Emerging Technology

Robots in the news

The  (BEAR) Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot is a military robot used to extract wounded soldiers from the battlefield with no risk to human life. It is remotely controlled by an operator. 

Specifications from Wikipedia:

  • Six feet tall
  • Hydraulic upper body lifts 500 lbs
  • Steel torso
  • Maximum hydraulic exertion of 3000 PSI

Read more about it.

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Voice Activated Personal Assistance is now possible in other robots due to the advanced coding for Alexa. These robots were featured at CES (Consumer Electronics Show held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

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Update 6/6/2017

Pilo is the home health hub of the future. It has been designed to help people remember to take pills, answer health questions, and interact with family and doctors for the patient.  I tried to buy one for my 92 year-old mother. They are not for sale yet. 

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I have seen Pepper at several conventions. He does draw a crowd!  Pepper, a humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile, high-fives with Aurore Chiquot, in the media room during CES Press Day. Pepper is a social robot created to converse, recognize and react to emotions.

Update: 6/6/2017: "The first 1,000 Pepper robots went on sale in Japan last summer. At launch, Pepper boasted 200 robotic apps available for download, alongside pre-installed basic services. Other programs become available as you spend time with the machine."

https://www.aldebaran.com/en/press/faq-about-pepper

Pepper, a humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile, high-fives with Aurore Chiquot, in the media room during CES Press Day, January 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Pepper is a social robot created to converse, recognize and react to emotions. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rex the bionic man - 

This news story is from 2013, yet very interesting!

  • A bionic man complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs has gone on display at the Science Museum in London.
  • Costing some 600,000 euros he is expensive but not as pricey as the Six Million Dollar Man of the cult 1970s TV series.
  • The man – who is called Rex – can sense objects in front of him with retinal implants and cochlear implants to allow him to hear.