Best telepresence robots for business in 2020: Double Robotics, OhmniLabs, Meeting Owl, and more – ZDNet

How can remote workers make their presence known in their organization? How can enterprises overcome the limitations of video conferencing and enable a level of communication and collaboration that approaches on-site interaction?

Telepresence robots have been on the scene for the better part of a decade, though as global upheavals reshape work and reorient attitudes toward remote participation, the technology may finally be primed to break out of its niche user base and go mainstream. The timing is fortuitous: The market is now mature enough that consumers have choices when it comes to feature set and price point. As companies downsize physical locations and revamp their policies toward distributed workforces, telepresence offers both technological benefits and collaboration advantages that will appeal to some employers and workers alike.

The current telepresence lineup reflects the range of use cases and intended end-users out there, including a handful of models designed for specific fields and workflows, as well as others that fit organizations of any size.

These are our picks for the best telepresence robots out there right now.

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Double Robotics has been one amonga few telepresence robotics companiesoffering lower-priced models focused on core functionality: Mobile video conferencing that's drop-dead simple to use. Affectionately called a Segue with an iPad mount, the Double 2 did something very important for the technology by giving consumers a palatable entry point to the world of telepresence that required neither a massive capital outlay or a master's degree in robotics.

Though now superseded by its predecessor (see below), the Double 2 is still a tremendous value, particularly if your organization uses iPads already or the IT department has one lying around.

A wide-angle lens, motorized height control to meet your coworkers at eye level, and automatic stabilization and parking make this bare-bones telepresence model drop-dead simple to use.

Double is still selling the Double 2 through Amazon and third-party suppliers for $2,749.

In the battle for low-cost, truly robotic telepresence, OhmniLabs has been giving rival Double a major run for its money.

At under $2200, the Ohmni Robot weighs just 20 pounds and folds up, meaning you can take it anywhere, but still manages all the functionality you need in a telepresence robot. It features wide-angle, low-latency streaming at HD+ resolution and real-time full-resolution zoom to read whiteboards or see fine details at full UHD 4K detail.

A secondary dedicated wide-angle navigation camera lets you see around the base of Ohmni while you're driving, which you can do remotely from just about any standard device. The unit features a bright 10.1-inch screen and integrated Jabra speakerphone for great audio. It doesn't have automatic rising and lowering like Double, but the robot can move its head side to side for natural interactions.

OhmniLabs is also thoughtful about who might use the device, which has dual-band Wi-Fi radio with full 2.4GHz + 5GHz support and optimized background scanning and roaming for large spaces. Full 802.1x support means it should be simple to run on business or school networks.

Where the Double 2 used a tablet display, Double 3 replaces the iPad with a fully-integrated solution using anNvidia Jetson TX2 GPU, two Intel RealSense depth sensors, two high-resolution cameras, and a beamforming microphone array. In place of the iPad is an integrated screen and new feature sets, includingAR overlays, that really step up the functionality and feature set game of the Double.

Some of those features include a new click-to-drive interface, obstacle avoidance, and pan/tilt/zoom video, all of which contribute to a fully-immersive remote experience that's still intuitive to use. Perhaps the biggest functionality upgrade is the addition of mixed reality overlays.

In Double's version of mixed reality, virtual 3D objects are added into the video stream to appear as if they're in the real world. Virtual objects include helpful waypoints to make the video feed more informative during navigation.

The Double 3 with charging dock runs $3,999. If you already have a Double 2, you can upgrade your current device with a Double 3 head for $1,999.

With the Ava Telepresence robot, remote users easily and safely navigate through large workspaces, event spaces, and retail spaces with an enterprise-grade video conferencing system designed to make interacting with people on-site feel natural.

Unlike lower-priced models, the robot features intelligent, autonomous navigation. Remote users simply specify a destination, and Ava automatically moves to the desired location while avoiding obstacles. The technology is slick: The robot utilizes advanced mapping to learn the local environment and create a realistic map of the area, which enables it to navigate at the push of a button. Obstacle avoidance we're used to seeing on autonomous mobile robots in fields like logistics and fulfillment enables Ava to navigate around people and avoid tumbles down the stairs.

Perhaps Ava's biggest selling point is its form factor. This is one sleek unit, making it ideal for applications in client-facing offices and sectors like hospitality.

It's also secure. Embedded enterprise-grade security (including encryption, secure HTTPS management, password protection) means Ava is well suited to a corporate IT infrastructure.

This is a niche product for the healthcare market, albeit one that's extremely flexible and could be a good option for a number of related fields. As doctors increasingly embrace telemedicine to mitigate exposure risks, it's a good time to be selling telecommunications to doctors' offices and hospitals, and Ergotron has been in the game for a while.

Built on an open architecture that allows the cart to integrate most standard communications equipment, this pro-grade telecom console isn't technically a robot but rather a rollable ergonomic cart designed for patient consultations.

Designed with customization in mind, it can be configured with the devices and network-compatible systems a hospital is already using.

Meeting Owl is a 360-degree video and audio conferencing system that automatically focuses on the people speaking in the room. It doesn't move, so it's not a robot by most definitions, but its autonomous functionality makes it an excellent and highly affordable tabletop system for individuals and teams that routinely conference and collaborate remotely.

Eleven-inches tall, Meeting Owl uses an eight microphone array to pick up sound and lock in on the person speaking. Remote viewers on the other end get a panoramic view of all the meeting attendants and a close-up view of the current speaker.

The system comes in original and Pro versions. The Pro version improves on the Meeting Owl's 720p picture and increases audio pickup range from 12 feet to 18 feet, which is especially useful for larger teams or any collaboration utilizing a whiteboard.

The system integrates with all the major video conferencing services so usability is a snap. The original retails at $799 and the Pro version goes for $999.

Kubi is an inexpensive robotic docking cradle for tablets that augments the teleconferencing experience you're used to with the addition of movement.

During video conferencing, the remote participant can steer the cradle to look around a room. "Kubi" means "neck" in Japanese.

That makes it a particularly useful device for team environments where one participant is remote. The remote worker sits at a laptop or desktop but is able to look around the room to engage with speakers, which the device's developers say enhances the interactive experience.

An enhanced audio kit and a secure docking retrofit to keep tablets secured to the base make them good options for educational environments where learners have to beam into larger classroom settings and engage in conversations but won't necessarily have to move around the classroom.

Anyone in tech or a tech-adjacent industry will be familiar with the sight of telepresence robots roving around conference room floors as virtual attendants beam in remotely.

Beam is comfortable in offices and is used by some of the biggest companies in the world, but this robot from Suitable Technologies really shines in conference settings, where it's nimble enough to bounce from keynotes to breakouts to hallway banter.

Beam has four wheels (the pro version has 5 for increased stability and maneuverability) and wide-angle navigation cameras. The entire ecosystem was built in-house, which means participants must use Beam's app.

The advantage is security, which is best in class. Using industry-standard technology such as TLS/SSL, AES-256, and HMAC-SHA1, Beam encrypts all communication that travels through our system to ensure your calls remain private and secure.

VGo's parent, Vecna, knows the healthcare sector, so it makes sense that the company has developed a telepresence robot that enables healthcare providers to deliver lower-cost services and improved quality of care virtually.

Telemedicine is certainly having a moment as providers figure out ways of reducing in-person visits, but the robot has also been used to enable homebound students to go to school virtually.

Using the VGo application on a PC or Mac, an internet-connected person located anywhere connects to a VGo in a distant facility. VGo can be shared by a set of people or dedicated to a single person using standard web accounts and permission settings maintained by the admin.

VGo is lightweight, contributing to its excellent battery life, which is best in class at 12 hours. That makes it ideal for clinical environments and hospitals.

Offices are coming around to telepresence solutions for remote workers, and the recent health crisis has put the transition to distributed workforces into hyperdrive. Teachers and school administrators are now also embracing remote learning, which, in the short term, can quell infection rates -- but, in the longterm, may be a way to maximize limited resources while bringing needed services to students.

Markets and Markets estimated the overall telepresence market will be over $300 million by 2023, however that market research doesn't take into account the rapid adoption of remote work due to COVID-19 or the expected longterm effects of the global stay-at-home experiment on attitudes toward remote working. Pivoting out of the pandemic, many companies may embrace a partially distributed workforce, which is a huge opportunity for developers of telepresence and video conferencing systems.

For workers, employers, and IT pros who wish to advocate for telepresence systems, the most important strategy is to tout the collaborative benefits of the technology and to have a plan for implementation. Robots in the workforce carry a longstanding stigma. Coupled with lingering resistance to remote work situations, existing biases on the part of employers or employees could stop proposed adoption of telepresence dead in its tracks.

But advocating for telepresence as a way of maximizing collaboration and approximating the productive magic that happens in unstructured interactions in hallways and face-to-face chatscan help mitigate concerns. As can explaining that most telepresence systems are ready-to-go out of the box with intuitive user interfaces. The technology is carefully designed not to need extensive training to use. After all, most humans don't need training to have natural interactions in person.

The biggest questions to ask are who might use a telepresence solution and in what settings. If you're just looking to enhance video conferencing without spending big bucks or implementing new processes and protocols, solutions like Meeting Owl or Kubi would be the best places to start.

However, for those willing to embrace the dynamic features offered by a mobile robot, consider whether your environment is client-facing. A slick robot like Ava makes a great impression, although it comes at a price.

For most SMBs, models from Double or Ohmni are likely to be smart bets. They're relatively inexpensive and provide a seamless user interface. A company can get by with one shared robot to start and easily scale up to meet needs.

After all, once one remote employee gets a robot doppelgnger, it's likely others will want them as well.


Best telepresence robots for business in 2020: Double Robotics, OhmniLabs, Meeting Owl, and more - ZDNet

Innovation from Destruction: Robotics Testing in Fukushima –

Fukushima Prefecture was devastated in the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. These days, the region is a burgeoning hub for robotics. We visited the vast Robot Test Field in Minami-Sma, a facility that allows robots to be tested in real world conditions.

