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(Image credit MegaBots)   This is two years in the making! A year after the bout was set to take place.   Bear in mind this is just my view on the long-touted robot fight between MegaBots and Suidobashi and the subsequent live bout between MegaBots’ own robots (but that’s for another time). That being said, the road to the first international robot bout began in 2015 when California-based MegaBots completed work on their Mark II combat robot and then challenged Japan’ ...
Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to grant a robot citizenship. This bot has more rights than most women and migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. (Photo from Hanson Robotics)   We now have the world’s first robot to get citizenship in a country. It sounds like a weird joke, but it’s true. Saudi Arabia became the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. The android in question is Sophia, created by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. It has an uncanny h ...
RoBoHon gets a price drop, but also loses its cellular function. This cute little guy has a hefty price tag (Photo via Sharp)   There is always something to demand our hard earned cash. Another robot wants to walk into our hearts and take that money.   Sharp’s almost too cute to handle robot phone, RoBoHon, stole our hearts when it hit the market last year. What wasn’t so cute was its $1,800 price tag. If you’ve been waiting for a price drop, wait no longer. As of n ...
The MicroSure system allows surgeons to operate the robot remotely with great precision. (Image credit MicroSure)   Lymphedema- a condition that affects many, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system most commonly caused by cancer treatments or parasitic infections. While there are several treatments to cure the condition, none are more effective than localized surgery. The problem with that, is there are only a handful of surg ...
Given Imaging’s PillCam is outfitted with tiny cameras to visualize colon abnormalities. (Image credit Given Imaging)   “The doctor will see you now, and so will his robots,” ─ a phrase inching its way towards reality as medical institutions are developing micro-robots capable of doing everything from performing internal surgery to sophisticated imaging, providing the medical community with groundbreaking new tools for better care. Internal is the key word here, while so ...
The Movable Fridge is voice activated and navigates on its own using onboard sensors. (Image credit Panasonic via YouTube)   Never again will you miss that all-important play during a football game, or miss that all important dialog exchange during a movie when going to the fridge for a cold one or snack. Instead of going to the fridge, why not have the fridge come to you? That’s the idea behind Panasonic’s autonomous, smart Movable Fridge, which comes to your location using ver ...
Companion bots don’t just help take care of the elderly; they’re a source of comfort and friendship as well. More companion bots are cropping up in assisted living facilities due to the drop in health care workers (Image via Toyota)   Support bots that work in senior living facilities to help out the elderly have been around for a few years now. These bots can be essential for helping to take care of someone whether it’s bringing them a drink or monitoring their movement ...
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.  ...
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 ...
An underwater robot is investigating the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant which was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami that hit the coast of Japan in 2011. The “swimming robot” is called “the little sunfish” and is about the size of a loaf of bread. (Photo via irid.or.jp )   In March 2011, the northeastern coast of Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant and caused the most devastating nuclear incident of i ...
These bots are narrow enough to move through small spaces and cluttered areas (Photo via L.A. Cicero & Stanford)   Robots have a lot of movement and capabilities, but ever think they can actually grow? A team of scientists has created a soft robot inspired by plants that “grow” as a way of movement. Plants have the ability to adapt to their surroundings in order to receive the nutrients they need. Think about ivy climbing up brick walls. The scientists took this as inspirat ...
A security robot at Washington DC’s MRP Realty rolled itself into a fountain in an unfortunate accident. What a way to quit a job. (Photo via MRP Realty)   When Washington, DC’s MRP Realty hired an autonomous robot to be part of their security team, they couldn’t have guessed it would quit in the most dramatic fashion. The security K5 robot, lovingly dubbed Steve, was designed to patrol car parks and buildings. While on the job, it rolled itself down four steps into a fou ...
Blanca Li’s Robot aims to explore humans’ relationship with robots and AI technology. A robot and its human dance partner make art together (Photo via Blanca Li)   When you scroll past news stories about the latest companion robot, ever think to ask one to dance? Most likely not, but one dancer Blanca Li has, and she’s created a choreography routine, dubbed Robot, for her dance company. Working with Softbank’s robotic vision and Japanese artist Maywa Denki, the new ...

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