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Google Assistant Making Phone Calls

This video from Google’s I/O 2018 developer conference shows off how far the AI voice assistant has come. The AI piece is impressive and works well in these samples, but I am more impressed with the realistic voice and speak disfluencies. Have a listen after the break and prepare to have your mind blown. (more…)

Trailer Valet RVR Airstream

Imagine never having to back up your RV trailer (or any trailer up to 9,000-pounds for that matter) again. Some people make quick work of it while others can’t back a trailer to save their lives. The Trailer Valet RVR makes backing trailers a snap. This robotic tank track RV parking machine is basically a remote control tank with a ball-hitch for your trailers. It has four planetary gear motors, caterpillar treads, 360-degrees of motion, and can traverse most surfaces. More picture sand video after the break. (more…)

Toyota CUE Basketball Shooting Robot 1

When not making cars the engineers at Toyota like to play with robotics. The latest robot to come out of the Toyota Engineering Society is a humanoid robot that has one function, sinking free throw shots on basketball court. The robot is named CUE and it uses artificial intelligence to learn from real players. Video of this basketball shooting robot after the break.

Toyota CUE Basketball Shooting Robot 2

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Watch out DJI, there is a new kid on the block. The new kid is Skydio and their autonomous flying camera is the R1 ($2,500). The Skydio R1 flies all by itself with no remote control. It is powered by an Nvidia Jetson AI chip, has 12 navigation cameras for obstacle avoidance, and a main 4k camera for tracking a target. the body is made of carbon fiber and aluminum. One of the best parts is that it is built in California. More pictures and video of the Skydio R1 after the break. ...

Boston Dynamics Spot Mini Robot

This Boston Dynamics robotic dog creature is the stuff of nightmares. This version, the Spot Mini, is smaller, quiter, and works with other devil robot dogs to solve problems. In other words I will be having nightmares for quite a while.

The End Is Near

Watch the video and be prepared to becreeped out. The end is near. Video of the Boston Dynamics Spot Mini after the break.

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I have always been a sucker for just about any RC vehicle from planes, helicopter, cars, and boats. The Rover Land & Sea ($99) checks two boxes as it can go on land and in the water. This amphibious rc has a camera that can rotate, headlights, and underwater LED’s.    ...

Plowing snow = not fun. This all electric robotic radio controlled snow plow can tackle most trains and push some serious volume. It is called the ATR-Orbiter and might just make the chore of snow plowing fun. Video of the RC snow plow after the break. ...

SpotMini

The ever creepy Boston Dynamics robots continue to evolve. Their latest 24-second video shows off the SpotMini Robot. Video of this robotic nightmare after the break. (more…)

Drones, and DJI specifically, have come a long way in the last few years. Flight distances, telemetry, obstacle avoidance, silky smooth gimbals, high quality cameras, and size reduction are just a few of the areas that have improved massively. DJI has just addressed two more issues in an effort to perfect the quadcopter with their latest DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The Mavic Pro Platinum has an 11% gain in flight time (30 minutes) and a 60% reduction in noise (4dB less). The Mavic Pro Platinum is already for pre-sale at $1,099, a $100 increase...

Panasonic_Robotic_Refrigerator

Panasonic envisions a future where the refrigerator will come to you when you call it over. “Bring me a cold beer”… and along comes the Panasonic robotic fridge. Originally intended for folks with mobility issues, I imagine this will quickly land in lazy peoples homes as well.