics’ Digit is a humanoid general-purpose robot, designed to be able to perform a variety of non-specific tasks reasonably well, such as moving heavy objects in warehouses, assisting with last-yard deliveries, and other tasks where low human-to-human contact is preferable for safety reasons.
APPLE COMPONENTS ARE MADE IN A FULLY-AUTOMATED FOXCONN PLANT MANNED BY ROBOTS (Manufacturing/Factory - 2020-11 - Dronedj.com)
Foxconn factory in southern China’s Shenzhen, making Apple devices and iPhone components, is entirely staffed by robots. Self-driving vehicles move in a dark room. Saves costs on labour and energy while improving product quality.
THE FBI IS BUYING 140 ROBOTS TO HANDLE PAPER RECORDS (Administration - 2020-11 - Engadget)
The robotics company AutoStore will by 2022 build a fleet of 140 robots to zip around an FBI warehouse in Virginia and locate specific files from hundreds of thousands of filing cabinets. The robots will glide along an overhead track, dropping down to retrieve a file or record.
BRITISH GENERAL SAYS ROBOT SOLDIERS COULD MAKE UP 25% OF ARMY (Military - 2020-11 - The Times)
General Nick Carter, chief of defense staff for the British army, suggests that new drones and robots could make up a significant fraction of the armed forces. He said that a massive push for a robotic military, in which large numbers of autonomous or remote-controlled robotic soldiers replace human fighters, could be operational by the 2030s
ROBOT DOGS START SECURITY PATROLS AT US MILITARY BASE (Military - 2020-11 - ZDNet)
The US Air Force have worked with Ghost Robotics to create semi-autonomous robot dogs that will be used for enhanced security patrolling operations. An NCO at the Security Forces Electronic Security Sensor System will give the robotic dogs a patrol path and monitor their movements using virtual reality.
Autonomous pothole-repairing robots planned for Britain's streets in 2021 (Transport/Road Repair - 2020-10 - Daily Mail)
A spin-out company from the University of Liverpool called Robotiz3d is using AI to identify small cracks in the road and cover them with asphalt. The electric, self-driving bots, which look like a cross between a tank and a road roller, will offer a cost-effective fix for the UK’s pothole problem.
Robot reapers and AI: Just another day on the farm (Agriculture - 2020-10 - ZDNet)
Pressures on agriculture have forced a technological revolution that is driving a new age of farming. Robotics and AI enable farmers to automate tasks that require extreme precision and consistency, in the face of rapidly changing variables, such as weather conditions.
LA debuts first firefighting robot in the country, deploys it in downtown blaze (Service/Firefighting - 2020-10 - Fox News)
The Thermite RS3, manufactured by Textron: Howe & Howe Technologies, is a compact robotic firefighting vehicle that features a low center of gravity and wide chassis. It got its first major test October 13th in Los Angeles when it was used to battle a major blaze for the first time in the United States. The remotely operated 3,500-pound robot resembles a small tank, and is capable of spraying 2,500 gallons/minute.
AI-enabled harvest robot flexes new dexterity skills (Agriculture/Crop Picking - 2020-08 - TechRepublic.com)
The agricultural robotics and AI company, Root AI, announced new capabilities to its AI-enhanced robotic harvester, Virgo – enhanced dexterity to tackle crops of various shapes and sizes. In a greenhouse, Virgo can operate on a track in between rows of various crops, leveraging sensors and AI to analyze crop positions and ripeness, and then using a specialized gripper to pick ripened produce.
The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work (2020-07 - ZDNet)
Humans and robots have been kept away from each other in law, to protect people from injury. The technology is gradually evolving from industrial, automated factory arms, towards being more human-like, and a lot more present in familiar settings, increasingly sharing our workplaces.
Robots assemble a PS4 every 30 seconds (Manufacturing/Computers - 2020-07 - PC Mag)
Sony’s production facility in Japan is capable of producing a PS4 console every 30 seconds. The whole process requires only four human workers (at the start and end) and the rest of the work is carried out by robots on a production line that’s just 31.4 meters long.
Researchers create a mobile robot scientist that can work almost constantly (Science/Lab Worker - 2020-07 - Slash Gear)
University of Liverpool researchers have built an intelligent mobile robot scientist that works for 21.5 hours/day (with time off to recharge), carrying out experiments on its own, while thinking in 10 dimensions, and making its own decisions about what chemistry experiments to perform next. (The robot has already discovered a new catalyst.)
