From home, healthcare and manufacturing to transportation, education to the environment, robots have already touched almost all aspects of our lives. With rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and numerous other technologies, robots are becoming more capable, and affordable. Here are some of the robotic innovations that, in the not-so-distant future, will become widespread and change the way we live and work forever, making lives more convenient and meaningful. Delta Air Lines, in partnership with Sarcos Robotics, has developed a first-of-its-kind wearable robotic exoskeleton, the Guardian XO, a battery-powered industrial robot combining human intelligence with the power of machines. The robotic suit that can be donned and doffed unassisted in less than 30 seconds may enable a worker to lift up to 90kg (200 pounds) repeatedly for up to eight hours at a time without strain or fatigue or injury.
Samsung have unveiled a tiny robot assistant in the shape of a ball, which can roll around and help patrol a users home - and even act as a fitness buddy. The tech giant unveiled'Ballie' during one of two keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung consumer electronics CEO H.S. Kim demonstrated how the ball-shaped bot is able to follow its owner around, traveling closely but also recognizing personal space and speed. Samsung's'Ballie' was revealed during one of two keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Samsung consumer electronics CEO H.S. Kim demonstrated how the ball-shaped bot works When Kim stepped forward, Ballie reacted by wheeling itself further back; when Kim began to increase his pace, Ballie sped up. 'I think he likes me,' Kim said turning to the crowd.
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. It only takes 10 Spotpower (SP) to haul a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot ( 1 degree uphill, truck in neutral). These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon.
Expressive Sophia by Hanson Robotics is one of the most impressive bots of 2016. And thanks to the newly released "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", public sentiment towards droids is off the charts. It's unlikely the CNET team will stumble across anything as endearing new Star Wars droid K-2SO as it scours the halls in Las Vegas. Robots have primarily been used as marketing gimmicks or demonstration props at previous shows. That, says IHS analyst Dinesh Kithany, is set to change.
In what is possibly the largest funding round ever in an artificial intelligence company, Shenzhen-based intelligent humanoid robots maker UBTECH Robotics has announced the closing of a Series C investment of an $820-million round led by Tencent Holdings. The round, which values UBTECH at $5 billion, was also joined by the company's lead investor in its Series B round, CDH Investments, as well as a host of other new backers including Telstra, China Film and TV Capital, Green Pine Capital Partners and Whale Capital, according to an official release. UBTECH develops consumer humanoid robots and claims to be pioneering a future populated by affordable and intuitive robots. The company says its products are currently sold in more than 40 countries and regions, including China, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, at over 7,000 retail outlets around the globe, including nearly 500 Apple stores worldwide. The proceeds from the new funding round, UBTECH founder and CEO James Zhou said, will mainly be used to improve research and development by increasing investment in tech innovations, and to expand the company's market and brand by accelerating its deployment and branding in the global market.