Your Robot-Made Coffee Is Ready. Where Does That Leave The Barista?

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Your buddy the barista may not be out of a job tomorrow, but he may be looking over his shoulder.

Coming up behind him is an Austin, Texas-based coffee vendor that’s attracting attention from the magazine Fast Company, but not for the nutty aroma of its Latin American-born beans.

Briggo (more about name later) recently was listed among Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative companies in the world for crafting a self-contained, robot-staffed 10-foot by 4-foot Coffee Haus selling everything from espresso to chai latte, with no human intervention.

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Working and Growing with Collaborative Robots | NIST

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Robots have been a part of industry longer than you might think. The patent for the first industrial robot, Unimate, was granted in 1961. While robots were sometimes utilized by larger manufacturers, such as automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), they were rarely an option for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs).

However, times have changed. Robots are now often viewed as essential tools for SMMs, enabling smaller operations to compete with larger players. This is especially the case with the new wave of “collaborative robots.” According to the Robotics Industries Association, a collaborative robot, also known as a “cobot”, is specifically designed to work directly with humans, side-by-side, within a defined collaborative workspace.

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Japan’s robot deity delivers Buddha’s teaching / Boing Boing

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This is the Android Kannon, a robotic manifestation of the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with mercy.

She delivered her first teachings on Saturday at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, Japan. From The Telegraph:
Developed at a cost of Y100 million (£692,000), the robot is a joint project between the Zen temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor of intelligent robotics at Osaka University.

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INNFOS Intelligent Robot XR1 Revealed at MWC | | nonpareilonline.com

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With the demonstrations of greeting, coffee serving, dancing, Q&A and even needle threading, XR-1 caught the eyes of many attendees and the media. More importantly, the robot showcased the serial compliant actuators developed by INNFOS. This is a significant step toward building a service robot capable of intimate human interactions.

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Smart and fluffy storytelling robot to be trialled in US classrooms | New Scientist

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Smart and fluffy storytelling robot to be trialled in US classrooms
TECHNOLOGY 20 February 2019

Tega the robot will be trialled in a dozen US classrooms
MIT
By Donna Lu

ONCE upon a time, researchers dreamed of building a robot storyteller. It would regale young children at a level to help them learn well. The tales wouldn’t be too hard or easy, but just right.

This dream has come true. The robot is called Tega. It is cute, fluffy and appears to boost language skills in young children. Soon it will be trialled in a dozen classrooms in the US.

Developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),

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Seoul Will Welcome a Robot Science Museum Constructed by Robots | Smart News | Smithsonian

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eoul’s Robot Science Museum (RSM) will welcome its inaugural exhibition before construction is even complete: As Dezeen’s India Block explains, robots and drones are expected to play a prominent role in all stages of the building’s assembly, enabling the eclectic institution to spotlight robotic technology’s potential from the very beginning of the project.

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24M Delivered SemiSolid Cells With Energy Density Above 280 Wh/kg

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The energy density of the cells produced at the pilot facility exceed 280 Wh/kg, which – as 24M points out – is over 10% more than the current state-of-the-art industry benchmark for EV applications – 250 Wh/kg.

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