Robots can now give full-body personalised massages at home (Service/Massaging - 2020-07 - New Scientist)
French company Capsix Robotics and University of Plymouth researchers have both created robots that can give personalised massages. The Capsix model has a robotic arm with sensors and a camera that allow it to adapt to the individual user’s body shape. It has been programmed with a range of massage protocols developed by physiotherapists.
I am a model and I know that AI will eventually take my job (Service/Fashion - 2020-07 - Vogue)
Shudu Gram is a striking South African model. She had a Balmain campaign in 2018, a feature in Vogue Australia, and a red carpet appearance at the 2019 BAFTAs in a custom Swarovski gown. Shudu is a computer-generated image (CGI)! CGIs drastically reduce the environmental footprint associated with photo shoots and bringing clothes to market. A significant portion of fashion’s supply chain can happen in a computer. CGIs can work on multiple “shoots” at the same time, and they only require the digital creator to be present. They are the ultimate symbol of individuality and inclusivity, in that every time you shopped online you could see yourself in the clothes.
Autonomous bike bots to delivery grub and groceries (Transport/Courier - 2020-07 - ZDNet)
Start-up Refraction AI’s REV-1 is a lightweight, bike-like delivery robot, which is the creation of two University of Michigan professors. They claim it is a safer, more cost-effective solution for last mile logistics than anything in the current delivery paradigm.
Autonomous robots will work with warehouse workers (Manufacturing/Warehousing - 2020-06 - ZDNet)
Third Wave Automation is planning to create autonomous forklifts. Warehouses are fast-moving environments where human operators make mistakes. The Third Wave systems identifies problems, select corrective action, and confirms the action with human operators. Next time the situation occurs, the forklift will know what to do.
Robots to learn from past experiences — and even from other robots (2020-04 - Technology.org)
Taking inspiration from the way that children instinctively learn and adapt to a wide range of unpredictable environments, UC Berkeley’s Robot Learning Lab, is using deep reinforcement learning to train groups of robots to do the same thing.
DHL will deploy 1,000 robots for delivery fulfillment (Transport/Courier - 2020-03 - FutureLoop)
DHL has committed to deploying a total of 1,000 Locus Bots from US start-up Lotus Robotics to support next and same day deliveries.
A robotic excavator can dig a pipeline trench without a human in the cab (Construction/Heavy Equipment - 2020-03 - Wired)
The International Union of Operating Engineers is training members to work with a modified Caterpillar 336 excavator that uses onboard computers and sensors to perform by itself some of the work the center trains human operators to do, such as digging trenches for gas pipelines or wind turbine foundations.
Covariant uses simple robot and gigantic neural net to automate warehouse picking (Manufacturing/Warehousing - 2020-02 - Engineering)
Covariant, founded In 2017 by UC Berkeley and OpenAI, has taught a standard industrial robotic arm to pick and pack varied products with a standard industrial arm, suction gripper and 2D camera system, relying on a large neural network. Its system has worked reliably in a German warehouse for four months, growing from handling 15-95% of products.
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Technology that could revive US manufacturing [but not jobs] (Manufacturing - 2019-12- Singularity Hub)
Metamorphic manufacturing is a new innovation under development intended to reduce the raw material loss for large or complex metal parts of 3D-manufacturing, while providing the high levels of strength or toughness provided by a metalsmith. It is known as robotic blacksmithing.
Comments on the impact of financial bots on jobs in the finance industry (Finance - 2019-12 - Bloomberg)
Robots have replaced thousands of routine jobs on Wall Street. Now, they’re coming for higher-ups. Varied comments include:
“Financial machine learning creates a number of challenges for the 6.14 million people employed in the [US] finance and insurance industry, many of whom will lose their jobs – not necessarily because they are replaced by machines, but because they are not trained to work alongside algorithms.” (Lopez de Prado)
“43% of CFA members and candidates expect their roles to change significantly in the next 5-10 years … The 3 roles most likely to disappear are sales agents, traders and performance analysts.”
A commercial robotic weed-mapping service, with environment-friendly non-chemical weeding (Agriculture - 2019-12 - ZDNet)
Small Robot Company is a pioneering UK-based agri-tech startup offering Farming-as-a-Service, based on a trio of lightweight robots that monitor, feed/weed and seed arable crops, directed by an AI system. The goal is to create high-resolution crop maps, enabling precision husbandry with minimal environmental impact.
