Self-folding 'Rollbot' changes its shape in response to heat
Soft robots have potential applications in everything from space exploration to health care, as they're able to change shape depending on the needs of their environment. Most soft robots need to be "tethered" though, meaning they need to be attached to a cable which supplies compressed air or instructions. Now, a team of scientists has come up with an untethered soft robot which is able to change its shape in response to heat. In a new paper in Science Robotics, a team from Caltech describe using sets of folds like origami to create a flexible soft robot.
Japanese airline ANA Holdings recently announced that it is developing a telepresence robot that could travel in place of those who are unable.
For those who are unable to travel due to age or disability, ANA Holdings is developing a telepresence robot which functions as a physical avatar that can travel on behalf of an individual.
Though this service has the potential to work with various types of bots, it has been undergoing testing with an original robot called "newme." This avatar is equipped with a full HD, 2K display which works as the traveler's face. Users will be able to interact with the robot's surroundings in high resolution. Optional and customizable body accessories would help users tailor their avatar's abilities to their travel desires.
According to the company, robotic avatars have the potential to "open up new possibilities and help reshape everything from business and education to healthcare and entertainment." The company even suggests that such a device could potentially help people find employment.
To offer a range of experiences, ANA Holdings has plans to collaborate and partner with companies and governments worldwide to make an international network for the newmes.
ANA Holdings' avatar program is slated to launch in April 2020 with 1,000 being deployed by the summer.
VIDEO - The Voice (TF1): Does Florent Pagny prepare for his return? He puts pressure on Julien Clerc!
Replaced by Julien Clerc in "The Voice", Florent Pagny gives him advice in a new teaser and insinuates that he could soon resume his chair!
Florent Pagny puts pressure on Julien Clerc in 's new! If he had hinted in December 2017 that he did not intend to find his red chair on TF1, the singer could have changed his mind ... In this teaser, the new coach visits the historic juror of the show which is the only one to have been present in the first seven seasons. The latter then decides to give him buzzer classes!
" You have to do it a little harder, be more focused (...) Respect the buzzer and the buzzer will respect you ", first advises Florent Pagny after leaving his chair to his successor. At the end of this unusual training session, the interpreter of Savoir Aimer concludes with a touch of humor that caught our attention and that of several Internet users. " So two things to finish, the first: the most important is the talents, the second: the chair is called 'Reviens'! ", he exclaims, causing the laughter of his colleague . Simple joke, or a return is it really considered?
Meet Julien Clerc, Soprano, Jenifer and Mikawhich will begin on Saturday, February 9 on TF1 at 21h.
Developers can now program the actions of Sony's robot dog Aibo .
Aibo, the robotic dog by Sony, recently received a software update that lets developers customize the pup's actions. For years, Sony has been developing robot dogs that have the capacity to emulate the behavior of real pups. Last year, the sixth generation of Aibo went on sale in the US complete not only with pooch mannerisms, but also with AI and cloud-connected technology. Since this launch, Aibo has become as much of a house watchdog as a companion thanks to software updates that take advantage of the device's cameras and sensors to send owners live reports of their house while they're away.