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Harvest Automation aids in agricultural robotics.

Robots Can Now Tend Your Garden For You
BEN SCHILLER, fastcoexist.com

Harvest Automation’s new robots are the latest addition to the farm.

One of Harvest Automation’s new nursery bots can work 10 hours a day for $40—a lot less than even an illegal worker might get for the same job. And, as an employer, you have n…

This robot restuarant in Kunshan, China offers a glimpse into the future.

futurescope:

Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

[read more] [photo credit AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE]

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The Robolympics for 2020 would be wonderful!

rtamerica:

Japanese leader proposes first-ever ‘Robot Olympics’

Nations of the world will be sending their most talented athletes to Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympic Games – but if Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets his way, they might also be pitting robots against each other.

Abe announced his vision while touring robotics factories in Tokyo and Saitama, which is located just north of the country’s capital. According to Japan’s Jiji Press (translated via Agence France-Presse), the prime minister said a Robot Olympics would be a great way to showcase advances in the field around the globe.

“In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” he said.

(via wildcat2030)

A look at Jibo - the latest offering in household robotics.

singularitarian:

Meet Jibo. On track to exist next year, Jibo is being marketed as “the world’s first family robot.” The bulbous little guy can read to kids in the living room, recite recipes in the kitchen, take photos in the yard, and perform a handful of other simple tasks. Jibo is also a little bit creepy.

This soft robotic quadruped is innovative, and open source.

futurescope:

Soft Robot Glaucus by Super Releaser

"Glaucus the open source soft robotic quadruped with no hard moving parts available for download" - The Future/Skynet is near.

The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser { http://superreleaser.com }. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.

The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward.

Super-Releaser is an open source company. You can find links to all of its research, including downloads for 3d printing your own Glaucus, on { http://superreleaser.com }. You can find supplemental information on how this technology was developed at { http://bit.ly/softrobots }. If you have any questions about the Glaucus, soft robotics, or the tutorials Super-Releaser has authored, please visit the Soft Robotics Forum at { http://forum.superreleaser.com }.

For more details:
* Make your own walking soft robot - http://learn.adafruit.com/soft-quadru…
* Download the source files - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:277171/
* More info on Super-Releaser - http://superreleaser.com/about-us/
* More information about the methods behind these robots - http://har.ms/b/CMA
* Photos of the process - https://flic.kr/s/aHsjVkYNy2

Credits:
* Robot Design/Fabrication - Matthew Borgatti http://har.ms
* CG Animation - Edmund Earle http://www.edgeworxstudios.com/
* Narration - Mark Ryes http://markryes.com
* Music - Noqturne: Bluberryz http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a44632…

[Super Releaser] [Download the Glaucus] [via motherboard] [picture by superreleaser]

This clip and the related study offers an interesting look into future human-robot interaction.

futurescope:

Would You Do as a Robot Commands? An Obedience Study for Human - Robot Interaction

Snip from Fast Co:

In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.

University of Manitoba:

Would you do as a robot commands? Robots are beginning to play a larger role in society, finding their way into hospitals, the military, and our daily lives; it’s not too far off to think that they may one day be put in positions of authority over people. We know all to well the dark side of authority from classical psychology experiments such as the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments, but one question remains: can the authority figure effect apply to robots as well as people? As a preliminary study we decided to test this theory out; we had our robot pressure participants to continue a highly tedious (and unpleasant) task, and compared the results to having a human experimenter. Did they obey the robot? Check out the paper and project video to find out!

[read more] [University of Manitoba] [paper (pdf)]

A quick look at some of the wondrous work in robotics done by Festo.

policymic:

Engineering Company Festo Is Creating Robots Based On Nature

German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.

Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”

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