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Qihan Robot Provides Legal Services at Chinese Courthouse

Chinese courts are among the users for the latest Qihan robot, which is powered by IBM Watson. AI and robotics as a service are part of Qihan's Sanbot King Kong and Xiaofa offerings, which will also be on display at CES 2018.

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Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation....

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

With most of the world’s major cities held hostage to gridlock and taxpayer reluctance to finance large infrastructure projects, PRT systems represent an extremely enticing alternative. These small autonomous vehicles, sometimes described as pods, are designed to ride on their...

Qbo May Be Short, but Its Head Is in the Cloud

Qbo May Be Short, but Its Head Is in the Cloud

For robot entrepreneur Francisco Paz, a Campus Party held last July was all about pineapples, penguins, and the cloud. At the week-long technology fest in Valencia, Spain, Paz mounted the stage with his company’s flagship creation, the Qbo robot. Before...

Mint Does Floors

Mint Does Floors

Evolution Robotics eschews the label 'robot' but leverages its core robotics technologies to produce Mint, a simple, capable floor cleaner.

Does Robotics Increase STEM Interest?

Does Robotics Increase STEM Interest?

It is taken on faith that robotics promotes a greater interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on the part of young people. But does it? Anecdotally, the results are clear–robotics absolutely encourages STEM interest. For example, success stories...

Neato Robotics Joins Consumer Robotics Fray

Neato Robotics Joins Consumer Robotics Fray

Neato Robotics, a start-up based in Silicon Valley, recently emerged as a new player in the consumer robotics market. The company grew out of a Stanford University business plan competition entry in 2005, in which two students developed a concept...