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Quick-turn manufacturing readies DUCK! for ‘BattleBots’

With just 28 days to design, build, and test his robot for the 2018 season of “BattleBots” on the Discovery Channel, Hal Rucker had no time to waste. The tight timeline he had given himself due to other commitments leading up to the tournament drove the majority of his design and theme decisions. DUCK!, Rucker’s…

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Jibo personal robot tops Time’s Best Innovations of 2017

Jibo is a personal robot with a difference. It is unlike the stationary Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It attempts to offer the same repertoire of features while adding its physical presence and mobility to the mix. Quoting Time Magazine, “Jibo looks like something straight out of a Pixar movie, with a big, round head and…

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Robots two-pronged role in Alibaba’s $25.3 billion Singles’ Day sale

The Singles’ Day Shopping Festival held each year on November 11th is just like Black Friday, Mothers’ Day or any other sales-oriented psuedo-holiday, but bigger and more extravagant. Starting in 2009 in China as a university campus event, Singles Day has now reached all over China and to more than 180 countries. After 24 hours…

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Omron’s ping-pong bot wants to soften the robot-human interaction

Japanese robotics company Omron has developed a robotic ping-pong system that looks to approach the human-robot interaction on a gentler level, according to a report from The Verge. The Forpheus robot, in its 4th generation, was recently shown at the CEATAC trade show with updates that include a companion arm to serve balls in the…

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Disney and robotics proves to be a magical combination

The so-called “imagineers” who work at Walt Disney World and Disneyland have long been at the forefront using robotics to replicate humanlike movement—as well as creature-like movement, I suppose, given their vast catalog of characters. At the recent RoboBusiness event in Santa Clara, Calif., Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering, discussed what the…

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Disney robots create memorable experiences

In a keynote speech at the annual RoboBusiness conference and expo held September 27-28 in Santa Clara, CA, Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, described the core criteria for robotics at Disney: safety, reliability, and the means to communicate a story that creates a memorable experience for the visitor. Storytelling is what makes…

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