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Automation – Robots and Advanced Technology Has Streamlined Business Processes – EnterpriseTalk

automation – robots and advanced technology has streamlined business processes – enterprisetalk

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Workers have started feeling comfortable around robots due to the ease of workflow. In the era of automation, robots at workplaces are nothing extraordinary, and more are on their way!
 B2B enterprises are increasingly switching to automation and upgrading their strategic plans involving robotic applications. Nearly 76% of workers at the newly automated enterprises confirmed that advanced technology had benefited them at work. The third annual national study by MindEdge/Skye Learning, titled “The Future of Work 2020: Preparing for Robot Colleagues” confirmed that too. In fact, about 32% of workers say artificial intelligence (AI), robot workers, and analytics have been implemented in their workplaces past year.
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Simply put, it is just the beginning of the robotic era at work, and it will continue to rise in the coming years. This phenomenon has been termed as ‘Robomageddon’. With the worldwide crisis amid the COVID-19, more businesses are aiming for an automated workflow to keep their operations up and running. According to MindEdge/Skye Learning’s Director of Communications and Research, Frank Connolly, as stated to have said, “Continuing to advance and upskill human knowledge through continuous learning is a key tool to reinforce employee …

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IDTechEx Research – Agricultural Robots and AI: A Question of When and Not If

idtechex research – agricultural robots and ai: a question of when and not if

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The IDTechEx assessment is that the upcoming changes are already a question of when and not if. The transformation will not be overnight, but nonetheless, robotics and AI are inevitability in the evolution of agricultural tools and practises. The scale of the potential is demonstrated in the chart below, which shows the forecasted long-term growth in annual unit sales (vs accumulated fleet size) of various autonomous and/or robotic solutions.

In this article, IDTechEx Research provides an overview of the key product categories and discusses underlying technologies which are driving this change. For each, we offer our insights about the current and future technical and adoption status. IDTechEx Research has been examining the technologies, applications, products, and players active in agricultural robotics and AI for the past five years. The article is based on the IDTechEx report “Agricultural Robots, Drones, and AI: 2020-2040: Technologies, Markets, and Players”, which covers the latest developments and reflects our latest insights, analysis, and market projections.
Indeed, this report analyses all the emerging product types, including autonomous robots taking plant-specific precision action, intelligent vision-enabled robotic implements, diverse robotic fresh fruit harvesters, highly automated and autonomous tractors and high-power farm vehicles, drones, automatic milking, and so …

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New Software Developed to Improve Robotic Prosthetics

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Anthony is the co-founder and COO of Dexai Robotics, a startup that automates activities in commercial kitchens using flexible robot arms. Prior to Dexai, Anthony worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on growth strategies. Anthony holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys chasing soccer balls and exploring sunken sea treasures.What is it that attracted you to robotics initially?I’m amazed by our ability, as humans, to develop “complex tools” out of simple components to improve our standard of living. At the same time, we’re living in a period during which many enabling technologies are being improved by an order of magnitude. Just look back at the past two decades: collaborative robots were created and became affordable for commercial applications, control theory advanced substantially, computer vision is arguably at the super human level, machine learning is enabling very rapid decision making, and the internet infrastructure improved enough to connect all of this together. Right now is really the most exciting time for robotics; for the first time in history, robot …

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Programming uncertainty into AI can improve safety of robotic prosthetics

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Programming for uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as incorporating ‘computer vision’, can improve the safety of robotic prosthetics for users.
Walking on different types of terrain can be an issue for those using prosthetics. Now, a new software has been developed by engineers at the North Carolina State University which can help people who use either robotic exoskeletons or robotic prosthetics to walk much safer, as well as allowing for a more natural walk.
This is possible due to the incorporation of computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and the AI accounting for uncertainty on terrains.
Safety of robotic prosthetics
Depending on the terrain users are walking on, lower limb robotic prosthetics will act differently, but problems can be encountered when uncertainties are introduced – sometimes causing the robotic limbs to default into ‘safe mode’.
Taking into account six different terrains, Edgar Lobaton, co-author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, said: “The framework we’ve created allows the AI in robotic prostheses to predict the type of terrain users will be stepping on, quantify the uncertainties associated with that prediction, and then incorporate …

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AI lets robotic prosthetics ‘see’ uncertain terrain – Futurity

ai lets robotic prosthetics ‘see’ uncertain terrain – futurity

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New software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain, researchers report.
The new framework incorporates computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and includes robust artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that allow the software to better account for uncertainty.
“Lower-limb robotic prosthetics need to execute different behaviors based on the terrain users are walking on,” says Edgar Lobaton, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University and coauthor of the paper in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.
“The framework we’ve created allows the AI in robotic prostheses to predict the type of terrain users will be stepping on, quantify the uncertainties associated with that prediction, and then incorporate that uncertainty into its decision-making.”
Imaging devices and environmental context. (a) On-glasses camera configuration using a Tobii Pro Glasses 2 eye tracker. (b) Lower limb data acquisition device with a camera and an IMU chip. (c) and (d) Example frames from the cameras for the two data acquisition configurations. (e) and (f) …

