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Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness

robotic pets used to remedy loneliness

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Posted: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT
/ Updated: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT

Officials in Alabama may have come up with a solution to ease the feeling of loneliness during the pandemic.

The solution is pets. Now these special, furry pals contain sensors that allow them to respond to presence and touch.

Some of these pets have been spending time with seniors in Alabama and according to research, it made a huge difference.

The study is ongoing, but 70 percent of seniors’ emotions improved after cuddling with pets.

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This Case Gives Your Phone Robotic Legs So It Can Crawl to a Wireless Charging Pad

this case gives your phone robotic legs so it can crawl to a wireless charging pad

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Gif: SNU BioRobotics Lab/YouTubeBy now our brains are all wired with smartphone battery anxiety, and panic starts to set in when power drops below 50%. In one of the more bizarre ways to keep those stresses at bay, a team of researchers have developed a new smartphone case with a set of tiny robotic legs that allow a phone to crawl to a wireless charging pad whenever it’s set down on your desk.AdvertisementRobotics researchers from the Biorobotics Laboratory at Seoul National University adapted an existing crawling robot to create the CaseCrawler. Like the battery cases from companies like Mophie, the CaseCrawler adds a bit of bulk to your smartphone—about 16 millimeters on the end that houses the prototype’s electric motor.[embedded content]If ever put into production, the case could definitely be streamlined and further miniaturized, but 16 millimeters is still impressive given the CaseCrawler features a set of retractable legs with a one-way bending knee so that when they move in one direction, they push against the ground and propel the robot forward. When moving in the opposite direction, they collapse and act passively so as not to impede the bot’s forward locomotion. The case can …

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Robotic Clinicians for Taking Nasal Swabs During Covid Pandemic |

robotic clinicians for taking nasal swabs during covid pandemic |

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A cornerstone of the world’s response to Covid-19 has been mass testing of as many people as possible for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The very act of taking a nasal swab can put a clinician performing it, or one nearby instructing the patient on how to do it, at risk. Now, a new robot has been unveiled by Brain Navi, a Taiwanese firm, that performs nasal swabs all on its own. It may make it possible to expand testing for the virus that causes Covid-19, while preventing its possible spread at the testing site.

The Nasal Swab Robot was unveiled at the Bio Asia Taiwan 2020 exhibition where Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president, got to see it demonstrated. The device uses facial recognition techniques to locate the nostrils and deliver the swab inside. Everything that occurs after the patient is situated in a head-holder is essentially automatic, with the sample ending up in a closed container safe for handling.

This new device is based on some of the capabilities of Brain Navi’s NaoTrac neurosurgical navigation robot, which has already been used in over a dozen clinical cases at Taiwan’s Hualien Tzu-Chi Medical Center. We recently covered a similar system …

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Inspection Robots Market Analysis Highlights the Impact of COVID-19 (2020-2024) | Benefits of Robotic Inspection to Boost the Market Growth | Technavio

inspection robots market analysis highlights the impact of covid-19 (2020-2024) | benefits of robotic inspection to boost the market growth | technavio

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The Global Inspection Robots Market will grow by USD 3.72 bn during 2020-2024

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FedEx is now using industrial robotic arms to sort delivery packages

fedex is now using industrial robotic arms to sort delivery packages

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to stay at home so that many economic activities that use human labor have to be stopped temporarily. The use of robots in production and service activities is now being looked at as an alternative solution during the new normalization period by most of the world’s largest companies. One of them is FedEx, an American multinational delivery services company.The logistics giant FedEx has begun using robots to sort delivery packages. In March 2020, the company installed four robotic arms from Yaskawa America and Plus One to robotic sorting the large number of delivery packages that pass through its Memphis facility.The robotic system performs a task that involves picking up parcels or envelopes from a tray and placing them on a conveyor. Automation in a sorting facility in a warehouse has proved very difficult in the past. But, thanks to the advances in camera systems and their associated artificial intelligence, this highly monotonous task can now be done by a robot.FedEx said several members of its Small Package Sort System team, who previously handled sorting themselves, are now serving as supervisors for new robotic employees. Although the robotic system performs each …

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Mobile Robots Propel Research with Automated Robotic Lab Assistants

mobile robots propel research with automated robotic lab assistants

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Tasks in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and biomedical industries have always been time-consuming and complex. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, these undertakings will only grow in complexity. To ensure speed, accuracy and mitigate the infectivity stress among the humans, robots are called upon to meet the ever-increasing range of workflows in today’s research and development laboratories.
Laboratory automation, drug discovery and pharmaceutical manufacturing are emerging fields where the services of robots are leveraged for research and development. Robotic lab assistants help researchers and scientists focus on high-level tasks like the analysis of potential therapeutic compounds rather than mundanely mixing compounds to determine their curative characteristics.

