A robot taught itself how to identify and manipulate objects autonomously

A robot taught itself how to identify and manipulate objects autonomously

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots that can autonomously identify and skill-fully manipulate objects without needing to be previously trained could revolutionise the robotics industry.   Human dexterity is an impressive skill that requires both our body’s fine motor skills and highly efficient visual acuity, and despite recent advances from...

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DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As we come to rely on robots and automated systems more in our daily lives their ability to accurately perceive our world is crucial.   If I showed you a single picture of a room it’s likely you’d be able to tell me about it...

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Ocado shows off the world’s most advanced automated warehouse

Ocado shows off the world’s most advanced automated warehouse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology and robotics get better it won’t be long before all warehouses are completely automated.   They call it “The Hive,” or “The Grid.” Or sometimes just: “The machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a small...

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Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers

Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change.   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately as...

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Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves

Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances like this one   Last week Locus Robotics unveiled a robotic navigation system that lets their LocusBots work more effectively together, and with humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN system,...

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Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to identifying and picking goods from warehouse bins and shelves, and that’s a problem if that’s your job.   Buried deep within a building in Somerville, Massachusetts, a robot arm spends all...

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