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New robots from Baubot to aid in construction projects On April 16, Friday, 2021

The Printstones robot can transport heavy loads, lay bricks and even sand sheetrock. An arm tip has the ability to cut, drill, sand and also use a suction feature to elevate heavy rocks into the proper location. The machines are still in pre-production, but manufacturers expect each unit to take roughly six months to make. Baubot hopes these machines will replace human construction workers at potentially hazardous sites as well as considerably expedite the building process. In terms of pricing, the company has stated that cost will depend on the amount of engineering required in manufacturing.

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Robot learns to walk on it's own On April 14, Wednesday, 2021

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a two-legged robot that can teach itself to walk. The robot, named Cassie, uses reinforcement learning to learn. It learns by trying new movements and adding more information that leads to walking upright. Researchers plan to continue their work with reinforcement learning in robots to see how far they can go with it.

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Digital twin can protect physical systems and train new users On April 08, Thursday, 2021

A virtual environment based on human-robot interactions can mirror the physical set up of a welder and their project. The prototype has implications for evolving manufacturing systems and training novice welders. Sensors in the physical welding environment feedback data to the human. Researchers tracked the behavior of six welders with different experience levels in the digital twin system and found distinct patterns in the skilled and unskilled welders' operating behaviors and their work. The digital twin environment could, for example, provide a safe space for novice welder to practice techniques without the risk of dangerous or costly damages.

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Nothing to remain occluded from this MIT Robot On April 03, Saturday, 2021

MIT researchers have developed a robot that uses radio waves to sense occluded objects. The robot, called RF-Grasp, combines this powerful sensing with more traditional computer vision. The advance could one day streamline e-commerce fulfillment in warehouses or help a machine pluck a screwdriver from a jumbled toolkit. The research will be presented in May at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The lead author is Tara Boroushaki, a research assistant in the Signal Kinetics Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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Quadruped Robot automatically adapts to disorderly environments On March 19, Friday, 2021

Researchers in Norway and Australia have developed a robot that can learn to walk on grass. Recognised as Dyret which is Norwegian for "The Animal", it can adjust the length of its legs to adapt the body to the surface. The robot uses a camera to see how rough the terrain is, and sensors in the legs to feel how hard is the walking surface. Morphologically adaptive robots can operate in unpredictable environments and solve new tasks.

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Skoltech's Robot Analyzes Shoppers' Behavior On March 03, Wednesday, 2021

Intelligent Space Robotics Lab of Skoltech's proposed a unique method for customer behavior analytics and demand distribution based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The research was published in the International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV). Michelle, an autonomous robot was developed for Decathlon stores that helps reduce the number of RFID reading errors caused by human factor.

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3-D sensing robots as healthcare workers On March 01, Monday, 2021

Kim's research team at SFU, Surrey, Canada programmed two robots to measure human physiological signals. Robotic arm contains electrodes on the tip of each finger. Robot can measure heartbeat, respiration rate, breathing rate, temperature and oxygen levels. Data can be viewed in real-time on the robot's monitor or sent directly to the healthcare provider.

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