Alphabet is developing a robot to take over boring everyday tasks (2019-12 - Singularity Hub)
Alphabet’s early-stage R&D division has been using machine learning techniques that let robots learn new tasks through experience. The goal is to develop robots adaptable enough to carry out a range of tasks in cluttered and unpredictable human environments like homes and offices. The robots combine a wheeled base with a single arm and a head full of sensors for 3D scanning. Currently, they are surpassing human abilities to sort trash for recycling (96.5% to 80% accuracy)..
Powered exosuit gives workers super strength (2019-12 - Spectrum.ieee)
The Sarcos Guardian XO is a 24-degrees-of-freedom full-body robotic exoskeleton, which allows a human to lift 200lb, which feels like 10lb. It is fully electrical and untethered with a runtime of 2 hours, and hot-swappable battery packs can keep it going for a full workday. It takes seconds to put on and take off, and new users can be trained in minutes. It costs US$100,000/year to rent.
Jim Goodnight, the ‘Godfather of AI,’ predicts the future fate of the US workforce (Manufacturing - 2019-11 - CNBC)
Jim Goodnight — considered the Godfather of AI — CEO of the world’s largest privately held analytics software companies by revenue: SAS Institute, notes that, as AI becomes a mainstream tool for business, it has evolved to help in forecasting with the development of neural networks that mimic the way the human brain operates. During the 2020s, advancements in computer vision will make robots more sophisticated and transform the workplace.
Russian tech giant is testing autonomous delivery robots at its Moscow HQ (Transport/Courier - 2019-11 - Engadget)
Russian tech giant Yandex is testing its Yandex-Rover suitcase-sized robot with its autonomous car system to deliver documents to its Moscow shuttle. The robot moves at walking speed, and can operate in the dark.
Within 10 Years, we’ll travel by Hyperloop, rockets, and avatars (Transport/Travel - 2019-11 - Singularity Hub)
Hyperloop is currently working towards 670 mph passenger pods, capable of zipping us from Los Angeles to downtown Las Vegas in under 30 minutes. Rocket travel (think SpaceX’s Starship) promises to deliver you almost anywhere on the planet in under an hour. And the emergence of “robotic avatars” will all but nullify the concept of distance, replacing human travel with immediate remote telepresence.
No need to remember to take out the garbage (Service/Home Care - 2019-10 - ZDNet)
A smart garbage can can roll itself out to the curb on the appropriate day, once logistical issues, such as its docking station, have been resolved.
Magnets and a cushion of air make this robotic gripper both dexterous and surprisingly gentle (2019-10 - ZDNet)
A two-finger robotic gripper has been invented by engineers at the University of Buffalo. Launched into a fixed object while holding a dry spaghetti stick, it detected the external force of the impact (using magnets to adjust position and reduce the stiffness of the grip) and absorbed the impact, leaving the spaghetti stick intact.
Nimble, collaborative robots are now doing industry's heavy lifting (Manufacturing/Cobots - 2019-09 - ZDNet)
Universal Robots, the leader in collaborative robots, has a new cobot capable of lifting a 35 pound payload with a reach of about 35″. The cobot can tackle heavy-duty tasks around humans, safely, reliably and efficiently.
A Swiss house built by robots promises to revolutionize the construction industry (Construction - 2019-09 - Quartz)
Swiss researchers at ETH Zurich university and 30 industry partners have, over a 4-year period, built the first habitable building designed and planned, using a choreography of digital fabrication methods. The 3-level building near Zurich features 3D-printed ceilings, energy-efficient walls, timber beams assembled by robots on site, and an intelligent home system. The DFAB House, measuring 2,370 sq. ft needed 60% less cement and has passed the stringent Swiss building safety codes.
SEAT employs more cobots in its Mortorell factory – they've got a tedious, but important job (Manufacturing/Cobots - 2019-09 - Technology.org)
There are many little jobs in car factories that are tedious for people. e.g. attaching lettering to new cars. People use jigs and special frames and equipment to ensure that these badges are glued straight, in a proper location, and with proper pressure to ensure good adhesion. In SEAT’s Martorell factory, two robots will take this task – and they will work with no safety barriers.