Visitors to Haramachi-ku, a district in the middle of the Fukushima city of Minami-Sma, will notice a swathe of bare land stretching all the way to the giant sea wall over a kilometer away. The barren landscape is interrupted by what looks like a factory with exposed tanks and pipes, a concrete tunnel, and a runway. This is Fukushimas Robot Test Field, the centerpiece of the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework, an initiative being advanced by the national and prefectural governments.

The Robot Test Field is located in an industrial park that was established in Minami-Sma as part of the reconstruction of the city. The test factory is visible in the right of the photo.

This area was devastated by the 2011 tsunami, says Ishikawa Jin, head of the Fukushima Innovation Coast Frameworks operations planning section. After the disaster, the ground was raised and a high sea wall constructed. However, the area remains uninhabited, and devoid of hotels or similar facilities. The Robot Test Field has put this land to good use as a testing range for drones and robots. I really hope that it will lead to the growth of the region.

Ishikawa Jin is himself from Fukushima.

The double blow of the tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster resulted in the loss of many industries from the Hamadri region of coastal Fukushima. The Robot Test Field is situated around 23 kilometers north of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, just outside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone. Many residents moved away after the accident, fearing the effects of radiation.

I want the RTF to set the standard for Japans robotics industry, says Ishikawa.

Within the RTF, a series of facilities has been brought online progressively from July 2018, with the final component completed in April this year. The RTF has already been used for over 160 tests, some long-term, and hosted over 20,000 visitors.

A plan of the Robot Test Fields 50-hectare site. ( Fukushima Robot Test Field)

This research wing serves as the RTFs headquarters, accommodating corporate and institutional tenants and featuring a conference hall and meeting rooms.

The 2011 tsunami reached the forest visible beyond the helipad, 1.4 kilometers inland.

Robotics is predicted to be a growth industry in Japan, but a lack of suitable testing environments had been a major hurdle. For example, take air mobility, a nascent industry generating plenty of buzz at the moment. The Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility, a group established by Japans Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, aims to make commercial airborne delivery services a reality by 2023, followed by regional passenger drones, and finally urban passenger drones by 2030. While many Japanese corporations and organizations have joined the race to develop flying cars and delivery drones, they have all experienced difficulty finding suitable test environments. Japan is a mountainous, island nation, and the need for expensive testing ranges to properly test drones capabilities meant Japanese developers were being overtaken by drone heavyweights China and Canada, in addition to the rapidly rising United States.

The RTFs drone testing range includes the 500-meter Minami-Sma runway, which pairs with another, 400-meter runway 13 kilometers away in the town of Namie. Flight paths have been established over land and water, thus allowing long-distance flights to be conducted over a wide area.

The Minami-Sma runway is 500 meters long and 20 meters wide and features a hangar with basic servicing facilities.

Tests conducted on the runway and heliport can be controlled from the central control tower in the research wing.

The drone range also boasts a heliport, an endurance testing facility, a wind tunnel, and an enclosed testing range. Unlike cars and motorbikes, airborne vehicles are subject to aviation regulations even when tested on private land. However, because the entirety of the RTFs 150- by 80-meter testing range is enclosed by a 15-meter-high crash net, it is treated as an indoor space, and exempted from aviation law. This means that operators can make night flights or perform payload dropping tests that could otherwise only be performed with advance regulatory consent, in a real-world environment that, unlike an indoor testing range, is exposed to variations in wind, rain, and sunlight.

Flights performed in this netted-off testing range are exempt from aviation law.

Staff from Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital use an unmanned aerial vehicle to simulate the transportation of blood for transfusion (left) and drop a blood pack in the enclosed testing range (right). ( Fukushima Robot Test Field)

Another major feature is the development center area in the center of the RTF, which features a research building, indoor testing range, and pretest preparation area. The facility allows servicing before and after tests and is outfitted with state-of-the-art machine tools to work on parts and precision measuring equipment for observation and analysis. While the facility contained 13 labs when it was first opened, these quickly filled up, and additional rooms were added. There are currently 16 corporate and institutional tenants, and with still more tenants on the waiting list, the facility continues to be extended.

One of our clients used to cart their prototype drones all the way from Aichi to Hokkaid. With no onsite facilities in Hokkaid that would enable them to perform repairs or adjustments, though, whenever anything went wrong they had to pack up and go back to Aichi, laughs Ishikawa. Theyre pleased that they can now do repeated tests while making improvements as necessary, here in the Fukushima Robot Test Field.

At 32 by 30 meters with an 11-meter-high ceiling, the indoor testing range is suitable for a wide range of tests.

The sophisticated machining facilities are popular with university groups and small businesses that cannot afford to invest in tools of their own.

This shielded room blocks electromagnetic radiation from the outside, while containing internally produced radiation and damping reflections. Clean rooms, X-ray and CT scanners, and 3D motion capture facilities are also available.

Tenant organizations in the laboratory area actively share information.

Disaster-prone Japan has repeatedly been ravaged by earthquakes throughout history. In recent years, the country has been battered by an increasing number of typhoons and extreme weather events. As infrastructure built in Japans postwar period of rapid economic growth starts aging, along with the citizens who used it, hopes are growing that some of the more dangerous repair tasks will be performed by robots in the future. Further advances in robotics will also be indispensable in order to successfully decommission the stricken Fukushima Daiichi reactors.

The RTFs infrastructure inspection/disaster response zone and underwater and aquatic zone allow robots to be tested in large structures and buildings. Both facilities are packed with features that have been included on the advice of academics and experts. The test plant, designed to simulate a chemical factory, contains a variety of differently shaped valves, tanks, and pipes in a small area. There are also spiral staircases, vertical ladders, and three chimneys of varying diameters. The area can be filled with smoke or gas, packed with rubble, or have a heat source placed inside to simulate various types of emergency. The test tunnel is fitted with shutters at either end that can be opened to allow testing at the tunnel entrance or closed to test in darkness. The tunnel is fitted out with LED lighting as well as sodium lamps, and the walls have been treated to simulate peeling and cracking.

The test plant simulates an obstacle-ridden chemical plant.

The University of Aizus Spider probe, at left, attempts to operate valves in the test plant. At right, a miniature facility-inspection drone named IBIS manufactured by Liberaware flies around taking footage. ( Fukushima Robot Test Field)

The test tunnel can be sealed with shutters on both ends.

In February 2020, the RTF hosted a firefighting drill, shown at left. At right, a Wiz drone inspects the facility in December 2019. ( Fukushima Robot Test Field)

The urban zone is fitted with traffic lights, power poles, and even road signs, enabling search and rescue operations to be tested in residential and office buildings. The roads in this urban zone can also be used by driverless cars. The flooded urban zone simulates a flooded residential area and can be used not only to test underwater and aquatic robots and drones, but also for rescue drills using manned boats. While still under construction at the time of reporting, when the experimental bridge, indoor pool, and wind tunnel are completed in spring 2020, the test environment will be even more comprehensive.

Three of the buildings in the urban zone can be used for testing.

Measuring 50 by 19 meters, the outdoor pool is up to 5 meters deep in places.

The rubble and landslide zones enable search and rescue drills, in addition to drills that simulate efforts to restore services. This area can also be used to train rescue dogs.

The Tokyo-based robotics firms Robotcom and have recently been helping to breathe life back into the area with their construction of a factory and employee accommodations in the Minami-Sma Reconstruction Industrial Park.

Ishikawa says, In addition to the issue of how to attract corporations, institutions, and prospective visitors to come to Fukushima, we also need to think about how to link the RTF to local industry. He says his team is also working to help local businesses, and has a coordinator distributing pamphlets containing information on Fukushima-based suppliers of related materials and technologies in an effort to encourage robotics businesses to procure materials and parts locally.

A pamphlet showcasing local suppliers.

In January 2020, the Thoku Access intercity bus service (based in Minami-Sma) was extended to the Fukushima Robot Test Field, thus improving access from JR Fukushima and Haranomachi stations.

Later this year, robot enthusiasts can look forward to the World Robot Summit 2020, which will be held in collaboration with international exhibition space Aichi Sky Expo. Ishikawa says that measures are being put in place to organize accommodation, transport, and meals, in order to cater to the needs of not only Summit attendees, but also engineers from RTF tenant organizations and site visitors. I want this to be somewhere the robotics engineers of tomorrow can hold study camps. I am doing my best to make Fukushima a place that is associated internationally with robotics, not disaster, he says.

The test bridge (at left) will soon be completed.

(Originally published in Japanese. Reporting, text, and photos by Banner photo: Looking out toward the Pacific Ocean from the RTFs research wing.)

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Boston Dynamics open-sources health care robotics toolkit for telemedicine, vitals inspection, and disinfection – VentureBeat

As a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Dynamics today open-sourced its health care robotics toolkit on GitHub. The company hopes that existing Boston Dynamics customers and other mobile robot providers can use the toolkit, which includes documentation and CAD files of enclosures and mounts, to help health care workers and essential personnel and ultimately save lives. The mobile robot provider outlined four use cases for its toolkit: telemedicine (which it has already deployed), remote vitals inspection, disinfection, and delivery.

Boston Dynamics says that in early March hospitals started inquiring whether its robots could help minimize staff exposure to the novel coronavirus. (One hospital apparently shared that in a single week a sixth of its staff had contracted COVID-19.) The company spent weeks figuring out how its robot Spot, which is shipping to early adopters, can meet hospital requirements. The result is a four-legged robot that supports frontline staff responding to the pandemic in ad-hoc environments, such as triage tents and parking lots. In fact, a single Spot was deployed last week to Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston as a mobile telemedicine platform to help health care providers remotely triage patients. There, it has helped nursing staff minimize exposure to potentially contagious patients.

The world is currently experiencing a global shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE), opening the door to autonomous technologies like drones and robots. Essential services are desperate for technology that can limit human contact, moving personnel and visitors out of infection range. As other businesses reopen, and arguably long after the pandemic is over, company leaders will be hungry for the same.

The telemedicine part was the lowest-hanging fruit, so thats what Boston Dynamics pursued first at Brigham and Womens Hospital. The Spot robot features an iPad and a two-way radio for video conferencing. Health care providers remotely direct the mobile robot through lines of patients waiting outside the hospital to answer questions and get initial temperature assessments. Doctors can speak with patients from afar, possibly even from their own homes.

