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Amazon builds its first fully autonomous mobile robot for warehouses


The robot, called Proteus, will soon be deployed in fulfillment centers and sort centers, 10 years after Amazon established its robotics business with the acquisition of the robotics firm Kiva Systems. The e-commerce giant has long said its ultimate aim is to build warehouse robots that work "alongside" humans rather than replacing them. Unlike other warehouse robots, Proteus can actually safely work "alongside" humans. "Historically, it's been difficult to safely incorporate robotics in the same physical space as people," Amazon explained in a blog post. "We believe Proteus will change that while remaining smart, safe, and collaborative."

The teeniest robot in the world is a jumping crab


Engineers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois have developed the smallest walking robot ever, and it's a crab. The half-millimeter robot is modeled after a peekytoe crab and is just the latest iteration in a long line of small robots created by the researchers. The goal for creating a bot so small is to move towards more practical uses of the technology and gaining entry to more hard to reach, tightly confined spaces.

Tiny robotic crab is smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot: Smaller than a flea, robot can walk, bend, twist, turn and jump


Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this point, the researchers believe their technology might bring the field closer to realizing micro-sized robots that can perform practical tasks inside tightly confined spaces. The research will be published on Wednesday (May 25) in the journal Science Robotics. Last September, the same team introduced a winged microchip that was the smallest-ever human-made flying structure.

MIT researchers use simulation to train a robot to run at high speeds


We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Four-legged robots are nothing novel -- Boston Dynamics' Spot has been making the rounds for some time, as have countless alternative open source designs. But with theirs, researchers at MIT claim to have broken the record for the fastest robot run recorded. Working out of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the team says that they developed a system that allows the MIT-designed Mini Cheetah to learn to run by trial and error in simulation. While the speedy Mini Cheetah has limited direct applications in the enterprise, the researchers believe that their technique could be used to improve the capabilities of other robotics systems -- including those used in factories to assemble products before they're shipped to customers.

Simulations for mobile robots


What I like the most about robotic simulations is their sheer ability to make software development and testing process time-efficient. Working with robots (to a large extent on prototypes, and often remotely) over the last decade has helped me come up with a simple rule -- do as much as you can with the simulation, use the actual robot hardware when you absolutely have to. Software for robots HAS TO run on robots, there is no way around it. However, there is plenty of simulation-based testing that can expedite your route to software deployment on the robot, and robot deployment on-site. I've spent the bulk of my time working with wheeled mobile robots and my choice of simulators for application development and testing is centered around that.

Latest 'I AM AI' Video Features Four-Legged Robots and More


"I am a visionary," says an AI, kicking off the latest installment of NVIDIA's I AM AI video series. Launched in 2017, I AM AI has become the iconic opening for GTC keynote addresses by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. Each video, with its AI-created narration and soundtrack, documents the newest advances in artificial intelligence and their impact on the world. The latest, which debuted at GTC last week, showcases how NVIDIA technologies enable AI to take on complex tasks in the world's most challenging environments, from farms and traffic intersections to museums and research labs. Here's a sampling of the groundbreaking AI innovations featured in the video.

Honda's Asimo robot to retire after 20-year career wowing the public

The Japan Times

Honda Motor Co.'s Asimo humanoid robot will retire on Thursday, ending its 20-year career of wowing the public with walking and dancing demonstrations at a showroom at the automaker's Tokyo headquarters. Since its debut in 2000, Asimo has become a symbol of Japan's pioneering robot technology, mastering the abilities to run, hop on one leg, speak sign language using five fingers and pour coffee into a paper cup from a tumbler. But Honda stopped all development of Asimo in recent years after last upgrading it in 2011 to give it the ability to make autonomous decisions such as avoiding bumping into someone while walking. In September of last year, the Japanese automaker announced a plan to develop an avatar robot, allowing a user to operate it virtually from a remote location. The new robot will be equipped with a multifingered hand and an original AI-supported remote control function, the company said.

Xiaomi CyberDog quadruped robot has proprietary servo motors for speed and agility


Co-create with other Xiaomi fans when you have the Xiaomi CyberDog quadruped robot. The CyberDog boasts proprietary servo motors that give the robot speed, range of motion, and agility. In fact, it performs high-speed movements at up to 3.2 m/s. And it even does backflips. Moreover, 11 sensors give the robot instant feedback, helping direct its movements. Furthermore, AI camera sensors allow this robot to perceive its surroundings.

BirdBot is energy-efficient thanks to nature as a model


A team of scientists has constructed a robot leg that, like its natural model, is very energy efficient. BirdBot benefits from a foot-leg coupling through a network of muscles and tendons that extends across multiple joints. In this way, BirdBot needs fewer motors than previous legged robots and could, theoretically, scale to large size.

Kawasaki made a rideable robotic goat


Move over, Spot, there's a new quadruped robot in town. Unveiled at last week's International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Bex is a four-legged robot that's inexplicably modeled after an Ibex, a species of wild goat that's native to parts of Eurasia and Africa. Bex came out of the company's Kaleido program, which has seen it work on bipedal robots since 2015. Partway through that project, Kawasaki's engineers decided to build a robot that could both move quickly across level ground and navigate tricky terrain. As you can see from the video spotted by Gizmodo, Bex features a set of wheels on its knees, allowing it to move faster on smooth surfaces than the glacial pace it plods along when walking.