Tag: category-/Science/Engineering & Technology/Robotics

Cruise open-sources Webviz, a tool for robotics data analysis

Cruise, the self-driving startup that General Motors acquired for nearly $1 billion in 2016, generates an enormous amount of data by any measure. It orchestrates 200,000 hours of driving simulation jobs daily in Google Cloud Platform, spread across 30,000 virtual cars in an environment running on 300,000 processor cores and 5,000 graphics cards. Both those […]

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Sweeping changes: How iRobot evolved from military robots to autonomous vacuums

Perhaps no company is as synonymous with robot vacuums as iRobot. To date, the Bedford, Massachusetts-based firm has sold more than 25 million units to customers around the world, and it has an estimated 88% share of the robot vacuum market. But beyond the iconic Roomba, iRobot counts in its sprawling portfolio Mira, a pool-cleaning […]

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MIT CSAIL’s AI can visualize objects using touch

Robots that can learn to see by touch are within reach, claim researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Really. In a newly published paper that’ll be presented next week at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Long Beach, California, they describe an AI system capable of generating visual representations […]

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Telerobotic hands and fingers become your avatar at Amazon re:MARS

Sometimes robots replace human workers, but other times they augment those workers instead. At Amazon’s re:MARS 2019 conference, a quartet of companies showed off a set of telerobotic arms and hands that let a human operator “feel” what the robot hands were touching. The idea is that the robotic limbs and digits become essentially an […]

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DJI’s RoboMaster S1 is a four-wheeled robot that teaches kids how to code

DJI, which was founded over a decade ago by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology enrollee Frank Wang,  is perhaps best known for drones like the Mavic Pro and Air, the Ronin S, the Matrice, and the Phantom 4. The Shenzhen, China-based company has an estimated 85% of the worldwide drone market, and while […]

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Amazon’s re:MARS opening keynote featured autonomous acrobats and Robert Downey Jr.

Amazon kicked off its inaugural re:MARS conference with a bang Tuesday night in front of a packed ballroom of attendees. At the Aria in Las Vegas yesterday, Amazon senior vice president of devices and services Dave Limp headlined the first keynote alongside Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert and Disney Research’s Morgan Pope and Tony Dohl, […]

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Meet Misty, an extensible robot empowered by Microsoft and Qualcomm technologies

Miscellaneous helper robots have been whirring, rolling, and bumping around for years. They generally take the form of something adorable, with big doe eyes and a chunky white plastic body that is friendly and completely non-threatening. Or they’ll be the opposite, like Boston Dynamics’ agile robots that move in an uncanny valley-like way but lack […]

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AI Weekly: Truly autonomous home robots aren’t within sight yet

Our world might someday look like something out of an Isaac Asimov novel, and not for the worse. In one popular depiction of the far-flung future, robot butlers will attend to our whims and perform menial chores like washing dishes, folding laundry, and walking pets. They’ll look after our children, stand in for nurses and […]

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