Mobile Robot Scientists in the Labs
Automation has found its way into life sciences in applications that range from cell culture to new drug discovery. Robots perform a wide range of chores in life sciences, pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. They are used by clinical laboratories to assist in a wide range of tasks such as handling test tubes and flasks, sorting test tubes for the drug discovery processes. Mobile robotics are finding their way into intra-departmental and inter-departmental use, providing an on-demand and scheduled transport of laboratory specimens and pharmaceuticals.

Robotic Lab …

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Stafford summer camp gives teens hands-on lessons in drones, robots and cybersecurity

stafford summer camp gives teens hands-on lessons in drones, robots and cybersecurity

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Cyber Bytes Foundation Director of Operations Joel Scharlat (center) watches summer campers Luke Schroeder and Alejandra Gibbs work out a programming issue during a robot competition at the organization’s offices in Stafford County on Friday, July 31, 2020.
























Blythe Sheppard attempts to fly a drone through a obstacle course during the Cyber Bytes Foundation’s summer camp for teens at the organization’s offices in Stafford County on Friday, July 31, 2020.
























Alejandra Gibbs (left) hopes her programming skills are on par after releasing her robot during the Cyber Bytes Foundation’s summer camp for teens at the organization’s offices in Stafford County on Friday, July 31, 2020. A robot and drone flying competition wrapped up the week long camp.
























A robot veers off course during the Cyber Bytes Foundation’s summer camp for teens at the organization’s offices in Stafford County on Friday, July 31, 2020. The week long camp wrapped up with a robot programming and drone flying competition.




Blythe Sheppard knelt behind a strip of blue tape, placed her small robotic car on the carpet and let it chug through a grid laid out on the floor.It went straight, turned right and then went slightly wide of the square of tape where she’d programmed …

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Lifelike robotic pets used to help isolated seniors avoid loneliness

lifelike robotic pets used to help isolated seniors avoid loneliness

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For some, limiting the spread of coronavirus has meant long periods of isolation. And for older adults — who are among the most vulnerable to the illness — that social distancing has come at a particular cost.

The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases reported and more than 163,000 deaths. With visits to nursing homes still restricted in several states, some agencies for the elderly are implementing creative ways to fight the loneliness resulting from a lack of social contact.

“Pretty,” was the word an Alabama senior used to describe the lifelike robotic companion pet she received from a new pilot project administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It was the first word she had said in a long time, according to department Commissioner Jean Brown.

The Alabama agency, along with several other state agencies managing programs for seniors in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, have partnered with robotic pet manufacturer Ageless Innovation to combat loneliness and provide comfort and companionship for isolated seniors.

With insight into the growing epidemic of loneliness and need for interactive play amongst older adults, the company developed their line of Joy for All Companion Pets  …

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Robotic pets are helping seniors avoid loneliness

robotic pets are helping seniors avoid loneliness

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The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases reported and more than 163,000 deaths. With visits to nursing homes still restricted in several states, some agencies for the elderly are implementing creative ways to fight the loneliness resulting from a lack of social contact.”Pretty,” was the word an Alabama senior used to describe the lifelike robotic companion pet she received from a new pilot project administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It was the first word she had said in a long time, according to department Commissioner Jean Brown. The Alabama agency, along with several other state agencies managing programs for seniors in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, have partnered with robotic pet manufacturer Ageless Innovation to combat loneliness and provide comfort and companionship for isolated seniors. With insight into the growing epidemic of loneliness and need for interactive play amongst older adults, the company developed their line of Joy for All Companion Pets to feel, look and sound like real pets, Ageless Innovation’s CEO Ted Fischer told CNN. “We have technology inside that product that allows you to respond to touch and sound and light in different ways. …

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Robot Barista Makes Coffee Drinks at Robo Esso

robot barista makes coffee drinks at robo esso

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Imagine a future in which a disembodied metallic arm pulls your espresso shot, steams the milk, pours in just the right amount of vanilla syrup and hands you a perfect latte. That future is now.In 2017, Matthew Jones and his wife, Gina, opened Buffawhale Coffee in Black Hawk. But the challenges they faced in operating the business — namely employee turnover and the high rent — led them to sell the coffee shop last November. So Jones turned to an idea that would solve both problems: automation.Robo Esso is the result of Jones’s pursuit of the creation of a robot barista. “I thought, if I don’t automate, I’m going to watch my competitors automate — so I started to study and learn,” he explains. Jones was already roasting all the coffee beans at Buffawhale but had no experience in robotics.

The Universal Robot UR5E gets barista training in the Robo Esso lab.
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“Once COVID hit, the wholesale business just stopped immediately, because the hotels and restaurants we worked with closed,” Jones explains. “That’s when my time went all-in directly on the robot.” What started as a “one-day” idea suddenly had some immediacy as a viable business model. …

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