Lowe’s is testing whether new robots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.
A team of researchers at MIT have created a 70-pound cheetah robot that can run and jump on its own power. Developers hope the mechanics behind the battery-powered animal will help in the creation of new prosthetics and other technologies.
iRobot’s Tim Trainer joins digits to explain how the company’s new Android-based multi-robot tablet controller improves ease of use for defense forces and first responders.
We just purchased the new Roomba 880 to attack our dog hair and kid droppings in the kitchen. Unlike other areas of the robotic space, autonomous vacuum cleaners were introduced first in the consumer home space. While iRobot has a full line of mopping, scrubbing, pool cleaning robots, it has missed the boat of large […]
When one thinks of the evolution of the distribution of robotic hardware it is easy to see how deployments in the military and medical theater are the forerunners for business and home use. Rodney Brooks has been an innovator of home robotics since his days of founding iRobot, and now with Baxter he plans to […]
Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Robot Fish – that is how Dr. Seuss is read at MIT. Unlike land-based robots, MIT’s flexible aquatic craniate is a “soft robot” that is “powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels” mimicking gills. This self contained power system, requires no recharging or even traditional batteries, so it potentially could […]
Recently, I had the good fortune of meeting Jason Ravel, a new robotic entrepreneur out of Columbia University. He is focused on helping solve real problems for physically-challenged humans in an aging world. I am sworn to secrecy, but let’s just say Wall-E and Evo maybe closer than one might think. Ravel, a software guru, […]
There is a lot of talk about robots replacing human jobs, but what happens when robots replace themselves? Meet Valkyrie, NASA’s new advanced humanoid “superhero” robot that may one day be used to explore Mars ahead of humans—we are way past chimps. Valkyrie was designed by NASA scientists to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge […]
As a city boy, I hated drinking milk. I still recall the very traumatic experience of my 5th Grade class trip to an upstate dairy farm. I am comforted to know that today the experience would feel more like an App then the soft squeeze of an utter. The ASTRONAUT Robot has begun replacing migrant […]
I remember sitting in a movie theater in 2004, popcorn in hand, watching the latest Will Smith blockbuster, I, Robot. In the movie, Will Smith plays Detective Spooner, a police officer in the future who has a deep-seated hatred for robots and all things new and innovative. At one point, he harangues a colleague on […]