Companies are making human-like robots and they think they've stumbled on the biggest thing since the iPhone

Cadie Thompson for Business Insider:  Downloading apps on your own personal robot may become as common as downloading apps on your smartphone. Robot makers Jibo and Blue Frog Robotics are creating social robots that are aimed at living with humans and in order to entice consumers they are selling them for about the same cost as an iPhone. Jibo’s robot called Jibo is priced at about $749 for pre-order and Blue Frog Robotics’ robot called Buddy is priced at $549. But these companies are also promising consumers that these little live-in robots are going to become the biggest platform since Apple’s iPhone, capable of performing all kinds of functions via apps. “It’s like the iPhone, if we want to reach the mainstream and have success we need many very interesting apps,” said Frack de Visme, the chief financial officer of Blue Frog Robotics. “We are going to have an open system so many developers can develop and create amazing apps so that it become mainstream.”   Cont'd...

Microsemi Introduces Its Highest Capacity SLC-based Secure Solid State Drive for Mission Critical Applications

New SSD Designed for Defense, Intelligence and Other Applications Requiring Highest Level of Security and Reliability in an Extremely Compact Solution

MOSI's Drone Zone Takes Off With a WWI Biplane, a Google X Drone and More

Guests can fly a drone, ride in a driverless vehicle, code robots and 3D print all summer long

Trimble Announces S1100 Onboard Weighing Solution for Accurate Livestock Feed Measurement

Brand-Agnostic Solution Provides Accurate In-Cab Payload Measurement on Tractors, Forklifts and Skid Steers

Staubli Nozzle and Accessories Continue to Connect and Resonate with Fleets throughout North America

The quick connect technology brings autogas refueling into the modern age at the fuel pump.

The Hague to Host European Trade Fair on Drones

The exposition is expected to attract 2,500 international visitors.

Japan's robot hotel: a dinosaur at reception, a machine for room service

The English-speaking receptionist is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one speaking Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk and type in information on a touch panel screen. From the front desk to the porter that is an automated trolley taking luggage to the room, this hotel in south-western Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labour costs. Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick but a serious effort to use technology and achieve efficiency.   Cont'd...

Midwest Engineered Systems Launches Fanuc Robotics Webpage

Cornell University Attempts Fourth Straight Victory With Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Powered by ADLINK's Express-HL COM Express Module

Cornell team employs improved performance and design techniques in 2015 vehicle for continued success in 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition

Olaeris Makes $5.7M Drone Deal with Macon, Georgia

County Commissioners unanimously approve a $5.7 million agreement to integrate the first county-wide Unmanned Aircraft System in the world performing robotic 911 emergency response.

ReWalk Robotics Launches ReWalk 6.0: the Company's Sixth Generation Personal System for Home & Community Use

This Version of the ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton Offers Users the Fastest Walking Speed, Most Natural Gait, and the Most Precise Fit of Any Exoskeleton

Rethink Robotics teams with Epoch Foundation to bring collaborative robots to Asia

Smart, manufacturing robots to stimulate innovation in Asian markets

Calling All Startups: Pitch Your Robotics Company at RoboBusiness for a Chance to Win $5,000

Share your idea with the world: Enter for your chance to shine as one of 15 startups to pitch your business onstage on September 23 in San Jose, CA.

GĂĽdel and ATI Industrial Automation Announce New Coupling Technology for 3-axis Press Transfer System

With several die changes a day, a system of removable rails with ATI couplers results in more uptime for Tier 1 automotive supplier.

ROBO-STOX Strategic Advisory Board Member to Receive Prestigious Robotics Award

ROBO-STOX Strategic Advisory Board member Raffaello D'Andrea selected as the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for his outstanding contributions to the field.

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