Ocado's collaborative robot is getting closer to factory work

Matt Burgess for Wired: The ARMAR-6 prototype robot can help humans with basic maintenance tasks in prescribed scenarios. But it still needs to get smarter

New technique eases production, customization of soft robotics

Scott Schrage, University of Nebraska-Lincoln via Phys.org: The technique, which creates a stronger chemical bond between silicone and an unprecedented array of plastics, could greatly reduce the time, complexity and expense needed to produce the microfluidic devices.

Your Online Shopping Habit is Fueling a Robotics Renaissance

Matt Simon for Wired: "Companies like Amazon and others are now delivering products at an unprecedented rate, something like 500 packages per second. And that is only going to grow."

Wandelbots wants to reinvent the way we program robots

Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch: Its first product is a sensor-laden suit that a person can wear to demonstrate actions so that a robot can then replicate what they do.

Soft robot muscles with origami skeletons can lift 1,000 times their own weight

James Vincent for The Verge: Each muscle consists of a sealed bag filled with air or fluid, containing a folding origami structure that functions as the skeleton.

The Hydroponic, Robotic Future of Farming in Greenhouses

Matt Simon for Wired: The company is developing machine learning algorithms that will automatically detect diseased plants and kick them out of the system before the sickness spreads. Underdeveloped plants would also get the boot.

Humanoid robot market to double by 2023, industrial robotics to hit $72B

Alison DeNisco Rayome for TechRepublic: By 2023, we will see an increasing use of humanoid robots for education, as well as in the retail industry, to better personalize customer support.

European Robotics Week 2017: 1000 local events expected to show the value of robotics to the public

The importance of robotics for Europe's regions will be the focus of a week-long celebration of robotics taking place around Europe on 17-27 November 2017

Warehouse robot startup Kindred signs up the Gap to test its first commercial product

Nick Statt for The Verge: Kindred's new production model robots, now called Kindred Sort, have been operating in a pilot program at a Gap warehouse, with plans to expand the fleet of robots to help the retailer's full fulfillment network down the line.

Why Human-Controlled, Force-Multiplying Robots Are the Future of Work on Earth

Ben Wolff, CEO of Sarcos via IEEE Spectrum:

Can Robots help get more Girls into Science & Tech?

Matt Simon for Wired: The United States has a serious problem with getting women into STEM jobs and keeping them there.

There's a huge opportunity in robotics for early career computer scientists

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The reason is that programming a robot is no easy task, which presents challenges when it comes to deployment. That's particularly true of small- and mid-sized businesses, which are unlikely to have a qualified roboticist onboard.

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

Tim Sandle for Digital Journal: A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

1.7 Million New Robots to Transform the World's Factories by 2020 - Forecasts IFR

In 2017 robot installations are estimated to increase by 21 percent in the Asia-Australia region. Robot supplies in the Americas will surge by 16 percent and in Europe by 8 percent.

A Radar for Industrial Robots May Guide Collaboration with Humans

Will Knight MIT Technology Review: Humatics, an MIT spinout, is developing an indoor radar system that should give robots and other industrial systems the ability to track people's movements very precisely.

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