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Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

/ May 11, 2018

Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and features a design that will lower the price significantly. The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics — which ...

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

/ May 10, 2018

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: whether and how to alert people who may not know they are talking to a robot. Tuesday, Google showed off a computer assistant that makes convincingly human-sounding phone calls, at least in its prerecorded demonstration. But the real people ...

Sales of Sony's new Aibo robot dog off to solid start

/ May 7, 2018

Sales of Sony's new Aibo robot dog off to solid start

Sales of Sony Corp.'s new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog are off to a solid start in Japan, with the electronics giant saying that 11,111 units were sold in the three months since its release in January. Sony said Monday that the new Aibo — ...

In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral

May 1, 2018

In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral

by Miwa Suzuki

The robot dogs lined up in their dozens last Thursday in Chiba Prefecture were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being honored with their own traditional "funeral." In some respects, it was a funeral like any other in Japan, with incense smoke ...

SoftBank-led trio develop robot that can transform into car

/ Apr 26, 2018

SoftBank-led trio develop robot that can transform into car

A SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary and two other firms have developed a prototype of a two-seat humanoid robot that can transform into a car for use in amusement parks, the companies said Thursday. Invoking the heroes from the "Transformers" movies, the experimental J-deite Ride can ...