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CNBC

A singing robot factory can't find enough human workers
CNBC
They can track human movements, perform lifelike gestures, and even pull off a compelling rendition of "Singing in the Rain." Called RoboThespian, the humanoid robots are designed and manufactured by U.K. company Engineered Arts. But Will Jackson ...

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The Verge

For this robot, the secret to crawling is artificial snakeskin
The Verge
The soft robot is just a silicone rubber tube. But what's special about it is its skin — a thin, stretchable plastic sheet that's been cut with a laser. The cuts, in the shape of triangles or circles, resemble the scales on the skin of snakes. When ...
Harvard Scientists Design an Origami Robot That Slithers Like a ...Outer Places
WATCH: Artificial Scales Make Robots Slither Like SnakesNewsweek
Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to CrawlWIRED
New Atlas -Mirror.co.uk -Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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Live Science



Co.Design (blog)

The UX Of A Public Robot
Co.Design (blog)
So for its next version of the robot, Cafe X partnered with the San Francisco-based design firm Ammunition–which has designed everything from headphones to smart travel mugs–to design some personality into the robotic arm. “We worked to figure out a ...
Can a $25000 robot make better coffee than a barista?Curbed
This Robotic Barista Is Ready to ServeBarron's

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ZDNet

Robot-assisted knee replacement surgery is coming
ZDNet
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies just announced the acquisition of French company Orthotaxy, a developer of robot-assisted orthopedic surgery solutions, including for knee replacement surgery. Founded in 2009, Orthotaxy's knee replacement ...

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Financial Times

Bot the builder: the robot that will replace bricklayers
Financial Times
About 40 years ago, architect Nate Podkaminer arrived at a building site to find it short of internal wall panels. He couldn't figure it out; he'd planned meticulously. Then the foreman pointed out something he'd overlooked. Human errors had crept in ...


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ASCII Table
ASCII Table
ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange and is used to represent common characters with an 8-bit (1 Byte) binary number. Eight bits allows for 256 unique characters to be represented (As eight binary bit give 28 combinations=256) and is a very common way to transfer character-string information between devices.

Robots commonly use 8-bit ASCII for commands sent over USB or RS-232 serial communication.

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AIBO
The AIBO (Artificial intelligence roBOt, homonymous with "pal" or "partner" in Japanese: aibō (相棒)) was one of several types of robotic pets designed and manufactured by Sony.

There have been several different models since their introduction on May 11, 1999 although AIBO was discontinued in 2006.

AIBO is able to walk, "see" its environment via camera and recognize spoken commands in Spanish and English. AIBO robotic pets are considered to be Autonomous robots since they are able to learn and mature based on external stimuli from their owner, their environment and from other AIBOs. Artist Hajime Sorayama created the initial designs for the AIBO.

The original designs are part of the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution. The design won Sony and its designer Sorayama the highest design award that may be conferred by Japan. On January 26, 2006 Sony announced that it would discontinue AIBO and several other products as of March, 2006 in Sony's effort to make the company more profitable. It also stopped development of the QRIO robot. AIBO will still be supported until 2013 (ERS7 model) and AIBO technology will continue to be developed for use in other consumer products.

AIBOware (a trademark of Sony corporation) is the title given to the software the AIBO runs on its pink Memory Stick. The Life AIBOware allows the robot to be raised from pup to fully grown adult while going through various stages of development as its owner interacts with it. The Explorer AIBOware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands. Without the AIBOware, the AIBO will run in what is called "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.

Many AIBO owners enjoy teaching their pets new behaviors (or Robot Apps) by reprogramming them in Sony's special 'R-CODE' language. However, in October 2001, Sony sent a cease-and-desist notice to the webmaster of Aibopet, demanding that he stop distributing code that was retrieved by bypassing the
copy protection mechanisms of the robot. Eventually, in the face of many
outraged AIBO owners, Sony released a programmer's kit for "non-commercial" use.
The kit has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO Software Development Environment. All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

Since the first release of OPEN-R, several AIBO programming tools have been developed by university labs, including URBI, Tekkotsu, Pyro and AiBO+. The Open-R and GCC based toolchain has been updated by the community to use GCC 4.1.2, Binutils 2.17 and Newlib 2.15. The packaged version of the old and updated AIBO toolchain is available for Ubuntu in a PPA.

AIBO's complete vision system uses the SIFT algorithm, to recognise its charging station. The newest versions are equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing them to send the pictures they take via email which led to the Roblog.

AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, fusing mechanic and organic concepts.

The bodies of the "3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed AIBOs released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino. The aibo was mass produced by Sony.