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Panasonic reveals robotic fridge that moves autonomously

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Once you're comfy on the sofa, there's nothing worse than having to tear yourself away to grab a snack from the fridge. But having to move from your seat could soon be a thing of the past, if Panasonic's latest'Movable Fridge' prototype is brought to life. Panasonic has revealed what it believes is the fridge of the future – a device on wheels that can navigate its way around your kitchen autonomously. The device comes to you when you call it, can provide you with food and drinks and can even clear away your dirty dishes. The simple white fridge responds to voice commands, such as'Come to the living room', or'Go to the kitchen table.'


Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Autonomous vehicles can add a new member to their ranks--the self-driving wheelchair. This summer, two robotic wheelchairs made headlines: one at a Singaporean hospital and another at a Japanese airport. The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, or SMART, developed the former, first deployed in Singapore's Changi General Hospital in September 2016, where it successfully navigated the hospital's hallways. It is the latest in a string of autonomous vehicles made by SMART, including a golf cart, electric taxi and, most recently, a scooter that zipped more than 100 MIT visitors around on tours in 2016. The SMART self-driving wheelchair has been in development for about a year and a half, since January 2016, says Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a principal investigator in the SMART Future Urban Mobility research group.


Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Autonomous vehicles can add a new member to their ranks--the self-driving wheelchair. This summer, two robotic wheelchairs made headlines: one at a Singaporean hospital and another at a Japanese airport. The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, or SMART, developed the former, first deployed in Singapore's Changi General Hospital in September 2016, where it successfully navigated the hospital's hallways. It is the latest in a string of autonomous vehicles made by SMART, including a golf cart, electric taxi and, most recently, a scooter that zipped more than 100 MIT visitors around on tours in 2016. The SMART self-driving wheelchair has been in development for about a year and a half, since January 2016, says Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a principal investigator in the SMART Future Urban Mobility research group.


Self-driving wheelchairs tested at Haneda Airport

The Japan Times

Trials have begun at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on next-generation self-driving electric wheelchairs to help elderly and other people get to boarding gates more easily. Japan Airlines aims to start using self-driving wheelchairs as early as the business year that starts next April. Currently, JAL offers manual wheelchairs at airports across the country. The self-driving wheelchairs JAL aims to introduce are designed to allow users to move without any escort. They automatically return to their home positions after use, making it unnecessary for workers to go and collect them.


CES 2020: A smart city oasis

Robohub

Like the city that hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) there is a lot of noise on the show floor. Sifting through the lights, sounds and people can be an arduous task even for the most experienced CES attendees. Hidden past the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is a walkway to a tech oasis housed in the Westgate Hotel. This new area hosting SmartCity/IoT innovations is reminiscent of the old Eureka Park complete with folding tables and ballroom carpeting. The fact that such enterprises require their own area separate from the main halls of the LVCC and the startup pavilions of the Sands Hotel is an indication of how urbanization is being redefined by artificial intelligence.