Transforming robot will mow fields and shovel snow (Service/Landscaping - 2019-09 - ZDnet)
Left Hand Robotics makes an autonomous mobile robot for cutting grass on large fields, such as baseball diamonds, and that transforms into a snow clearing robot in the winter.
A for-hire welding cobot has been developed amid labor shortage (Manufacturing/Welding - 2019-09 - ZDnet)
A collaborative robot (the BotX Welder) was developed by Hirebotics to be easily programmed to produce precision parts in small batches for small and medium sized metal fabricators, overcoming a shortage of welders.
Purdue is the world's largest college campus to welcome autonomous food delivery to students (Transport/Courier - 2019-09 - Purdue University)
More than 30 robots have been launched at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, which is now the largest university campus in the world to have partnered with Starship Technologies to offer autonomous food delivery. The service works in conjunction with student meal plans, costing $1.99 per delivery.
Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral (Service/Religion - 2019-09 - Vox)
Robot priests are delivering sermons (Buddhist, Japan), performing rituals (Hindu, India), giving blessings (Protestant, Germany), and quoting the Bible (Catholic, Italy). In the Middle Ages, Christians designed automata to perform the mysteries of Easter and Christmas.
A 40’ remotely-controlled cargo ship delivered oysters and beer from Britain to Belgium (Transport/Autonomous Vehicles - 2019-08 - AI Topics)
In May 2019, a cargo ship (‘Maxlimer’) delivered oysters and beer from Britain to Belgium, operating under remote and autonomous control – a first for commercial shipping. The 40′ ship is capable of carrying 2½ tons of cargo, navigating busy shipping channels via a remote human operator, and open water autonomously.
Starship Technologies wants to deploy thousands of delivery robots at US colleges (Transport/Courier - 2019-08 - ExtremeTech)
The robotics company, Starship Technologies, has financing to deploy many autonomous sidewalk delivery robots to 100 US college campuses. The 6-wheeled robots are about knee-high, and fully electric. Since 2018, they have been tested in over 100 cities in 20 different countries, rolled 350,000 miles, crossed 4 million streets, and made over 100,000 deliveries.
Amazon delivery robots are officially on the streets of California (Transport/Courier - 2019-08 - ZDNet)
Amazon has officially rolled out its last-mile delivery robots in Irvine, Southern California. The delivery robot (‘Scout’) will autonomously ferry parcels from urban distribution points to Amazon Prime customers. Initially, the robots will be accompanied by humans.
A humanoid arrived at the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket (Space - 2019-08 - Space)
Skybot F850, a dexterous robot created by Roscosmos, Russia’s state space corporation and capable of performing complex tasks, either autonomously or via teleoperation, arrived at the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket. A humanoid is needed as equipment and controls in the ISS are currently designed for human use.
3 new robotic apps: a humanoid in space, an autonomous cargo ship, a pilotless aircraft (2019-08 - ZDNet)
3 new robotic applications: a Russian humanoid in the International Space Station; a 40’ remotely-controlled cargo ship delivering oysters and beer from Britain to Belgium; a civilian airplane flying over Utah with no pilot.
Boston Dynamics robots are being commercialized (2019-07 - The Verge)
Boston Dynamics’ robots seem flawless, but that’s partly because they’ve never had to operate in the hurly-burly of commercial environments. Their new owner Softbank expects an ROI on its investment.
A driverless pod will soon be delivering pizza in Texas (Transport/Courier - 2019-06 - Digital Trends)
Domino’s, partnering with California-based tech startup Nuro, will use self-driving pods to deliver pizzas for a trial service in Houston, Texas late in 2019. The pod has no space for a human safety driver (but during the trial will be followed by an engineer in a vehicle traveling close behind).
Humans working with robots in Amazon's sorting facilities (Manufacturing/Warehousing - 2019-06 - Wired)
In Amazon’s sorting facilities, a human will grab a flat package, hold its barcode under a red laser dot, and place it on a small orange robot. Hitting a button sends the robot mule to one of 300+ rectangular holes in the floor corresponding to zip codes. When there, the robot uses its own conveyor belt to slide the package down a chute to be loaded manually onto a truck for delivery.
Top 5 ways robots are affecting your life now (2019-06 - TechRepublic)
The top 5 ways robots are affecting your life now include: Training your doctor; Training police; Bringing you food; Sewer inspection; Hazardous work.
