Saturday, December 1, 2018

Robot featured at Russian event is actually a man in a suit

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Robot featured at Russian event is actually a man in a suit Russian state TV praised the “hi-tech robot” featured at an annual technology event for children. Turns out, it wasn't a robot at all. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A "high-tech robot" praised on Russian TV was actually a man in wearing a costume.(Photo: @MBKhMedia, Twitter) No one said the “most modern robot” at a Russian technology event was a real robot, but it appears no one said it wasn’t either. So, some journalists covering the state-sponsored event for children had a lot of questions when Robot Boris appeared on stage talking and dancing. He also could answer math equations.  Coverage on Russian state TV praised the “hi-tech robot” at the annual Proyektoria technology forum, The Guardian reports, even praising its intelligent dance moves.  Russian website TJournal questioned how the seemingly advanced robot was completed so quickly and no one knew about the design. The site also noted the robot's human-like clumsy movements and size — big enough for a person to fit inside.  Images on social media made it obvious that Boris was in fact a person wearing a suit, a "Alyosha Robot" costume by company Show Robots that costs about $3,700. One image from the event showed an exposed human neckline. Others showed the man actually playing the part of Boris. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets   Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/12/13/russian-robot-featured-tech-event-actually-man-suit/2298379002/


A robot might deliver your Postmates orders in the future 

Serve can carry about 50 lbs. Screenshot/CNET In the future, that burrito you ordered from Postmates might show up at your door, delivered by a robot. Postmates is working on a fleet of delivery robots called Serve, the company said in a blogpost Thursday. Serve robots would "work alongside the existing Postmates fleet to move small objects over short distances efficiently," the post said, noting it would travel at walking speed, run on electricity, and bypass congestion by traveling on sidewalks.  The Lidar-equipped robot can also carry up to 50 lbs. When it shows up at your door, you'd use a touch screen to interact with it. In the post, Postmates talked about the idea of these robots will be working with humans, perhaps making a delivery instead a human is trying to find parking. After all, the topic of automation and job loss is a hot one these days. A 2017 study from Ball State University projected 50 percent of low-skilled jobs will be replaced by AI and automation. "Too often we hear about the fear that robots will replace our workforce, but people are essential to solving problems on the go," the post said.  Postmates did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to when Serve will be out in the wild.


Postmates’ Serve is a robot that delivers your food, refreshments, and more 

Next time you order something from Postmates, a robot might greet you at the doorstep. The San Francisco on-demand delivery firm today unveiled Serve, a four-wheeled delivery rover that’s capable of autonomously navigating sidewalks and city streets. It’s the first commercial product from Postmates new research and development lab, Postmates X, and comes as Postmates reveals that it’s now averaging 4 million deliveries each month in 550 cities. Serve’s bright, colorful, and LED-laden exterior belie its complex internals. The meter-high robot packs a suite of sensors including RGB cameras, sonar, time-of-flight sensors, GPS, and a lidar sensor supplied by Velodyne, plus a control panel with a “Help” button, a video chat display, and a touchscreen. Nvidia’s Xavier platform powers the little guy, and its electric motors carry up to 50 pounds for 25 miles on a charge — enough to make a dozen deliveries per day, by Postmates’ estimation. It’s mostly driverless, but Serve’s progress is overseen remotely by a team of human pilots ready to take control in the event of a problem. And to ensure it operates within San Francisco’s newly enacted delivery robot rules, which limit companies to three robots each capped at a speed of three miles per hour, Postmates said it’s soliciting a permit from the City. At the start, in municipalities where Serve will be deployed in the next year (including Toronto and Los Angeles), it’ll fulfill direct deliveries to customers. (A top hatch conceals a cargo compartment that’s unlocked with the Postmates phone app or a passcode.) But it can also deliver food from restaurants to dispatch hubs in congested neighborhoods, Postmates says, from where delivery people can take packages the last mile. With the rollout of Serve, Postmates enters a lucrative autonomous delivery market filled with well-funded startups like Marble, Starship Technologies, Boxbot, Dispatch, and Robby, to name a few. (Postmates previously partnered with Starship to pilot delivery robots.) The McKinsey Institute forecasts, in fact, that driverless rovers like Serve will make up 85 percent of last-mile deliveries by 2025. And that’s not to mention companies like Nuro, which teamed up with grocery giant Kroger for self-driving grocery deliveries in the U.S. this summer; Robomart which recently announced plans to test its driverless grocery store on wheels; Udelv, which partnered with Farmstead grocery chains in Oklahoma City to transport perishables to customers’ doorsteps; and Ford, which is collaborating with Postmates to deliver items from Walmart stores in Miami-Dade County. But Ali Kashani, Postmates’ vice president of robotics at Postmates, envisions Serve as more than just a delivery robot. It could one day deliver medication, patrol neighborhoods, and help to eliminate food waste, he told Wired in an interview. “Somehow, as a society, we are OK with the fact that we are moving a two-pound burrito with a two-ton car,” Kashani said.

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