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What will be the role of robots in our lives?

The robot revolution has begun, robots are mowing our grass and vacuuming our house. They assist the surgeon in the operating room and drive around on Mars. They are entertaining our children and soon even our cars will be autonomous robots. Read the robot news here if you really want to stay with it.

Sphero stops BB-8 and R2-D2 toy robots

Sphero BoltSphero-Bolt.jpg Sphero will stop producing Disney toy robots. CEO Paul Berberian confirmed to The Verge that the company is cleaning up its remaining licensed inventory and will not replenish it. App support will continue for “at least two years, if not longer,” These toys sold well when released along with a movie, but interest waned over time as the movie got older. In addition, the CEO shows that 'all Star Wars fans already have the robots' and that the company data shows that there is limited play with the robots before they end up on the shelf. more

Guardian XO Max exoskelet makes you 20 times stronger

Guardian XO Max exoskelet  Guardian-XO-Max-exoskelet.jpg An electric exoskeleton that allows the wearer to lift 90 kg for a longer period of time was built by the American company Sarcos and will be commercially available in 2020. The Guardian XO Max exoskeleton is a full-body exoskeleton that has been in development for 17 years (R&D costs $175m). Sarcos says the suit contains a "series of sensors integrated into the exoskeleton, allowing the operator to intuitively operate the robot in a way that takes advantage of his or her instincts and reflexes, and minimizes the need for human training". more

CleanseBot anti bacterie robot

CleanseBot anti bacteria robotCleanseBot-anti-bacteria-robot.jpg CleanseBot is a smart robot with artificial intelligence and 18 sensors built in. It uses FOUR UV-C lamps to blast away 99.99% of germs and bacteria on ANY SURFACE. Not only does CleanseBot kill germs, bacteria, and dust mites, but UV-C light has been proven in many studies to actually help prevent the spread of airborne viruses, too. Beds and more : Whether you are traveling for work or for fun! Just set the CleanseBot down on the bed, turn it on for either 30 or 60 minutes, and go about your day while it sanitizes and disinfects your bed sheets and blankets! The areas with the most germs and bacteria include light switches and television remotes in addition to the bedspread. Even animals or your devices at home can be cleaned with Cleansebot. more

Toyota controllable robot T-HR3

Toyota T-HR3 robotToyota-T-HR3-robot.jpg Toyota has been developing humanoid robots for some time now, of which the T-HR3 is the most recent. This robot was announced at the end of 2017 and, like its predecessors, is very similar to humans. The robot is equipped with a head, two legs and two hands with a total of ten fingers. The T-HR3 is designed as a partner robot that can support people in a variety of conditions. The robot can be used on construction sites, in disaster areas or in space to perform dangerous tasks. With the most recent developments in the field of networks (5G) the applicability is approaching. more

Mini Sophia robot for consumers

Little Sophia robot Hanson roboticsLittle-Sophia-robot-Hanson-robotics.jpg Next year a mini-version of the well-known social robot Sophia will be released for consumers. Developer Hanson Robotics told this during techfestival Bright Day. The talking robot has dozens of facial expressions. "The robot will cost several hundred dollars," says David Chen of Hanson Robotics to Bright. Users will also be able to program the mini version of the social robot Sophia themselves. Hanson Robotics has already released an Einstein doll. more

Human Robot Sophia creates expectations

Menselijke Robot Sophia schept verwachtingenMenselijke-Robot-Sophia-schept-verwachtingen.jpg Sophia has a female face, including facial expressions, and looks at her stage partner and audience. Her human form often creates a false image among people of the current state of artificial intelligence and the ability of a robot to conduct a human conversation. more

ORIGIBOT 2, a telepresence robot with a gripping arm

ORIGIBOT Telepresence Robot with Arm and GripperORIGIBOT-Carbon-Fiber-Advanced-Telepresence-Robot-with-Arm-Gripper.jpg ORIGIBOT2 is a next generation telepresence solution. The robot has been updated with a sleek and functional carbon fiber frame, an additional wrist tilt action, improved motors and stronger servos. You connect remotely to ORIGIBOT2 from anywhere in the world on most any device with an Internet connection (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac). Not only do you have two-way audio and video, but also full control of the robotic platform, arm, and gripper. How awesome is that? A full 7 degrees of freedom (including the robot base) to interact with the remote environment! Using ready-made hardware, including an Arduino controller and Android tablet, Origin Robotics has ensured a low entry-level price. Prices start at $599,- on indiegogo. more

Alphabet stops with shaft robot

Shaft robot alphabetShaft-robot-alphabet.jpg Google parent Alphabet closes Schaft, the secret unit that develops running robots aimed at helping in disasters. After the sale of Boston Dynamics to Softbank, this is the second farewell to the large initiative Alphabet started in 2013. Consumer robot It is a sad end for a division that once looked like it had a bright future. In 2013 Schaft won the Robotics Challenge of DARPA with surprisingly graceful movements. There were even plans to bring a consumer-oriented product onto the market by 2020, according to reports, but it soon turned out that this was too optimistic a goal. New focus A source known at Tech Crunch indicated that the focus of Alphabet was already there. The tech giant now focuses more on industrial robots and parts such as robot arms than on fully independent robots. more

2nd generation TASKI robot scrubber drier

Robot schrobzuigmachine, Taski swingobot 2000Robot-schrobzuigmachine-Taski-swingobot-2000.jpg More than two years of practical experience with robot scrubber/dryers has led to a new revolutionary and robust cleaning robot. Using state of the art technologies, at least 25 percent more productivity is achieved, allowing locations to be cleaned more effectively. more

