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Investigation: Robots

At the heart of our recent "Our Companion the Robot" investigation is the quest for the artificial intelligence.  From HAL 9000 and KITT to Iron Man's JARVIS science fiction is teeming with AIs.  So how soon before you will have your own constant companion?  Sooner than you think.

The creators of CUBIC were inspired by JARVIS to create an AI that unlike Siri, has the ability to integrate with your home giving you voice command over your environment.  Thanks to some cloud computing and an app, Cubic can follow you wherever your adventure takes you.

 Cubic was recently funded by an Indiegogo campaign so expect to see Cubic soon.

 

 

  

Amazon has just announced the development of a new robot assisted delivery service that will get you your purchases in 30 minutes. Check out the video below to see a demonstration of this potential service.

The “octocopters” aren’t ready to take flight yet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes.  The drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated post on the company’s website promising aerial deliveries as soon as federal rules change. Those FAA rules could come as soon as 2015. The type of flights Bezos proposed are currently not allowed. Unlike some other drones currently used, these would be autonomous — they would fly without a pilot.

In episode 9 (S2E3) we concluded our first investigation into robots with an interview with Dr. Stephen Granade.  Dr, Granade is an expert on robotic helicopters,  Listen to the episode to see what he thinks is the future for this type of robot.

 

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Happy Halloween everyone!  We have quite the treat in store for you.

The investigation into Our Companion the Robot concludes.  Robot helicopters are here, can Skynet be far behind?  Meanwhile Dr. Geek must face Professor Pedantic in a battle of the labs.  Little do they know the future is at stake.

K9 may be The Doctor’s most loyal companion, but working within the limitations of what amounted to a glorified, disguised remote controlled toy car, was challenging at best. Apparently the people who designed K9 to function only in the most ideal of studio controlled conditions missed the memo that mandated that nearly every other episode of Doctor Who would be filmed in a quarry. There was just no way K9 could cope with all those obstacles, let alone deal with a Dalek at the same time. But fear not, a mobile robot animal is in development.
Boston Dynamics has developed WildCat. WildCat is capable of bounding, and galloping at speeds of up to 16mph.