‘Ambidextrous’ robots could dramatically speed e-commerce

In 2018, Amazon had a record-breaking holiday season, with more items ordered worldwide than ever before. It wasn’t alone. As e-commerce continues to grow, companies like Alibaba, Amazon and Walmart are investing heavily in new warehouses to rapidly fill the massive volume of orders. To meet the growing demand, these companies will also need robots that can pick up a diverse range of products from storage containers.

In a new paper published Wednesday, January 16, in Science Robotics, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley build on 35 years of research to present new algorithms to compute robust robot pick points, enabling robot grasping of a diverse range of products without training.

When UC Berkeley researchers trained reward functions for a parallel-jaw gripper and a suction cup gripper on a two-armed robot, it picked up a variety of objects with 95 percent reliability. (Photo: Adriel Olmos, UC Berkeley)

“Any single gripper cannot handle all objects,” said Jeff Mahler, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and lead author of the paper. “For example, a suction cup cannot create a seal on porous objects such as clothing, and parallel-jaw grippers may not be able to reach both sides of some tools and toys. ‘Ambidextrous’ robots offer greater diversity.”

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MIT’s “Thunkable” gives noncoders the ability to create professional-grade mobile apps.

More than 1.5 million mobile apps with around 16 million monthly active users have been created on Thunkable, a platform that grew out of MIT. The apps were designed to do things like educate, entertain, and turn a profit — and they were all built without writing a single line of code.

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Global Nanotechnology Market is expected to grow 17.21%

Nanotechnology is well-defined as the science, engineering, and technology which are piloted at the nanoscale level, of about 1 to 100 nanometres.

Nanotechnology is the application of particularly small things and can be used through all the other science fields, like materials science, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering.

Global nanotechnology market is accounted for $7.31 billion in 2017 and anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 17.21% to reach $XX billion by 2025 during the forecast period 2019-2025.

Increasing demand for MEMS devices and rising government support, private sector funding for R&D are the factors bolstering the growth of the market.

However, concerns due to nanotechnology commercialisation are hampering the growth of the global nanotechnology market. Increasing demand for light weight products in electronics & semiconductors and automotive industry are providing ample opportunities in the future.

News Source: https://www.envisioninteligence.com/industry-report/global-nanotechnology-market/

IBM’s AI System “Project Debater – Speech by Crowd” will speak for each side of the Debate based on arguments written by People

At CES IBM unveiledProject Debater – Speech by Crowd, a new and experimental cloud-based AI platform for crowdsourcing decision support. Speech by Crowd uses the core AI behind Project Debater to collect free-text arguments from large audiences on debatable topics and automatically construct persuasive viewpoints to support or contest the topic.

For example, read below the speech automatically prepared by this AI system for the Topic “Social media brings more harm than good”.

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How your Smartphone will help in the future?

The mobile phones of the future are expected to be more closely embedded in our day-to-day lives than ever before.

7 latest inventions are here,

1.’Electronic skin’ takes wearable health monitors to the next level:

A new, electronic skin microsystem tracks heart rate, respiration, muscle movement and other health data, and wirelessly transmits it to a smartphone. The electronic skin offers several improvements over existing trackers, including greater flexibility, smaller size, and the ability to stick the self-adhesive patch which is a very soft silicone about four centimeters in diameter just about anywhere on the body.

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