Robots

This egg-shaped security robot is now roaming hospitalsrobot-hospital.jpg

This egg-shaped security robot is now roaming hospitals

Hospital lobbies are an odd place to spend an afternoon. At any moment, the air hangs thick with collective anxiety and anticipation. It’s also incredibly busy. Clipboard-carrying healthcare workers in blue and purple smocks speed-walk their way through a maze of hallways at all hours of the day, narrowly weaving their way past confused visitors […]

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Can grocery-bagging robots make self-checkout less of a pain?robot-bagger.jpg

Can grocery-bagging robots make self-checkout less of a pain?

Over the course of the past decade or so, grocery shoppers at outlets large and small have become accustomed to automated self-checkout stations that reduce the number of human cashiers required to scan and weigh items. Shoppers, in turn, are tasked with scanning, measuring, and bagging their groceries. And though usage of self-checkout technology has

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Lab-grown, self-healing human skin designed to cover robot faces400242951-1.png

Lab-grown, self-healing human skin designed to cover robot faces

Even after sizable industry advances, humanoid robots remain firmly within the uncanny valley. And although a Japanese team’s new lab-engineered skin may not lessen a bot’s creepiness, it may one day become a helpful medical tool for cosmetic surgery and other medical procedures. As detailed in a study published on June 25 in Cell Reports

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