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New Robot Applications Get Spotlight at iRex 2017

New Robot Applications Get Spotlight at iRex 2017

Our columnist brings his international perspective to the latest robot applications shown at iRex 2017 in Tokyo. Machine learning, service robots, and Society 5.0 all have implications for automation beyond Japan.

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Names Top 2 Entries So Far

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Names Top 2 Entries So Far

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE has named has named the top 10 and top two teams so far in its four-year competition, which is intended to encourage R&D to apply artificial intelligence to social problems.

German Automation Becomes Tool for Soft Power

German Automation Becomes Tool for Soft Power

German automation is a means of extending the country's international influence, not just economically, but also culturally. Trade shows, robot sports, and reshoring are all part of a national strategy.

Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place

Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place

The Rudy assistive robot from INF Robotics wants to help the elderly, war veterans and people with disabilities age in place. Rudy will cost $5,000 when it hits the market in 2017, but the company hopes to get reimbursement through...

Elmo Coding Robot Introduces Kids to STEM

Elmo Coding Robot Introduces Kids to STEM

WowWee Robotics and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, are co-developing the Elmoji Coding Robot. Designed for children three years and older, Elmoji teaches children basic programming skills using the "language" of visual emojis.