Description: Former Skype co-founders have designed a self-driving robot that can navigate local neighborhoods to deliver parcels. Source: CNN Money Date: November 6, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Which demographics might find this type of robot useful? 2. What other kinds of tasks might a robot like this be useful for?
Posts Categorized: robotics
Description: At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha demoed Motobot — a humanoid, motorcycle-riding robot. Source: CNN Money Date: October 30, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. What do you think a machine like this will eventually be used for? 2. What do you think Yamaha’s motives were to create a robot such as this?
Description:”Since it was introduced, [the Roomba] has been increasingly packed with some cool technology,” said Susan Schreiner, senior analyst with C4 Trends. Source: TechNewsWorld Date: Sept 17, 2015 The device combines adaptive navigation with visual localization, cloud-connected app control and increased cleaning power. It is the most capable model to date, according to the company, which… Read more »
Description: A future with robot assistants may be a reality that is closer than you think – however, these “Robi” robots are said will be used as a communication device. Source: Globe and Mail Date: January 21, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you pay $1,200 for the parts to build one of these “Robi” robots?… Read more »
Description: Samuel Burke, CNN Business Correspondent, discusses what could end up being a new type of “paparazzi”. Source: CNN Money Date: January 9, 2015 AirDog is getting closer to delivering the first batch of drones that can follow and film you on their own. Questions for discussion: 1. In what other types of industries might these… Read more »
Description: A team of researchers analyzed the sidewinder snake’s ability to quickly and efficiently climb sandy hills and slopes, hoping to mimic that ability in robotic snakes. Source: Mashable Date: October 10, 2014 Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University, and Zoo Atlanta tapped into the power of Mother… Read more »
Description: With hopes to get a time capsule to the moon, a campaign has been started on Kickstarter. Source: CNN Money Date: November 21, 2014 Lunar Mission One has turned to Kickstarter to raise some of the money needed to send a time capsule to the moon. Watch Video Questions for discussion: 1. Would you help fund… Read more »
Description: Just one more step on the long road to the science fiction future we’re all waiting for! Source: Globe and Mail Date: November 14, 2014 Hoverbikes are in the works, and it looks like they will be around in the not too distant future. Watch the Video Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think riding a hoverbike… Read more »
Description: Robots created to socially interact with guests and perform small service roles are being tested out at Aloft Hotels. Source: Globe and Mail Date: September 9, 2014 Robotic advancements are improving with the ability to socialize and interact with humans. Watch the Video. Questions for discussion: 1. What industries are at risk of losing jobs to… Read more »
Description: Using virtual reality and neuroscience, this machine let’s you see, hear and even feel what it’s like in another person’s body. Source: FastCompany Date: January 24, 2014 Talk about going on a gender bender. A new machine created by a Spanish design collective combines virtual reality with advanced neuroscientific techniques to let men and women swap bodies… Read more »