This process normally requires up to five medical staff, Boston Dynamics says. A mobile robot lets hospitals reduce the total number at the scene and conserve the hospitals PPE supply. Every Spot shift reduces at least one health care providers exposure to the disease.

Boston Dynamics has also prototyped using Spot for remote vitals inspection to triage sick patients, for disinfection, and for various deliveries. For remote vital inspection, the company still needs to figure out how to support collecting additional vital sign information, including remotely measuring body temperature, respiratory rate, pulse rate, and oxygen saturation. So far, Boston Dynamics has done the following:

We have been in dialogue with researchers who use thermal camera technology to measure body temperature and calculate respiratory rate. Weve also applied externally developed logic to externally mounted RGB cameras to capture changes in blood vessel contraction to measure pulse rate. We are evaluating methods for measuring oxygen saturation.

Additionally, Boston Dynamics wants the robots to disinfect hospital rooms and themselves. The company has also made some progress here:

By attaching a UV-C light to the robots back, Spot could use the device to kill virus particles and disinfect surfaces in any unstructured space that needs support in decontamination be it hospital tents or metro stations. We are still in the early stages of developing this solution but also see a number of existing mobile robotics providers who have implemented this technology specifically for hospitals.

Weve left the most obvious use case for last. The robots can deliver food, medicine, masks, and other supplies to patients in isolation. To help, the company prototyped a 3D-printable tray for Spot. Again, this minimizes health worker exposure and PPE usage.

None of these services requires Boston Dynamics hardware or software, the company emphasized. In many instances, we imagine wheeled or tracked robots may be a better solution for these applications, the company said. Thats why its releasing its toolkit to the world.

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Coronavirus speeds the way for robots in the workplace – Axios

Coronavirus appears to be accelerating the adoption of workplace automation and the trend is likely to stick around after the pandemic.

Why it matters: Adopting robots and AI could keep businesses going during social distancing and reduce the health risk to human workers. But with unemployment already at Great Depression levels, many of the jobs lost to automation might never be regained.

What's happening: Brain Corp, a San Diego-based company that develops software for use in autonomous cleaning robots, reports its customers are employing robots about 13% more than they were in the months before the pandemic.

The big picture: Past experience suggests the advance of automation happens in sudden surges and economic downturns are often a trigger.

What to watch: Robots will be particularly attractive to front-line businesses that have to stay open during the pandemic.

Yes, but: Companies in the robotics business say their products are meant to augment human workers, not replace them. But with tens of millions of Americans unemployed, it's impossible not to fear that a surge in automation could make a post-pandemic job recovery even more difficult.

The other side: Some experts believe the immediate threat to jobs from automation during the pandemic is overstated.

The bottom line: The robots were already coming for jobs, and the pandemic will give employers additional incentive to automate where they can. But for now, the far bigger threat to jobs is the brute fact of an economic depression.

Go deeper: Coronavirus-related recession could spike automation

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Drones and robots to stop the epidemic – InTallaght

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The same Saturday in which Pedro Snchez decreed in Spain the alarm status warlike metaphors began in this health crisis in which an invisible enemy. To fight the coronavirus the innovation is shown as an essential ally. From artificial intelligence the first technology to warn of the spread of the virus in Wuhan at the end of the year to robots or drones incorporated from the outset into this battle.

The presence of robotics has now become more evident thanks to the number of functions that robots can perform without exposing people, says Pierre Bourdin Kreitz, professor at the UOC in Computer, Multimedia and Telecommunications Studies, who quotes These functions include cleaning, dispensing medications, disinfecting hospitals and other centres, carrying out massive PCR tests and even supplying food or other products that can be sent by courier, he adds.

He refers to robots like Roxo, the FedEx delivery robot, or Scout, as the one from Amazon was baptized. But there are also others, such as Moxi, designed to reduce the workloads of nursing staff by delivering and picking up supplies and bedding; UVD disinfection robots, which use ultraviolet light to kill harmful microorganisms and which, following the appearance of Covid-19, will serve more than 2,000 hospitals in China, or drones that have been integrated into the Operation Balmis of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) of the Spanish Armed Forces, which have gone from being used for agricultural tasks to disinfecting large areas from the air to eliminate the coronavirus.

They are not the only functionalities that drones can provide in the fight against the current pandemic. As it explains Jordi Sandalinas, lawyer, communicator and collaborating professor at the UOC in the drones and law seminar, they also serve to locate and capture information in the form of data. They should be able to do whatever the sensor adapted to the hardware in question allows them to do. Thus, a drone with a suitable sensor should be able to visualize biochemical parameters, he explains. Even the so-called pandemic drones begin to develop. As published by The Robot Report, these drones could detect infectious conditions in crowded spaces using thermal sensors and intelligent systems that control temperature and heart rate, among other parameters.

According to experts, all this technological advance that is reducing risk On the part of the personnel who work in the front line of the pandemic is unstoppable. However, they warn that it is necessary to include certain ethical controls so that technological progress does not end up getting out of hand. We are at a time when responses are urgent, there is no way to escape that pressure. But we should add certain controls that go beyond the emergency, says Pierre Bourdin. In his opinion, the chains of decisions on the technology to be used against the Covid-19 should include philosophers, historians and professionals from areas other than engineering who help to reflect to avoid disastrous consequences despite good intentions. We feel the danger, and that makes us willing to accept great restrictions of freedom that could have negative consequences in the future, he recalls.

In Jordi Sandalinass opinion, the most important and precious asset of the human being is the right to life, which supposes the legal asset to protect without making distinctions. In that context, any technology intended to save lives is welcome, he says. However, he agrees with Pierre Bourdin by stressing that there are certain limits that should not be exceeded. And he cites as an example the use of drones to detect people, which must be accompanied by an action protocol in accordance with the law. Technology must be protected and regulated by ethical and moral values. We cannot speak of detecting people as if we were speaking of detection of hostile elements. Everything must be studied to the millimetre, he says. The UOC collaborating professor reminds us that we must not forget the right to privacy, to the protection of personal data or the right to life and liberty of people, which are among the fundamental rights and freedoms.

On the other hand, Bourdin asserts that all advances in robotics or artificial intelligence should be solely supportive. In no case can a robot or an algorithm replace a person. The goal is for them to function as support for staff so that they have more time to increase the quality of care. A lesson from the crisis we are going through is, without a doubt, the need for personnel for the health system and public services in general, says the UOC professor.

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Breaking the chain the robotic way – The Hindu

KARMI-Bot, a robot deployed at the isolation ward for COVID-19 patients at the Government Medical College Hospital, Ernakulam, may soon find its way to hospitals across the country and even abroad.

For, ASIMOV Robotics, a start-up based in Maker Village, is on the verge of kick-starting commercial production of the robot.

The robot, developed by ASIMOV Robotics with support from the Viswasanthi Foundation run by actor Mohanlal, was handed over to Ernakulam Collector S. Suhas at an event at the start-up village complex in Kalamassery recently.

Deployed at the hospital isolation ward on Saturday, the robot performs a slew of activities from dispensing food and medicines and collection of trash left behind by patients to initiating video call between doctor and patients.

Besides, it can perform ultraviolet-based disinfection and spray detergents at targets.

Its main goal is to limit the interaction between patients and health workers, minimising the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) kits, which is scarce at present.

We have already received close to 500 orders for the robot from India and abroad and the design of the manufacturing model for commercial production is complete. We can go into commercial production as soon as the lockdown is lifted and spares are available, says T. Jayakrishnan, CEO, ASIMOV Robotics.

The start-up is focussing on the health-care sector and plans to bring out a robot specifically designed with therapeutic applications for deployment in intensive care units.

KARMI-Bot, Mr. Jayakrishnan claims, was developed within a month after consultations with medical college authorities.

The robot, capable of carrying a payload of up to 25 kg, can perform up to 6-8 hours after a full charge lasting two hours.

Mr. Jayakrishnan says it will be loaded with additional features such as contact-less temperature checking and automated charger docking once spare parts are available after the lockdown.

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Avidbots Corp.s autonomous floor-scrubbing robots

Demand has doubled for Avidbots Corp.s autonomous floor-scrubbing robots since the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America, as property owners and managers rush to disinfect surfaces that they once took for granted.

The cleaner, called Neo, looks like a hulking photocopier on wheels, and can be found trawling the floors of universities, warehouses, malls and more across the globe. It drops water or cleaning solution onto the ground, scrubs away, then sucks the dirty solution back into the machine. Users dont have to include disinfectant in the solution but many of its new owners are buying Avidbots Neo specifically for disinfection.

Spurred in part by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found the novel coronavirus can live on floors and be carried elsewhere on shoes, many executives are now turning to the six-year-old Kitchener, Ont., startup to solve this need without further risking the health of janitorial staff.

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Disinfecting is now top of mind for a lot of top executives in a way that it wasnt before, said Faizan Sheikh, Avidbotss chief executive officer and co-founder.

The company has 160 employees, largely based out of its manufacturing facility in Kitchener, and has sent Neos to clean hundreds of buildings in the United States, Australia, Japan, parts of Europe and other jurisdictions. It has raised US$36-million in venture financing, including US$24-million in growth capital 13 months ago in a round led by Californias True Ventures.

Not only have customers such as airports been buying Neos for use during the crisis, but Mr. Sheikh says many clients, including universities, have been ordering the robots to use when theyre able to cautiously reopen to ensure that they dont spark another wave of infections.

Everyone who experienced this is not going to forget this, Mr. Sheikh said.

Neo cleaners can be found in airports worldwide, including MontralTrudeau, Singapore Changi and Paris Charles de Gaulle, as well as hospitals such as Sunnybrook in Toronto.

Customers are coming to Avidbots for more than just COVID-19-related needs. Shipping giant DHL International GmbH will announce Monday that it will roll out hundreds of Avidbotss cleaners for use in warehouses worldwide in the next few years as part of its long-term robotics investment.

Gina Chung, DHLs head of innovation for the Americas, said in an interview that the company was impressed with both Avidbotss customer focus and Neos technical capabilities. You have visibility and confidence that cleaning has been done consistently, she said.