Robots predicted to take over 20 million manufacturing jobs by 2030 (Manufacturing - 2019-06 - CTV News)
A study by Oxford Economics, a private British-based research and consulting firm, forecasts that robots will take over some 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide by 2030, extending a trend of worsening social inequality while boosting overall economic output. Robots have already taken over millions of manufacturing jobs and are now gaining in services, helped by advances in computer vision, speech recognition and machine learning, the study noted. In lower-skilled regions, job losses will be twice as high as those in higher-skilled regions, even in the same country.
The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery provider (Transport/Couriers - 2019-05 - Digital Trends)
San Francisco’s Starship Technologies makes six-wheeled delivery robots, which have travelled a combined 200,000 miles, carried out 50,000 deliveries, and been tested in over 100 cities in 20 countries.
How 2 bots work together to clean a room (Service/Personal Care - 2019-05 - TechRepublic)
iRobot has used its new design, software, and data science strategies to let iRobot’s new vacuum tag-team with the company’s latest robot mop to clean a room. When Roomba finishes a vacuum job, it notifies Braava to start mopping. The two robots share maps of the home.
Using telepresence robots with remote human operators (Service/Personal Care - 2019-05 - The Verge)
Japanese Mira Robotics will have a low-cost robot in 2020, able to carry out a variety of household tasks, including cleaning, cooking, emptying a washing machine, and folding clothes. The robot will be controlled remotely by a human, who could be located anywhere. The current version moves slowly and, instead of humanlike hands, is equipped with a pair of robotic pincers with limited capability.
Amazon’s new robot can pack 600+ boxes/hour (Manufacturing&Retail/Warehousing - 2019-05 - ExtremeTech)
Amazon has installed $1+ million robots in its facilities that can pack 6-700 boxes/hour, and wrap packages inside custom-assembled boxes, operating at 4-5 times a worker’s rate. The robots may be installed at dozens of warehouses, eliminating about 24 positions/warehouse.
3D printing and robots power world's largest furniture maker (Manufacturing - 2019-05 - ZDNet)
The world’s largest furniture manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, is using robotics and 3D-printing to expand production in a shrinking labor market, achieving 10% more business with almost 15% less labor.
Inspection robots are climbing the walls to monitor safety conditions in hazardous locations (Service/Safety - 2019-05 - TechCrunch)
In Christchurch, New Zealand, a team of roboticists at Invert Robotics has commercialized an inspection robot that uses tiny suction cups on a series of treads and a specialty chemical to create a technology that has robots literally climbing the walls. In Pittsburgh, USA, Gecko Robotics has a wall-climbing inspection robot using high-powered magnets. Plant inspections in the food, chemicals and aviation industries are dangerous, and robots can improve quality assurance while eliminating the danger.
Eventually, nearly every job on a construction site could be completed faster and safer with robots (Construction - 2019-05 - Technology.org)
Robots are being used on construction sites for laying sheet piles, using 3D-printing to lay concrete or manipulate steel, laying bricks, and demolition.
Robots take over farms faster than expected through autonomous equipment start-ups (Agriculture/Farming - 2019-05 - The Independent)
Robots are taking over farms faster than expected as the first fully autonomous farm equipment is becoming commercially available. Autonomous tractors with specialized equipment will spray, plant, plow and weed cropland. They are much more precise, saving major costs.
Robotic apple picker trials continue in Washington (Agriculture/Apple Picking - 2019-05 - Geekwire)
For the first time, some apples sold in the U.S. will be picked by a robot rather than humans. California start-up, Abundant Robotics, makes the apple harvesting machines that will be trialled in Washington State’s 2019 harvest, with an expectation of commercial availability in 2021. The robot moves down rows of orchards, using AI and LIDAR to search for ripe apples, and a robotic arm with a vacuum to gently suck the apples and deposit them into a bin.
NASA is building inflatable robot astronauts (Space/Soft Robots - 2019-04 - Futurism)
NASA is investing in robots that navigate by rapidly inflating and deflating air-filled sacs. Scientists from Brigham Young University teamed with startup Pneubotics to build an inflatable robot, which could serve as a lightweight, space-efficient alternative to metallic robots or robotic arms in space.
Eva the photography robot shoots her first professional wedding gig (Service/Photography - 2019-04 - TechRadar)
UK-based company Service Robots has droids for hire or purchase, and one of those is a photographer robot called Eva. The humanoid robot uses facial recognition technology to identify people before asking them if they would like to have their picture taken.
