AWS launches Robomaker, a platform to test and deploy robotic applications

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) has launched AWS RoboMaker, a new cloud service for developers to develop, test, and deploy robotics applications, as well as build intelligent robotics functions using its cloud services.

For this services, AWS has chosen Robot Operating System (ROS) and integrated the same with its cloud environment as an AWS cloud service named RoboMaker. AWS integration of Robot Operating System (ROS) will help developers leverage other AWS’s cloud services such as machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services to enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend and learn.

RoboMaker essentially serves as a platform to help speed up the time-consuming robotics development process. Among the tools offered by the service are Amazon’s machine learning technologies and analytics that help create a simulation for real-world robotics development. The system can also be used to help manage fleet deployment for warehouse-style robotics designed to work in tandem. “AWS RoboMaker automatically provisions the underlying infrastructure and it downloads, compiles, and configures the operating system, development software, and ROS,” the company writes. “AWS RoboMaker’s robotics simulation makes it easy to set up large-scale and parallel simulations with pre-built worlds, such as indoor rooms, retail stores, and racing tracks, so developers can test their applications on-demand and run multiple simulations in parallel.

Robot delivery startups backers top list

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Following the data of at least eight companies in the robot delivery space with headquarters or operations in North America that have secured seed or early-stage funding in the past couple of years.

They range from heavily funded startups to lean seed-stage operations. Silicon Valley-based Nuro, an autonomous delivery startup founded by former engineers at Alphabet’s Waymo, is the most heavily funded, having raised $92 million to date. Others startups have raised a few million.

In the chart, we look at key players, ranked by funding to date, along with their locations and key investors.

Apex.ai: reliable, safe, and certified software for autonomous mobility

Apex.AI’s software stack is designed to easily integrate into existing systems and serve as the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System, an open-source software middleware for robotics.

n order to never fail, Apex.AI has built redundancies into the system to ensure single failures don’t result in system-wide failures.

“We go through every line of code and guarantee that safety-critical processes get the amount of compute time needed to execute,” Becker said.

Apex.AI is application agnostic, meaning this can be used in all autonomous systems — ranging from cars to drones to flying taxis.

AmazonBasics Microwave powered by Alexa

AmazonBasics Microwave simplifies cooking by letting you microwave using your voice and an Echo device. Just say, “Alexa, reheat one cup of coffee,” and Alexa will start reheating with the appropriate power and time settings. Quick-cook presets mean there’s no need to guess cook times or heat levels when you’re defrosting vegetables or microwaving a potato. Plus, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new presets.

Of course, this isn’t the first microwave with Alexa voice control features, other companies like GE, Whirlpool, Kenmore, LG and Samsung have either made or are working on appliances with Amazon’s cooking Skill. But this is the first Amazon-branded microwave, meaning it’s hardware from the company itself and offers better integration with Alexa. The AmazonBasics brand also tends to be cheaper than competitors, giving consumers greater options.

#futurism: Flying cars concept

Audi flying cars concept designed by Italdesign presented @Gitex 2018

Pop.Up Next, is the evolution of the first fully electric and zero-emission modular system, designed to help resolve traffic congestions.

Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2

HHKB is a mechanical keyboard for minimalists – it contains only a small set of 60 keys or so.

HHKB PRO 2 KEY COMBINATIONS

The Ctr (Control) Key is above Shift Key.

  • F1 to F10 are mapped via Fn (Function Key) with 1 to 9, and 0.
  • F11 and F12 are pressed via Fn + (-) and (+) respectively.
  • Insert = Fn + |
  • Delete can also be pressed via Fn + ~
  • Backspace = Fn + Delete
  • Arrow keys: Fn + { (UP), Fn + ? (DOWN), Fn + ; (LEFT) and Fn + ” (RIGHT)
  • Home: Fn + K
  • End: Fn + <
  • Page Up: Fn + L
  • Page Down: Fn + >

And, you would need to set your keyboard to region USA otherwise, some keys are not possible e.g. \ key will be # instead in UK. As you probably can figure out, the keyboard is for heavy Linux/Unix users with the love for Vi/Vim.

Airobotics automated drone applications for industrial purposes

Airobotics, the developer of automated drones that can fly without a pilot, has raised $30 million in a new round of financing to address the unique needs of the world’s most complex industrial environments.

Airobotics has developed a platform that is fully automated, industrial grade, on-demand and multi-purpose. 

Airobotics is also making money from contracts doing security and facilities management for many companies around the world.

Safety & inspection bot: Gecko Robotics

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Gecko Robotics aims to save human lives at our nation’s power plants with its wall-climbing robots that are ensuring safety in industrial and power plant facilities as they are able to go ahead of humans to check for potential hazards.

The robots can climb tanks, boilers, pipelines and other industrial equipment using proprietary magnetic adhesion, ultra-sonics, lasers and a variety of sensors to inspect structural integrity, according to a company release.

While not cheap — the robots run anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 — they are also obviously a minuscule cost compared to human life.

Retail Robots Are Disrupting the Industry

Most people are aware of the robots that are involved with assembling, packing, or handling items before they reach retail stores. Now, some retail robots are starting to change how human employees work and shoppers purchase goods in stores. Here are some tasks that retail robots are conducting and where consumers can see them in daily life.

Read more on: https://www.roboticsbusinessreview.com/retail-hospitality/retail-robots-disrupt-industry/

The WIRED guide to robots – the complete history and future of robots

Here’s the WIRED guide to robots to catch you up on everything you should know about robotics.