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With demand up by 100 per cent, Avidbotss Kitchener factory has been busy and taking precautions. Those who can are working from home, while other workers, particularly in assembly roles, are required to wear protective equipment. Portions of the Neo assembly have been staggered further apart so that workers remain distant from each other, too.

Avidbots is actually hiring right now both in Kitchener and for sales positions abroad. Mr. Sheikh has heard from many people over the years who say theyre fearful of robotics supplanting jobs; with worker health now a massive societal priority, he hopes more people will see the benefits of having a robot in the workplace. Its here, its going to do a dirty and dangerous job, and people dont have to, he said.

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Impact of Robots In The Financial Sector – Communal News

From the ancient civilization there have been user configurable automated devises that were used to entertain people. Origin of robots starts from the early 19th century. Robot is a machine which is specially programmed and controlled by a computer. They are capable of carrying complex operations automatically either with an external control or with the command embedded inside them.

Robots have replaced human in conducting repetitive and dangerous activities which humans are not able to do because of certain limitations.RPA (Robotic Process Automation) technology, sometimes called a software robot or bot, mimics a human worker.

As the application of technology that allows employees to configure computer software or a robot to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems. RPA is the automation of rules-based processes with software that requires zero (or minimum) human interaction and applies it to Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERPs), workflows, email systems and databases.

In a bank RPA has the potential to reduce the operational errors, they can work 24*7, reduce the cost of multiple people for the same task and also multitasking. This helps to increase the sustainability, increase the customer service and also improve the audits.

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of technology for the sake of technology; Im a seasoned transformation practitioner focused on deploying pragmatic solutions to my clients problems. Industry study show that know only one in ten use RPA whereas by the next decade 4 out of 10 will use the same.

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The main focus area of this research paper is to understand the changing financial and economic conditions with the advent of modern technology. The data collected is a form of secondary data. I focused my course of study in banking, insurance and a part of capital markets that is the Algo Trading.

This study helped me to gain certain insights on the possible outcomes of the introduction of robots in the financial sector and how it will help to ease our business to increase profitability. The possible positive impact of these AI and robots in banking insurance and capital markets.

I am going to focus my study on the changes of digitalisation or automation in the financial sector. Today we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Change is constant we cannot avoid the occurrence of the same the only thing we can do is to adjust to the changing environment and upgrade ourselves.

The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the third, the connection of human mind and technology together which we call artificial intelligence.

Already artificial intelligence is around us from self-driven cars to virtual assistants that guide us when and where to invest computing the risk is to returns factor. Like the previous revolutions the current revolution will also raise global incomes and improve the quality of life all over the globe. Currently ordering a cab, booking a flight, buying a product, making payment, etc can be done remotely.

Transportation and communication costs will drop whereas logistics and global chain will be more effective. Economists have predicted that with the current revolution the number of job creation will come down. A time will come where the people will be rewarded for the innovative idea which they give.

So we are focusing on the impact of robots on financial sector. The Automated Teller Machines are there since 1967, but they have not yet replaced the traditional teller jobs. Since complex transactions takes place require human intervention best example is the demonetisation that took place in India.

Part of these payments are replaced by various mobile E-Payment wallets. The more surprising aspect is robots actually working in a bank like the IRA a robot introduced by HDFC bank for providing basic customer service. There are many other fields like KYC, Risk, Valuations, Insurance, Limits, etc. robots have changed the face of modern day banking which in turn has helped satisfy the mellenails requirement of technology.

Robotic process automation has also dramatically streamlined a wide variety of back office processes that always used to consume time of the bank workers. By shifting these tedious, manual tasks from humans to machines which have direct impact on their performance and efficiency levels. RPA also provides full audit traits for each process that will help to achieve process compliance and reduce risk.

There is a great deal of records in the life cycle of a normal banking customer right from deposits, withdrawals to loan documentaries. It was indeed very tedious job for the customer as well to maintain a record of the same. One of the greatest things that robots have done is it has introduced a solution for the banking industries through which the data management has improved and we need not be starting from the scratch.

With the help of this technology the bank employees will be able to have access to information at all times at just a click away. The other part where it is usefull is the compliance and audit part instead of paying money to the consultant this can be done easily with the help of this.

For example, Bank of Tokyo- Mitsubishi introduced Nao, a 58-centimetre (1ft 11)-tall, 5.4 kg robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics. It is equipped with a camera and microphone and has visual recognition and remote control capabilities. It can recognise 19 spoken languages, interact and communicate with customers in branches, and provide response to queries. They also developed a robot named Pepper which is a robot that entertains the customers with games and multimedia functions.

ANZ is using RPA in processing payroll, account payable, mortgage procession, and human resource (HR) functions. ICICI Bank, meanwhile, uses RPA to perform over one million banking transactions in backend operations per day, reducing response time by 60% and improving accuracy. These software robots are deployed in over 200 business process functions of the bank across retail banking, agri-banking, trade and forex, treasury, and HR.

Likewise, Barclays Bank implements RPA across a wide range of processes such as fraud detection, risk monitoring, account receivables processing, and loan application. In India HDFC on of the largest Indian private sector bank has introduced Eva Indias first AI-based banking Chabot. They can assimilate thousands of data from different sources and provide solutions in simple language in 0.4 seconds.

EVA stands for Electronic Virtual Assistant. It is developed by Sense forth AI Research Pvt Ltd for HDFC Bank. Senseforth AI Research Private Limited was founded on 27 March 2017. It is classified as a Nongovernment Company and has been registered at the Registrar of Companies, Bangalore.

Chatbot is a short form for chat robot it is a computer programme which creates human conversation or chats through artificial intelligence. Presently a chatbot conducts conversations with a real person but advanced programmes are being made where two chat bots will be able to converse with each other. They are widely used in E-Commerce websites and call centre to solve the customer grievances.

The development of chatbots has opened up new arenas for customer engagement and new ways of carrying out business in the form of conversational commerce with the customers. It is now considered to be one of the most useful innovations of technologies that businesses can blindly rely on, very conveniently replacing the traditional methods of making apps and websites more efficient for business and commerce.

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RobotWorx – Examples of Robotics

The word "robotics brings many images to mind. Depending on your experiences and frame of mind, a robot could be anything from the Roomba robotic vacuum to Lego and VEX robots used in educational facilities across the country to theindustrial robotsseen in manufacturing plants all over the world. All of the listed items are examples of robots androbotics.

Many people are introduced to robots androboticsthrough toys and the media. Remember Rosey, the robotic maid in the television cartoon The Jetsons? How about R2-D2 from the Star Wars movies? These and other examples of roboticsare often our first introduction to robots. If these examples of robotsseem a little dated, one doesnt need to look very far to find more modern examples. The Roomba robotic vacuuming system regularly runs commercials on our television sets.Hondas ASIMO made headlines in the last few years, stunning viewers with its human-like abilities and demeanor.

While Rosey, R2-D2, Roomba, and ASIMO dont usually play a vital role in our daily lives and arent weaved to complexly into the fabric of our economy, educational robots androboticstake us one step closer. Many middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities take part in robotic competitions every year. Organizations such as Legos, VEXRobotics, and FIRST Robotics distribute robotic building kits to hundreds of teams every year the allow students to learn about, build, and operate robots androbotic systems. The education gained from competing in these robotic events gives students an introduction into the field of robotics and the principles needed to take their interest to the next level.

What is the next level?Industrial robotsrepresent the real-world, practical application of robotics.Industrial robots from manufacturers such asFANUCandMotomanautomateindustrial tasks such asspot welding,palletizing,arc welding,machine loading,cutting, and many others. The experiences gained from educational robots and a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) based education give students the background and foundation necessary to jump right into theindustrial roboticsfield.

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What Types of Jobs Are in Robotics? – Grad School Hub

Decades ago robotics was science fiction, and any consideration of the types of jobs in robotics was a thing of the future. Well, it's no longer science fiction, but rather science fact. It's still a thing of the future, but it's also very much a thing of the present with many job opportunities. It will continue to grow and increase in job prospects. If you're even remotely interested in this science, now is the time to get the training to enter this field.

A few of the types of jobs in robotics include:

This is a profession for someone with a lot of patience, besides a lot of training in engineering. An engineer has the responsibility for developing the robot on paper. This creation can take quite some time, because of research and the high technicality and sophistication of robotics. Then, as it's being built, he will oversee practically every aspect of the development of the robot, from safety to testing to analyzing and reviewing every movement.

An engineer will also need to debug any problem within the software system. Because of the need to oversee every project, engineers don't create very many robots throughout their careers. This type of robotics job is very technical and time consuming.

Each robot needs to have a computerized internal system that is highly efficient in operating the machine. This schematic design is written and coded by the software developer along with the engineer to assure the robot performs the functions it's designed to carry out in a safe and precise way. Obviously, the software developer has to be very efficient in computer coding and software design.

There are a couple types of technicians. A robotics technician can repair and maintain robots and build some robotic parts along with other tasks.

An electromechanical technician works with the engineer in the design process of new robots.

Sales engineers must know the products inside and out, as they will be attempting to sell advanced technological robots and their designs to potential customers. They must also be able to consult with the buyer and make any changes in the design to satisfy their needs.

Of course every robot has to have someone operating and overseeing it 24 hours a day. In case anything should go wrong or break down, someone would need to be on top of the situation immediately. That's where an operator comes in. Working in shifts around the clock, they ensure everything goes smoothly.

They are also needed to operate and repair such equipment as flying drones, undersea robots and robots designed for military activities.

Yes, there are even jobs within the robotics field that include accounting. For this, an individual would need a strong background in robot technology, sales, accounting, and customer service. He or she would need to be outgoing yet independent, and have a strong personality to connect with and make sales to customers within the robotics industry.

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As you can see, the technology of robotics is growing. According to an article in The New York Times, more and more robots will be replacing humans in everyday tasks and jobs, with the need for more and more robotics engineers, technicians and others in the field. It's a growing industry and worth focusing your sites on if you're interested in making a future in one of the many types of jobs in robotics.

