Care-O-bot 4 celebrates its premiere as a shopping assistant

By Fraunhofer IPA via RoboHub:  In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

Care-O-bot 4, alias Paul, approaches Saturn customers and welcomes them to the store. If they ask him about a certain product, he accompanies the customer to the department and points them in the direction of the relevant shelf. As he indulges in small talk about the weather, or another subject, Paul turns out to be a most charming contact partner. However, he prefers to leave actual customer service to his human colleagues. Paul is able to call another member of staff for support via “Voice over IP”. Before Paul bids a fond farewell and returns to the store entrance, he still has time to ask for feedback. In this way, he discovers whether customers appreciated the interaction or not. Martin Wild, Chief Digital Officer at Media-Saturn-Holding: “With Paul, we are offering our customers the opportunity to get to know one of the most advanced robots in the world.”  Cont'd...

Fly-off Provides Direct Comparison of Aerial Survey Drones

As the number of choices for drone based photogrammetry continue to grow it becomes increasingly difficult to determine which platform to select. A recent CH2M Hill sponsored fly-off provided a unique opportunity to compare between available platforms, and the resulting analysis reveals significant differences between leading systems.

Relay Is a Robot Butler Coming to a Hotel Near You

Nathaniel Mott for Inverse:  Ordering room service can be a lesson in embarrassment. It could arrive right after you’ve taken off your clothes, while you’re indisposed, or while you’re in the middle of other hotel-related behavior.  Thankfully, a robot butler named Relay is here to take that embarrassment (and other inconveniences) out of hotel deliveries.

Relay is basically an autonomous locker on wheels. Guests ask for an item, a hotel worker puts the object inside Relay’s compartment, and then the robot scoots over to the guest’s room with its cargo. It then calls the guests to let them know their item is ready before heading back down to the lobby so it can recharge before its next assignment.  Cont'd...

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Updates 1300+ Shareholders

GOSY continues to gain traction in the consumer, professional healthcare and commercial security markets.

Thousands of Commercial Drone End Users to Convene Next Week in San Jose for 2nd Annual Drone World Expo

Complimentary Expo Hall Registration Available until November 14th

CLAAS and Trimble Announce Trimble Ready Option for LEXION Combines

The announcement was made at Agri Trade Equipment Expo.

Mouser Electronics Honored with Top Marketing Awards from ECIA

Mouser Electronics received several top ECIA marketing awards at the recent Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) Executive Conference

New Metrolog X4 I-Robot v7 and Silma X4 I-Robot v7: Robotic Inspection Made Easy

Metrolog X4 I-Robot eliminates the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell. Metrolog X4 I-Robot controls both the measuring device and the robot directly. A complementary product, Silma X4 I-Robot version V7, also to be released December 2016, allows complete robotic cell simulation.

Trust Automation, Inc. Contributes Revolutionary Capture Technology to Robotic Aircraft Delivering Life Saving Medical Supplies

The Zipline system flies lifesaving and critical medical supplies to remote and inaccessible areas. Zipline recently began official routine and national scale deliveries of blood to health facilities in Rwanda.

Autonomous vehicle innovators given access to free training and track time for testing and developing their new technologies

The world's leading driverless technology conference, AutoSens (http://www.auto-sens.com), has teamed up with British start-up Self Driving Track Days (http://www.selfdrivingtrackdays.com) to deliver industry-backed test-track events and training workshops for students, SMEs, engineers and technologists wanting to learn about autonomous vehicles.

AES Looking for Drones and Robotics Solutions to Improve the Safety and Availability of Its Plants

The Company Announces Open Innovation Contest For Unmanned Inspections in Extreme Heat, Improving Safety and Helping Solve $1B Problem for the Global Electric Utility Industry

Self-drive delivery van can be 'built in four hours'

Jane Wakefield for BBC News:  A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London.

The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims.

The vehicles will be "autonomous-ready", for when self-drive legislation is in place, the firm said.

The government wants to see self-drive cars on the roads by 2020.

"We find trucks today totally unacceptable. Loud, polluting and unfriendly," said Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Charge, the automotive technology firm behind the truck.

"We are making trucks the way they should be - affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe."  Cont'd...

PACK Expo - Intelligrated Lifecycle Support Services highlights mechanical and risk assessments for palletizers at PACK EXPO 2016

Assessments benchmark system efficiency and safety to maximize return on automation investments

Port of Hueneme Hosts 3rd Annual Technology Expo Bringing Tomorrow, Today

The Port of Hueneme held its third annual cutting-edge Innovation and Technology Expo, a program that challenges industry, technology developers and college and high school students to meet industry needs with the best in technology. It all unfolds as part of the Port's Maritime Advanced Systems & Technology Laboratory (MAST) program, an initiative designed to encourage entrepreneurs and innovators to embrace the Port as an incubator to pilot new products and foster leading-edge technology for the port and maritime environment.

New US Robotics Roadmap calls for increased regulations, education and research

From Phys.org:  A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as they age. It calls for increased education efforts in the STEM fields from elementary school to adult learners

The roadmap's authors, more than 150 researchers from around the nation, also call for research to create more flexible robotics systems to accommodate the need for increased customization in manufacturing, for everything from cars to consumer electronics

The goal of the U.S. Robotics Roadmap is to determine how researchers can make a difference and solve societal problems in the United States. The document provides an overview of robotics in a wide range of areas, from manufacturing to consumer services, healthcare, autonomous vehicles and defense. The roadmap's authors make recommendation to ensure that the United States will continue to lead in the field of robotics, both in terms of research innovation, technology and policies.  Cont'd...

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