Technology See MIT's Mini Cheetah backflipping robots play a mean game of soccer
Starship's delivery robots now serve Purdue University
Starship's delivery robots have reached their largest school campus yet. Purdue students at the university's West Lafayette campus now have the option of ordering robot-delivered food that should arrive in "minutes." As at other schools, deliveries carry a flat $2 fee and work in tandem with your student meal plan. If you're too busy studying to traipse across the university grounds and don't want to spend much more than you're already paying for food, your solution might be at hand. The bot maker is in the early stages of an expansion that will have thousands of machines serving campuses within the next two years.
When autumn hits and leaves are on the ground, it's fun to take your dog outside to play. And that includes robot dogs of course.
MIT'sposted a this week showing off the skills of its -- lightweight and quadruped the university has been developing for awhile now. The video shows the dog-like robots hopping up and down, doing backflips and even playing soccer. The new footage almost makes the robots look like they're having fun.
You might be talking to robots at McDonald's drive thrus soon
The fast-food restaurant is adding artificial intelligence to its ordering process.
Each Mini Cheetah .(9 kilograms), is powered by 12 electrical motors and can reach speeds of around 5 mph (2.2 meters per second). Earlier in the year, MIT showed off the Mini Cheetah robot's
While these robots are fun to watch, they do have a rather eerie side. But not to fear, they aren't exactly -level dangerous.
"Twenty pounds is not too small but not so big that it's dangerous or fragile," Director of MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Labin March.
If you enjoy watching Mini Cheetah's robots frolic together outside, Kim has hinted he wants test the robots further with an obstacle course.
Is the iPad Mini a great choice for a small tablet?
Yesterday's Apple event didn't cover any updates to its iPad Mini -- which makes sense given that the 2019 iPad Mini was just released back in March. When senior editor Chris Velazco reviewed the most recent model, it had been three years since the last iteration of the tablet. The improvements that Chris most appreciated about the new iPad Mini were the improved display, solid battery life and Apple Pencil support; the parts he was less thrilled about were the recycled design, slow 12W charger and "unexciting" cameras. Overall, Chris gave the 2019 iPad Mini a solid score of 85, saying it was still "the best small tablet" available.
"Eventually, I'm hoping we could have a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini cheetah with different algorithms, and we can see which strategy is more effective,". "That's how you accelerate research."
VIDEO - A family fails to be attacked by cheetahs in the Netherlands
A family, presented as French, took unwise risks, while visiting a wildlife park in the Netherlands. The video has already been viewed millions of times on YouTube.
The video is cold in the back, but the drama was narrowly avoided. A family of tourists was chased bycheetahs after leaving their vehicle in the middle of the cats in a animal park, as shown by a video posted on YouTube on Friday, viewed by millions of Internet users.
A French family. On the images, taken Monday in the animal park of Beekse Bergen, in the south of the country, a family, identified as French by the Dutch media, out of his car to admire the cheetahs closer. Seeming to ignore the concept of safari, where animals live in semi-freedom and are approached through a car circuit, the family approaches a few tens of meters felines.
"We almost watched the tearing up of an entire family." The scene was filmed by Robin de Graaf, 24, still "very shocked" by the events. "We almost saw the tearing up of an entire family," he told Dutch public television NOS. He and his mother have "tried to make signs to them to go back in the car, but in vain," said the young man. His video was viewed more than 2.5 million times on Friday.
No injuries. "Robin films the cheetahs lying quietly under the trees when a French car comes behind us," says the mother of the young Dutch on his Facebook account. "They had food and drink in their arms to do a picnic," said Sylvia de Graaf, still "trembling" with emotion. Remained marble at first, cheetahs launch an attack. "After a few chilling moments," the family, consisting of a toddler and several adults, joined the car, "miraculously unscathed," she says.
Park staff "shocked". The images also "shocked" the park staff, who "deeply regret that the people concerned ignored the indications". "All along the route of the safari by car, the visitor is informed in several languages and with the help of very clear pictograms that he must always remain in the vehicle", specified his direction. The incident, "exceptional", fortunately ended well for the family and the animals, he added.
Yandex is testing autonomous delivery robots at its Moscow HQ .
Delivery robots from Amazon, Postmates and Starship are already in the wild, but they're not the only ones with self-driving couriers. Another tech giant, Yandex, is working on its own autonomous package carrier, called Yandex.Rover. Its self-driving division is trialing Yandex.Rovers (which are based on the same tech as the cars) at the company's Moscow headquarters. For now, they're carrying documents to a shuttle that connects Yandex offices throughout the city. The robot can plan its route, detect and bypass obstacles and give pedestrians and pets the right of way.Yandex.
Be very afraid … robots can now do backflips
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Computing the Future: Setting New Directions (Part 1)
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