DOBOT – Multi-functional Robot Arm for Education

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Providing students with unprecedented learning opportunities is essential – especially as we are constantly on the verge of technological revelations. One industry that is consistently unveiling new ways to be put to good use is robotics. 

Traditionally, robots are heavy, bulky, and can limit effectiveness in the classroom. DOBOT, however, is anything but heavy and bulky. It’s an affordable, all-perspective lightweight robot for educators in schools K-12. 

The DOBOT magician is a multi-functional tool that is an industrial grade robotic arm for education. This includes 5 different end effectors, one being the suction cup and pneumatic gripper, the pen holder, the 3D printer and the laser engraver. 

All five of these help teach students in the classroom robotics, engineering, manufacturing and so much more. It’s currently being incorporated in classrooms with the assistance of Stem Education Works and their partnership with Purdue University.

Certain schools have developed a curriculum that goes together with the DOBOT magician that allows teachers to have lessons that are designed for the robotics and the manufacturing.

If you’re interested in learning more about DOBOT, head to dobot.cc today.

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OSOYOO – Teaching Young Minds Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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What’s better than playing with robots? Well, I think building them would come in as a close second if not first place.

OSOYOO is a company that creates robotic kits for young minds, where they can learn skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

OSOYOO is a company where they produce affordable and interesting S.T.E.M. education to help students in college, high school, and elementary school learn computer programming.

Currently, they’re offering three different kinds of robotics – one is Arduino and the other is Raspberry Pi.

Their products’ main feature is that they’re programmable. Every sensor, part, and accelerator can be separately programmed and understood. So, they’re not just selling a car to students or a buyer, but they’re selling the lessons to them.

Osoyoo’s products work with Android and iOS devices. To find out more about their products, head to osoyoo.com today.

OhmniLabs – Don’t Miss Out Just Because You’re Sick

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So, your child comes down with a bug or the common cold. What do you do? Have them stay home and resume school when they’re feeling better, right? Well, what happens when that cold may turn into something more serious and they end up missing extended time? How do you ensure that they don’t fall behind in their studies?

Believe it or not, the answer can be found in the growing field of robotics and AI. This is where OhmniLabs comes in.

Ohmni is a robot that lets users dial-in remotely from anywhere in the world, even a thousand miles away, over the internet. The user can then drive around and have two-way video and audio communication with the people in that environment – just like they’re there. This is essentially the closest thing to being somewhere in person.

There are two ways Ohmni is being used in the education sectors. The first way is to allow students with serious illness or injury to attend classes normally and the second way is to allow students to do research and learn about robot development.

What makes Ohmni uniquely different from any other technology is that it will allow a student with a long-term illness or injury virtually be present in all activities. He or she can drive the robot around, go to class, hang out with friends, ask questions to their teachers, just as they would being present at school.

Ohmni is more than just a robot, it’s a communication solution for all walks of life.  To learn more about Ohmni or to purchase one today, head to OhmniLabs.com

Why Researchers are Teaching Robots How to Hunt Prey

By: Kassidy Coleman

Last week we talked about a few robots that could completely change life as we know it. And while those robots were impressive, we’ve found a new robot that is both frightening and amazing. A team of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have started teaching robots how to hunt prey.

 

The researchers have successfully taught the robots to be capable of finding, identifying, and chasing down prey, eerily similar to how a lion or tiger would. However, right now these robots haven’t quite hunted any live prey, only other robots. In their paper, the scientists from the University of Zulrich described exactly how this robot works. Basically, the predator robots have an artificial brain called a “neural network” that helps it recognize its targets, using laser beams to detect any prey in the area. If there isn’t any prey in the area, it’ll go into prowl mode – simply walking around in search of prey.

 

Before you get too freaked out, here’s what Tobi Delbruck, a professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics reportedly stated, “one could imagine future luggage or shopping cars that follow you.” So basically, these robots aren’t going to be blood-hungry beings, but instead will be able to really understand their environment and take a course of action. This technology could also be used in self-driving cars, to reduce collisions and detect pedestrians. But really, maybe we should have a kill switch…you know, just in case.

 

Do you think teaching robots to hunt prey is cool or going too far? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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Segway Creator’s Super Advanced Prosthetic Arm to be Released Late 2016

(Photo source: Mobius Bionics)

 

(Photo source: Mobius Bionics)

Back in 1999, Dean Kamen invented the Segway. But the Segway isn’t the only thing Kamen has invented. For over ten years he has been working on an advanced prosthetic arm, Luke. And two years ago, the FDA approved Luke. Now, the wait is almost over – Mobius Bionics has announced that they will release the prosthetic arm sometime in late 2016.

 

Named after Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic arm in Star Wars, Luke can offer way more flexibility and dexterity than current prosthetic arms. Not only that, but it also just looks really cool –check it out:

 

 

The wearers have total control over the prosthetic arm, which could almost be considered superhuman strength. Digital Trends said exactly what we’re all thinking – “we’re eerily close to getting the artificial superhuman strength so long dreamed of by cyber enthusiasts.”

(Photo source: Mobius Bionics)

Luke has been tested on almost 100 amputees for over 10,000 hours and has received the big seal of approval from the FDA. The FDA stated “The DEKA Arm System may allow some people to perform more complex tasks than they can with current prostheses, in a way that more closely resembles the natural motion of the arm.”