Robots that can sort recycling material (Service/Recycling - 2019-04 - ScienceBlog)
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a robotic system that can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic. The system includes a soft Teflon hand that uses tactile sensors on its fingertips to detect an object’s size and stiffness. The system was found to be 85% accurate at detecting materials when stationary, and 63% on a simulated conveyer belt.
A robot apple-picker is now harvesting fruit in New Zealand orchards (Agriculture/Fruitpicking - 2019-04 - MIT Technology Review)
One of New Zealand’s largest food producers, T&G Global, has been working with US startup Abundant Robotics to create a robot that picks fruit when ripe for picking. The robot uses lidar to navigate the rows between the trees, and machine vision to identify which apples are ripe and which aren’t. It then uses a vacuum to gently “suck” apples off the trees.
Researchers develop an origami-inspired robot hand with a gentle touch (2019-03 - TechRadar)
Researchers at MIT and Harvard have found a novel solution to the problem of building a robot that’s strong enough to lift an object 100 times its own weight, but gentle enough not to crush something fragile. The result is a robot ‘hand’ with a folding structure that collapses around an object to hold it securely.
A record number of robots were put to work across North America in 2018 (2019-02 - CNBC))
Robots took on a record number of jobs in U.S., Canada and Mexico last year, according to the Robotic Industries Association. Shipments of robotic units to U.S. firms alone increased by 15% from 2017.
India just swore in its first robot police officer (Service/Policing - 2019-02 - Futurism.com)
India just swore in its first robotic police officer (‘KP-Bot). The animatronic-looking machine was granted the rank of sub-inspector and will operate the front desk of Thiruvananthapuram police headquarters.
Your next personal trainer could be a robot (Service/Sports & Fitness - 2019-02 - ZdNet)
A new study from ETH Zurich, Switzerland demonstrated that people learned new rowing skills faster when a robot taught them how to do it using behavior feedback. This simple concept could also be applied to other examples of motor learning.
Your babysitter could be a robot (Service/Childcare - 2019-01 - Leapmag)
The iPal from China’s AvatarMind Robot Technology is a $2,500 child-sized humanoid robot with a round head, expressive face and articulated fingers, which can keep children engaged and entertained. iPal talks, dances, plays games, reads stories and plugs into social media and the internet, adapting to a child’s likes and dislikes.
Robotic lawn mower trims your grass autonomously (Service/Gardening - 2019-01 - Engadget)
iRobot, the manufacturer of Roomba, will introduce the Terra, a robotic lawn mower, in 2019 in Germany and the US. You set boundaries with wireless beacons, and drive Terra around the perimeter once. Terra will operate on a schedule with mowing parameters, and will return to a charging base whenever necessary.
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How self-driving tractors, AI, and precision agriculture will save us from the impending food crisis (Robotics - 2018-12 - ZdNet)
John Deere’s test farm has helped increase overall farm productivity. In 1940 the average American farmer fed 19 people/year; today 155 people. For individual crops, corn and soybean yields in the US grew by 61% and 29% (1980-2015). Detailed pdf downloads available.
