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Robots Cook, Serve Food at Restaurant in China
08/21/14 — It's more teatime than Terminator — a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. Mechanical staff greet customers, deliver dishes to tables and even stir-fry meat and vegetables at the eatery in Kunshan, which opened last week. "My daughter asked me to invent a robot because she doesn’t like doing housework," the restaurant's founder Song Yugang says. Two robots are stationed by the door to cheerfully greet customers, while four short but humanoid machines carry trays of food to the tables. In the kitchen, two large blue robots with…


Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
08/14/14 — I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them - a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they're serious about fast food productivity. "Our device isn't meant to make employees more efficient," cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. "It's meant to completely obviate them." The Momentum burger-bot isn't remotely humanoid. You…



Korean Baseball Team Fills Stands with Robot Fans
08/06/14 — A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost…

Will the UK Embrace Self-Driving Cars?
07/31/14 — Driverless cars have been knocking around for decades. Newsweek magazine carried a wonderful advert featuring a self-driven bubble-top back in 1956. The occupants, a wholesome all-American family of mom, pop, boy and girl, were shown playing a board game around a table while their car followed a central painted line…

Logitraxx FPGA-based Robot Kit Launches on Kickstarter
07/23/14 — Attention DIY robot hobbyists thinking Christmas in July: If the Logitraxx Tracked Robot Kit is sufficiently funded on Kickstarter by the Aug. 24 deadline, it will be made available to its backers in time for the holiday season. At press time, the learning kit had 16 backers and riased nearly…

MIT’s Andy McAfee to Deliver Keynote at RoboBusiness 2014
07/17/14 — That the organizers of RoboBusiness 2014 - on the tenth anniversary of this annual robotics event - sought to have MIT's Andy McAfee keynote at the upcoming venue (October 15-17, 2014) is a perfect fit for the audience that he will address. Actually, he's more than just a keynoter, rather,…

Children’s Book to Teach about Robots, Physics and Diversity
07/03/14 — A robotic dystopia that aims to teach both physics and diversity in a story co-written by children? That’s one of the newest crowdfunding appeals, with an interesting premise, adorable artwork and even a public plea to eventually take it into the cinema. So far it has 83 backers donating a…

Professors: Robots to Steal 50% of Global Jobs
07/03/14 — If you're worried robots are going to steal your job in the near future and take over the world, you're not going to like what a few professors recently said at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville event. Professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oxford University and Sussex University agree…

Nao Evolution Humanoid Robot Smarter, Stronger
06/25/14 — The name sounds as though it should be a film starring Keanu Reeves. However, Nao Evolution is the fifth and latest generation of Nao, the interactive, autonomous and programmable humanoid robot created by Aldebaran for research and education purposes. It boasts the most up-to-date operating system, NAOqi 2.0, now being…

Tetrix Prime Robotics Kit Advances STEM Education
06/18/14 — Pitsco Education is now taking pre-orders for its latest educational robotics building system, known as Tetrix Prime, with delivery slated for September 2014. The company says it is designed to teach various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. The company,…

KIBO Kit Uses Wooden Blocks to Teach Robotics
06/10/14 — The latest bid to teach robotics to pre-schoolers is gaining momentum – and funding. KIBO, from KinderLab Robotics, is a programming kit made up of, among other things, wooden blocks. It’s intended for kids ages 4 to 7, its two co-founders say - and they’re not the only two people…

New Robotic Ceiling Fan Learns User Preferences
06/05/14 — Who doesn't need a robotic ceiling fan? That must have been the question Big Ass Fans - yes, that's a name of an actual company - recently asked as it developed the Haiku robotic ceiling fan. Think of Haiku as the Nest of ceiling fans. It features SenseME technology and…

Innovative Toys Teach Children Technical Topics
05/30/14 — Back in the day, we played with the Easy-Bake oven and the ShrinkyDink. But apparently today’s tots want to program robots and wire their own dollhouses. Or so the entrepreneurs behind some high-tech toy startups would have you believe. For instance, former Google manager Vikas Gupta created the now 15-employee…

Meet Barobot: The Open Source Robot Bartender
05/22/14 — We've seen robot bartenders before, see Monsieur, and now there's an open-source competitor in the mix. Barobot launched this week on Kickstarter, pouring cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. Barobot features more than 1,000 cocktail recipes to choose from. It also includes an option to create your own…

Test Driving Google’s Self-Driving Cars
05/15/14 — While Google says a self-driving car is "still six years away," the tech giant is getting closer and closer to making the technology commercially viable. Two dozen reporters recently rode around Mountain View, Calif. inside a fleet of Google's autonomous vehicles. The 30-minute rides showed the vehicles' ability to automatically…

Can an Exoskeleton Control a Robot 250 Miles Away?
05/08/14 — André Schiele, leading ESA’s telerobotics lab, will attempt a very special demonstration of remote robotic operations at the TEDx RocketMinds event today in Darmstadt, Germany. Donning an exoskeleton that weighs just 10 kg, he will control a robot at ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk, the Netherlands – over 400 km…

4 Robots That Engage Students in STEM
05/01/14 — Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and…

How a Robotic Mouse Could Solve Cat Obesity
04/24/14 — An estimated 58 percent of domestic cats are overweight, which is just shy of the national average for humans. A large contributing factor to these felines’ weight problems is that their owners simply don’t have the recommended 20 minutes per day to commit to playing with them Dave Cohen, a…

Anki Drive Adds New Cars, Tracks, Race Mode
04/16/14 — Anki Drive owners have a slew of new reasons to get excited about the racing game with AI-enabled robotic toy cars that are controlled by iOS devices. The San Francisco-based startup and RBR50 company introduced two new tracks, two new cars, and a “race” mode to complement the standard “battle”…

TinkerBots Robot Building Kit Launches on Indiegogo
04/10/14 — TinkerBots is a modular robotics building set with the aim of encouraging children to learn about electronics through play. The Berlin-based makers behind the project are seeking to raise $100,000 over the next 46 days via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to get their kits to market. This is just the latest education-focused project trying to leverage…




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