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Autel Robotics EVO Review | PCMag

DJI created and owns the folding drone space, but it's not without viable competition. The Autel Robotics EVO ($999) does some things that DJI Mavic drones don'tincluding recording 4K at 60fpsbut does omit some of the more advanced features offered by the competition. But if you place emphasis on high frame rate capture, the EVO is an appealing aerial video platform. I like it a lot, although our favorite folding drone is the pricier, but more capable, DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

The first thing you notice about the EVO is its color schemebright orange is a heck of a lot more eye-catching than most drone designs. If you have to land hard in tall grass or brush it'll make the aircraft easier to spot, and black struts help you visually identify the drone as it soars against a bright sky.

The aircraft features a folding design. With its arms folded against the body, it measures in at about 5.5 by 5.5 by 10.0 inches (HWD). That means you can find space for it in your existing camera bagit takes up about the same amount as a typical 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom and adds about two pounds of weight to your pack.

The arms have to be unfolded before flight, but centrifugal force takes care of putting the propellers in their proper positionthey also fold for storage. Opening up the drone for flight is simple, just remember to swing out the forward arms before the aft ones.

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The EVO has the expected safety features. Its positioning system leverages both GPS and GLONASS satellites, so a position lock is acquired quickly. If connection is dropped between the drone and the remote, the EVO will automatically return to its takeoff point. You can also activate return-to-home manually.

Battery life is quite good, though not as good as the 30 minutes advertised by Autel. In real-world flight conditions, I averaged about 26 minutes per flight. That's right up there with competitors, thoughthe DJI Mavic 2 gets about 27 minutes and the Parrot Anafi about 25 minutes. Autel sells additional flight batteries for $85.

Obstacle detection sensors are located at the nose and tail. The forward sensors do cut the top speed to 22mph when enabledthe drone can fly as quickly as 44mph when they're turned off. They can stop the drone from crashing, thoughthe EVO stops in its tracks when it senses an obstruction in its flight path. Flight speed is similar to the DJI Mavic Air, which also tops out around 22mph when its obstacle sensors are enabled. For a faster drone with obstacle detection enabled, consider the Mavic 2 Zoom or Mavic 2 Pro, both of which can fly at 32mph with obstacle detection turned on.

Rear sensors are included too, although they won't prevent you from backing the drone into a tree during manual flight. Both sets of sensors are used when the drone is set to track a moving subjectyou just need to draw a box around your target using the control app. There are no top, bottom, or side sensors available, as you get with the DJI Mavic 2 family, so automated tracking is limited to forward and backward motion.

Autel isn't as authoritative with enforcing safety features as DJI. This can be appealing to pilots who are aware of regulations, but it can also be dangerous for uneducated pilots. So, while it is possible to fly the EVO as high as 2,600 feet above ground level, you should take care to limit yourself to a 400-foot altitudethe default, and legal limit in the US.

There is also a geofence, which can be set from about 100 feet all the way through 1,640 feet. When enabled, the drone won't fly farther away from the launch point than the set limit. It can certainly serve to keep you out of trouble, although you should remember that you're required to keep a drone within visual line of sight when flying in the US.

The EVO doesn't recognize or enforce permanent or temporary no-fly zones. That's a safety concern, too. You'll need to take care to ensure that you're not within five miles of an airport, flying in a national park, or near Washington, DC when using the EVO. Most importantly, you don't want to fly the EVO near wildfiresdrones can interfere with aerial firefighting efforts.

There is no internal memory. The EVO has a single microSD slot and ships with a 32GB card included. You can transfer video to your computer via a micro USB cable, or remove the card and use a card reader. The memory card door is very tight, at least on the EVO I tested, and I had to resort to opening it with a letter opener or scissors.

Battery charging is done outside the drone. It ships with a dedicated charger that can replenish the flight battery, and also includes a USB port to top off the remote control or another device.

The included remote control is quite nice. It's compact, with a clip to hold your phone at its top, handgrips that swing out and to the bottom, and a full-color display. There are wheels to adjust exposure and camera tilt, buttons to snap images and start or stop video clips, two programmable rear controls, and dedicated controls for takeoff and landing, as well as for return-to-home. There's also a Pause button, which will stop the EVO and hover in place.

The remote's color screen doesn't just show telemetry data, battery life, and other sundry features. With a press of the Display button, it switches to show a live feed from the EVO's camera. Unlike most competing models, you can fly it without having to attach a smartphone and still see the view from the camera. The 3.3-inch display isn't huge and doesn't support touch input, so you'll need to navigate through settings using the physical controlsthe right wheel is used to scroll through menus and doubles as a button to confirm any changes you make to settings.

You can access and adjust basic settingsvideo resolution, frame rate, image file format, maximum flight altitude and geofence settings, and the likeusing the remote. But for more advanced settings, including access to different video profiles, automated shot modes, and subject tracking, you'll still need to attach a phone. The EVO does remember which video profile you've chosen, though, so you can make those configuration changes once with the phone app and they'll still be applied when flying with the remote control only.

The Autel Explorer app, a free download for Android and iOS devices, is required to take full advantage of all of the EVO's features. The app gives you access to video profiles, automated shots, which include perfectly circular orbits, and subject tracking. The EVO recognizes a subject easilyjust draw a box around it using your phone's screenand leverages its obstacle detection system to keep pace with moving targets at up to 22mph speed.

I have a minor quibble with the controls. The remote has a button for automated takeoff and landing. It works well for landings, but not so much for takeoff. Pressing it shows an Invalid Command message on the remote's screen. You need to manually fire the motors the old fashioned way, by moving both control sticks diagonally downward and inward, and then press the button to take off. But I found it easier just to push up on the left stick to take off once the rotors spun up.

The EVO sports a 4K video camera, backed by a smartphone-sized 12MP image sensor. I was very happy with the video quality in generalthere's plenty of resolution to show crisp detail, and colors look great. But I have one big complaintthe default profile applies way too much sharpening to footage, giving it an unnatural look. Thankfully you can dial back the sharpening using the app, either by manually fine-tuning the default color profile or switching to the Film mode, which is no different from the default, but with sharpening turned all the way down. It's the first thing I'd recommend EVO buyers do when setting up the drone.

There are a couple of other things to watch out for, too. I had to manually dial in a bit of gimbal roll adjustment in order to straighten out my horizon during one test flight, and propellers can enter the frame when flying forward, even with the top speed throttled to 22mph by the obstacle sensors.

There are a number of frame rates available. I shot my test footage at 24fps, as I prefer a cinematic look, but you can also choose 30fps for a video look, 48fps for cinematic slow-motion, and 60fps for traditional half-speed playback. You're also able to shoot at 2.7K resolution at any of those frame rates, at 1080p (2K) up to 120fps, and 720p as quickly as 240fps.

In addition to the standard profile, you can opt for the aforementioned Film look, as well as Vivid, Black-and-White, and a number of filtered looksArt, Beach, Dream, Classic, and Nostalgic. They're helpful settings for casual users who want to get a different look from video without having to learn how to color grade footage.

But if you're a pro and you love grading your own video, be happy to know there is also a flat Log color profile available. It drops contrast, curbing highlights and reining in shadows, so you have more room to make adjustments. But Log footage doesn't look good without color correction, so it's only something you should use if you're familiar with advanced video editing software.

For stills, you can shoot in Raw or JPG format at 12MP resolution. Image quality is on par with modern smartphones, so it's definitely more point-and-shoot than SLR. But that's the case for most drones. If you're mostly interested in daylight imaging you'll likely be happy with the images, even if you're the type to opt to shoot in Raw and take charge of your own image processing. To get better-than-smartphone shots, you'll need to look at a model with a larger image sensor. If you like to print, consider it, but for Facebook and Instagram, the EVO will do fine.

There are a few drones out there with 1-inch class image sensors, about four times the size of the EVO's smartphone-sized sensor, and they offer a big upgrade in image quality, but you either have to sacrifice a compact design or some dollars to get one. The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced puts a 1-inch sensor camera in a larger drone for around $1,000, while the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the only folding 1-inch sensor model we've seen, but it costs around $1,500.

Let's face itDJI essentially owns the compact drone market. Its Mavic series created the space and it's now into the second generation of development. The Mavic Air does more stuff than the EVO for less money, after all. But not everyone needs, or wants, more stuff. The Autel Robotics EVO is compelling for different reasons.

A big one is the lack of built-in restrictions. DJI's critics have been vocal, crowing about enforcement of no-fly zones and the necessity to set up an account and tie its drones to it and your smartphone. For some, what is perceived as a Big Brother attitude is enough to keep them from buying a DJI drone.

I don't share that opinion. In my eyes, DJI's built-in safety features are necessary and its self-policing has no doubt prevented someone somewhere from doing something very dumb. But I recognize that not everyone shares my opinions, and potential drone owners who don't like the way DJI does things can buy an EVO and have fun making aerial images and videos.

The other area where the EVO betters the Mavic series is in its remote control. And while Autel doesn't include a touch screen with the EVO remote, it's very practical to use without a smartphone, and if you need to use a feature that requires the Autel Explorer app, you can still connect your phone to the remote to unlock the drone's full feature set.

Video quality is very good, and while I would have liked to have seen a more pleasing default profile, it's easy enough to dial down sharpening orif you really know what you're doingto switch to a Log profile. And the EVO supports 4K DCI capture, as well as 60fps at 4K UHD, options not available in the Mavic series.

The EVO is undoubtedly the right drone for some pilots. Its battery life is right up there with the competition, and it's capable of flying at greater speeds than other small drones that cost about the same. I think the DJI Mavic Air is a better choice for more peopleit's $200 cheaper, has more safety features, and records 4K UHD video. But if the Mavic Air doesn't tickle your fancy, the EVO is a very viable alternative.

Compact, folding design.

Stable 4K video at up to 60fps.

Log video profile.

Supports UHD and DCI formats.

Obstacle avoidance system.

Solid battery life.

Works with or without a smartphone.

Default video profile appears oversharpened.

Memory card door is very tight.

Not as many safety features as other drones.

The Autel Robotics EVO is a very solid small drone with strong battery life, a stabilized 4K camera, and an obstacle detection system.

