Would you buy meat from a robot butcher?

Greg Nichols for The Kernel:  In an era when hunks of cow and pig are packaged and distributed like Amazon Prime parcels, butchering has retained a surprising degree of its old-world craftsmanship. Workers armed with knives and hooks anachronistically slice flesh from bone the same way they have for hundreds of years. That’s because cutting meat—be it on an assembly line or in a niche shop in Santa Monica, California, or Brooklyn, New York—is a skill that requires exceptional dexterity, a good eye, and a honed tactile sense for texture and firmness. Industrial robots may be perfectly suited to welding chassis and painting cars, but they don’t have the touch to cut a succulent T-bone steak.

That’s likely to change. JBS, one of the country’s largest meat processors, recently acquired a controlling share of Scott Technology, a New Zealand-based robotics firm. Now JBS is looking at ways to automate its facilities. Robots don’t sleep, don’t collect overtime, and don’t suffer the horrific repetitive stress injuries that plague meat workers. Meat is already packed using machines, and if engineers can figure out how to make automated systems that approximate the deft hands of a butcher, there’s little question giants like JBS, Cargill, and Tyson will replace many of their line workers with robots. In the next decade, adroit robots that can see, feel, and move like humans may finally kill off the butcher.  Cont'd...

GeckoSystems, an OTC Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Co., Forecasts Net Profits

GeckoSystems has been developing innovative artificial intelligence robotic technologies for over eighteen years. It is CEO Martin Spencer's dream to make people's lives better through robotic technology.

Automatic Programming makes Swarm Robots safer and more reliable

Researchers from Sheffield Robotics have applied a novel method of automatically programming and controlling a swarm of up to 600 robots to complete a specified set of tasks simultaneously.

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on Robotics to Reach $135 Billion in 2019 Driven by Strong Spending Growth in Manufacturing and Healthcare

The new spending guide measures purchases of robotic systems, system hardware, software, robotics-related services, and after-market robotics hardware on a regional level across thirteen key industries and fifty-two use cases.

The Future of Final Mile Delivery Lands at TU-Automotive's Connected Fleets Europe Conference & Exhibition

TU-Automotive has announced that the world's first autonomous land based delivery drone created by Starship Technologies will be coming to this year's Connected Fleets Europe Conference & Exhibition (Amsterdam, 19th-20th April).

VEX Robotics by HEXBUG Kit Named Educational Toy of the Year

The VEX Robotic Arm by HEXBUG received the award for Educational Toy of the Year at the Toy Industry Association's 16th annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, also known as the "Oscars" of the toy industry. This distinguished honor is granted annually to a toy that best enables learning through play. Receiving the 2016 Educational TOTY further cements HEXBUG and VEX Robotics as continued world leaders in innovative toys and robotics.

Atlas, The Next Generation

From Boston Dynamics:  A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

ROS Navigation Basics

If you've worked with ROS and robotics, you've probably heard of gmaping, localization, SLAM, costmaps and paths, but what does all this mean? They are more than just robot buzz words - these allow a robot to get from one point to another without bumping into obstacles, and in this tutorial, we'll be covering some of the key concepts in what makes up an autonomous robot.

Kickstarter - Kamibot Teaches Kids to Code… Isn't Boring!

The papercraft robot that's making it fun for kids to learn to code is off to a strong start on Kickstarter.


Clearpath, developer of OTTO - the self-driving vehicle designed exclusively for material transport, has been chosen to supply self-driving vehicles for assembly line conveyance to John Deere's operation in Horicon, Wisconsin.

General Dynamics Mission Systems Acquires Bluefin Robotics

General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the U.S. military and commercial customers.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. Elected to Robotics Business Review Global Top 50 Companies to Watch for Second Straight Year

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) has been elected to Robotics Business Review (RBR) fifth annual RBR50 list for the second straight year. ASI has been recognized as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry for 2016 alongside robotic giants like Google, FANUC, and Foxconn.

National Robotics Week Looks to Host More Events, Robot Enthusiasts and STEM Educators than Ever Before

Help Promote the Importance of Technology Education this April

Indiegogo - China-made Smart Social Robot Xibot Raises USD 25,000 Crowdfunding on Indiegogo

With a small body, large round face and cat-like ears, Xibot shares its feelings with other family members and was a hit when originally exhibited at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.

ReWalk Robotics Exoskeleton Deemed Medically Necessary by Independent Medical Review Organization

Recipient is a surgeon whose exoskeleton will allow him to stand and walk at home and at work

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ST Robotics have decades of experience in industrial robots having sold hundreds of robots over the years. The company has 3 main models, R12, R17 and R19 all using a unique simple industrial technology that dramatically reduces costs resulting in the lowest priced industrial robots available. The same uncomplicated technology vastly improves reliability. ST backs this up with a 2 year warranty. Typical applications are routine testing, sample handling and also education. The software is a different paradigm from most robots. It is command based; you type a command and see immediate action. Programming is a building block approach, building confidence as you program in small 'mind-sized bytes'. ST offers free unlimited technical support.