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A robot dog has learned to open doors with its leg

A robot dog has learned to open doors with its leg

A machine-learning model worked out how to keep this robot stable on three legs while it uses one leg to open doors Philip Arm, Mayank Mittal, Hendrik Kolvenbach, and Marco Hutter/Robotic Systems Lab A robot dog can use a leg to open doors, press buttons and pick up rucksacks while balancing on its other three legs. Four-legged robots like Spot, the star of Boston Dynamics’ viral videos, normally need an arm attached to their body to open doors or pick up objects, but this can add significant weight and make it harder for the robot to squeeze through narrow spaces. Philip Arm at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and his colleagues used a machine-learning model to teach an off-the-shelf robotic dog to use one of its legs to perform tasks while standing still or moving with the other three legs. “We cannot do everything with the legs that we could do with an arm – right now, a hand is way more dexterous. But the point is really to make this work for applications where you …

Newo.ai’s ‘digital employee’ merges AI agent with robot

Newo.ai’s ‘digital employee’ merges AI agent with robot

In the aftermath of the large language model (LLM) revolution last year, a new fascination has emerged among developers and tech enthusiasts around AI “agents,” which are capable of executing complex tasks autonomously.  Newo.ai, a new Silicon Valley company, today launched a service that integrates these intelligent agents into the physical realm of robots, blurring the lines between digital and human workers. Co-founded by Chinese-Armenian serial entrepreneur David Yang, Newo.ai is attempting to redefine the concept of the workplace. Its service combines the advanced capabilities of LLM-driven agents with the versatility of physical robots to create “digital employees” — virtual workers adept at handling a wide range of office tasks, from administrative duties to customer engagement. In exclusive interviews with VentureBeat, Yang and co-founder Ljubov Ovtsinnikova revealed the progress they’ve made so far and their vision for the future.  VB Event The AI Impact Tour – NYC We’ll be in New York on February 29 in partnership with Microsoft to discuss how to balance risks and rewards of AI applications. Request an invite to the …

Watch this robot as it learns to stitch up wounds

Watch this robot as it learns to stitch up wounds

Though many doctors today get help from robots for procedures ranging from hernia repairs to coronary bypasses, those are used to assist surgeons, not replace them. This new research marks progress toward robots that can operate more autonomously on very intricate, complicated tasks like suturing. The lessons learned in its development could also be useful in other fields of robotics. “From a robotics perspective, this is a really challenging manipulation task,” says Ken Goldberg, a researcher at UC Berkeley and director of the lab that worked on the robot.   One issue is that shiny or reflective objects like needles can throw off a robot’s image sensors. Computers also have a hard time modeling how “deformable” objects, like skin and thread, react when poked and prodded. Unlike transferring a needle from one human hand to another, moving a needle between robotic arms is an immense challenge in dexterity. The robot uses a pair of cameras to take in its surroundings. Then, having been trained on a neural network, it is able to identify where the needle …

Best Deals on Robot Vacuums: Save Up to 0 on Dreametech, Roomba, Shark and More

Best Deals on Robot Vacuums: Save Up to $400 on Dreametech, Roomba, Shark and More

$520 at Amazon Roborock Q7 Max Plus Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum and Mop: $520 Save $350 Show more (2 items) With robot vacuums having existed for well over two decades, it’s no surprise that there have been leaps and bounds in the past few years. Not only have their features gotten pretty great, but they’ve also become cheaper, meaning you can grab one for yourself for around $200 and still get something excellent. Luckily, there are also quite a few great deals for you to grab, so even if you want something a little fancier, you can probably find it for a fairly good price. To get a sense of the best models on the market at the moment, you can check out our list of the best robot vacuums. Below, you’ll find the best deals available on some of our favorite models, as well as plenty of comparable models you can grab at a steep discount. We’ll keep updating this page as deals come and go, so check back often to be sure you’re getting …

This robot vacuum is a must-have for carpet and is 0 off right now

This robot vacuum is a must-have for carpet and is $200 off right now

Beth Mauder/ZDNET What’s the deal? Right now, you can get the Eufy X8 Pro for $450, saving you a couple hundred dollars. This robot vacuum already sits in the midrange market, but this sale makes it even more affordable. It’s intelligent, touts impressive suction power, and is an excellent choice if you have a lot of carpet and rugs in your home. ZDNET’s key takeaways The Eufy X8 Pro is a two-in-one robot vacuum and mop that sits in the midrange market at $500. It’s the industry’s first vacuum to feature dual TurboCyclone Suction units to effectively clean different surface types. Eufy’s Pro-Detangle feature was not as effective in my house full of dogs and cats. Cleaning pet hair is something I struggle with in my home. It’s on my floors, my couches, my clothes, and even my dining room table. And the only way I’ve found to even remotely keep up with it is by running a robot vacuum every single day because, really, who has the time to run a handheld vacuum daily?  …

Researchers build robot based on creature that lived nearly 500 million years ago

