Aeolus Robot Delivers Cold Drinks While You Watch it Clean

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Rosie the Robot ain’t got nothing on Aeolus.Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the in-home android can pick up the toys, vacuum the floors, and deliver a cold beverage while you sit back and watch.Aeolus Robot (pronounced “ay-oh-lus”)—and its multifunctional arms—is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning; the bot can “recognize and adapt to changing environments,” according to the manufacturer.It also learns, navigates, and completes tasks, “fundamentally changing the way housework is done and freeing up valuable time in the busy lives of today’s families,” San Francisco-based Aeolus Robotics said.Plus, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home make it easy to communicate with your electronic servant maid, which recognizes “thousands” of terms and, using built-in cameras, can identify faces, remember where it last saw items, and adapt to home layouts and routines.“The demo I saw [was] very limited and far from dynamic,” The Verge reported from CES 2018. “More choreography than AI.”There is plenty of time, though, for engineering tweaks and additional features. Still in development, Aeolus—described as “approximately the height and weight of a 12-year-old”—is expected to hit the ground running (er, rolling) by the end of 2018.Its creator, still mum on the final cost, tipped a price tag equivalent to sending a family of four on holiday. (When pushed for an answer, the company assured Verge reporter Paul Miller that it will come out to “less than $20,000.”)“It’s our mission to bring together the latest in robotics, AI, and machine learning in an affordable in-home robot,” CEO Alexander Huang said in a statement. “The Aeolus Robot makes the dream of having a home robot a reality and free up valuable time for you to do the things you want to do.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Creepy HBO Documentary Highlights Robots Dangers

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target AI might be helpful to some humans, but a new HBO documentary is highlighting the dark, creepy, and deadly dangers of robots.The Truth About Killer Robots, which premieres tonight, Nov. 26, on HBO at 10 p.m. ET, focuses on many automation cases, including a Volkswagen factory and a bomb-carrying police droid, where people were seriously injured or killed by robots. In the documentary, engineers, journalists, and philosophers come together to analyze these terrifying moments and how robots impact our lives.The documentary is narrated by Kodomoroid, a human-like Japanese android, who takes audiences on a visual journey from robotic accidents to automated manufacturing. Countries visited in the documentary include China, Germany, Japan, and the U.S., as AI continues to replace human employment on a global scale.From Zume, a pizza startup where robots make pies to Robot, Robot & Hwang, an AI-based law firm, the documentary shares how automation could be a virtue and a vice, as more technology leads to better business operations and a decrease in real-life connections. As AI continues to take over bits and pieces of our lives, it will be interesting to see how robots evolve over the next few years.More on Electronic Glove Can Give Robots a Sense of TouchRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactorySonic Robots Make Beautiful Electronic Music Togetherlast_img read more