Robotics
Emerging Tech

Tokyo robotic warehouse needs almost no human workers

Uniqlo has unveiled its first robot-powered warehouse that requires 90 percent fewer human workers to operate. The Japanese clothing giant plans to invest close to $1 billion dollars to convert all of its warehouses worldwide.
Emerging Tech

Boston Dynamics is trying to make fetch happen with its new working robot dog

Boston Dynamics wants to see Spot in the workplace, but not as part of take-your-dog-to-work days. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the technology company believes its extraordinary robo-dog is now ready to start work.
Business

To speed up operations, XPO Logistics will hire 5,000 smart robots to workforce

XPO Logistics, a tech-focused company specializing in last-mile deliveries, says it will add 5,000 intelligent robots in its warehouses to help speed up deliveries. The robots are designed to assist XPO's human workforce.
Computing

This is surely the coolest way yet to solve a Rubik’s Cube

If your attempts to complete the Rubik's Cube usually end with the thing flying out of the window or against a wall, then what you need is one that solves itself. Yes, it does exist, and here's a video to prove it ...
Emerging Tech

Roll over, SpotMini — here comes the ALMA robo-dog

If two robo-dogs met on the street, would one try to sniff the mechanical components at the rear of the other? We have no idea, but with at least two different rob-dogs now making real advances, we may soon find out.
Emerging Tech

Moxi the ‘friendly’ hospital robot wants to help nurses, not replace them

Moxi is a "friendly" hospital robot from Texas-based Diligent Robotics. The wheel-based bot, which begins trials this week, aims to free nurses from routine tasks so they can spend more time with patients.
Emerging Tech

‘There’s Waldo’ robot will find Waldo long before you can

There’s Waldo is the brain child of Matt Reed, a creative technologist at the creative agency Redpepper. Reed and his colleagues built the bot out of a uArm Swift Pro that’s controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer.
Emerging Tech

Soft robotic hand gives scientists new grip on deep sea life

A team of roboticists and marine biologists from Harvard University have created a sampling device that’s soft and flexible for grabbing fragile organisms, and can be 3D printed for easy customization.
Emerging Tech

Want an extra arm? A third thumb? Check out these awesome robotic appendages

Ever wished for a pair of extra arms, a third leg, or a sixth finger on each hand? Check out this list of amazing robo-prosthetics which promise to take your multitasking to the next level.
Emerging Tech

It’s curtains for Kuri: Work ceased on robot companion project

Kuri the robot companion is no more. California-based Mayfield Robotics said on Wednesday it’s decided to cease development of the cute, wheel-based bot 18 months after it first showed it off to the public.
Features

From picking to pollinating, agribots are pushing farming into the future

Farming is becoming increasingly challenging. To deal with environmental pollution, labor shortage, and other major issues, agricultural scientists are turning to robots and AI.
Emerging Tech

7 times Honda’s iconic Asimo robot blew us away (and 1 side-splitting fail)

Honda recently retired its awesome Asimo robot. The bipedal bot has dazzled and delighted over the years, so as a tribute, we've pulled together some memorable Asimo moments since its first appearance back in 2000.
Emerging Tech

CanguRo robot is part transport, part best friend

CanguRo is a robot on wheels that cleverly transforms between an autonomous assistant and a self-driving mobility vehicle. The team behind CanguRo also wants to give it speech capabilities to give users a more personal experience.
Emerging Tech

Asimo, Honda’s amazing biped, heads to robot retirement home

Honda is retiring its multitalented Asimo robot. But it's not all bad news as many of its talents will be incorporated into other technology produced by the Japanese company, including mobility aids and autonomous vehicles.
Emerging Tech

Pepper the robot is now working at a bank in New York City

Pepper the robot has been given a variety of customer-facing roles in its three-year existence, admittedly with varying degrees of success. Now HSBC is hiring it to perform tasks at its flagship branch in New York City.
Business

Nestlé, XPO Logistics building ‘digital warehouse’ with robotics, autonomous vehicles

Nestlé, the world's largest food and drink company, plans to build a "digital warehouse of the future," staffed with robots, autonomous vehicles, and A.I., in partnership with XPO Logistics.
Emerging Tech

50,000 Las Vegas workers set to strike, demand protection from robots

Among the Culinary Workers Union's demands are higher wages, better job security, and protections from automation. The workers, whose contracts are up on June 1, are employed by more than 30 of the city’s most well-known resorts.
Emerging Tech

VTOL drone can evacuate wounded soldiers and disaster victims, deliver cargo

Tactical Robotics' unmanned Cormorant VTOL drone can evacuate two wounded battlefield casualties or disaster site victims at the same time. The aircraft can land and take off from remote or hard to reach locations without a landing strip.