RoboDeck Simplifies Costly Home Deck Maintenance

Home maintenance is a huge market, and there’s no end of products that cater to homeowners. As technology has improved, home automation products and smart devices have begun emerging. These devices do everything from start an oven to operate home security. Fortune Business Insights estimates that the home automation market, also called domotics, will grow …

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US Navy Fifth Fleet Task Force Will Test Unmanned Ships and Systems

U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 59 will stand up on Thursday and be the second testing outfit for the Navy’s unmanned ships following Surface Development Squadron One (SURFDEVRON) establishment in 2019. They will expand the operational use of unmanned platforms in the region and experiment with their concept of operations. This will not just be …

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Making Affordable Robots From iRobot Founder

Rodney Brooks is a co-founder of iRobots and has started other robot companies. Lex Friedman interviewed Rodney about how to make popular robots. iRobot Roomba came out in 2002 and has been the only high volume robot if hobbyist and enterprise drones are excluded. Rodney thinks the Baxter Robot could have had more success if …

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Jogging and Delivery Robots

The OSU Dynamic Robotics Laboratory’s research team, led by Agility Robotics’ Jonathan Hurst, combined expertise from biomechanics and robot controls with new machine learning tools to accomplish something new: train a bipedal robot to run a full 5K on a single battery charge. This was an industry-first. Cassie (2017-2019) was the previous robot of Agility …

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Tesla Bot Goal to Automate Labor

Elon Musk and Tesla revealed the vision for a general-purpose humanoid robot. They would start with the most boring, repetitive and dangerous work. The work humans least like to do. What is dangerous work? Installing solar power onto buildings is dangerous. Roofing is considered the fourth most dangerous job in the United States. Some of …

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Baidu Pushing to Expand Robotaxi to 30 Chinese cities by 2023-2024

Baidu plans to expand its robotaxi ride-hailing services across 30 cities in China in two to three years to serve a wider range of users. Robin Li, founder of Baidu, said at the 2021 ABC Summit. Currently, there are about 500 test vehicles in the Baidu Apollo self driving program and they are the first …

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Ark Estimates $11–12 Trillion Robotaxi Market in 2030

ARK estimates that autonomous driving could reduce the cost of ride-hail significantly, expanding the addressable market. Today, the average price of an Uber is $2 per mile, while Didi is $0.50-$.70 per mile. We estimate that autonomous ride-hail vehicles will have higher utilization rates than human-driven cars, as well as lower labor and insurance costs. …

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