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Dishcraft Robotics is using robots to save reopening restaurants from creating more waste

dishcraft robotics is using robots to save reopening restaurants from creating more waste

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Dishcraft Robotics has a simple pitch to corporate kitchens and restaurants that could potentially save tons of single use plastic, non-compostable takeout containers, dishware and cutlery from ending up landfills.
Use its cleaning service that will drop off all the clean, reusable dishware and cutlery a restaurant or corporate kitchen could possibly need in the morning and pick up all the dirty dishes, cups and silverware that the foodservice location uses throughout the day.
“In this model we take care of the collection and cleaning of dishes,” said Linda Pouliot, the company’s founder and chief executive officer.
That’s the offer. Behind the scenes the company will use its compliment of robots that can clean up 10,000 pieces of dishware or cutlery to quickly and efficiently clean up the mess.
The restaurants, Pouliot says, have more inventory than they could possibly need — even as Dishcraft only runs one drop-off and pick up service throughout the day at corporate offices.
The company has just announced a $20 million round of funding that will expand its service beyond the corporate kitchen and into communities that are worried about the waste produced by the explosion in takeout that’s occurred as a result of …

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Global Robotic Sensors Market 2020- Technologies, Global Markets and Key Players Including Advanced Microsensors Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Cyberoptics Corp. and Electro-Sensors Inc

global robotic sensors market 2020- technologies, global markets and key players including advanced microsensors inc., bosch sensortec gmbh, cyberoptics corp. and electro-sensors inc

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DUBLIN, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Sensors for Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering
This report sizes the market by technology, including sensors within the vision, touch, hearing, and movement segments. The top seven application areas are sized, forecast, and discussed in-depth. These include agriculture, appliances, automotive, healthcare, industrial, logistics, and military. In addition, the overall market and each application area are assessed on a worldwide and regional basis, including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. This report considers the economic slowdown caused by lockdown across the world owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, the report presents an analysis of the competitive dynamics of sensors for the robotics market, including critical success factors such as research and development capability, installed base, branding, and ecosystem influence and partnerships. The report provides profiles of the manufacturers of sensors for robotics.
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A descriptive overview of the global market for sensors for robotics technologies
Analyses of the global market trends, with substantial market analysis data from 2019, estimates for 2020, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for a five-year forecast through 2025
Discussion of underlying factors driving the industry …

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South Korean coffee shop utilizes robotic baristas to maintain social distancing etiquette

south korean coffee shop utilizes robotic baristas to maintain social distancing etiquette

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Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Sure, it can make and serve coffee, but can it horribly misspell our names, too?A café in South Korea is reportedly utilizing robotic baristas to whip up its coffee drinks and serve them to customers, in the hopes of reducing the amount of human interaction between patrons and employees.
The café’s operation utilizes both a coffee-making “arm” and a mobile serving robot, which together can make a distribute 60 different types of drinks.
(Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)CAFE OWNER DRAPES ENTIRE SHOP IN CLEAR SHOWER CURTAINS: ‘DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO’The technology behind the robots was developed by a firm called Vision Semicon along with a state-run science institute, Reuters reported.“Our system needs no input from people from order to delivery, and tables were sparsely arranged to ensure smooth movements of the robots, which fits with the current ‘untact’ and distancing campaign,” said Lee Dong-bae, the director of research at Vision Semicon, per Reuters.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERThe café’s operation utilizes both a coffee-making “arm” and a mobile serving robot, which together can make and …

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Observations of robotic swarm behavior can help workers safely navigate disaster sites

observations of robotic swarm behavior can help workers safely navigate disaster sites

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Using biologically inspired robotic swarms consisting of large groups of robots that have been programmed to operate cooperatively, much like individuals in an ant or bee colony, scientists from the University of Colorado demonstrate that the locally observed distribution of robots can be correlated to the location of environmental features, such as exits in office-like environments. The study’s findings were published in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica.

According to Megan Emmons from Colorado State University, U.S., this is an important study to establish the feasibility of using local observations of a swarm’s distribution—observing how individual robots in a swarm cluster together in certain areas—to infer global environmental features such as building exits. “There is a wide variety of potential real-world applications once the proposed approach is developed further but the focus of our work is to assist rescue workers in navigating disaster sites safely and robustly,” said Emmons.
Individual robots within a swarm are programmed with simplistic individual behaviors, lack the ability to communicate, relying solely on random motion to explore their surroundings. But as they interact with the environment and other robots in the swarm, more complex swarm behaviors start to emerge—a phenomenon known …

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