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Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
Pepper, the popular humanoid robot from Softbank, is adding facial recognition technology to its repertoire. SoftBank will use Ever AI's facial recognition platform in hopes of bringing new levels of personalization to Peppers interactions.
Future Tech
‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
Ford's "Robutt" robot mimics human buttocks to help the company design better car seats. A KUKA industrial robot arm lifts Robutt in and out of a seat 25,000 times over a three-week period to help design seats that will help passengers remain comfortable for longer.
Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899
Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot
Can AI Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection?
Model developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries for breast cancer.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Robot Masseuse Treating Patients in Singapore
Emma, short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, specializes in back and knee massages. Emma 3.0, the first masseuse robot to go into public service, recently started work on her first patients at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Singapore.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Autonomous Snake-like Robot to Support Search-and-Rescue
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.
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3 Ways to Get Kids into Engineering
The challenges our world faces are growing by the day. We can’t afford to have a lack of engineers working to solve these problems. Here are a few fun ways to kids interested in engineering.
Education
Love Writing About Robotics and AI? Robotics Trends is Hiring!
Robotics Trends and sister site Robotics Business Review are growing and adding to their stable of analysts, writers and industry experts. If you have experience writing about artificial intelligence and robotics, connect with us today!
WiBotic PowerPad Wirelessly Charges Drones
WiBotic’s PowerPad wirelessly charges everything from large industrial drones to smaller commercial drones. The PowerPad can wirelessly charge a typical commercial drone battery in the same amount of time as plug-in charger
Robot Fun · Drones
Meet Jing Xiao: WPI’s New Director of Robotics
In January 2018, Jing Xiao will become the new director of the Robotics Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Currently the UNC Charlotte site director for the Center on Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-being, Xiao has been conducting critical research in haptics and real-time adaptive motion planning.
Disney: Focus on the Robot Experience
The robot experience included in a business strategy is important not only to customer relations but soon also to competitiveness and employee satisfaction.
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Flirtey Wants Drones to Deliver Defibrillators in Nevada
Flirtey and REMSA have partnered to use drones to delivery automated external defibrillators to victims of cardiac arrest in Nevada. Before the partnership can take off, however, the companies need to get regulatory approval.
Robot Fun · Drones
How Many Robots Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
Watch a Fetch robot with a custom soft robotic gripper use a screwdriver, screw in a lightbulb, remove a bottle cap and more.
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NVIDIA: Drive PX Pegasus AI Computer Powers Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles
NVIDIA introduced its Drive PX Pegasus AI computer that it claims can power Level 5 autonomous vehicles. Will Pegasus help show a path to production for the automakers and tech companies working on fully autonomous vehicles?
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
Aibo Robot Dog Returning in 2018
Sony is launching a refreshed version of its Aibo robot dog in 2018. The new Aibo will feature artificial intelligence (AI), internet connectivity, voice control, and the ability to control connected devices throughout its environment.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot

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