Segway’s first robot launches to developer partners

Segway’s first robot launches to developer partners

 Segway’s doing moving along with its plan to develop its robotics capability, with the launch of its developer edition Loomo robot, the first robot it created and demoed last year at CES. The robot combines a domestic bot with a Segway personal transport, tackling last-mile transportation as well as addressing a host of other in- and around-home uses. Loomo has autonomous capabilities… Read More

This open source robot can grow any plant in your backyard

This open source robot can grow any plant in your backyard


Many people of today’s generation don’t know where their food comes from, nor how it’s produced. This presents many health problems in today’s society. Farmbot Genesis is a project to alleviate such concerns. It is an open source robot which enables users to grow food for themselves — minus the labor.

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This robot lawyer has already appealed over $4 million in parking tickets

This robot lawyer has already appealed over $4 million in parking tickets

AI chatbots have garnered a great deal of buzz ever since Facebook brought them to its Messenger platform earlier this year. Some analysts are already claiming that these bots are going to be the next big thing in the industry, but other than a select few diamonds in the rough, we haven’t seen many that have impressed us.
DoNotPay is one of those diamonds.

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According to the bot’s official site, DoNotPay is “The World’s First Robot Lawyer.” Citizens who believe they have received an unfair parking ticket or want to be compensated for a flight delay can simply start a conversation with the bot and see what action they need to take in order to generate an appeal.
Speaking with Andrew Keen for TechCrunch’s INNOVATE 2016 Series, DoNotPay creator Joshua Browder said that the bot had helped users appeal over $4 million in parking tickets in just a few months. Browder also told VentureBeat that 160,000 of the 250,000 tickets that have been challenged were overturned.
“I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society,” Browder told VentureBeat. “These people aren’t looking to break the law. I think they’re being exploited as a revenue source by the local government.”
The chatbot is currently available to users in New York and the United Kingdom, but Browder wants to expand to Seattle by fall of this year.
“I feel like there’s a gold mine of opportunities because so many services and information could be automated using AI, and bots are a perfect way to do that, and it’s disappointing at the moment that it’s mainly used for commerce transactions by ordering flowers and pizzas,” he said.

Walmart is developing a shopping cart robot

Walmart is developing a shopping cart robot

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Walmart will be partnering with Five Elements Robotics to develop a robotic shopping cart, according to Geek.

While neither company has discussed the partnership specifically, Five Elements manufactures Budgee, a personal robot that follows its owner around and has a large storage area for shopping.

Reports indicate that the robot Walmart and Five Elements develops will be able to help customers locate items on their shopping lists, make purchasing suggestions, and carry their goods throughout the store.

Retailers are increasingly making use of robots as wages continue to rise, both for in-store and out-of-store operations. Amazon acquired the robotics maker Kiva to use its robots in its warehouses, which saved the company $286 million last year in fulfillment center costs, according to Deutsche Bank estimates.

Meanwhile, Best Buy has deployed Chloe, a robot that can fetch goods at customer request, and Lowe’s is working on OSHbot, a customer service robot that speaks multiple languages and helps shoppers find items.

The IoT Revolution is picking up speed and when it does, it will change how we live, work, travel, entertain, and more.

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Imagine “smart mirrors” that allow you to digitally try on clothes. Assembly line sensors that can detect even the smallest decrease in efficiency and determine when crucial equipment needs to be repaired or replaced. GPS-guided agricultural equipment that can plant, fertilize, and harvest crops. Fitness trackers that allow users to transmit data to their doctors.

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