Simbe Robotics Brings Autonomous Shelf Auditing and Analytics to the Food Retail Industry at FMI Connect 2016 in Chicago

FMI Connect showcases the ideas, products, partnerships and professional development for the retail food industry. Simbe will be showcasing Tally, the world's first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution, in the conference Technology Zone.

Qmatic's Customer Journey Platform Integrates Humanoid Robot to Serve Customers and Improve the Customer Experience in New Elisa Flagship Store

Elisa is the first retailer in northern Europe to use a humanoid robot in a live retail environment as key part of the customer journey aimed at enhancing personal and engaging interactions with customers.

Google's developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Graham Templeton for ExtremeTech:  Google’s artificial intelligence researchers are starting to have to code around their own code, writing patches that limit a robot’s abilities so that it continues to develop down the path desired by the researchers — not by the robot itself. It’s the beginning of a long-term trend in robotics and AI in general: once we’ve put in all this work to increase the insight of an artificial intelligence, how can we make sure that insight will only be applied in the ways we would like?

That’s why researchers from Google’s DeepMind and the Future of Humanity Institute have published a paper outlining a software “killswitch” they claim can stop those instances of learning that could make an AI less useful — or, in the future, less safe. It’s really less a killswitch than a blind spot, removing from the AI the ability to learn the wrong lessons.  Cont'd...

Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  A group of researchers including Michal Luria, Guy Hoffman, Benny Megidish, Oren Zuckerman, Roberto Aimi, and Sung Park from IDC Herzliya, Cornell, and SK Telecom have developed a prototype social robot called Vyo. Vyo is “a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.” Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart is how you interact with it: it combines non-anthropomorphic design with anthropomorphic expressiveness and a tactile object-based control system into a social robot that’s totally, adorably different. But is it practical?  Full Article:

FloorBotics Announces the Successful Design and Prototyping of a Revolutionary Floor-Sanitizing Robot

Product design company, Creative Edge Products, recently completed the designing and prototyping of SaniBot® for a leading robotics company in the cleaning industry, FloorBotics, Inc. The revolutionary new robot offers a remarkable automated, hands-free way to reliably sanitize floors where they are needed most - at schools, hospitals, day care centers, and other public institutions.

RIA to Present 2016 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins

Ceremony Set for June 21st in Munich in conjunction with Automatica and the ISR

GeckoSystems Reports Net Profits from New Japanese Robotics Joint Venture

"Certainly I am pleased with my second trip to Japan in the last eighteen months. Not only did I strengthen existing relationships and develop two new, strategic ones, but consummated one significant licensing agreement, to be followed by more in the coming days and weeks," reflected Spencer.

Modular EtherCAT Robotic Solution Kicks R&D in High Gear to Fuel Robot Boom

NEXCOM EtherCAT robotic solution, NexROBO, introduces openness and modularity to the rigid robot architecture, unleashing possibilities for in-house development, add-on functionality, and reconfiguration of robots.

Sushi Robots and Vending-Machine Pizza Will Reinvent the Automat

Leslie Patton  for Bloomberg:  Decades from now, historians may look back on 2016 as the year Earthlings ate pizza from vending machines, bought burritos from a box in New York’s Grand Central Terminal and devoured sushi rolled by robots.

“Automation is coming whether we want it to come or not,” said Andy Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains. “It’s everywhere. It’s in everything.”

At a time when more consumers are embracing hand-made artisanal foods, 24/7 Pizza Box, Burritobox and Sushi Station are headed in the other direction. Vending-machine pizza will start popping up in Florida later this year and chipotle-chicken burritos, accompanied by guacamole and salsa, can now be ordered from an automated box. Sushi-making robots from Japan are already operating in U.S. restaurants and university cafeterias.  Cont'd...

GeckoSystems Recaps Robotics Joint Venture Discussions During Japan Trip

Prior to going to Japan, two long time Japanese partners, iXs, Ltd., (iXs) and Fubright Communications Corp. (FCC), demonstrated the company's BaseBot(tm) mobile robot known as "Lou" to IC Corp., Ltd. (ICCL) senior management. youtu.be/FHqa0YOBdfU

WPI Professor to Highlight Surgical Robotics at Robotica 2016

Greg Fischer will be on panel examining advances in the field of patient-treatment robotics systems; event to take place during Bay State Robotics Week

Fun LoL to Teach Machines How to Learn More Efficiently

DARPA seeks mathematical framework to characterize fundamental limits of learning

New Muscle-Inspired Actuators Hold Potential to Build Safer, Soft-Bodied Robots

Robots should be safer and softer in order to make them more cooperative and execute tasks in close contact with humans. George Whitesides, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), along with his team, has created a new actuator that moves like human skeletal muscles by using vacuum power for automating soft, rubber beams.

These actuators are soft and shock absorbing similar to real muscles, and do not pose any danger to their surroundings or the human beings working along with them or the future robots containing them. This study was published in the June 1 issue of the Advanced Materials Technologies journal.  Cont'd...

Robotics, Satellites & Motor Sport applications all benefit from Harwin's Datamate J-Tek in high shock and vibration environments

Hi-Rel industries shift to jackscrew fixings for ultimate connection security

Robot wars: Boston Dynamics fell out with Google over humanoid Atlas

Mary-Ann Russon for International Business Times:  When former Boston Dynamics employees released video of humanoid robot Atlas – walking unassisted over difficult terrain, such as rocks and snow – Google was reportedly displeased; despite the research receiving high praise from roboticists while wowing the public.

And the real reason Google is selling off Boston Dynamics is, by and large, due to insiders telling Tech Insider that the robotics firm was unwilling to fall in line with the internet giant's vision of a consumer robot for the home.

Google reportedly envisioned the firm as one of nine in a division called Replicant. Initially, under the guidance of Android co-founder Andy Rubin, the firms would continue with existing research and Google would see what ideas and innovations they came up with.  Cont'd...

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