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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

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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

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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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Opinion: Robots are proving themselves now more than ever

opinion: robots are proving themselves now more than ever

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Opinion: Robots are proving themselves now more than ever

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Japanese government to develop common standards for robots in workplaces

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Beyond The Concept: The Role Robotics Plays in the Future of Manufacturing | MarketScale

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Promoted Content It may not be Rosie from the Jetsons, but robots are certainly here to stay in American life. It just turns out robots are a lot better at manufacturing than they are around the house.Advances in robotics in recent years are changing the manufacturing industry, said Eric Potter, Director of Engineering at FANUC America.“When you look at the technology of vision and tactical feedback with force sensors or torque sensors and machine learning and things like that to start out, being able to apply those technologies in a way that helps manufacturing is a pretty big movement that’s going on right now,” Potter said. “Allowing the machines to see and to feel and to learn from previous cycles is really making robotics and automation a lot more capable and easier to use than in the previous days.”One of the big keys is collaborative robots like FANUC’s all-new CRX series. With robots like the ones produced by FANUC, integrating robots no longer requires an enormous overhaul of a workspace, as solutions are able to work alongside their human counterparts safely for a more efficient and profitable result, said Evan Gonnerman, Controls Engineer at Concept …

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The Robots Are Here to Stay: How Automation is Affecting Global Business

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The Robots Are Here to Stay: How Automation is Affecting Global Business

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