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Roving office printer heads to your desk when your documents are ready
Although printers have slowly become smaller and added wireless capabilities over the past few years, they’re still seen as a hangover of the early digital age. Innovations such as Pocket Printer have aimed to rethink the device, but they still remain a mostly annoying part of office life, and using them can often interrupt an otherwise smooth workflow. In order to help avoid back and forth trips to the office printer, Fuji Xerox has developed an experimental device that uses Roomba-like technology to navigate spaces and deliver printouts to the worker that needs them. READ MORE…
Jibo is a social robot for the home
Robots in the home are currently limited to Roombas and smart appliances that can seem less like The Bicentennial Man and more like computers on wheels. There’s a growing trend to make robots act more like humans however, and we’ve already covered Budgee, the helper robot that carries luggage and follows its owners wherever they go. Now Jibo is a friendly robot that uses facial recognition and natural language processing to offer personal assistance in the home, and perhaps become a new member of the family. READ MORE…
This robot will make a perfect infused coffee, tea or cocktail

Electric drip brew coffee machines have been around for decades, and although they’re not renowned for their taste we have seen recent innovations like The Briggoattempt to recreate barista-style coffee automatically. While that device can handle a variety of coffee styles, a new machine called the Craft Brewer now offers the choice of over 200 recipes for automatically-created flavored coffees, teas and cocktails. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
Café prints its own robot-edited newspaper each week
In an age of digital news publishing, print can never keep up with the instant coverage provided by online journalists and the rapid dissemination of information on sites such as Twitter. However, we have in the past seen Sweden’s Meganews offer the world’s first print-on-demand newsstand, and now the UK’s Guardian newspaper is experimenting with a new weekly publication called The Long Good Read that uses robots to curate the best recent longform pieces and print copies in under an hour. READ MORE…
Robot cameraman lets users take video selfies
While selfies have become a major trend in the past year — even leading one Japanese company to developselfie camera stands for tourists — they’re actually a practical way capture a meaningful moment when there’s no-one else around to do it. With this in mind, SOLOSHOT is a robotic camera tripod that automatically tracks the subject as they move, enabling athletes and performers to create dynamic video selfies. READ MORE…
Strange robot will automatically refuel any car
It seems highly plausible that robotic technology could soon be pervading many aspects of our lives — including filling up a car with gas, it seems. The Fuelmatics Automatic Refueling System is a robot helper that enables drivers to precisely fill up their tanks without leaving their seat. READ MORE…
Human-tracking helper robot takes care of heavy loads
If inventors can create a robotic suitcase that automatically follows its owner around the airport — as Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has with the hop! — it stands to reason that such technology could have other applications. Sure enough, the Budgee is a robot that has been designed to help owners carry heavy objects wherever they go. READ MORE…
Personalized, barista-style coffee made by a robot
Public coffee machines have never been able to match the intricacies of a perfect flat white from the local independent bistro, never mind the latte art that comes with it. Although it hasn’t yet mastered that last one, the Briggo is a vending machine that can create high-standard speciality coffees and take orders from smartphones. READ MORE…
Ad campaign enables anyone to spend 3 minutes as a robot in Italy
Platforms such as Skype and FaceTime have brought video communication across continents into the mainstream, but telepresence technologies are beginning to add an extra immersive element to connecting with remote locations. San Pellegrino US has taken this onboard with its Three Minutes in Italy campaign, which enables fans in North America to take a virtual tour of the European country from the comfort of their home. READ MORE…
USD 15,000 talking robot calms kids during hospital visits
Hospitals are never fun for children, and we’ve seen a number of initiatives to help keep them calm, frommusical dentist drills to interactive LED walls. Now the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada has introduced MEDi, a robot that distracts kids from uncomfortable medical examinations and procedures, and even aids their recovery. READ MORE…
In the UK, flying drone delivers food to restaurant tables
If the organizers of the OppiKoppi music festival in South Africa think delivering beer by drones is a workable idea, could restaurants use the devices to send food to diners’ tables? The UK’s YO! Sushi has developed the iTray, a flying robot that is able to do just that. READ MORE…
NFC-enabled beer keg automatically charges customers and pours a drink
The Untappd app has already helped craft beer fans find local beer resources near them, but what if they could get their own beer keg could give them recommendations and then pour a drink? Robokeg is an NFC-activated robotic beer dispenser that offers the best drink for the occasion and automatically charges the user. READ MORE…
Robot can perform injections better than doctors
Injections are never the most pleasant experience, but we have seen innovations to make it eaiser for those who need to take medication intravenously to keep track of their schedule, such as the Timesulin. Now Veebot aims to automate the process of drawing blood, making it more accurate and less stressful for patients. READ MORE…
Robot scales and inspects highrise building structure, offering images in real time
As the death toll of the recent tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh continues to rise, the importance of regular checks on structural stability has become more obvious than ever. However, this is a task made difficult when multi-storey buildings are involved. FTD Highrise Inspection’s SAM is a robotic system that speedily and safely checks tall structures for integrity and delivers images in real time. READ MORE…