Ava Robotics

iRobot ava 500

iRobot’s Ava 500 from 2013

Ava Robotics is a spinoff from iRobot but not a new robot.  iRobot first introduced us to Ava in 2011. Ava Robotics is being reintroduced today as it’s own company and offering up a telepresence robot that can drive itself.

Using Cisco Spark for high def video, the Ava Robotics team concentrated on mobility.  Ava is able to drive itself and comes with a mobile app.  Once the robot has mapped out it’s environment it can then move on it’s own to the desired location, while automatically avoiding people and other objects.

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Crawling Robot

Snakeskin RobotUsing snakelike skin, this robot from Harvard researcher Ahmad Rafsanjani, has the ability to crawl. Using a technique similar to origami called kirigami, the skin is created using cutting as well as folding.

The cut out skin is wrapped around a rubber cylinder which can be inflated or deflated.  A trapezoidal cutout on the skin is so far the most effect for moving the robot forward.  Looks can be deceiving.  It took Rafsanjani a year and a half to perfect the skin and robot before it worked correctly.

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Pizza Robots

zume-pizza-robotWho doesn’t like pizza?  Well a company in California called Zume is adding robots into the mix. They have a robot called Doughbot that spreads the dough into a circle in only 9 seconds. A second robot spreads the sauce around and a third robot shown here puts the dough into the oven after toppings are added.

The company has one other trick up their sleeve to compete with the big chains like Dominos or Papa John’s and that is mobile cooking.  The first time the pizza is put into the oven it is only partially baked.  It is then cooked en route by ovens in the delivery fan.  Zume hopes this will get the pizza to you faster and fresher.

The company is not all robots and still has a head chef, humans who add toppings and humans who deliver the pizza.

The company’s goal is to give you a fresh hot pizza at a reasonable price in a reasonable amount of time.

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SpotMini From Boston Dynamics

SpotMiniSpotMini is at it again.  Previously SpotMini was shown to climb stairs, fetch beer and put items into a dishwasher.

This time the 4 legged robot goes the extra creepy mile and shows us he can open a door and walk through it.

Check out the video below.

 

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Lifeguard Drone Rescues Two People

Rescue DroneA lifeguard drone in Australia has managed to rescue two swimmers of the coast of New South Wales caught in 9 ft swells.

Little Ripper Lifesaver makes You Little Beauty life saving pods and attaches them to a drone.  They have pods for land, water and snow. The water or marine pod contains: a water activated inflatable lifebuoy, SharkShield electromagnetic shark repellent, whistle and sea anchor.

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