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Amazon hopes the new vest will decrease collisions between warehouse robots and humans (Photo from Amazon)   With Amazon Warehouses employing more robots than humans you have to ensure the safety of all your workers, which the company hasn’t been so great about in the past. To improve safety measures, Amazon is using an electronic vest to protect those who deal with automated systems and robots inside its warehouses.   The Robotic Tech Vest may look like a pair of suspenders at ...
Robot Riot is a tabletop fighting competition that pits home-brew robots against each other. (Image credit: The Emporium)   Time for a little local news in Chicago! (BTW... I think I will enter this competition circuit.)   Robot Riot is an event group that touts itself as “the backyard wrestling of robotics,” which pit tavern-based tabletop robotic fighters against one another. There are two ways to win- either destroy the competition or win the hearts of the crowd watching ...
Six of the six-wheeled robots will deliver packages in an undisclosed neighborhood with an Amazon employee chaperone in tow. (Image credit: Amazon)   Amazon is gaining traction in the robot delivery business, as the e-commerce company has started field-testing their autonomous Scout delivery vehicles at an undisclosed neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. Scout is about the size and shape of a small cooler that’s outfitted with six wheels and travels at a walking pace.   ...
GMC’s Prograde Trailering System allows you to see through a trailer using cameras mounted on the tailgate and the back of the trailer. (Image credit: GMC)   I was inspired by this tech development. Seeing through objects for safety. For anyone who's ever pulled a trailer or drove a box truck, you know what I'm talking about.   GMC has unveiled its new Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck for 2020, which packs a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 that delivers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque ...
UCF’s World Is Not Enough spacecraft extracts water from asteroids and other celestial resources to generate steam, which is used as a propellant. (Image credit: UCF)   Scientists from the University of Central Florida have designed a spacecraft that utilizes steam to propel itself through space, which in theory, could allow it to explore space forever. The World Is Not Enough (WINE) probe would extract ice/water from asteroids and other celestial bodies, and convert it into steam, w ...
The kitchen robot is just one of the new projects housed in NVIDIA’s new Seattle lab (Photo from NVIDIA)   NVIDIA now has a new lab in Seattle that will serve as home for all its robotics projects. Research scientists and students from the University of Washington will work in the lab under NVIDIA’s senior director of robotics research Dieter Fox. He describes the lab as bringing together “a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of experts in robot control and perception, ...
The researchers found that plants modified to bypass photorespiration could increase their biomass by 40%. (Image credit: RIPE)   It’s common knowledge plants take sunlight and CO2 to make the energy they need to grow. A long time ago, the process of converting that energy was easy as there was more CO2 in the air, and thus plants flourished. As oxygen became the more dominant gas, plants figured out how to filter out oxygen molecules in favor carbon dioxide (known as photorespiratio ...
First ever image of the moon’s far side and South Pole-Aitken basin landing location of CNSA’s Chang’e 4 probe. (Image credit: CSNA)   The China National Space Administration’s made history on January 3rd when it successfully landed their Chang’e 4 autonomous lander at the South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the moon and sent back the first ever images captured from that location via their Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) satellite. Many details of the mission, ...
The journey of the self-driving car started in 1925 when the inventor Francis Houdina put on the streets of Manhattan a radio-controlled car with no driver. People at the time really thought it was a trick from the famous illusionist Houdini, especially since both names are similar. Needless to say, the invention was not accepted at the time; but Houdina would be pleased to know he was on to something. Today, almost 100 years later, self-driving cars are not just an idea, not even a prototype, b ...
Pair of Lovots, Groove X explained on their website that the robots in a pair are connected and can feel each other’s “emotions”; when one is being hugged, the other might come around asking for a hug too. (Image from lovot.life)   When it comes to robots, most people think of a machine made to ease human life. Robots are generally practical inventions, which have only one purpose: do the tasks humans don’t want to or can’t do. While every country on the plane ...