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SoftBot’s Pepper now has the means to conduct Buddhist funerals when a priest is unavailable Pepper dressed up in traditional robes ready to conduct a funeral (Video via Japan Times)   Seeing a robot doing everyday human jobs isn’t as shocking as it once was. Take SoftBot’s Pepper for example. The bot has already worked a variety of jobs in its short life, including a phone store, a Pizza Hut, and a French train station. But its latest job is something truly bizarre: Budd ...
Retail giant Walmart recently filed a patent for a blimp-like aircraft to deploy drones. The patent Walmart filed is similar to a patent Amazon filed last year (Photo from USPTO)   Walmart and Amazon have been fighting each other to dominate online shopping for the past few years and things are about to get uglier. Walmart recently applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse allowing them to make deliveries via drones. It would then bring the products from the aircraft to the homes ...
(Image credit Oculus)   The 80’s are making a comeback in more ways than one- Stranger Things (set in that decade) is set to roll on season 2, 80’s fashion trends are ‘like totally’ returning (shoulder pads, leggings, mirrored sunglasses, etc.) and nostalgic video games have exploded back on the scene thanks to the influx of DIY SBC retro gaming machines. Having lived through that decade, I can see the changes everywhere and suffice it to say- it’s gnarly.  ...
The other week my daughter and I were lucky enough to be given a "Marty the Robot" from robotical.io  as a gift from a friend who'd bought a whole load of them when they were still a crowd funded project. The robot has 3 servos in each leg and walks by leaning over and lifting the leg around. It's a peculiar gate but definitely real walking. The control board can sense motor current as well as having standard control over the servos so it can do basic sensing with its arms and feet. There's ...
Panasonic’s contribution is part of Japan’s larger plan to renovate navigation and transportation within airport terminals starting with Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The autonomous wheelchairs can navigate independently or in tandem with other chairs. (Photo via Panasonic)   Here is some inspiration for the IoT on Wheels Design Challenge!   The Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation and Japan Airport Terminal Co. have been working with Panasonic Corporation and Nippon ...

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