Swinburne University researchers develop blood donation processing robot


Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have developed a robotic prototype designed to help staff automate the processing of blood donation packs. Currently, processing blood donation is a largely manual task, according to Swinburne. The university explained the process involves separating whole blood donations into its cellular components via centrifugation, a mechanical method that involves spinning each blood pack in a solution in a centrifuge rotor at high speed. To do this, the blood pack needs to be folded in a particular way to ensure there is no bacterial contamination, which can still carry risk due to human error. "Damaged or torn packs not only lead to the loss of a precious donation, but also disrupt production and expose staff to potentially hazardous biological materials. Even subtle non-conformities can occur and build over time, leading to quality deviations," the university said.

Living with Astro, Amazon's home robot


Amazon's household robot is exactly what I expected, but it's not what I wanted and it definitely isn't what anyone asked for. Instead of a multitasking mimicry of me that can empty the dishwasher, pick up my kids' shoes, feed the dog, and clean the house, Amazon's first attempt at a home bot is simply a souped-up Echo Show on wheels. It also has two cameras that it uses to find people and places in your home to deliver items, reminders, or timers. It can act as a security guard and patrol your home when paired with a Ring subscription, and it can fart and burp. In short, the Astro does everything Amazon's smart home products and services already do -- only on wheels. But the Astro is a robot. And that part is really cool.

In the future, these five jobs will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence


When we think about artificial intelligence taking over human activities, this is the first thing that springs to mind. Artificial intelligence is now widely regarded as one of the most transformative technologies of our time. Technology offers immense potential for driving corporate growth, automating industrial processes, providing insightful results, and using targeted ads, among other things. Artificial intelligence's practical applications are no laughing matter. Many people have painted AI in a bad light because of the level of automation it causes.

Connecting robots and people – #ICRA2022 Day 3 interview with Kate Ladenheim ( video digest)


If you are quite enthusiastic about robotics like me, then by now you will probably have finished the third season of Netflix acclaimed series Love, Death and Robots. I believe that animation, like many other artistic expressions, is an effective way to communicate the ideas and concepts that revolve around contemporary robotics. If we envision a future in which robots and society coexist, we must ensure that the way we communicate about robotics engages positively with the non-specialized public. Art is an interesting way to achieve it. I think that, in the broader sense, art could help us to create robots that engage better with people.

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.

The Morning After: Dyson's secret robot projects


The NFL's rumored streaming service could debut in JulyDyson, the company that's recently branched out into hair curlers, air-purifying headphones and not cars, has revealed it has an entire division secretly developing robot prototypes for household chores. The company didn't detail any of the models specifically, but many look like robot arms adapted to do specialized home chores, like cleaning and tidying. Dyson also showed off its Perception Lab dedicated to robotic vision systems, environment detection and even mapping humans with sensors, cameras and thermal imaging systems. So why reveal its secret lab now? Well, Dyson's on a recruiting drive, looking for around 700 engineers to help finally make at least some of these ideas a reality in our homes.

All You Need to Know About Industrial Automation and Robotics - The AI Journal


The use of computers and control systems in every industry has become very important in the last two decades. This is because computers are the backbone of the development of an industry. Information technology (computers, control systems) is used to handle all types of industrial methods; it also controls the processes of the planted machinery, increases efficiency, manually replaces the industry's workers, and enhances the speed and quality of that industry. All of these uses are called Industrial automation and robotics. Industrial automation and robotics cover a wide range of control systems from any production methods assembly lines, medical and aircraft etc.

Interview with Alessandra Rossi: an insight into the RoboCup virtual humanoid league


Alessandra Rossi is a member of both the technical and organising committees for the RoboCup Humanoid League. We spoke to her about the Humanoid League Virtual Season, which concluded with the grand final of the virtual soccer competition, and a three day workshop. The Humanoid League Virtual Season (HLVS) has been driven by two main core motivations: firstly to allow teams to have support for continuous testing while making progresses and changes to their software, and secondly, to keep the teams connected throughout the year, thus strengthening the community and collaboration between teams. We wanted to let teams use the longer periods between games, and the continuous games throughout the year to test novel approaches, with less risk, and to aid their success in the overall tournament. In addition, this way, teams can thoroughly analyse the collected data between games, and make informed decisions on how to improve and implement their approaches for the following match.

Preparing the Global Workforce for AI Disruption


Within the next decade, the world will see a major disruption of the workforce due to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, 375 million workers, or about 14 percent of the global workforce, may be required to shift occupations as digitization, automation, and AI technologies start to take over the workspace. In a separate 2018 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), half of the global workforce is expected to be impacted one way or another by machine-learning technologies. AI technology will be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it will prove to be a far greater challenge than the ones that preceded it. If the world does not prepare, robots and technology could cause mass unemployment.

Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life


Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming every walk of life. Ever wondered about artificial intelligence examples that the common man is enjoying? Artificial Intelligence is a technology that has evolved so much in itself in the past few years. We can say that it has'truly' become intelligent. Artificial intelligence is a technology that makes a device smart and allows it to perform actions that simulate human beings.