Researchers build robot based on creature that lived nearly 500 million years ago

This field utilizes Softbotics, which involves robotics incorporating flexible electronics and soft materials, to explore the biomechanical factors that influenced evolution using extinct organisms. (CREDIT: Carnegie Mellon University) Humans have existed on Earth for around 300,000 years, a mere blip in the planet’s history. This short span represents just 0.007% of Earth’s timeline, making our presence relatively recent in the grand scheme of things. Consequently, the animal kingdom we observe today, which shapes our understanding of evolution and inspires modern mechanical systems, is only a fraction of the creatures that have inhabited the Earth throughout history. This field utilizes Softbotics, which involves robotics incorporating flexible electronics and soft materials, to explore the biomechanical factors that influenced evolution using extinct organisms. “Our goal is to bring biological systems back to life through Softbotics, allowing us to mimic them and understand their operations,” explained Phil LeDuc, a professor of mechanical engineering. Led by LeDuc and Carmel Majidi, a research team has revived pleurocystitids, a marine organism that existed approximately 450 million years ago. These creatures, part of …

Install open-source AI in a robot and it’ll clean your room

Install open-source AI in a robot and it’ll clean your room

Using just open-source AIs, researchers got a commercial robot to find and move objects around a room it had never entered before. The bot isn’t perfect, but it suggests we might not be as far from sharing our homes with domestic robots as experts previously believed. “Just completely impossible”: Demo videos of robots cleaning kitchens, making snacks, and doing other chores might have you hoping your days of loading the dishwasher are numbered, but AI experts predict we’re still a decade away from handing even a fraction of our chores over to bots. “There is a very pervasive feeling in the [robotics] community that homes are difficult, robots are difficult, and combining homes and robots is just completely impossible,” Mahi Shafiullah, a PhD student at NYU Courant, told MIT Technology Review. Simply tell the robot what to pick and where to drop it in natural language, and it will do it. Lerrel Pinto Open-source, off-the-shelf: A major holdup in the home robot revolution is the fact that building a robot that could work in anyone’s home is a lot harder than training one to work in …

A robot sommelier spilled wine on my pants. Then it asked for a tip

A robot sommelier spilled wine on my pants. Then it asked for a tip

Chris Matyszczyk/ZDNET It was raining hard, so we were vulnerable to a seductive inducement. We considered a large donut or a wander in a quaint antique store. But, given the times in which we live, this particular inducement felt entirely irresistible: “Wine Tasting With Robot Sommelier.” Also: Worried about AI gobbling up your job? Start doing these 3 things now That’s what the sign on the street said and it was hard not to be moved. My wife and I didn’t hesitate. This had to be worth doing, at least once. So we wafted inside the Maria Concetto winery tasting room in Calistoga, a little town in the Napa Valley that’s famous for people bathing naked in mud. (No, I haven’t tried it.) We’d seen the robot sommelier through the window and it looked like the sort of robot you see in a car manufacturing plant. Soon we learned that it was, well, made from the same sorts of bits as a robot in a car manufacturing plant. Also: Robots plus generative AI: Everything you …

Zendaya Stuns In See-Through Robot Bodysuit At Dune: Part Two Premiere

Zendaya Stuns In See-Through Robot Bodysuit At Dune: Part Two Premiere

Zendaya’s latest look is nothing short of otherworldly. During the Dune 2 world premiere at Leicester Square in London, the fashionable actor stepped onto the red carpet on Thursday sporting a shiny robot suit. She paired the skintight silver body armour-style ensemble, which was accented with clear panel cutouts around her chest, abs, legs, arms and backside, with a sleek pixie cut and a sapphire-encrusted Bulgari necklace. The Euphoria star’s futuristic look left fans on X (formerly Twitter) absolutely “gagged.” Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two, which also stars Christopher Walken, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin, hits theatres on March 1. Source link

This edible, wriggling robot mimics experience of eating moving food

This edible, wriggling robot mimics experience of eating moving food

Remember the old reality show competition stunt of getting contestants to eat live bugs on primetime television? Consuming “food” while it’s still alive spans numerous cultures around the world. In Japan, for example, odorigui (or “dance-eating”) is a centuries’ old tradition often involving squid, octopus, and tiny translucent fish known as ice gobies. Diners pop these still-living creatures into their mouths, as the wriggling is part of the overall meal experience.    To potentially better understand the psychology and emotional responses associated with consuming odorigui dishes, researchers designed their own stand-in—a moving gelatin robo-food combining 3D-printing, kitchen cooking, and air pumps. The results appear not only tastier than your average reality show shock snack, but a potential step towards creative culinary and medical applications. … And yet, judging from this video, it’s undeniably still a little odd. Detailed in a study published earlier this month in PLOS One, a team at Japan’s University of Electro-Communications and Osaka University recently devised a pneumatically-driven handheld device to investigate what they dub “human-edible robot interaction,” or HERI. For the …