Anki’s new home robot is like Alexa with wheels, eyes, and a personality

Sure, home robots such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner are pretty useful, but it’s still a long way from the characterful, interactive droids we were promised by a misspent youth watching Star Wars and Short Circuit. Fortunately, those dark, lonely days without the company of a droid buddy are about to be over — and … Read moreAnki’s new home robot is like Alexa with wheels, eyes, and a personality

Walmart’s new grocery robots aim to speed up your shopping experience

[embedded content] In the very near future, the person who picks out your online Walmart grocery pickup order may not be, well, a person at all. That’s due to the fact that the retail giant recently announced that it has teamed up with Massachusetts-based Alert Innovation to adopt a special custom version of Alert’s Alphabot … Read moreWalmart’s new grocery robots aim to speed up your shopping experience

Watch YouBionic’s 3D-printed robotic hand make freakishly lifelike movement

[embedded content] We’ve been covering the work of bionic prosthesis company YouBionic for some time now. As with any continuously iterating gadget or device, it has been fascinating to watch the concept evolve from a rough-hewn early prototype to what increasingly looks like a solid, well-engineered finished product. Well, maybe not quite “finished” yet — … Read moreWatch YouBionic’s 3D-printed robotic hand make freakishly lifelike movement

Look out, bartenders: This cocktail-making robot is coming for your job

[embedded content] Like oil and water or brushing your teeth and then drinking fruit juice, alcohol and cutting-edge robotics just don’t sound a good mix. But the folks behind Yanu, a new “fully autonomous robot bartender powered by A.I.” hope to help change that perception. Built by Estonian tech startup Robolab, Yanu doesn’t exactly look … Read moreLook out, bartenders: This cocktail-making robot is coming for your job

Gotta catch em all: Harvard’s undersea grabber is a Poké Ball for sea life

[embedded content] There are plenty of people out there who base their research on studying robotics. However, robots can help us carry out study in other fields, too — as a new folding grabber robot developed at Harvard University makes clear. Harvard’s innovative RAD robot (that’s short for “Rotary Actuated Dodecahedron,” although it’s pretty rad … Read moreGotta catch em all: Harvard’s undersea grabber is a Poké Ball for sea life