Frida: The Production Line Robot

FastCompany: Swiss manufacturer ABB has revealed a prototype robot called Frida that’s designed to be dexterous enough to replace a human being on a production line. It’s a good thing that’ll alleviate employee shortages, not subjugate the human race. Frida stands for Friendly Robot for Industrial Dual-arm Assembly, and the whole concept is pretty interesting.

Frida: The Production Line Robot Read More »

The Robotic Cow Milker

A BusinessWeek reporter visited the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin last week and came back with the interesting story of this completely automatic robotic milking machine. One of the most impressive things I’ve seen at the expo has been Lely’s Astronaut A4, the Dutch company’s latest-generation robotic milking machine. I am not being sarcastic

The Robotic Cow Milker Read More »

Man’s New Best Friend

According to a story in The Boston Globe, it’s when Chad Barraford opens his front door and swipes a radio frequency identification tag through a scanner linked to his home computer that extraordinary things happen. Welcome home, Chad,’’ says a voice coming from a wall speaker. “You’ve been away for 1 hour and 15 minutes.’’

Man’s New Best Friend Read More »

Pumped Over Tire-Inflating Robot

The Dallas Morning News: For decades, inventor George Carter watched as Americans wobbled down highways on low tires. Carter, who developed the Photon laser-tag game in 1984, says he realized 20 years ago that the problem of underinflated tires would only worsen with the disappearance of full-service gas stations — and he, of course, began

Pumped Over Tire-Inflating Robot Read More »

A Computer vs. A Puny Human Brain

Last week, Ken Jennings, the player with the longest winning streak on Jeopardy, and Brad Rutter, the biggest all-time money winner on Jeopardy, played two exhibition matches against IBM’s artificial intelligence program Watson). If you haven’t seen the episodes yet, Watson won. Ken Jennings has written an interesting take on the experience: Just as factory

A Computer vs. A Puny Human Brain Read More »

The Rise of Robot Fruit Pickers

Associated Press: The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can “thin” a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand. The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined

The Rise of Robot Fruit Pickers Read More »

Robotic Lawnmower Biz has recently launched an opportunity for individuals interested in making an extra income by becoming a dealer of their robotic lawnmowers. According to Mark Timms at DaizyMower, they have  streamlined their business model to allow anyone interested in selling their mowers to make $200 profit per sale starting October 15th. To become a dealer,

Robotic Lawnmower Biz Read More »