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Why Softbank Bought Boston Dynamics

Softbank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT.
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Why Softbank Bought Boston Dynamics
By Tim Hornyak · 9 June, 2017 • Softbank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its an impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT.
MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills
By Tim Hornyak · 10 May, 2017 • MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a Constraints Learning (C-LEARN) system that easily teaches robots a variety of tasks, including opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. After a robot learns a new skill with this C-LEARN system, that knowledge can be automatically transferred to other robots.
Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
By Tim Hornyak · 22 March, 2017 • Androidol U is a new life-like female android developed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Androidol U is a fully autonomous conversational robot that has a more compact air servo system, better voice and body movement coordination and softer body materials compared to previous androids.
Best Robot Videos of the Week: Handle Robot, Minitaur Outdoors, Autolivery
By RT Staff · 5 March, 2017 • A look at the week's best robotics videos for your weekend viewing pleasure.
NASA Space Robotics Challenge Names 20 Finalists
By RT Staff · 7 February, 2017 • NASA has selected the top 20 teams in the Space Robotics Challenge, which is a $1 million prize competition to develop the capabilities of humanoid robot dexterity to better enable them to work alongside and independent of astronauts in preparation for future space exploration.
Pepper Robot Lands Job at Oakland International Airport
By Steve Crowe · 25 January, 2017 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics, began a pilot program at Oakland International Airport. The 4-foot-tall robot will greet and engage with guests at HMSHost’s Pyramid Ale Taproom in Terminal 2, offering assistance, menu recommendations and directions to travelers.
Sophia the Robot Rides in a Self-Driving Car
By Steve Crowe · 16 January, 2017 • Sophia, the incredibly life-like humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics, took a ride in an Audi A7 self-driving car. Watch the ride and hear Sophia's opinion on autonomous driving.
Top 10 Robotics Startups Seen at CES 2017’s Eureka Park
By Eugene Demaitre · 9 January, 2017 • Hundreds of startups vied for attention at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Which robotics products caught our eye? Robots that tend to the young and old, tackle odious chores, and advance the market could be found in the crowded aisles.
Watch Pepper Robot Learn to Play Darts
By Steve Crowe · 15 December, 2016 • Pepper uses trial-and-error learning to learn how to play darts. A human initially guides Pepper's arm to teach it how to throw, but Pepper hits a bulls-eye after just 60 throws.
Watch ATLAS Humanoid Robot Walk Over Partial Footholds
By Steve Crowe · 2 December, 2016 • A new balancing algorithm created by the Institute For Human And Machine Cognition allows Boston Dynamics ATLAS humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds.
Pepper Lands Holiday Job at California Shopping Centers
By Steve Crowe · 22 November, 2016 • Pepper the humanoid robot will spend the next three months greeting customers at two shopping centers in California: the Westfield San Francisco Centre and the Westfield Valley Fair. Each shopping center will have four Pepper robots that will greet and engage with customers.
Why SNL’s Humanoid Robots Skit is a Major Problem
By Steve Crowe · 17 October, 2016 • Public perception might be the biggest problem facing the robotics industry. Look no further than the "Saturday Night Live" skit that mocked Asimo, which is arguably the world's most advanced humanoid robot.
Watch Pepper Master ‘Ball in a Cup’ Game
By Steve Crowe · 23 September, 2016 • Pepper the humanoid robot masters the game "Ball in a Cup" in 100 attempts through trial-and-error learning. Are you impressed?
NASA Space Robot Needs Your Help Preparing for Mars
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2016 • NASA's Space Robotics Challenge offers a $1 million prize purse for teams that program a virtual Robonaut 5 robot through a series of complex tasks in a simulated Mars habitat.
NASA Valkyrie Robots Prepare for Life on Mars
By Oliver Mitchell · 17 June, 2016 • NASA originally designed Valkyrie to compete in DARPA’s Disaster-Relief Robotics Contest in 2015, but after losing the competition, NASA pivoted to craft their robots into a new kind of space mechanic.

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