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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Over 500 Tesla Model 3 Were Registered In Norway This Month

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The number of Model 3 registrations is one of the highest for the month in Norway.
Deliveries of Tesla Model 3 in Norway are already progressing. We don’t know the exact number, but we assume at least double-digit result as Tesla Owners Club Norway reported the first 10 on February 17.

It could be already three-digits, as more than 550 Model 3 were registered this month in Norway, compared to 17 in January. The Nissan LEAF is just slightly above at over 570.

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FCA Readies For Plug-In EV Offensive

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Jeep is going plug-in hybrid, with the flexibility to go all-electric in the future
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced a $4.5 billion investment in a new assembly plant in Detroit and expansion of production capacity at existing five facilities in Michigan, which in effect will create 6,500 more jobs. Part of the investments are ongoing preparations for electrification of Jeep brand (new models).

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Seat Unveils Minimo Electric Concept Car

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The future of mobility?
Seat has given us a sneak preview at a new concept it is planning to showcase at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

It’s called the Minimó, and it’s absolutely not a Renault Twizy.

Granted, before I put my glasses on I too was convinced it was the French brand’s futuristic electric mobility thingy, alas, it’s something completely different.

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Australian startup plans a proper long-range, road-drivable VTOL flying car

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Another flying car company is preparing to join the race to the skies, as Australia’s Macchina Volantis gears up to build a prototype of its road-drivable 5-seat electric aircraft. With VTOL capability, winged flight mode and a diesel range extender, this thing promises to fly at three times highway speed and offer some serious range.

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Surly’s Big Easy wants to be the electric semi-trailer of the bike lane

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Cargo bikes can be a great way to haul around gear, surfboards and kids, but by their very definition are going to demand more of the rider. Thankfully, there is now a plethora of electrically charged cargo bikes for those looking to lighten the load. The first of these from Minnesota bike builder Surly is a long-tailed two-wheeler fitted with Bosch’s brawniest EV drive unit, promising the kind of pulling power befitting an “18-wheeler of the cargo bike world.”

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FedEx rolls out autonomous delivery robot

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“The FedEx SameDay Bot is an innovation designed to change the face of local delivery and help retailers efficiently address their customers’ rising expectations,” said the company’s Brie Carere. “The bot represents a milestone in our ongoing mission to solve the complexities and expense of same-day, last-mile delivery for the growing e-commerce market in a manner that is safe and environmentally friendly.”

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Autonomous Flight Ready To Build Flying Prototype Y6S | General Aviation News: Aviation International News

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Autonomous Flight—the Sevenoaks, UK-based start-up that is developing a two-seat, all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft—said it has very nearly finalized $25 million of funding for the next stage to build a prototype capable of flight and able to undertake a certification program. It has spent the past year completing a full-size (20-foot wide by 22-feet long) developmental mockup.

The Y6S (Y as it is Y-shaped; 6 since it has six fans, two in each shroud; and S for “sport”) is designed to fly two people at 72 mph and 1,500 feet above the ground, with a range of 80 miles (68 net of reserve power). It has tilt-props and two wings that can support its entire 2,000-pound mtow in cruise.

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New master’s program focuses on robotics, autonomous systems

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As a result, Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has created a new master’s program in robotics and autonomous systems designed to train the next generation of robotics researchers with multidisciplinary knowledge in artificial intelligence, computer science, machine learning, sensing and signal processing, mechanical engineering and a variety of other advanced topics.

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