📢📢 ⚠ ANNOUNCEMENT ⚠ 📢📢

Dear all beloved customers,

Please be informed that Little Botz Academy will be closed for Hari Raya Aidilfitri from Friday – Sunday, 15th – 17th June 2018.

We will continue our operation as usual on Monday, 18th June 2018.

With that, we are wishing you and your family Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 😊

 


June 2018 Special Promo at Little Botz Academy

June is approaching! So, fill your children’s school holiday by exploring robotic world using Edutainment concept with Little Botz Academy.

In conjunction with Hari Raya Celebration, Father’s Day and School Holiday, we have prepared a few special promotions for everyone to enjoy.

 

Enjoy all these special promotions at our Learning Center this upcoming June!

Visit our School holiday Adventure Online Form to register for the School Holiday Adventure today!

For any inquiries, kindly call/sms/whatsApp at 03 7732 2373 OR 012 969 1230 or email us at atria@littlebotz.com.

 


RAJA IBRAHIM & RAJA IDRIS BIRTHDAY PARTY

On Saturday 11th February 2018, Little Botz Academy hosted a party to celebrate the birthday of Raja Ibrahim and Raja Idris. Guests were served with variety selection of foods. The party started at 2:00 pm and ended at nearly 5:30 pm.

Customer has requested for a combined birthday party theme. It was a great pleasure for us to fulfill the request from customer. Check out some of the photos for the party decoration.

 

Can you guess what theme is that??

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Yes! It was Pac Man + Wild Kratts!!!

The kids also enjoyed their robotics session guided by our Instructors. We were so glad that the session went smoothly and everyone seemed very happy to learn new things.

 

For more photos of the birthday party, check out the full album at the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/y9k2dkbc

Looking for a truly memorable, unique birthday experience? Give your kid the birthday party of their dreams at Little Botz Academy! Choose from one of our party packages for an all-inclusive, customizable experience.

Check the full details of birthday party package here :

http://www.littlebotz.com/v3/birthday-parties/

Contact us at 012-9691230 or 03-77322373 for any inquiries.

 


Ubiquity Robotics Launches Beefy ROS Development Platform

There are any number of robotics development platforms out there, and we’ve written about most of them TurtleBots, iRobot Creates, and more recently robots like Misty. Generally, these platforms are intended to be used for experimenting with sensors and software, or for more socially-oriented applications that don’t involve much in the way of lifting or moving stuff.

A Silicon Valley startup called Ubiquity Robotics believes that there’s an opportunity here, and they’re crowdfunding a robot called Magni that’s specifically designed to handle large payloads for long durations. It comes with sensing and computing out of the box, and Ubiquity hopes it’ll enable hobbyists to create a new generation of practical robotic solutions.In addition, Ubiquity is offering Loki, a small and more or less affordable learning platform that you can use to develop applications for Magni.

 

Ubiquity Robotics' Loki mobile robot ROS-based platform

 

It’s important to note that Magni  are not for novice programmers, and they’re probably not for people who are interested in learning about robotics and ROS. There are tutorials for Magni, but they assume that you have a working knowledge of ROS already.

 

This strikes us as an optimistic vision for a robotic development platform. Not that there’s anything wrong with optimism, but as we mentioned above, people have been making development platforms for years, and they’ve remained a niche product, mostly used by researchers or hobbyists.

Ubiquity believes that there’s a market out there of people who want to do practical things with robots, but who are restricted more by platform availability than anything else. It’s certainly true that most mobile bases that can handle large payloads tend to be on the expensive side, but it remains to be seen whether there’s enough demand out there to sustain even relatively low volume production of a robot like Magni.

Ubiquity is crowdfunding the version of Magni that most people probably want for US $1,000, not including a 3D vision system, meaning that they’ll probably need to sell between one and two hundred Magnis (of varying specs) to reach their fixed goal of $200k.

 

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https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/ubiquity-robotics-launches-beefy-ros-development-platform


This Electronic Skin May Help Prevent Robots from Crushing Us

A metallic robot hand with “Terminator” like power sounds good for the movies. But what about a real-life future where that android is now cradling your baby or just shaking your hand? That’s when attributes like “gentle” and “sensitive” might be more warranted to avoid a human-crushing outcome.

Electronic skin may be the answer, as it could give such robots and even prosthetic limbs the ability to sense how forceful their handshakes and cradles are when interacting with humans.

A new electronic skin may also prove more robust than previous versions to prevent accidental damage. It could even heal with the aid of an alcohol-based solution.

 

Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is made of thin, flexible materials that are studded with pressure, temperature and other kinds of sensors to mimic the function and mechanical properties of skin human. A number of different types of e-skins are under development around the world. For instance, one reported in 2014 was heated to help make prosthetic limbs feel more like living ones. Another e-skin, reported in 2016, possessed electronic hairs to help the e-skin better feel its surroundings.

One weakness of the previous e-skins is that the chemical bonds used to make them were relatively weak. Although they were malleable like human skin, “they were not very robust,” meaning they would flimsy, said study co-author Wei Zhang, a biochemist at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The new e-skin is not only malleable, but also laced with silver particles only nanometers or billionths of a meter thick that boost its mechanical strength and chemical stability, and the resulting chemical bonds lead to stronger e-skin. “It’s definitely more robust than people’s skin,” Zhang told Live Science.