Healthcare provider in the netherlands extends experiments on social robots

healthcare provider in the netherlands extends experiments on social robotshealthcare-provider-in-the-netherlands-extends-experiments-on-social-robots.jpg Healthcare provider Philadelphia sees robots as a tool and complementary to the existing care process. The Pepper robot, renamed Phi robot at Philadelphia, has already met more than 2,000 clients, relatives and employees. From the time spent in the accommodation periods, it appears that the robot fulfils a function as an emotional outlet. The robot also helps with practical control, such as the daily rhythm. The robot helps to remind people of certain things or gives suggestions for actions. Clients visibly build a bond, gain more self-confidence and learn from and with the robot. more

TV presenter klaas can everything uses telepresence robot

klaas kan alles is een Nederlandse tv presentator die alles kanklaas-kan-alles-is-een-Nederlandse-tv-presentator-die-alles-kan.jpg Klaas is a Dutch TV presenter who can do anything. Klaas uses a telepresence robot, which can be controlled remotely. Through a video connection you can talk to other people. To try this invention Klaas surprises his lunch-guest to join as a robot. more

A robot for cleaning up your house

A robot for cleaning up your houseA-robot-for-cleaning-up-your-house.jpg Robots that help in the household. A wish we hear many people express when we ask what kind of robot would you like to have. The robots from Japanese company Preferred Networks can put back swinging objects in the living room where they belong. This is done using Toyota's HSR, Human Support Robot. more

Atlas robot runs track

Atlas robot boston dynamics runs trackAtlas-robot-boston-dynamics-runs-track.jpg We have known the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics for some time. Running over inhospitable terrain, a somersault backwards. The makers are one step further, as can be seen in this video. The control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms and trunk, to combine the energy and power to jump over the trunk and jump up the steps without breaking the tempo. (Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself. more

Google Home from 24 October in Dutch

Google home, smart assistantGoogle home, smart assistant.jpg Googles Home-smartspeaker will be available in Dutch stores from 24 October. This is shown by an e-mail that Google has sent to partners who are working on Google Assistant-support for their services. It was already known that Google Home would eventually also come to the Netherlands. When the search giant released the Dutch version of Google Assistant for phones earlier this year, the company already announced that the voice assistant had to work on the Home speakers later this year. more

Rethink Robotics closes its doors

Rethink Robotics logoRethink Robotics.jpg Rethink Robotics, the Boston, Mass.-based maker of collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer, shut its doors today. Rethink was founded in 2008 and raised nearly $150 million to date, according to Crunchbase. Its last round of funding was an $18 million Series E in August 2017. Rethink Robotics CEO Scott Eckert first confirmed the news via email to The Robot Report. “I can confirm that unfortunately the news is true, Rethink Robotics closed its doors today,” Eckert writes. “We were pioneers and innovators in the industry and responsible for the creation of the collaborative robot category, but unfortunately we didn’t quite achieve the market success we had intended. We have been helping our team find new homes and have been overwhelmed with interest. It’s a world-class group of people will continue to do great things in their next endeavors.” more

Making a robot look better

Een robot beter laten kijkenEen-robot-beter-laten-kijken.jpg People have long been masters of handicrafts, a skill that can largely be attributed to the help of our eyes. Meanwhile, robots are still working on catching up. The system, called Dense Object Nets (DON), developed by researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), allows a robot to inspect random objects and understand them visually enough to perform specific tasks without ever having seen them before (self learning). more

Robotexoskeleton of TU Delft wins obstacle race

Robotexoskelet van TU Delft wint obstakelraceRobotexoskelet-van-TU-Delft-wint-obstakelrace.jpg Delft students have won an international prize in Germany. Their designed exoskeleton was the fastest in the obstacle race. Participants with spinal cord injuries had to take four different obstacles with the help of such a skeleton. Mobility An exoskeleton is a robot suit for people with spinal cord injury. With this orthosis people who are paralysed can still walk and take obstacles. Shaan Quirijns wore the exoskeleton during the competition. She has had a spinal cord injury since 2000. "We are very proud of this first place. But, even more importantly, we think that with the development of this technique we contribute to giving back mobility to people with spinal cord injury," says student Lennart Schut. more

Getting to know the future

Kennismaken met de toekomstKennismaken-met-de-toekomst.jpg Stadkamer and RobotXperience will introduce visitors to the future. From 3 to 7 October 2018, Stadkamer en RobotXperience will organise a five-day innovation pop-up in Stadkamer Centrum aan de Zeven Alleetjes 1 in Zwolle. Visitors, employees, teachers and business relations can experience robots and new technology for themselves and learn what they can do with them. From a 'humanoid' robot that keeps you company, a social desktop robot and smart digital assistants for your home, to technology that allows you to be at another location via 'telepresence', everything about smart software and the latest technology trends. more

NOS broadcast meets Robot Sophia

Humanoid robot Sophia op bezoek in NederlandRobot Sophia op bezoek in Nederland.jpg Sophia will be in the Netherlands for the first time on 28 September 2018, because of a leadership congress in Amsterdam. Enough reason for the NOS to speak to her, to see with their own eyes what the hype is about and to find out whether it is justified. The first thing that strikes you when you see Sophia is that she is small. Everyone - big or small - has to bend down a little to be able to look at her. If you look her in the face, there is a good chance that you will get the thought "she looks like someone, but who? That's not a crazy thought: her face is based on that of Audrey Hepburn. more

From wheelchair to mobile robot device

Matia Robotics TEK RMD Robotic Mobilization DeviceMatia-Robotics-TEK-RMD-Robotic-Mobilization-Device.jpg The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device is not an alternative to wheelchairs, but a brand new mobility platform. The way in which people with spinal cord injury and other walking disorders can move around the world is being redefined. The possibility to sit, stand and navigate independently and safely in environments that were once inaccessible is now possible and safe. more

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