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    Amazon’s Astro robot still isn’t ready for prime time

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 18:54 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / A limited number of customers have had Astro in their living room. (credit: Amazon)

Amazon's press-only hardware event today included reveals of the Kindle Scribe , Eero extending mesh networks with Echo , updated Echo Dot and Studio speakers , plus an Echo dashboard accessory . Like last year, there was also talk of the Amazon Astro robot that can roll around homes equipped with a digital smile, camera, and microphones. This time, Amazon detailed new and planned features for Astro; however, a year after its initial announcement, Astro remains an invite-only experimental product.

Astro is a 17.3×9.8-inch robot, with Alexa, a smart display, microphones, speakers, night-vision LEDs, a periscope camera, cupholder, and visual simultaneous location and mapping ( V-SLAM ) for navigating around people's homes and unexpected obstacles, like a dropped item. You need to request an invite to pay $1,000 for the bot. An Amazon rep told Ars Technica that invites are currently sent out at "fairly regular intervals."

Amazon appears to be accepting invite requests while developing new features ahead of expected mass availability, whenever that may be. Amazon's event today didn't provide any updates to Astro seeing general availability. When Ars Technica asked Amazon about when general availability would happen, an Amazon rep wouldn't get more specific than "as quickly as possible."

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    DEEBOT X1 OMNI : le secret de l’autonomie de cet aspirateur robot se trouve dans sa base [Sponso]

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 23 September - 14:29

Cet article a été réalisé en collaboration avec Ecovacs

Avec son aspirateur automatique DEEBOT X1 OMNI, ECOVACS propose clairement une solution de nettoyage haut de gamme. Il représente un investissement notable, mais justifié si ne souhaitez plus vous soucier de l'entretien de vos sols. [Lire la suite]

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    Un robot-livreur de Uber Eats a traversé une scène de crime

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Friday, 16 September - 06:00

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Uber Eats propose des livraisons avec des robots autonomes dans Los Angeles depuis mai. L'un d'entre eux vient de se faire remarquer.

Un robot-livreur de Uber Eats a traversé une scène de crime

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    Tiny robots made of “galinstan” can run faster than a (scaled down) cheetah

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 13 September - 17:15 · 1 minute

Tiny robots made of “galinstan” can run faster than a (scaled down) cheetah

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Scientists at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) have created steerable soft robots that are capable of running, swimming , and jumping at high speeds. During testing, the robots achieved a speed of 70 BL/s (body lengths per second). These results are striking because even a cheetah (the fastest land animal on Earth) can only run up to 23 BL/s . But don’t expect absolute speed records, as the robots have millimeter-scale bodies—although these tiny machines are probably the fastest soft robots on the planet.

Soft robots are different from the conventional robots you see in factories, restaurants, and science exhibitions. They are constructed using flexible materials like polymers and shape-memory alloys (these alloys change their form with a change in temperature). Soft materials allow the robots to function in a way similar to that of a living organism (or a living tissue). By contrast, conventional robots are made from rigid materials like plastic, aluminum, and metal.

For a long time, scientists have been trying to create soft robots fast enough to work in extreme environments where no other machines would function. Such robots could play an important role in the medical field. For instance, ultrafast robots might replace invasive methods like a colonoscopy. Doctors could use fast soft robots to check for any anomalies in body organs (like the stomach) that are difficult to examine with conventional diagnostic robots.

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    Après les échecs et le go, DeepMind fait jouer sa nouvelle IA au football

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 5 September - 15:30

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Ces joueurs virtuels ne sont pas encore prêts pour la compétition, mais la technologie qui se cache derrière pourrait bénéficier à la robotique de demain.

Après les échecs et le go, DeepMind fait jouer sa nouvelle IA au football