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A robot to pick up apples from a tree

Ever walked in an orchard and, feeling a bit like Adam, picked up a nice apple? What could be easier than that. You see the tree, all the nice apples hanging around, you just need to choose the one looking nicer, and probably tastier , stretch your arm and you …

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Robot watch out! Here I come

The separation between humans and robots on the workplace used to be quite rigid to ensure workers’ safety. More and more robots are designed to operate in the same space of humans but sometimes this may cause problems to both humans (robots bumping on them) and robots (humans stepping over …

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Self-driving on roads? A piece of cake…

Waymo and others are working on delivering self driving cars and they are getting really close to making them everyday reality, passing the trial phase. Having self driving cars proved a very complex endeavour, balancing safety with acceptable speed under economic constraints but now we are getting there (the economics …

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Ditching the drone?

As every year CES, the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, is the stage for new ideas and new products that are actually looking for a new market. Yes, you get new products generation like more gigantic television screens, thinner to the point that you can fold them or roll …

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Innovation on the Wall

Yesterday I had the pleasure of mingling with young entrepreneurs and designers clustered to celebrate the coming holidays in a building that used to be a steel-mill and has now being transformed into an innovation-creativity lab by Carlo Ratti. Really nice to be among these people that can not just …

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Robots apply for janitor jobs, and are hired!

Walmart announced the hiring of 360 janitors for its stores in US. This makes the news because the janitors are not human beings, rather robots endowed with artificial intelligence. Indeed, these will be smart robots. They will sweep the floor and will also collect data as they move along the …

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A robo-mason

On November 13th, 2018 Fastbrick Robotics, based in Perth Australia, announced the construction of the first 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in less than 3 days, of course using a robot. The system, Hadrian X, consists of  a robotic arm mounted on a truck. This makes the whole system movable so …

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Ask the robot!

China is moving fast on the adoption of robots stealing the thunder to Japan and South Korea. Manufacturing robots have been in use for quite a while (China is the world largest manufacture in the world). Now robots are starting to be adopted in areas where you won’t expect them …

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Helping autism with deep learning enhanced robots

Rosalind Picard and her team at MIT launched several years ago research in the area of affective computing, computers that can interact with humans taking into account the emotional level of the person interacting with them. They were designed also in ways to appeal and stimulate interaction, like having an …

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