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Kell Robotics | Creativity Unleashed

The STEM Renaissance Project is a vision for a project to advance the state of the art in STEM Education & Learning.

This initiative will broaden STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning to encompass a broad range of disciplines and skills including entrepreneurship, business development, leadership, and innovation.

This home of this initiative is a one-of-a-kind facility will integrate a technology, innovation, and art museum; 2,500 seat arena; exposition hall; innovation & creativity laboratory; general purpose science lab; classrooms; lecture halls; machine and workshop; technology and business incubators; television studio, and cafeteria. The arenas design will be optimized to accommodate STEM competitions, exhibitions and conferences. This is expected to be the first facility of this type in the world, a facility that is purpose built to support the high impact STEM competitions that are emerging in the 21st century.

The facility described here is designed to house a multi-disciplinary set of initiative that will support teacher production and development, business development and incubation, Informal STEM Learning and Competition Support, product innovation and development, and engineering and scientific research.

This initiative is a celebration of STEM learning, made visible by creating an architecturally iconic facility that will be recognized around the world.

This visionary concept is a Big Bang idea, supporting and celebrating STEM activities as a vital part of our world community.

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Danville students draw on robotics team experience to create PPE for East Bay hospitals –

Just before Easter, while Danville high schools were on spring break, Vikram Gopalan saw a YouTube video about a group in Alabama making face shields using 3D printers.

"Check out this link," the San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) junior immediately texted to some of his classmates. "I think we as a team have the skill set, experience and determination to do something like this for our area. We have the infrastructure to organize this, and it's the kind of thing FIRST Robotics Competition has been preparing us for."

Indeed it was, especially considering how quickly the Danville high school's robotics team got to work.

Three days later, on April 12, the students launched a professional-looking website for their initiative named Danville Fighting COVID. Their goal: to rally local makers and craftspeople to join them in creating personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical front-line workers and to help stock local food banks through donations and well-organized, hygienic deliveries.

Radhika Gawde, a senior and robotics team member who is serving as project manager, credits their previous experience as competitive engineers to quickly draw up and execute a plan.

"We had a white board and came up with what I call our 'high-level battle plan,'" she said.

3D-printed headpieces intended for face shields were made at San Ramon Valley High School facilities.

Laying the groundwork, Gawde said, was the easy part, thanks to the team's experience collaborating on both robotics and the fundraising required to participate in national competitions. The challenge has been getting their hands on available 3D printers, as well as sourcing face shield materials.

But, she noted, they are on track so far to meet their goal of delivering 200 face shields, and any other PPE equipment they can gather from the community, to Kaiser Permanent and John Muir Health in Walnut Creek on Saturday.

The initiative is run by a core of 12 students, most from SRVHS, plus a few friends from Monte Vista High School, also in Danville. In addition to providing links for those who want to make monetary donations to local food banks, the students are organizing drop sites for food donations that they will then sort, sanitize and deliver. The website also has patterns for making face shields, places to donate materials, links for donating meals to first responders and other COVID-related groups.

With spring break over, the students are back in class, and happy to have a sense of purpose. What's hardest, said Gawde, is that they'll never get to travel to the robotics competition for which they'd been preparing all year.

"And we still have to pass all our classes," she noted. "But we're not doing that much. It's the health care workers who are working so hard. If there's a way we can support that, we definitely want to."

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Service Robotics Market Segmentation, Application, Technology, Analysis Research Report and Forecast to 2026 – Cole of Duty

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Global Robotic Vision Industry | State – Olean Times Herald

NEW YORK, April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Robotic Vision market worldwide is projected to grow by US$3.9 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 10.5%. Hardware, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 10.8%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$4.9 Billion by the year 2025, Hardware will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.

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- Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 12% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$174.3 Million to the region's size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years. Over US$181.5 Million worth of projected demand in the region will come from Rest of Europe markets. In Japan, Hardware will reach a market size of US$368.9 Million by the close of the analysis period. As the world's second largest economy and the new game changer in global markets, China exhibits the potential to grow at 10% over the next couple of years and add approximately US$662.7 Million in terms of addressable opportunity for the picking by aspiring businesses and their astute leaders. Presented in visually rich graphics are these and many more need-to-know quantitative data important in ensuring quality of strategy decisions, be it entry into new markets or allocation of resources within a portfolio. Several macroeconomic factors and internal market forces will shape growth and development of demand patterns in emerging countries in Asia-Pacific. All research viewpoints presented are based on validated engagements from influencers in the market, whose opinions supersede all other research methodologies.

- Competitors identified in this market include, among others,

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A Prelude to Robotic Vision TechnologyRobotic Vision Market Set for a Rapid GrowthMarket OutlookGlobal Competitor Market SharesRobotic Vision Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide(in %): 2019 & 2025



Growing Automotive Production to Drive the Robotic Vision MarketStringent Government Regulations and Rising Need for FoodSafety Propel the Robotic Vision Market in F&B SectorRobotic Vision in Packaging Applications to Bolster Market GrowthRobotics in Aerospace Parts Manufacturing Help Prevent QualityEscapesIntegration of 3D Capabilities in Robotic Vision EnablesSmarter PerformanceAdvancements in Robotics Spur Market Expansion


Table 1: Robotic Vision Global Market Estimates and Forecastsin US$ Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 2: Robotic Vision Global Retrospective Market Scenario inUS$ Million by Region/Country: 2009-2017Table 3: Robotic Vision Market Share Shift across KeyGeographies Worldwide: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 4: Hardware (Component) World Market by Region/Country inUS$ Million: 2018 to 2025Table 5: Hardware (Component) Historic Market Analysis byRegion/Country in US$ Million: 2009 to 2017Table 6: Hardware (Component) Market Share Breakdown ofWorldwide Sales by Region/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 7: Software (Component) Potential Growth MarketsWorldwide in US$ Million: 2018 to 2025Table 8: Software (Component) Historic Market Perspective byRegion/Country in US$ Million: 2009 to 2017Table 9: Software (Component) Market Sales Breakdown byRegion/Country in Percentage: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 10: 2D (Technology) Geographic Market Spread Worldwide inUS$ Million: 2018 to 2025Table 11: 2D (Technology) Region Wise Breakdown of GlobalHistoric Demand in US$ Million: 2009 to 2017Table 12: 2D (Technology) Market Share Distribution inPercentage by Region/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 13: 3D (Technology) World Market Estimates and Forecastsby Region/Country in US$ Million: 2018 to 2025Table 14: 3D (Technology) Market Historic Review byRegion/Country in US$ Million: 2009 to 2017Table 15: 3D (Technology) Market Share Breakdown byRegion/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 16: Automotive (Industry) Worldwide Latent DemandForecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 17: Automotive (Industry) Global Historic Analysis in US$Million by Region/Country: 2009-2017Table 18: Automotive (Industry) Distribution of Global Sales byRegion/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 19: Packaging (Industry) Sales Estimates and Forecasts inUS$ Million by Region/Country for the Years 2018 through 2025Table 20: Packaging (Industry) Analysis of Historic Sales inUS$ Million by Region/Country for the Years 2009 to 2017Table 21: Packaging (Industry) Global Market Share Distributionby Region/Country for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 22: Aerospace (Industry) Global Opportunity Assessment inUS$ Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 23: Aerospace (Industry) Historic Sales Analysis in US$Million by Region/Country: 2009-2017Table 24: Aerospace (Industry) Percentage Share Breakdown ofGlobal Sales by Region/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 25: Food Processing (Industry) Worldwide Sales in US$Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 26: Food Processing (Industry) Historic Demand Patternsin US$ Million by Region/Country: 2009-2017Table 27: Food Processing (Industry) Market Share Shift acrossKey Geographies: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 28: Metal Processing (Industry) Global Market Estimates &Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 29: Metal Processing (Industry) Retrospective DemandAnalysis in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2009-2017Table 30: Metal Processing (Industry) Market Share Breakdown byRegion/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025


GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSISUNITED STATESMarket Facts & FiguresUS Robotic Vision Market Share (in %) by Company: 2019 & 2025Market AnalyticsTable 31: United States Robotic Vision Market Estimates andProjections in US$ Million by Component: 2018 to 2025Table 32: Robotic Vision Market in the United States byComponent: A Historic Review in US$ Million for 2009-2017Table 33: United States Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdownby Component: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 34: Robotic Vision Market in US$ Million in the UnitedStates by Technology: 2018-2025Table 35: United States Robotic Vision Market RetrospectiveAnalysis in US$ Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 36: United States Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdownby Technology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 37: United States Robotic Vision Latent Demand Forecastsin US$ Million by Industry: 2018 to 2025Table 38: Robotic Vision Historic Demand Patterns in the UnitedStates by Industry in US$ Million for 2009-2017Table 39: Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown in the UnitedStates by Industry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025CANADATable 40: Canadian Robotic Vision Market Estimates andForecasts in US$ Million by Component: 2018 to 2025Table 41: Canadian Robotic Vision Historic Market Review byComponent in US$ Million: 2009-2017Table 42: Robotic Vision Market in Canada: Percentage ShareBreakdown of Sales by Component for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 43: Robotic Vision Market Analysis in Canada in US$Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 44: Robotic Vision Market in Canada: Historic Review inUS$ Million by Technology for the Period 2009-2017Table 45: Canadian Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byTechnology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 46: Canadian Robotic Vision Market Quantitative DemandAnalysis in US$ Million by Industry: 2018 to 2025Table 47: Robotic Vision Market in Canada: Summarization ofHistoric Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Industry for2009-2017Table 48: Canadian Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis byIndustry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025JAPANTable 49: Japanese Market for Robotic Vision: Annual SalesEstimates and Projections in US$ Million by Component for thePeriod 2018-2025Table 50: Robotic Vision Market in Japan: Historic SalesAnalysis in US$ Million by Component for the Period 2009-2017Table 51: Japanese Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis byComponent: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 52: Japanese Medium & Long-Term Outlook for RoboticVision Market in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 53: Robotic Vision Market in Japan in US$ Million byTechnology: 2009-2017Table 54: Japanese Robotic Vision Market Percentage ShareDistribution by Technology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 55: Japanese Demand Estimates and Forecasts for RoboticVision in US$ Million by Industry: 2018 to 2025Table 56: Japanese Robotic Vision Market in US$ Million byIndustry: 2009-2017Table 57: Robotic Vision Market Share Shift in Japan byIndustry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025CHINATable 58: Chinese Robotic Vision Market Growth Prospects in US$Million by Component for the Period 2018-2025Table 59: Robotic Vision Historic Market Analysis in China inUS$ Million by Component: 2009-2017Table 60: Chinese Robotic Vision Market by Component:Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 61: Robotic Vision Market Estimates and Forecasts inChina in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 62: Chinese Robotic Vision Retrospective Market Scenarioin US$ Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 63: Robotic Vision Market in China: Percentage ShareAnalysis by Technology for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 64: Chinese Demand for Robotic Vision in US$ Million byIndustry: 2018 to 2025Table 65: Robotic Vision Market Review in China in US$ Millionby Industry: 2009-2017Table 66: Chinese Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byIndustry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025EUROPEMarket Facts & FiguresEuropean Robotic Vision Market: Competitor Market ShareScenario (in %) for 2019 & 2025Market AnalyticsTable 67: European Robotic Vision Market Demand Scenario in US$Million by Region/Country: 2018-2025Table 68: Robotic Vision Market in Europe: A Historic MarketPerspective in US$ Million by Region/Country for the Period2009-2017Table 69: European Robotic Vision Market Share Shift byRegion/Country: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 70: European Robotic Vision Market Estimates andForecasts in US$ Million by Component: 2018-2025Table 71: Robotic Vision Market in Europe in US$ Million byComponent: A Historic Review for the Period 2009-2017Table 72: European Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byComponent: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 73: European Robotic Vision Market Assessment in US$Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 74: European Robotic Vision Historic Market Review in US$Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 75: Robotic Vision Market in Europe: Percentage Breakdownof Sales by Technology for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 76: European Robotic Vision Addressable MarketOpportunity in US$ Million by Industry: 2018-2025Table 77: Robotic Vision Market in Europe: Summarization ofHistoric Demand in US$ Million by Industry for the Period2009-2017Table 78: European Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis byIndustry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025FRANCETable 79: Robotic Vision Market in France by Component:Estimates and Projections in US$ Million for the Period2018-2025Table 80: French Robotic Vision Historic Market Scenario in US$Million by Component: 2009-2017Table 81: French Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis byComponent: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 82: French Robotic Vision Market Estimates andProjections in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 83: French Robotic Vision Historic Market Analysis in US$Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 84: French Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byTechnology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 85: Robotic Vision Quantitative Demand Analysis in Francein US$ Million by Industry: 2018-2025Table 86: French Robotic Vision Historic Market Review in US$Million by Industry: 2009-2017Table 87: French Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis:A 17-Year Perspective by Industry for 2009, 2019, and 2025GERMANYTable 88: Robotic Vision Market in Germany: Recent Past,Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Component for thePeriod 2018-2025Table 89: German Robotic Vision Historic Market Analysis in US$Million by Component: 2009-2017Table 90: German Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byComponent: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 91: German Robotic Vision Latent Demand Forecasts in US$Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 92: Robotic Vision Market in Germany: A HistoricPerspective by Technology in US$ Million for the Period2009-2017Table 93: German Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byTechnology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 94: Robotic Vision Market in Germany: Annual SalesEstimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Industry for thePeriod 2018-2025Table 95: German Robotic Vision Market in Retrospect in US$Million by Industry: 2009-2017Table 96: Robotic Vision Market Share Distribution in Germanyby Industry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025ITALYTable 97: Italian Robotic Vision Market Growth Prospects in US$Million by Component for the Period 2018-2025Table 98: Robotic Vision Historic Market Analysis in Italy inUS$ Million by Component: 2009-2017Table 99: Italian Robotic Vision Market by Component:Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 100: Robotic Vision Market Estimates and Forecasts inItaly in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 101: Italian Robotic Vision Retrospective Market Scenarioin US$ Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 102: Robotic Vision Market in Italy: Percentage ShareAnalysis by Technology for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 103: Italian Demand for Robotic Vision in US$ Million byIndustry: 2018 to 2025Table 104: Robotic Vision Market Review in Italy in US$ Millionby Industry: 2009-2017Table 105: Italian Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdown byIndustry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025UNITED KINGDOMTable 106: United Kingdom Market for Robotic Vision: AnnualSales Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Component forthe Period 2018-2025Table 107: Robotic Vision Market in the United Kingdom:Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Component for thePeriod 2009-2017Table 108: United Kingdom Robotic Vision Market Share Analysisby Component: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 109: United Kingdom Medium & Long-Term Outlook forRobotic Vision Market in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 110: Robotic Vision Market in the United Kingdom in US$Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 111: United Kingdom Robotic Vision Market PercentageShare Distribution by Technology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 112: United Kingdom Demand Estimates and Forecasts forRobotic Vision in US$ Million by Industry: 2018 to 2025Table 113: United Kingdom Robotic Vision Market in US$ Millionby Industry: 2009-2017Table 114: Robotic Vision Market Share Shift in the UnitedKingdom by Industry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025REST OF EUROPETable 115: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Market Estimates andForecasts in US$ Million by Component: 2018-2025Table 116: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of Europe in US$Million by Component: A Historic Review for the Period2009-2017Table 117: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdownby Component: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 118: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Market Assessment inUS$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 119: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Historic Market Reviewin US$ Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 120: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of Europe: PercentageBreakdown of Sales by Technology for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 121: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Addressable MarketOpportunity in US$ Million by Industry: 2018-2025Table 122: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of Europe:Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Million by Industry forthe Period 2009-2017Table 123: Rest of Europe Robotic Vision Market Share Analysisby Industry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025ASIA-PACIFICTable 124: Robotic Vision Market in Asia-Pacific by Component:Estimates and Projections in US$ Million for the Period2018-2025Table 125: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Historic Market Scenarioin US$ Million by Component: 2009-2017Table 126: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis byComponent: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 127: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Market Estimates andProjections in US$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 128: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Historic Market Analysisin US$ Million by Technology: 2009-2017Table 129: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdownby Technology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 130: Robotic Vision Quantitative Demand Analysis inAsia-Pacific in US$ Million by Industry: 2018-2025Table 131: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Historic Market Reviewin US$ Million by Industry: 2009-2017Table 132: Asia-Pacific Robotic Vision Market Share Analysis:A 17-Year Perspective by Industry for 2009, 2019, and 2025REST OF WORLDTable 133: Rest of World Robotic Vision Market Estimates andForecasts in US$ Million by Component: 2018 to 2025Table 134: Rest of World Robotic Vision Historic Market Reviewby Component in US$ Million: 2009-2017Table 135: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of World: PercentageShare Breakdown of Sales by Component for 2009, 2019, and 2025Table 136: Robotic Vision Market Analysis in Rest of World inUS$ Million by Technology: 2018-2025Table 137: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of World: HistoricReview in US$ Million by Technology for the Period 2009-2017Table 138: Rest of World Robotic Vision Market Share Breakdownby Technology: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025Table 139: Rest of World Robotic Vision Market QuantitativeDemand Analysis in US$ Million by Industry: 2018 to 2025Table 140: Robotic Vision Market in Rest of World:Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million byIndustry for 2009-2017Table 141: Rest of World Robotic Vision Market Share Analysisby Industry: 2009 VS 2019 VS 2025



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AI’ll be there for you: are robots coming to take our jobs? – The Irish Times

Fear and apprehension relating to the potential of new generations of robots leading to mass unemployment tends to move up a notch whenever a shiny new piece of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology is unveiled.

One of the few instances where that was not the case was the recent announcement by Irish company Akara Robotics that it had developed a virus-killing robot with the ability to disinfect hospitals and get rid of the Covid-19 virus. The replacement of human labour was naturally seen as a positive.

But that is far from the norm. I generally get asked two questions about AI and robotics which are usually based on fear, says KPMG director Kieran Towey. When are robots going to take my job away and when are they going to murder me in my bed?

Towey, who worked as an epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture during the foot and mouth disease crisis of 2001, remains very positive, nevertheless.

If you think back 150 years ago, most of work was powered by the horse, he says. It was used for everything transport, logistics, farming, pulling barges along canals. The advent of the internal combustion engine changed everything. It put horses and all the ancillary services like blacksmiths out of business and they became very niche.

But what came out of it was something much better. It created the car industry, the petrochemicals industry, and a whole lot of other industries that couldnt have been imagined before then exploded out of it.

EY partner and head of data analytics Eoin OReilly shares this optimism. There is a range of things going on, he says. At one end of the spectrum you have care workers and others in sectors that require human contact and face-to-face engagement. They will see less disruption. On the other hand, there are activities with higher potential to be automated like stock market analysis that will be more affected.

Indeed, certain news agencies are already using AI-powered algorithms to compile reports on minority interest sports based purely on results data.

There will be a range of disruption and it wont hit all industries equally, OReilly adds. There is no doubt that the impact will be severe for some. We shouldnt be too shy about saying that. Some office jobs and others like truck drivers will change drastically or even disappear. On the other side, a whole new set of jobs and industries can be created by the technology.

That more or less positive outlook is also shared by PwC technology partner David Lee. Most industry sectors have undergone some form of automation, he says. But automation, robots and AI can actually create more jobs, many of which will be new roles. Thats because automation can reduce the more mundane and repetitive work elements, leaving opportunities for people to improve their skillsets for a higher-value role. This is particularly important in a crisis, when attention may need to be given to new directions very quickly.

PwC analysis to assess the impact of AI on Irelands economy concluded that the adoption of AI, removing humans from processes and certain decision-making, will mean that some jobs will inevitably become redundant, but others will be created.

This is the case as shifts in productivity and increased consumer demand take place, Lee explains. The impact is mainly driven by product enhancements (7.9 per cent of GDP in 2030) which increase product variety, quality and time saved. The impact from productivity gains is lower than consumption-side enhancements (3.7 per cent of GDP in 2030). The analysis concluded that the effect on jobs in Ireland in the long term would at least be neutral, if not net positive.

