Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space


Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow time (0338 GMT) from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7. Soyuz ships are normally manned on such trips, but on Thursday no humans are travelling in order to test a new emergency rescue system. Instead of cosmonauts, Fedor, also known as Skybot F850, was strapped into a specially adapted pilot's seat, with a small Russian flag in hand.

CES 2020: Our picks for best of show

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The annual CES gadget fest closes Friday, following an eventful week with hundreds of thousands of new gadget introductions, controversy over bringing presidential politics into the show with an appearance by first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump and a headline-grabbing act of war against Google. Some 175,000 people attended, and while Trump's appearance was mild, without any protest, California speaker maker Sonos did rain on Google's unveiling of new products with "partners," when it accused the search giant of stealing its technology. Sonos is asking for an immediate cease-and-desist order preventing Google from selling speakers, phones or laptops. Meanwhile, there are no Google-partnered products on our reporters and contributors highlights. The lure of a flying car is rarely more enticing than at CES, when 175,000-plus attendees regularly gridlock Las Vegas streets.

Exoskeleton debuted by Delta and Sarcos Robotics makes lifting an airplane tire feel like 20 POUNDS

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Delta may be known for its airplanes, but a new and surprisingly dexterous exoskeleton may be their next product to take off. The suit, called the Guardian XO, is a relatively small full-body exoskeleton that the company envisions will be used for heavy duty construction and commercial applications that requires brute strength. In a demonstration of the all-electric suit at CES in Las Vegas - the first ever public demo of the device - Delta and its partner Sarcos Robotics showed off the exoskeleton's capabilities. The demonstrator - a moderately sized young man by the name of Ben - strapped himself into the suit in just a couple minutes and started the first trial. 'It's a pretty comfortable machine, I can move around as if I wasn't wearing this,' said Ben who told the audience that he had only been training with the suit for about four months.

Samsung unveils tiny robot Ballie that follows users around and acts as their personal AI assistant

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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.

Elderly people in Japan 'are wearing mechanical exoskeletons to wok into 70s'

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Japan's ageing generation is turning to robotic exoskeletons to help them work well into old age, reports claim. The Asian nation has one of the oldest populations in the world, with 28 per cent of natives over the age of 65. As the government considers raising retirement age to 70 in order to cope, more would-be pensioners are strapping on £1,000 exoskeletons to boost strength and stamina to extend their working life. Like most other industrial-focused exosuits it is worn like a backpack but it weighs less than ten pounds and can help lift up to 55lbs (25kg). Exoskeletons are being trialled in warehouses and other labour-intensive jobs to prevent injuries to staff, but have also shown promise in aiding the disabled and elderly.

People in Japan are wearing exoskeletons to keep working as they age

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Older people in Japan are strapping on exoskeletons to help meet the physical demands of their jobs and remain in the workforce for longer. Japan's population is rapidly ageing, with a record 28 per cent of people aged 65 or older. This has led to a shortage of workers, particularly in manual labour industries like construction, manufacturing and farming.

Robotic 8-foot exoskeleton suit turns users into a frightening Terminator-like cyborg

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A robotic exoskeleton that turns the wearer into a terrifying 8-foot tall robot that responds to human touch has been developed by a Japanese robotics company. Users inside the robot's huge frame can move their limbs to control the suit's arms and legs, while buttons on the robot's hand grips also allow control of the fingers. The'Arrive' suit has been designed and demonstrated by a Tokyo-based company called Skeletonics, which says its products are designed to make you'feel as if you were a giant'. Skeletonics provides a human body function expansion gear that, when attached, makes you feel'as if you were a giant' 'We, Japanese people, have the perception that robots equal something to fight, robots equal something to ride on,' said Skeletonics CEO Kento Hiroi. 'Those kind of image is very visually strong for us, so we are making this robot with the desire to make that dream come true.

Becoming Iron Man: How Accounting Professionals Can Power Up With Automation


If you read almost any article about the future of the accounting industry, you might be inclined to make a dramatic career shift. The statistics point to massive technological change. According to findings from a 2017 PwC study, 40% of the accounts payable process can be automated; other findings show that accounting and bookkeeping jobs are at the highest risk from digital disruption in the next 20 years. On its surface, this data might lead you to assume that AI and automation are like ruthless villains coming for our jobs. But the outlook doesn't have to be bleak.

Top 15 Trends in the 'Medical Robots Disrupting Healthcare' Industry - BlockDelta


The healthcare industry is at a crucial juncture in the field of medical robotics. We are standing at the edge of a significant shift in the way we interact with the world and go about living our daily lives. Every day, innovations are being made which are inevitably pushing us towards a future where the majority of work will be automated or instead performed by robots. The rise of automation and replacement of the working class with robots or machinery is not something that is necessarily'New'. It is an issue as old as the concept of technology that has begun to rear its head in the last decade or so.

Paralysed man moves all four limbs using groundbreaking exoskeleton that reads his mind


A man has been able to move all four of his paralysed limbs using a groundbreaking mind-controlled exoskeleton, scientists have said. The tetraplegic 30-year-old, known only as Thibault, said his first steps in the robotic suit felt like being "the first man on the Moon". The system, which works by recording and decoding brain signals, was trialled in a two-year study by French researchers at biomedical research centre Clinatec and the University of Grenoble. Scientists conceded the suit was an experimental treatment far from clinical application but said it had the potential to improve patients' quality of life and autonomy. Wearing the robotic limbs, Thibault was able to walk and move his arms using a ceiling-mounted harness for balance.