Marco Hutter is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and a fellow of the Society in Science. Marco and his team have created a robot called ANYmal.
The robot is a a potential platform for search and rescue operations, inspection of industrial sites or other uses. Using laser sensors and cameras, ANYmal can quickly make and update a map of it’s environment.
Starship Technologies has announced it will start trial programs in various UK cities this year, starting with a pilot program in Greenwich England later this year. Their robot is designed to make deliveries for under £1 per delivery.
The robot has a 3 mile radius and takes 5 to 30 minutes to make your delivery. The robot’s location can be monitored on your smartphone through an app and has a large compartment that only you, the recipient, can open.
Puma has a new robot to help runners go faster called BeatBot.
BeatBot is a rectangular robot about the size of a shoe box with wheels. You punch in a time and distance and then race the robot. The robot is a line following robot, but one that can go up to 44km/h thanks to the help of 9 sensors that make it stay on track.
BeatBot was created by Created by ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York. Florent Imbert executive creative director of the ad agency states:
“We went through over eight prototypes, and interrogated every aspect of the robot, from the weight of the car, to the lag between the Arduino and servo. We even enlisted the expertise of a NASA robotics engineer and three MIT grads.”
Unfortunately for you and I, BeatBot is only available to Puma-sponsored athletes and teams.