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Meet a new hairdresser

I attended a presentation on advanced robotics. Now, if you think I looked at space robots or micro-robots that can perform autonomous surgery inside a human body you are mistaken. What I saw where robots able to carry out very simple things, like combing hair! Before you dismiss this as …

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From ants to robots

Nature had billions, literally, of years to try out a variety of solutions and keep the ones the turned out to work best. Hence, it makes sense that scientists are interested in looking at those solutions to see how they could be replicated in their artefacts. A point in case …

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Robot upgraded from assistant to surgeon

A team of researchers at the John Hopkins University has for the first time demonstrated the capability of a robot to perform surgery with no aids/ control from a human surgeon, taking care of the planning as well as of the surgery, by analysing the exams and the goal to …

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Building automation: from construction to operation

Building construction is on an automation path: we have seen 3D printed houses, IoTs disseminated in new constructions (and retrofitted to existing ones) to support remote monitoring and operation and a growing number of constructions associated to Digital Twins from the design phase up to operations (watch the clip). Now …

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The magic of picking up objects

What could be easier than picking up a strawberry, an egg, a blueberry? we do this kind of things many times a day without a second thought. As a matter of fact there is quite a lot going on behind the scene of our perception. Our eyes pick up the …

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Shall you tip a robot?

Technology is affecting us in many ways, including the restaurant “etiquette”! Suppose you are being served by a robot, would it be polite to tip or, being a robot, just skip it?  I guess there has been very little discussion on this since restaurants using robots as waiters are very …

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Robo-waiters from Dallas to the World

Robo-waiters are not a novelty. What is new is the environment and perception change brought up by the epidemic. In some areas we are having shortage of human resources in others we are seeing restaurants’ customers feeling uneasy to have to interact with waiters risking contagion. More important, possibly, are …

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This robot will check your vital signs

Boston Dynamics Spot robot looks like a dog (at least like a mechanical dog) and was designed to operate in a variety of complex environment, with complex meaning uneven pavement, cluttered with “stuff” (including people). This is pretty challenging for a robot, it requires both the awareness on what is …

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Virtual Reality for Robots

Robots are becoming smarter and smarter thanks to a brain provided by artificial intelligence. However, this brain, as any brain, has to learn about its environment, what is the goal and how to achieve it selecting among different strategies that have to take into account its surrounding, This learning phase …

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