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This wearable robotic arm can hold tools, pick fruit, and punch through walls

June 22nd, 2020 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

Doc Ock, is that you? We’ve always had a soft spot for supernumerary robotic limbs here at The Verge, but this latest example of the genre is one of the most impressive we’ve seen to date. Designed by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada, it’s a hydraulic arm that sits on the wearer’s […]



Who will own the cars that drive themselves?

June 21st, 2020 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

Self-driving Uber vehicles in a lot in Pittsburgh. One vision of the future sees fleets of cars hailed as people need a lift and less private vehicle ownership.  Fleets of vehicles roaming streets waiting to be hailed are more efficient. But the coronavirus has made people think twice about the future of car ownership even […]



Pandemic alters carmakers’ driverless plans. Here’s how

June 20th, 2020 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

Detroit — The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be yet another obstacle for the self-driving and ride-sharing movement, delaying the widely touted arrival of next-generation automotive technology. Ford Motor Co. is postponing for a year the commercial deployment of its autonomous vehicles. Waymo LLC, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., had to temporarily […]



Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps

June 19th, 2020 at 2:19 pm » Comments Off

Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: We now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get more directly involved in how to […]



Hadrian X brick-laying robot ups the ante to 200 blocks an hour

June 17th, 2020 at 5:55 pm » Comments Off

The Hadrian robot was created by Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) and is named after the UK’s Hadrian Wall Back in 2015 we looked at an interesting approach to automated construction in the form of a brick-laying robot, capable of putting together full-sized homes in just two days. The engineers behind the Hadrian X have […]



These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion

June 2nd, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

One of Flash Forest’s prototype drones. We need to massively reforest the planet, in a very short period of time. Flash Forest’s drones can plant trees a lot faster than humans. This week, on land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the […]



I’m prepared for a future where I never pay cash and rarely go to the store

May 27th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Since the coronavirus put New York under lockdown, I’ve completely changed my buying habits. I haven’t swiped my credit card in at least a month, relying on online payments and Apple Pay with curbside pickup. I actually prefer paying this way, and I don’t see myself paying with cash or card anytime soon, although I […]



How coronavirus set the stage for a techno-future with robots and AI

May 27th, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

The coronavirus pandemic has fast-forwarded the functions and roles of robots and artificial intelligence Not so long ago, the concept of a fully automated store seemed something of a curiosity. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of relying on computers and robotics, and checking out groceries by simply picking them off […]



The autonomous car industry is about to get hammered

May 24th, 2020 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Today on Speed Lines: The “coronavirus economy” means a huge potential setback for self-driving car tech. Good morning and welcome back to Speed Lines, The Drive’s morning roundup of what’s going on in the world of transportation. I think it’s Wednesday, although I’m not really sure anymore, let alone what that even means. A ‘Bumpy […]



Exam anxiety : How remote test-proctoring is creeping students out

May 24th, 2020 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

As schools go remote, so do tests and so does surveillance The stranger on the Zoom call appeared to be sitting in a tent. He wore a black headset and a blue lanyard around his neck. Behind him was white plastic peppered with pictures of a padlock. “Hi,” the stranger intoned. “My name is Sharath […]



San Antonio robotics firm becomes first to prove its robots kill coronavirus

May 19th, 2020 at 5:39 pm » Comments Off

Xenex’s patented LightStrike robots have been deployed in more than 500 healthcare facilities worldwide to destroy pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 that can cause deadly infections. San Antonio robotics company Xenex Disinfection Services has become the first to scientifically prove its robot can sterilize a room of the SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – and […]



Cars could go completely driverless ‘very soon,’ says CEO of Chinese autonomous driving tech start-up

May 17th, 2020 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

AutoX rolls out self-driving robotaxis in Shanghai’s ride-hailing market  KEY POINTS Despite current regulations and safety concerns over self-driving cars, the time that cars could really go driverless is coming “very soon,” according to Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and founder of AutoX, a start-up developing autonomous driving technology based in Shenzhen. It had received approval from […]



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