Chinese robotic news anchor (Robotics - 2018-12 - Technology.org)
Robotic procedures in food manufacturing (Robotics - 2018-12 - Technology.org)
The British Army is carrying out a massive test of military robots and drones (Robotics - 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)
Self-driving robots modernize materials handling (Robotics - 2018-11 - Zdnet)
First autonomous robotic farm in the US opens (Robotics - 2018-10 - MIT Technology Review)
This Japanese robot contractor can install drywall (Robotics - 2018-10 - The Verge)
Ground-breaking robotic solutions in subterranian deployments (Robotics - 2018-10 - Technology.org)
US$150M factory in Shanghai designed for robots to build robots (Robotics - 2018-10 - Engadget)
Robots used for pre and post processing of 3D-printing (Robotics - 2018-10 - Metal AM)
Robots are being used in hotels for room delivery and concierge services (Robotics - 2018-09 - Miami Herald)
Harvesting marijuana with robots is hard (Robotics - 2018-09 - ZDNet)
New social robot will be likeable and appear fond of people (Robotics - 2018-09 - Technology.org)
Stanford's polite, pedestrian social robot (Robotics - 2018-09 - Technology.org)
Robot picks nearly-ripe bell peppers (Robotics - 2018-09 - Wired)
Culturally-sensitive robots will care for the elderly (Robotics - 2018-09 - Futurism)
Gita will carry your stuff and follow you everywhere (Robotics - 2018-08 - Entrepreneur)
The software robot invasion is underway (Robotics - 2018-08 - ZDNet)
Mind-reading robots (Robotics - 2018-08 - FastCompany)
Human bankers are losing to robots as Nordea sets a new standard (Robotics - 2018-07 - Bloomberg)
Robotic arm for multitasking can be controlled with thoughts (Robotics - 2018-07 - ZDNet)
Robot bartenders are starting to be used (Robotics - 2018-07 - Wall Street Journal)
Teaching robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers (Robotics - 2018-07 - Science Daily)
Why China is spending billions to develop an army of robots to turbocharge its economy (Robotics - 2018-06 - CNBC)
Combining the latest advances in AI with robots could transform manufacturing and warehousing (Robotics - 2018-06 - MIT Technology Review)
Robots complete tasks by simply observing humans (Robotics - 2018-06 - Cnet)
The software robot invasion is underway (Robotics - 2018-06 - ZDNet)
Mind-reading robots (Robotics - 2018-06 - FastCompany)
Robot puts hospital gown on a person (Robotics - 2018-05 - Futurism)
The first robot-assisted spinal surgery is successful using Da Vinci robotic arms (Robotics - 2018-05 - Engadget)
Operational functionality for industrial robots is being provided by 3rd-party suppliers (Robotics - 2018-05 - ZDNet)
AI-powered weed hunters could soon reduce the need for herbicides and genetically modified crops (Robotics - 2018-05 - MIT Technology Review)
3D-printed hydrogel humanoid goes for an underwater walk (Robotics - 2018-05 - New Atlas)
Deep-learning system that lets robots learn from human demonstration (Robotics - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)
Japanese are not scared of robots stealing jobs (Robotics - 2018-05 - CNBC)
Robots will steal more jobs from women than men in some countries (Robotics - 2018-04 - TechRepublic)
A self-cleaning robotic kitchen will prepare an entire meal in less than three minutes (Robotics/Kitchen - 2018-04 - New Yorker)
New garbage-sorting bots are as reliable as humans and much faster (Robotics/Recycling - 2018-04 - NBC News)
Robots handling tools with greater dexterity and sensitivity (Robotics - 2018-04 - FastCompany)
Japanese companies are using robots to help build skyscrapers (Robotics/High-rises - 2018-04 - MIT Technology Review)
Robot shows visitors around the Smithsonian while telling factoids and answering questions (Robotics/Tour Guides - 2018-04 - CNet)
Robots could replace human crop pickers (Robotics/Farmwork - 2018-03 - ZDNet)
Use of Robotics to handle labour shortage on the farm (Robotics/Farmwork & Bees - 2018-03 - TechRepublic)
Robot will crawl through pipes to help decommission nuclear facility (Robotics/Maintenance - 2018-03 - ZDNet)
MIT’s robot carpenters will saw wood for you (Robotics/Carpentry - 2018-02 - The Verge)
Robots hit record shipments in 2017 with continued demand growth in several industries (Robotics - 2018-02 - ZDNet)
Japanese robots appointed teaching assistants (Robotics - 2018-01 - Technology.org)
AI-fortified robot will build first homes for humans on Mars (Robotics - 2018-01 - Wired.com)
REVIEW THESE INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM 2017 – AND READ THOSE THAT INTEREST YOU
Record use of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology during 1-3Q2017 - in a wide variety of sectors (Robotics - 2017-12 - ZDNet)
