Secret Agent Fish

RobofishResearchers at EPFL’s Robotic Systems Laboratory have developed a “secret agent” fish robot.  The idea is that the robot will mimic the behavior of the fish and join in the school to better understand the fish behavior.

Led by Professor Francesco Mondada, the group demoed the robotic fish at the Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machine (AMAM) symposium in Sapporo Japan earlier this year. See the second video below.

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Waymo

WaWaymo vanymo, a company that spun off from Google in 2016, is set to have completely driverless cars with passengers in Phoenix soon.

They are currently testing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans with no humans at all inside on public roads in Phoenix.  If they get this right, adding a passenger via their early rider program will be easy.

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Sony’s New aibo

aiboSony is re-introducing it’s robotic dog aibo. Originally called Aibo and available from 1999 – 2006.  Starting in January of 2018 if you live in Japan, you can purchase the new aibo for 179,000 yen (about $1,739 US).

The new aibo will respond to petting and voice commands.  Aibo features a camera in it’s nose and one near the tail as well as 4 microphones for listening. With 22 axes of movement, aibo can move much more realistically. Battery life is about 2 hours and charging takes 3 hours.

Aibo is expected to grow with you and mature.  It can also learn the layout of your house.  But of course all of this comes at a cost.  Subscription cost about $27 a month and will back up aibo’s personality and allow you wi-fi connectivity.

You can pre-orer now if you live in Japan.
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Origami Inspired Robot Wears Different Outfits

PrimerResearchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created a  robot called Primer.

The robot is a small cube that transforms by moving onto flat sheets of material.  The material is then heated to bend into specific shapes around Primer, giving it an exoskeleton.

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Envirobot Senses Out Water Pollution

EnvirobotAn eel like robot from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne sniffs out water pollution.

The robot is designed to be light, portable and autonomous.

The idea is to have empty modules you can fill with different sensors.  Envirobot will then seek out the source of the pollution.

“Those modules, by default, they don’t have any sensors,” explains Alessandro Crespi, a member of the Envirobot team.  Researchers are working on a variety of sensors to fill the modules.

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