Building A Better Robot

Last century people worked to build a better mouse trap. This century, the goal is to build a better robot. That is the mission Chunghsin Lee is on with his latest creation, the robotic golf caddy. I prefer to walk, and know a lot of other people who prefer to walk,’’ said Lee, an avid […]

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Invisible Robots Are Everywhere

Joe Posner: “A month ago Marketplace told me they’re doing a weeklong special called “Robots Ate My Job” this week and asked if I could make videos to go with it. Where to start? “Even though we don’t see them with anthropomorphic features and two arms and legs walking down the streets, there are robots

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A Robot That Chews It’s Own Food and Goes to the Bathroom

Cassandra Daily: Scarcity of electricity and abundance of waste are serious global challenges. Fortunately, the UK’s Bristol Robotics Laboratory has developed the EcoBot III, a self-sustaining cyborg that’s fueled on dirt, leaves, and, well, certain undesirable excrements. The machine is potty-trained to use a litter tray”its predecessors ran on bugs and spoiled fruit”making it a

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The Robotic Shipping Department

Long after’s legendary flameout in 2001, the online grocer’s biggest problem never left Mick Mountz’s mind. As employee No. 400 at the dot-com, he knew that it simply cost too much to fulfill online orders. Labor was the killer cost. Ten years later, he’s solved the labor problem with his company Kiva Systems. Kiva’s

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The End of Doctors?

Gigaom: A pair of Indiana University researchers has found that a pair of predictive modeling techniques can make significantly better decisions about patients’ treatments than can doctors acting alone. How much better? They claim a better than 50 percent reduction in costs and more than 40 percent better patient outcomes. The idea behind the research,

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Hair Washing Robot

At the Home Care & Rehabilitation Expo 2010 in Tokyo, Japan, Panasonic exhibited a prototype hair-washing robot. The robot utilizes Panasonic’s robot hand technology. The left and right arm mechanisms adjust the pressure used to wash hair, depending on the shape of the user’s head.

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

In the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler document how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains

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