Armed ground robots to fight in the Ukrainian conflict (Robotics/Fighting - 2017-10 - Big Think)
Adidas creating small batches of city-specific sneakers, using robots and athlete data to cut shoe production (Robotics/Shoes - 2017-10 - TechRepublic)
Multi-function robots using exoskeletons (Robotics - 2017-10 - Technology.org)
Small manufacturers operating all night using robots and automation (Robotics - 2017-10 - ZDNet)
A robot could replace traditional strawberry farming and harvesting - and that of other fruits and vegetables (Robotics/Fruit Picking - 2017-09 - Fast Company)
Robot paints walls in hard-to-reach places (Robotics/Painting - 2017-09 - Technology.org)
Robot arm as a sign language interpreter (Robotics/Sign Language - 2017-09 - Technology.org)
Panasonic has unveiled a robot refrigerator that responds to voice commands, and will travel from the kitchen to the living room (Robotics/Utility - 2017-09 - Fast Company)
Robots will become more life-like with synthetic soft muscles (Robotics - 2017-09 - Kurzweil)
A new t-shirt sewing robot can make as many shirts per hour as 17 factory workers (Robotics/Clothing - 2017-08 - Quartz)
Panasonic unveils first robotic hairdresser (Robotics/Haircutting - 2017-07 - Mail OnLine)
Musical robot can play alongside musicians and improvise melodies (Robotics/Music - 2017-07 - Quartz)
Robots may be helping pre-school children to learn a 2nd language (Robotics/Pre-school education - 2017-07 - Technology.org)
A soft robot that can navigate its environment by inflatable growth to 74m, and can lift 150lb (Robotics/Rescue - 2017-07 - Popular Science)
Robots will replace 15 million jobs in UK, widening gap between rich and poor (Robotics - 2017-07 - TechRepublic)
Tactile sensor lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools (Robotics - 2017-06 - Kurzweil)
At Toyota, The Automation Is Human-Powered (Robotics - 2017-05 - Fast Company)
Domino's autonomous vehicle pizza delivery now operational in Germany (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - ZDNet)
Delivery robots will operate within 50 miles and in all weathers (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - The Crunch)
Robots wielding water knives are the future of farming (Robotics/Farming - 2017-05 - Wired)
Automated apple picking in 2018 (Robotics/Fruit Picking - 2017-05 - Scientific American)
3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch (Robotics - 2017-05 - Technology.org)
Robots learn from robots with 87% accuracy (Robotics - 2017-05 - Gizmodo)
Robots can now pick up most things (Robotics - 2017-05 - Technology.org)
US manufactures more with 8 million fewer employees (Robotics - 2017-05 - TechRepublic)
Robotic system 3-D prints entire building's basic structure (Robotics/Buildings - 2017-04 - Technology.org)
Deliveries may soon be made by robotic 'dogs' (Robotics/Courier - 2017-04 - Wired)
Robot on guy-wire swings over crops (Robotics/Crop Monitoring - 2017-04 - MIT Technology Review)
40% of American jobs could be replaced by robots (Robotics - 2017-04 - Big Think)
10 million US jobs lost to robots by 2027 (Robotics - 2017-04 - TechRepublic)
The Zero Law (Corey deVos) (Robotics - 2017-04 - Integral Life)
Robothespian acts alongside human actors (Robotics/Acting - 2017-03 - Quartz)
Cobalt robot is like a superhuman security guard (Robotics/Building Security - 2017-03 - Robotics/ZDNet)
Robots sorting and scanning paper for storage (Robotics/Document Storage - 2017-03 - The Verge)
Four-legged small robot goes where tracked and wheeled robots can’t (Robotics/Reconaissance - 2017-03 - Popular Science)
Six jobs lost for every robot added to the workforce (Robotics - 2017-03 - Futurism)
Robot with legs and wheels, can jump, spin, lean and move outdoors (Robotics/Carrying - 2017-02 - Wired)
6-wheeled robots delivering food (Robotics/Courier - 2017-01 - Popular Science)
Adding Social Intelligence to Artificial Intelligence (Robotics - 2017-01 - Quartz)
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Robots make up for China's labor shortage (Robotics - 2016-11 - China.org)
US program will replace co-pilots with robots (Robotics/Airlines - 2016-10 - CTVNews)
Meet 'ROSS,' the bankruptcy robo-lawyer employed by some of the world's largest law firms (Robotics/Law - 2016-08 - Financial Post)
The first autonomous soft robot powered only by a chemical reaction (Robotics - 2016-08 - Kurzweil)
Academic Paper: Robots will substitute for most teachers (Robotics/Teaching - 2016-06 - International Conference Proceedings (Bulgaria)
Bringing unconditional love to artificial general intelligence (Robotics - 2016-04 - Institute Of Noetic Sciences)
Domino's Australia unveiled DRU — the world's first commercial autonomous delivery vehicle (Robotics/Courier - 2016-03 - Lifehacker)
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