Robotics makes baby steps toward solving Japan's child care shortage

Roy Bishop for The Japan Times:  Child care is a hard job, but somebody, or something, has got to do it.

Japanese researchers have developed androids to meet that need, which includes happily reading that fairy tale again and again and again.

The androids, which were created by a team of education and robotics specialists at a research facility in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, are part of a larger system called RoHo Care. Short for Robotic Hoikujo (day care center), RoHo is being touted as a high-tech solution to the staffing crisis that forced the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry to announce emergency measures this week.

“I never thought I’d see this day, but we’re now confident that RoHo could blaze a trail for child care worldwide,” said team leader Makoto Hara.

At a briefing on Thursday, Hara introduced a “care-droid” prototype named Or-B, the core component of RoHo’s vision for day care assistance, and said it will undergo a trial run this summer before full-scale implementation in 2018.  Cont'd...

Special Tradeshow Coverage for XPONENTIAL 2016

XPONENTIAL 2016 (formerly AUVSI) will be held from May 2nd - 5th in New Orleans, LA. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

ARxIUM's RIVA Rated Highest Performing IV Robot in Pharmacy Study

Independent healthcare research firm KLAS reported RIVA leads in improving productivity and minimizing medication spending.

Hangzhou Amy Robotics Launches the First Generation Amy A1, the Multifunctional Autonomous Mobile Robot

For both domestic and public service, Amy carries out any number of daily tasks, from making a morning cup of coffee to building a connection for users to monitor loved ones remotely.

Rising Media and Asimov Ventures to Host Frontier Tech Startup Showdown in New York; 3D Printing, Robotics, and Virtual Reality Startups to Compete for $15,000 SAFE

Rising Media and Asimov Ventures revealed the list of startups who will compete in the upcoming Frontier Tech Startup Showdown at the Javits Center on April 12, 2016. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $15,000 uncapped SAFE courtesy of Asimov Ventures.

Rising Media's RoboUniverse New York Announces Agenda and Reveals Keynotes from IBM Watson, suitX, Vecna, PrecisionHawk, and More; April 11-12, 2016

Technology leaders from IBM Watson, suitX, Vecna, PrecisionHawk, and more are confirmed to deliver keynote sessions at the premier service robotics event in New York City on April 11-12, 2016.

Program Aims to Facilitate Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites

Servicing vehicle jointly developed with a commercial partner would leverage DARPA's successes in space robotics and accelerate revolutionary capabilities for working with satellites currently beyond reach

Cafe X Robotic Barista

From LAUNCH Festival 2016:  CafeX unveils fully automated robotic cafe at Launch Festival; companion iOS & Android app will allow users to order drinks prior to arrival; works w/ local coffee growers in ea mkt; cafe is ~60 sq ft & is open 24 hrs/day.


Indiegogo - SnowBYTE 2.0

It is the first of its kind on the market. Small enough to fit next to your lawn mower and yet powerful enough to cut through icy snow.

Innorobo is accelerating start-ups' access to their customer-partner ecosystem

Innorobo unveils the 6 finalists in its Call for Startups 2016

Share Your Audacious Ideas to Improve Military Systems at the 2016 TTO Proposers Day

Two-day event encourages proposals for system-level technologies and prototypes that could redefine the state of the art for capabilities, development time and cost

Amazon Hosted A Secretive Robotics Conference In Florida

Michael Grothaus for FastCompany:  Amazon hosted a secret robotics conference in Palm Springs, Florida last weekend, reports Bloomberg. The conference, dubbed "MARS," which stands for "Machine-Learning (Home) Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration," was an invite-only event held at the Parker Palm Springs that brought together experts in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, space exploration, and home automation.

Amazon has not publicly commented on the conference, but reports on social media from attendees leaked its existence. Bloomberg notes that the conference hosted some big names, including film director Ron Howard and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The event was also attended by a number of academics from MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and ETH Zurich, sources told Bloomberg. Also in attendance were some CEOs and representatives from companies including Rethink Robotics, Toyota Motor Corp., and iRobot.  Cont'd...


OTTO 100 provides light-load material transport for today's modern factories and warehouses

Mouser Electronics' Sponsorship Inspires Future Engineers in FIRST Robotics Competition

Mouser Electronics will be a major sponsor of this week's FIRST Robotics Competition Dallas Regional event occurring March 24-26 at the Irving Convention Center. The annual robotics event, which fosters STEM education, attracts hundreds of high school students from across the area.

AUTOMATICA 2016: The Marketplace for Innovation

STARTUP WORLD - part of the AUTOMATICA 2016 trade fair in Munich, Germany - will offer thriving startup companies active in industry automation and service robotics the opportunity to present at a leading international exhibition.

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