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This Robot Can Guess How You’re Feeling by the Way You Walk

Maybe you’re sad, plodding along with your head slumped and shoulders sagging. Maybe you’re angry and alert, hurrying along upright. Or maybe you’re annoyingly happy, skipping down the street. Whatever your gait, that combined with your facial expression is nonverbally signaling to other people how much space they should give you—and being able to accurately…
Fall is here and packs of robot dogs are frolicking in the leaves

Fall is here and packs of robot dogs are frolicking in the leaves

There’s nothing I like more on bright and cold autumnal days than heading down to the park and watching the robot dogs playing in piles of leaves. To hear the scuttle of their little metal legs! To imagine the joy in their tiny silicon brains! Ah, what bliss. If you’ve not experienced these delights before,…
MIT’s new robot can identify things by sight and by touch – Engadget

MIT’s new robot can identify things by sight and by touch – Engadget

The team took a KUKA robot arm and added a tactile sensor called GelSight, which was created by Ted Adelson's group at CSAIL. The information collected by GelSight was then fed to an AI so it could learn the relationship between visual and tactile information.To teach the AI how to identify objects by touch, the…

Save up to $260 on an Ecovacs robot vacuum and get a free Echo...

Keeping your floor clean? As people as recently as 2 years ago said, ain't nobody got time for that! So, with all the robo-vacuums you can get out there, why should you get Ecovacs's Deebot 500 or Deebot 711? Well, they've been boosted as Deals of the Day right now at Amazon and you're also…
YouTube bans robot fighting videos for animal cruelty roughly 10 years too soon

YouTube bans robot fighting videos for animal cruelty roughly 10 years too soon

We all knew it would happen someday. Google, which believes in AI so much it rebranded its Google Research division as Google AI, has begun to side with the robots. On Monday, it was reported that Google’s YouTube took down videos of robots fighting each other (think: BattleBots), saying they violated policies against showing displays…
DJI gets into the battling robot business

DJI gets into the battling robot business

A little less than a month ago, DJI branched out from the world of gimbals and drones with the release of the Osmo Action, a new action camera that put GoPro firmly in the company’s sites. Now it’s back with another new category: educational fighting robots. The RoboMaster S1 seems like an odd fit at…
The Robot economy and the future of work

The Robot economy and the future of work

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That video of a robot getting beaten is fake, but feeling sorry for machines is no joke

That video of a robot getting beaten is fake, but feeling sorry for machines...

You’ve probably already seen the video on social media. It’s an accomplished “parody” of clips published by engineering company Boston Dynamics, showing a CGI replica of the firm’s Atlas robot getting kicked, hit, and shot at, before turning the tables on its captors. Maybe you saw the video and initially thought it was real. Maybe…
NASA will launch a ‘robot hotel’ to the Space Station on its next SpaceX resupply mission

NASA will launch a ‘robot hotel’ to the Space Station on its next SpaceX...

NASA is going to be sending something it calls a ‘robot hotel’ to the International Space Station aboard the next commercial resupply mission, which is set to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this week. The robot hotel is more formally known as the “Robotic Tool Stowage” unit, or the RiTS for short because…
With new APIs, Sony’s robot dog could be the smart home assistant you’ve always wanted

With new APIs, Sony’s robot dog could be the smart home assistant you’ve always...

Sony says you can now use a web-based API to program its adorable Aibo robot dog to do new tricks — and you might even be able to make it your smart home’s best friend. With its new “aibo Developer Program,” Sony is inviting developers to make “services and applications” that can work with Aibo.…

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SpaceX to offer Starlink public beta in six months, Musk says

Starlink updates — SpaceX asks FCC to approve lower orbits to boost coverage, minimize space debris. Jon Brodkin - Apr 23, 2020 2:39 pm UTC Enlarge / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the Satellite 2020 Conference in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 9, 2020.SpaceX will start testing Starlink broadband service in a private beta in…

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