Towey points to other research carried out by the Oxford University Future of Humanities Institute and Yale, which was based on a survey of 352 top thinkers in the field. They were asked when they believed high-level machine intelligence (HLMI) will be able to accomplish every task better and more cheaply than human workers.

Overall, the forecast was that there is a 50 per cent chance of this happening in 45 years time and a 100 per cent probability in 150 years time. More strikingly, the research indicated a 10 per cent change of it happening within the next decade.

But this does not necessarily point to a bleak future. A task is not a job, it is part of a job, Towey points out. We know in professional services that a vast amount of our time is taken up by mundane tasks that are all necessary. Wed love to be able to have a Star Trek computer to ask to do the simple things for us. Those things are already here in a nascent form.

He says we will increasingly use AI to perform menial tasks. What we are good at is the creative side. AI is just a tool. Diversity becomes more important in that context. By diversity I mean teams collaborating together to be more creative. Our emotional intelligence and problem-solving and teamworking abilities will come to the fore. We will work more closely with people but will use the AI tools to do so.

OReilly takes the same view. You need to think about it in different ways, he says. AI and robotics can do a lot of the boring things we do today and allow us to be more impactful in our jobs. We will be able to spend more time analysing and acting on data than gathering and preparing it. Whole new industries might be created around training the technology. Apple has people listening to conversations and Facebook has people moderating content and these human interventions are used to train the machines.

Lee says it would be very difficult to remove people completely from many processes. It will be more a future where people and machines will work together, creating more rewarding jobs, he says.

In manufacturing and logistics, for example, automation may make certain aspects safer and quicker than a human could do the job, Lee continues. In the US, ongoing research includes a focus on trying to protect healthcare workers from infection through the development of a biosensor and AI app that will enable coronavirus diagnosis with more limited patient and healthcare worker interaction. Human judgement will always be required and its really about a new way of working trusting machines to do their jobs but people managing the process. When problems occur, most likely a human will be required to fix it. As technology evolves, people will always be more innovative thinking outside of the box and when a crisis happens, it is people that will sort the problem.

Climate change is one of those crises. There is almost so much data on climate change that they dont know how to deal with it, says Towey. Thats due to the technology but its getting better. They are already able to put computer vision on a pesticide sprayer to identify the leaf to apply it to. They are applying intelligence to where it was never really possible before.

He believes the creation of a global network of sensors to provide data on what is going on in the world will be the next great leap forward. And he doesnt believe that to be very far-fetched. If 30 years ago I said you would have the sum of global knowledge in your hand you wouldnt have believed me. Now Google gives you that on your phone. We cant even begin to comprehend what will come about in the next 30 years. Work may become more of a choice than necessity. AI and robotics could deliver things like universal basic income.

But we should use the time available to us to get ready for the change. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail, he says. We can see whats going to happen so we can prepare for it. We cant allow a situation to develop of first they came for the drivers and then they came for the retailers. When we know disruption is coming, we have to set up society to manage the change. We cant just wait for it to happen.

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AI'll be there for you: are robots coming to take our jobs? - The Irish Times

UV disinfecting robots to be deployed in fighting Covid-19 – straits times

SINGAPORE - More than 200 locally made UV disinfecting mobile robots will be rolled out in shopping malls and the healthcare and transport sectors by the end of the year to help fight against Covid-19.

These autonomous UV mobile robots, known as Sunburst UV Bots, are made by local robotics technology firm PBA Group and are built with a lamp module emitting powerful ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light.

The robots will first be deployed in Northpoint City in May and eventually to moremalls owned by Frasers Property Retail, PBA Group and Frasers said in a joint statement on Thursday (April 23). Frasers will be the first mall operator to utilise the robots in their malls and has a portfolio of 14 malls in Singapore.

The UV-C rays emitted by the lamp module help decontaminate the environment by tearing apart strands of virus DNA. The robots move around autonomously and are guided by light detection and ranging sensors.

As UV-C light kills around 99 per cent of bacteria and has been clinically proven to eliminate viruses, the robots will disinfect surfaces more effectively compared to manual cleaning and the spraying disinfectant solutions, reduce the need for cleaners and also help protect frontline cleaning staff.

"As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it is critical for us to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our staff, tenants and shoppers...This forms part of our overall strategy to tap on technology and automation to increase our operational efficiency," Mr Low Chee Wah, chief executive officer of Frasers Property Retail said in the statement on Thursday.

In malls, the robots will only be used after closing hours. Depending on the size of the mall, the number of robots deployed will vary and is likely to range between 10 and 20 .

"This is just the start. We are already making more robots to introduce to the line-up. PBA will have a family of robots for commercial spaces, on top of hospitals, transport, supermarkets, shopping malls. Eventually, we will be getting the robot into homes," the group's chief executive Derrick Yap told The Straits Times on Thursday.

"Soon we will also roll out these robots in Malaysia, Thailand as well as Hong Kong - we already have large conglomerates placing orders and discussing with our team about the delivery schedules. We estimate over 500 robots in the mentioned region," Mr Yap added.

As UV-C light poses a danger in close proximity, the public will need to keep a 5m distance from the robot. The staff will also either close the door or set up a temporary opaque partition to separate and distance themselves from the robot.

The Sunburst UV Bot is also able detect when people are too near and shut off its lamp.

When power is low, the robot is also able to self-navigate to its charging station. It can operate for around 2.5 hours on a single charge.

Apart from these robots, PBA will also roll out a mask donation initiative, the group said in a separate statement on Thursday.

PBA has donated more than US$50,000 (S$71,000) worth of masks and has called on other contributors to join them in this initiative. The beneficiaries include front-line staff in essential services.

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Meet the coronavirus drones and robots Coronavirus / 07 Apr –

Opinion: fromhospitals to shops and policing, the use of drones and robots to carry out critical services can save lives during an epidemic

By Boris Galkin, TCD

As the world is rocked by the coronavirus crisis, governments everywhere have come together with the same safety instructions: stay home and avoid close contact with other people. For many, this lifestyle change simply entails taking their workload home and balancing it with their domestic chores: bookkeeping while babysitting, coding while cooking.

But leaving the house is still a necessity for purchasing food and essentials, which carries a risk of infection. Even worse off are those people whose jobs cannot be taken home and who must be in contact with potentially sick individuals.

The good news is that possible solutions for many of these issues are just around the corner, as the crisis has given a boost to a number of emerging technologies. The last 10 years have seen a technological revolution occur in the robotics and autonomous vehicle sectors. Largely invisible to the layperson, this crisis has pushed the technology out of its niche into the public sphere like never before.

From CGTN, a Chinese hospital is using robots to deliver medicine

So how are robots and drones playing a key role in containing the spread of the Covid-19 virus - and what changes we can expect to see in Ireland in the near future?Among those most at risk of contracting the virus are healthcare personnel such as doctors and nurses, who spend prolonged periods of time in areas with potentially infectious patients. Recognising this, several hospitals in China have begun adopting autonomous robots for many of their day-to-day tasks, such as delivering foodand medicineto patients, as well as disinfecting the hospital environment.

In Singapore, doctors are using telemedicine robots to remotely interact with patients from a safe distance whenever possible. These robots take the form of electric carts carrying cameras, video monitors and health measurement equipment. The medical personnel using these devices have the opportunity to increase the frequency of their patient interactions without having to resort to wearing PPE such as gloves and masks, which are in short supply.

Another key service which is seeing a robotic transformation is the delivery sector. With individuals staying home, the demand for online shopping and home delivery has skyrocketed. This puts delivery staff in a difficult situation, as any contact with the end-client puts both parties at risk.

From New China TV, autonomous delivery robots delivering goods in Wuhan

While leaving packages on doorsteps is an option, Chinese company has a better idea. Already a big player in autonomous delivery systems, this company has used the quarantine conditions to push their autonomous ground vehicles from the lab to the street. Taking the form of miniature electric vans,'s delivery robots are safely driving along Wuhans roads and carrying out the last-mile stage of package delivery (that is, the stage where a package is sent from the local storage hub to the clients address). Capable of piloting themselves around complicated road conditions day or night, these robots are reported to be making the majority of the companys medical deliveries at the time of writing.

Law enforcement has not been left behind by this technological trend. With the lockdown come new laws which need to be enforced, and police organisations around the world are turning to remotely-piloted tools. These devices most often take the form of commercially available drones carrying loudspeakers or other communication equipment. Using them, police officers are able to remotely patrol city streets and public areas, identify the locations of non-compliant individuals and directly engage them. Not only do these devices allow the police to maintain their physical distance when carrying out their patrols, but their speed allows the police to oversee much larger areas than what they could achieve from the ground.

From ABC News, Madrid police are using drones tobroadcast messages during the coronavirus outbreak

While China has emerged as the leader in adopting these robotic tools, other countries are following closely. Ireland is currently lagging behind with this technology, due to a combination of economic and legislative issues. Current legislation prevents many of the applications of autonomous vehicles described above, particularly those used outdoors in public areas.

By law, autonomous or remotely piloted delivery vans are not permitted on Irish roads, and drones are heavily restricted in how they can use Irish airspace, even in the hands of the emergency services. Fortunately, the legislation on autonomous vehicles and drones is gradually changing to allow for more expanded use cases, such as food delivery in selected parts of the country.

The automation revolution was visible on the horizon for a while, but thiscrisis has suddenly brought it into full view

It is unlikely that we will see the technologies described above become adopted in Ireland during this current crisis, but the existing global trends unanimously point towards a near future where this technology is a daily part of our lives. Economists, scientists and tech experts worldwide are predicting that the virus will create an even greater demand for automating parts of the economy from the factory to the office.

When the virus outbreak comes to an end, the world will return to a new normal, with robots and autonomous devices appearing in various workplaces in increasing numbers. Working from home will become available to more people, while others will find aspects of their jobs taken over by machines, whether remotely piloted by the workers themselves or controlled by artificial intelligence. New business opportunities will emerge to cater to these automation demands, with new jobs created in the process. The automation revolution was visible on the horizon for a while, but thiscrisis has suddenly brought it into full view, and showed just how important the technology is for saving lives.

Boris Galkinis a PhD researcher atCONNECTinTrinity College Dublin

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