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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

 Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place.
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Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat

 If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pinchers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer… Read More

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Waymo to start testing its self-driving cars in Michigan

 Waymo’s next stop for its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica test vehicles is Michigan. The company that sprung from Google’s self-driving car project will be deploying its autonomous cars just in time for Michigan’s winter, too, which will mean that they should encounter a range of major challenges, including snow, sleet and frozen roads. This isn’t the first time Waymo… Read More

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While you were doing, whatever, the world’s first giant robot duel happened

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Where were you on the day of the world’s first giant robot duel? 

Maybe you were working at your desk, brushing your teeth, labouring over your tax return, ironing the perfect pleat in tomorrow’s pants.

Meanwhile, giant robots were chainsawing other to shreds in a Japanese shed.

The world’s first giant combat robot duel just happened on Tuesday, Oct. 17, pitting America and Japan against each other in a Twitch-livestreamed battle for the ages.

Representing the United States, two epic robots from MegaBots Inc., founded by Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti. Representing Japan, pilot Kogoro Kurata from Suidobashi Heavy Industry. The challenge was issued two years ago, on one condition: Japan wanted to fight hand-to-hand combat. Oh. Man. Challenge accepted. Read more…

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Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

 Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the… Read More

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Judah Vs. The Machines: Blindfolded against a Berkeley robot overlord

 In this episode of Judah Vs. The Machines, Judah visits UC Berkeley’s Robot Learning Lab to meet Brett, a robot still in testing that was designed to learn like a human. Brett’s creators hope that he could some day take on menial human tasks with the ability to adapt and learn new ways of accomplishing a goal, something that most other robots are incapable of doing. In the field… Read More

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Judah Vs. The Machines: In which a robot services a hotel room

 Robots remain a rare sight outside of labs in most of the world, but in Silicon Valley, they have already started taking on service jobs. In this episode of Judah Vs. The Machines, Judah visits the Crowne Plaza hotel in San Jose to check out Relay, a hotel service robot that can autonomously bring guests food and other necessities. After poking Relay’s creator, Steve Cousins about equal… Read More

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Judah Vs. The Machines: Robots are still laughably awful at playing soccer

 Robots may have the upper hand on math and science and pretty much everything else we learn using computers, but when it comes to athletics, no one can quite kick around a ball like a human can. In this installment of Judah vs the Machines, actor Judah Friedlander heads to the University of Miami to see how the school’s RoboCanes robotic soccer team fares in a challenge against his… Read More

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RoboWaiter wants to make American restaurants great again with robots

 RoboWaiter’s crack team consisting  of a developer, designer and a robotics expert came together at last night’s Disrupt NY hackathon to create a faster, better, smarter waiter using IBM Watson and robots. Developer Sharon Yang came up with the idea last night before the event when her waiter took a while to take her order. Humans, she pointed out, are often busy and… Read More

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Abundant Robotics rakes in $10 million for apple harvesting robots

 GV (formerly Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million investment in Abundant Robotics, a company building apple-picking robots that could eventually be adapted to harvest other fruits. Joining GV in the round were BayWa AG and Tellus partners along with the company’s earlier backers Yamaha Motor Company, KPCB Edge and Comet Labs. Abundant Robotics Chief Executive and cofounder Dan… Read More

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Softbank makes it easier to customize Pepper the robot’s greeting skills

 Until now, Pepper the robot has required programming knowledge to control, a fact that’s proven a pain point toward wider adoption (well, that and the fact that it hasn’t started shipping widely here in the US). This morning, the company debuted Promoter, a browser-based solution that lets anyone customize the robot’s movements – albeit within a fairly limited scope.… Read More