Researchers give a robot hand the power of touch, designing a human-like fingertip

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Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company Date: April 14th, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-monday-edition-1.6415906/researchers-give-a-robot-hand-the-power-of-touch-designing-a-human-like-fingertip-1.6417499 Discussion “Assistive robots that could help people … who may be old or infirm … [or] need help to get around and need help around the home to give them more of an independent life.” Why is human-like touch (haptic) required for this sort of… Read more »

Autonomous MOBILE Inspection with Spot

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Source: Boston Dynamics Date: March 9th, 2022 Link to 3 minute 51 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqgBnqWg2Q Discussion What other applications could you put something just like this towards? If you were to set up a business around this technology, what sorts of people would you need in your company to be successful?

Ameca Humanoid Robot AI Platform

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Source: Ameca Date: January 19th, 2022 Link to 41 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=IPukuYb9xWw&feature=youtu.be Discussion Why is it important to have such a close-to-perfection humanoid robot? The “uncanny valley” is a term used for when a robot (or video) is close to human, but not perfect, and humans just get creeped out by this. Does this cross… Read more »

The robot chefs that can cook your Christmas dinner

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If you are dreading having to cook your family’s Christmas Day dinner then you are definitely not alone. But for future Christmases there is now a new alternative – get a robot chef to do everything. A number of tech firms are now developing robots that can cook and plate up entire meals, both for… Read more »

On patrol with a real-life Robocop

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It’s not like the gun-toting Robocop in the film, but police say this robot is helping to bring crime rates down. Source: BBC Technology News Date: December 10th, 2021 Link to 2 minute 25 second video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-58841837 Discussion What are some issues with using robots for security? How might you build a business around robotics… Read more »

A robot housebuilder

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This robotic housebuilder is not a 3d-printing approach to building houses. It is much closer to the automotive approach to building cars. Source: In The Know Date: October 27th, 2021 Link: https://fb.watch/8E9nKPKTkQ/ Discussion When does it makes sense to use a robotic housebuilder over 3D-printing a house? What other applications could be used for this… Read more »

How technology is transforming Japan’s agriculture

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Japan’s manufacturing sector is renowned for cutting-edge techniques based on the philosophy of continuous improvement. In contrast, the nation’s agricultural sector is characterised by an ageing workforce that relies heavily on time-honoured practices. Now, however, industrial technology is helping modernise Japan’s agriculture sector and increase exports. In 2019, Japan’s combined annual exports of agricultural, forestry… Read more »