A new bottle depot in Bowness is adapting smart technology to make recycling easier. Bowridge Bottle Depot features a fully automated system that sorts and counts containers more efficiently and provides accurate refunds. That means shorter wait times and no shortchanging, says general manager Kulwant Dhillon. “This technology sorts and counts 86 per cent of our stream that… Read more »
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Source: BBC Business News Date: May 27th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52547331 Discussion What sort of business or service could you build around this robot assistant? What sorts of roles can robots NOT help with?
A robot dog is patrolling one of Singapore’s parks as part of coronavirus-related trial. The machine – made by US-based Boston Dynamics – is fitted with a camera to monitor how busy Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park becomes. It also carries a loudspeaker to broadcast social-distancing messages. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 11th, 2020 Link… Read more »
From taking temperatures remotely to helping with hand washing, robots are helping with healthcare around the world. This video looks at some of the novel ways robots are being used in the battle against coronavirus. Source: BBC Technology News Date: April 2nd, 2020 Link to 3 minutes 45 second video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-52105478/how-robots-have-joined-the-battle-against-coronavirus Discussion How might you… Read more »
You hear EVA before you see it. A whirring and whizzing noise greets you as you enter the offices of Automata, a start-up robotics company based in London. To one side a robotic arm is going through an intricate set of moves: six joints twisting and turning in a sequence which, in the real world,… Read more »
Japan is rolling out robots in nursing homes, offices and schools as its population ages and workforce shrinks. What can it teach other countries facing the same problems? Source: BBC Future Date: February 6th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200205-what-the-world-can-learn-from-japans-robots Discussion ” One resident, a woman with dementia, holds a Telenoid as 27-year-old staff member Minami Okabe, down… Read more »
Why are walls always straight? Why does it cost so much to build them? And why do big construction projects so often run late? Construction has always been a conservative industry, used to doing things how they have always been done. But a new wave of innovation is coming, which will change what buildings look… Read more »
Robots can walk, climb, and even open doors. But can they iceskate? Well, it seems now they can. Stelian Coros, a professor at the Computational Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich, says the only thing his team did was to tell the robot how one skate behaved on the ice, and that it was free to… Read more »
The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. It is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion. Source: YouTube Date: November 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUgjFaYyecE Discussion 1) Who looses their job because of this robot,… Read more »
Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 12th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-45841771/humanoid-rescue-robot-learns-parkour Discussion 1) What sort of business (other than rescues) could you build around this technology? 2) What sort of ethical issues does this sort of robot bring to mind?