 

There has been nothing like this in the field of prosthetics yet, so it will be really interesting to see how it works out once Luke is available. You can grab heavy and delicate items with the assistance of the grip sensors. Seriously, the freedom and movement that Luke will be able to offer to amputees is amazing.

 

 

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4 Robots that Could Completely Change Life as we Know it

By: Kassidy Coleman

Here at NewsWatch we have a bit of a love-hate relationship with robots. We love that they’re quickly advancing and make our lives a little easier, but we still consider them to be one of the top five scariest technologies. Regardless, we can still admit that they are pretty cool. Check out these four robots that are going to change life as we know it.

  1. Food Delivery Robot – We’re pretty used to getting our food delivered by a person, but soon we might be getting them delivered by a robot. According to Time, Starship Technologies has self-driving delivery robots beginning to make an appearance in London, Dusseldorf, Bern, and Hamburg. Two food delivery services from those areas, Just Eat and Pronto, will be using the robots. The grocery store Metro Group and shipping service Hermes will also be using them in those areas. Starship believes that these delivery robots could cut down cost and time spent on delivery. If you’re worried about whether or not these robots are safe for public – don’t. They are totally safe and have been tested over 5,000 miles and have encountered 400,000+ people. There have been zero incidents reported so far. We’re hoping these robots come to America soon.

    (Photo source: Starship Technologies/YouTube)

    (Photo source: Starship Technologies/YouTube)

    2. Robot Pet that Does Chores –  Robot? Pet? Does chores? Count us in! SpotMini, created by Boston Dynamics is a 55-pound, four legged robot. This guy can unload your dishwasher, throw away trash, and even bring you a can of soda from the fridge. This is probably the kind of robot that would terrify Andrew. It’s really cool, check it out here:

    3. Home Health Robot – Pillo is the first intelligent health and wellness robot for your home. This robot, whose Indiegogo campaign is close to hitting their $75,000 goal, plans to help families stay healthy and take their medicines. It features advanced facial recognition to distribute your medication and can even track your heart rate and steps if you download the wearable app. Link it to your doctor and inform family of any potential problems. Pillo wants to help you with all your medical and health needs.

    (Photo source: Pillo Health/YouTube)

    (Photo source: Pillo Health/YouTube)

    4. Robot Security Guard – Yup, robot cops are totally a real thing now. Recently Uber has adopted K5, a five-foot, 300-pound security robot that looks like a giant egg, for their parking lot. Created by Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope, this robot could potentially replace human security guards. It features a thermal camera, 360-degree vision, weather sensor, four microphones, a license-plate recognition camera, and even person recognition capabilities. So this robot can’t really do anything if it sees anyone suspicious, but it can set of an alarm to notify human security guards as well as record the whole incident to later be used by police.

    (Photo source: Knightscope/YouTube)

    (Photo source: Knightscope/YouTube)

 

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Robots are Taking Over: Are They Coming for Your Job?

By: Kassidy Coleman

About a month ago, many people were talking about how bestselling historian Yuval Noah Harari predicted that in the 21st century, more humans will be pushed out of employment by robots and thus create a useless class of society. While some people may say that it could never happen due to AI not having the intelligence and overall cognitive ability that humans have, others are truly worried about the future. And now, AIs are starting to outperform humans in the cognitive field, so what does this mean? Well, more robot workers have been appearing in retail stores, parking lots, and hotels, but will they really end up taking jobs from humans?

(Photo source: Simbe Robotics)

(Photo source: Simbe Robotics)

It seems like retail stores are having fun trying out robots. Specifically, Target Stores. Target has been using robots to take store inventory, which if you have never worked a retail job, taking inventory is an incredibly mind-numbing, boring activity that could probably be classified as cruel and unusual punishment. The Tally, a robot designed by San Francisco startup Simbe Robotics, has been helping Target by working as an “automated shelf auditing and analytics solution.” Basically, the Tally can go up and down the store aisles and do an inventory of the shelves. According to Simbe, the Tally is much more efficient than a human worker doing these tasks and completes an inventory of the shelves in about 30 minutes with 95 percent accuracy. That same inventory would take a human employee roughly 25 hours and with only a 65 percent accuracy rate. What’s more is the Tally reports any and all misplaced items so that store employees can put it in the correct place. We’re not so worried that one day a Target will be completely run by robots. The Tally seems like it will free up time for the human employees to work on other tasks they might not have had time for before and in turn customer service should improve.

(Photo source: Savioke)

Would you go to a hotel with robot staff? Savioke, another Silicon Valley company, designed a robot named Relay aka Botlr to be used in hotels. The main purpose of Botlr is to deliver items to guests around the clock. Here’s how it works: A guest calls a hotel employee requesting say, a tooth brush or more towels. The employee then enters a code to open up Botlr’s to compartment. They then enter in the guest’s room number and the robot is on its way to deliver. Right now, according to Savioke, Botlrs are working in eight hotels in California. You don’t have to tip this delivery robot for it’s service; it appreciates gratuity in the form of tweets. Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke, stated that “This is not about replacing people, but augmenting them.”

Even though more robots are showing up in different workplaces, it shouldn’t be something to worry about right now. These robots have been making hotels and retail stores more efficient and freeing up more time for workers to catch up on other tasks. However, there is a lot more to still learn about this technology and of course there’s always room to improve.

What do you think about the presence of robots in hotels and retail stores? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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