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  • Meet Domgy, an AI pet robot from Beijing startup ROOBO

    Meet Domgy, an AI pet robot from Beijing startup ROOBO

    ROOBO, a fast-growing hardware and AI startup headquartered in Beijing, today unveiled a prototype of its newest product, a “pet robot” called Domgy. For the unfamiliar, ROOBO is the company behind Pudding, a voice-controlled, educational robot for kids. Pudding is used to teach kids vocabulary, geography, jokes and more. The company also makes the Idealens virtual reality… Read More

  • The $599 ASUS Zenbo robot is just trying to help out around the house

    The $599 ASUS Zenbo robot is just trying to help out around the house

    ASUS is going big at Computex this year with the launch of new additions to ZenBook, Transformer and ZenFone lines. But the biggest new piece to the company’s unfortunately named “Zenvolution” puzzle is this bright-eyed little guy who’s something along the lines of a cross between Wall-E and Sico, the robotic butler who had a fairly unsettling relationship with… Read More

  • Pepper the Robot gets increased access for Android developers ahead of its US launch

    Pepper the Robot gets increased access for Android developers ahead of its US launch

    SoftBank is starting to ramp things up ahead of the US launch of its friendly and versatile humanoid robot, Pepper. After holding down a factotum of service industry jobs in and around Japan and Europe, the company announced this week at Google I/O that the ‘bot is being opened more widely to developers. The news brings with it Android compatibility for the robot, so developers can… Read More

  • A folding robot made of pig parts that removes batteries from stomachs with magnets

    A folding robot made of pig parts that removes batteries from stomachs with magnets

    Researchers from MIT, the University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology joined forces for a project that reads like something out of a William Burroughs novel. Crafted from dried pig intestines, the little origami robot is designed to hatch from inside a swallowed capsule and unfold like an accordion. Once inside the swallower’s stomach, the little meat ‘bot… Read More

  • Gecko Robotics Does The Heavy Inspecting At Power Plants To Prevent Human Fatalities

    Y Combinator-backed Gecko Robotics is hoping to save a few human lives at our nation’s power plants with wall-climbing robots. Gecko’s proprietary magnetic adhesion technology works much like the sticky foot of a gecko, allowing its robots to crawl up walls to inspect for damage along the way. A human would normally be the checker, but that presents an often dangerous situation. Read More

  • Google is using machine learning to teach robots how to grasp random objects

    Google is using machine learning to teach robots how to grasp random objects

    Using your hand to grasp a pen that’s lying on your desk doesn’t exactly feel like a chore, but for robots, that’s still a really hard thing to do. So to teach robots how to better grasp random objects, Google’s research team dedicated 14 robots to the task. Read More

  • The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible

    The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible

    Ready to feel bad for a pile of circuit boards? Wait ’til about a minute and twenty seconds into this video. That robot you see being pushed around is the latest generation of Atlas, the insanely advanced humanoid robot as built by the Google-owned Boston Dynamics. (Don’t feel too bad, by the way: they’re hitting stuff out of Atlas’ hands and pushing him around to test… Read More

  • The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    When I’m in a hotel room I like absolute privacy. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The creators of the Relay all took part in the robotics incubator Willow Garage and their robot – an R2-D2-looking guy with a hole… Read More

  • iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    In an effort to divest itself of the defense and security market, iRobot has sold its D&S assets to form another company dedicated to all things military. The new company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine officer. From the release: The iRobot Defense & Security (D&S) organization is excited to announce that it will become a standalone, privately held Robotics… Read More

  • OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

    OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

    Robotics startup OpenTrons has come up with a way it believes will make wet lab experiments faster and cheaper – automation. Most life science research is still done by hand. This can be a tedious process that OpenTrons hopes to diminish by using robotics and software to complete it. “Basically, if you’re a biologist you spend all of your time moving tiny amounts of liquid… Read More

  • Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Make room for yet another dating app. San Francisco-based Blume is hoping to entice singles into its arms with a real-time selfie feature designed to thwart catfishing. So no more being chatted up by sex-mad robots. Or wooed by forlorn hopers overselling their dating prospects with a set of out-of-date/overly processed photos. Read More

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