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Meet Spencer-Amsterdam airport's robot assistant to help lost travelers
Fox News
On Monday, the airport unveiled Spencer, a cognitive, mobile robot developed by Sweden's Örebro University, funded by the European Commission and Dutch airline KLM. According to a press release from the university, Spencer will help guide travelers ...
Swedish robot to help guide travelers through
One airline is trying to solve airport confusion with robotsTech Insider (blog)
Lost in Amsterdam's Airport? Just Ask Spencer the Robot for HelpTravelPulse
CBS News -Digital Spy -Ubergizmo
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Mind-controlled robot gives the disabled a taste of home
Brain-controlled robot limbs have already helped the disabled gain some mobility, but full-fledged robots have proven elusive: how do you use thoughts to steer a free-roaming machine? Swiss researchers think they have the answer. They've developed a ...
Telepresence Robot for the Disabled Takes Directions from Brain SignalsMIT Technology Review
This Telepresence Robot Can Be Navigated Via Mind ControlTech Times
This robot takes instructions directly from your brainTechRadar
The Next Web
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Help All-Robot Band COMPRESSORHEAD Build A Robot Vocalist
Compressorhead has made headlines here and there, what with it being an all-robot band that does some solid covers. Now the band is looking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter to raise $318,445 to build a lead singer and to record an album of ...


Would You Let This Creepy Robot Drive You Around?
So says the distinctly creepy voice in a recent video showing Yahama's new motorcycle-riding robot, which can use a gearshift, throttle, and brakes to race down a test road on its own. Eventually, with GPS and sensors, the robot should be able to use ...


Pick a language, any language. This polyglot robot teaches kids to code
As founders of the Indian Girls Code project, sisters Deepti Suchindran and Aarti Prasad worked to introduce computer science courses at underfunded education centers in south India. In a region where technical degrees immediately translate to ...


Robot taught to disobey humans which could mark the era of self-aware AI
Recently, researchers from Tufts University in Massachusetts are training robots to understand the same sensation of human beings when making a decision. In this way, they will, or will not obey the commands of the human beings, which is something to ...
Teaching Robots the Most Powerful Word in the English LanguageBig Think (blog)
Saying No: Teaching Robots to Reject OrdersR & D Magazine
Engineers develop robots to 'disobey' humans for protectionInternational Business Times AU

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iTech Post

Robot Cars To Join Formula E Racing
IEEE Spectrum
The Formula E electric motor racing series is adding a robotic opening act: autonomous cars will race just before the human-driven race begins. The races, scheduled for the 2016-2017 season, will comprise a parallel championship called ROBORACE.
Robots To Drive Formula E Race CarsiTech Post

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Network Cable
Network Cable
A Network Cable is used to exchange information between robots, other sensor devices, or computers. Network cables can be replaced with a wireless network, however network cables offer certain advantages that can only be available to a wired connection.

Networks that are wired can transfer data at faster rates, over longer distances, and in many situations are much less susceptible to EMI noise. In the case of fiber optic cables, EMI noise can be completely eliminated from the transmission lines, which makes them ideal in noisy environments.

Network cables can also be used to supply power to remote devices such as poE (power over Ethernet) as well as eliminating security threats that might exist with a wireless data network. Additionally, wired networks do not require as much energy to maintain connection since they do not need to broadcast signals over the large distances that wireless networks do.

Typical network cables consist of twisted pair cables (for noise and cross-talk elimination) such as in a CAT-5 Ethernet cable, Coax cable (for shielding the inner conductor), and optical fiber network cables.

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  • ... That Text to Speech allows a robot to process a string of characters or letters and generate audible speech. Text t...
  • ... That A Force Sensor resistor (FSR) is a special material that changes resistance with the application of force. Forc...
  • ... That Microsoft NET (in short - .Net) is a framework developed by Microsoft. The framework supports multiple programm...

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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.