Boston Dynamics retires pioneering Atlas robot

Boston Dynamics has announced that it is retiring its iconic Atlas robot that captivated the world with its human-like agility and complex manoeuvres.

In a statement released alongside a commemorative YouTube video, Boston Dynamics reflected on Atlas's pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of robotic capabilities:

“Atlas has sparked our imagination, inspired the next generations of roboticists, and leapt over technical barriers in the field. Now it’s time for our...

Robot guide dog to help the visually impaired

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have teamed up with industry partners and charities to develop RoboGuide—an AI-powered four-legged robot aimed at helping visually impaired people navigate museums, shopping centres, hospitals, and other indoor public spaces more independently.

The prototype integrates various cutting-edge technologies into an off-the-shelf robot body to address challenges preventing wider use of robots as assistants for the blind and visually impaired....

XPENG prepares its own robotaxi fleet, flying car, and robot

XPENG is preparing to launch its own robotaxi fleet, the world’s first fully-electric flying car, and an AI-powered robot.

The luxury vehicle maker said that its latest G9 SUV became China’s first mass-produced commercial vehicle to pass the government-led Autonomous Driving Closed-field Test. The G9 will be used for XPENG’s robotaxi fleet.

“Obtaining the road test permit by our mass-produced commercial vehicles – with no retrofit – is a major achievement,”...

Musk: Tesla’s robot will be ‘worth more than the car business’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made the bold statement that the company’s robot will be “worth more than the car business”.

The company surprised many when it announced its ‘Optimus’ robot during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Day event on 19 August 2021:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUP6Z5voiS8

The pitch for the 5'8" and 57kg humanoid robot was that it would take on tasks that are "dangerous, repetitive, and boring" like providing assistance in...