 

Sensors embedded in the new e-skin measure pressure, temperature, humidity and air flow. “If you want a robot to touch a baby or patient, then how much force will the robot apply?” Zhang said. “That’s why these sensors are important — to help the robot sense the right amount of force to apply, and to, say, sense if a baby has a fever.”

The researchers noted that if the e-skin gets cut or torn, it will heal with the application of three commercially available compounds dissolved in alcohol. During this rehealing, new molecules grow across the broken surfaces, leading to chemical bonds joining pieces together, mimicking he natural skin rehealing process, the researchers wrote online Feb. 9 in the journal Science Advances.

Moreover, this new e-skin is completely recyclable when dissolved in a solution that can then be used to produce more e-skin.

“Given all the electronic waste that is now generated worldwide each year, it’s good that our advance can also help lead to a more sustainable electronic skin,” Zhang said.

The scientists now want to collaborate with researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence and biomedical engineering “to integrate these electronic skins with robotics and prosthetics,” Zhang said.

 

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https://www.livescience.com/61740-electronic-skin-robots.html


The Future of Health Care in a World of Artificial Intelligence And Robotics

Technology’s increasing pervasiveness has touched nearly every corner of our lives, not the least of which is health and health care. The evolution of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have already begun to shape the future of health care delivery, and will have an undeniable impact on patient experiences over the next 20 years.

On the final day of the inaugural Sciana network meeting, health leaders from three different countries – Germany, Switzerland and the UK – debated how AI and robotics specifically will change the way treatment and care is delivered in hospitals around the world thanks to insights from Tim Wilson, who leads the Middle East health industries team at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

AI is already the fastest growing health investment area, with researchers and clinicians looking to the technology to aid in training, research, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and even end of life care. Health care systems around the world, notably the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), have already employed the use of AI health assistant programs to optimize the clinical process, using apps and online programs to give patients information about their symptoms and even facilitate meetings with clinicians.

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But this move to tech-based solutions also means an exponential increase in the amount of sensitive patient data that is collected, prompting some members to raise concerns about the security of electronic medical records, especially in a world where hacking is so prevalent.

Sciana members also engaged in debate over the role of robotics in health care, specifically when faced with the question of whether or not they would allow a robot to perform a major or invasive procedure instead of a doctor.

One member argued that robots present disadvantages because, unlike surgeons, they are not able to change surgical course should the patients’ condition change, or an alternative procedure be better suited. Others expressed concern that robotization may lead to an increase in unnecessary interventions, or take focus away from patient expectations.

Wilson, who led the discussion, notes that these fears are a matter of technological development.

“It may be sometime before an AI robot can anticipate, or respond to, all eventualities (the unexpected anatomy, pathology etc.),” he says. “But when that time comes, which it surely will, the robot will not be tired, will not have a tremor, will not be subject to the usual four percent error rate that Professor James Reason found time and again into his research into human error, and will have access to the latest evidence on how to handle the unexpected anatomy or pathology (which even the most experienced surgeons do not always have).”

Though robotics technology, and the role it will have in health and health care, is still evolving, research shows there is a growing enthusiasm among consumers to engage with new technologies for their health care needs. But it seems those in developed economies with entrenched health care systems show some reluctance to embrace AI and robotics compared those in emerging economies with mixed health care coverage.

For example, research highlighted during the session found that 94 percent of Nigerians said they were willing to engage with AI or robotics for their health care needs, compared to 39 percent of those in the UK. Similarly, 69 percent of Nigerians surveyed would be willing to have a robot perform major surgery, compared to 27 percent in the UK.

But, as a handful of Sciana members pointed out, tech adoption takes time. Today, many people accept we will be sharing the road with driverless cars five years from now; whereas five years ago, few thought it likely.

The role of AI and robotics in health and health care will become more clear as these technologies develop further, just as the roles of nurses, clinicians and surgeons will adapt to embrace them.

“Interestingly, we know that voice technology is at the point where it can appear as empathetic as a human – and robots to support housebound individuals appear very successful,” says Wilson.

“But we cannot underestimate the physiological impact of skin on skin contact, nor the fact we are social animals. So, from the human touch perspective, there must be some continued uncertainty about the limits of AI and robotics in healthcare.”

 

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source: https://www.sciananetwork.org/news/latest-news/single-news/article/the-future-of-health-care-in-a-world-of-artificial-intelligence-and-robotics.html

 


Robo-logistics company Magazino raises $25M for its warehouse bots

German robotics firm Magazino, creator of robots meant to work alongside people in warehouses and the like, has raised $24.8 million to continue development and deployment of its TORU and SOTO robots.

The bots are made for the kind of repetitive fetching and transport work that is so common in e-commerce distribution and storage facilities. They’re considerably larger than people, but are designed to move about and interact with the same spaces — ordinary shelves, lanes and tables.

The heavy-duty SOTO, which was just recently introduced, can handle boxes of more than 20 pounds and two feet across. TORU was recently redesigned but is intended for smaller payloads (think shoe boxes). The two robots load multiple target boxes into their internal storage, then navigate to their destinations to drop them off. It’s the kind of thing human warehouse workers tend to get really tired of doing.

It’s also done autonomously with 3D imaging in real time — not a simple by-wire system where it might grab at empty air and then plow through people in its path. Magazino is investing heavily into the sensing and real-time operation stack, which it calls ACROS(Advanced Cooperative Robotic Operating System).

The company was started in 2014, and by 2016 had landed major clients like Fiege, which now uses Magazino robots for some of its warehouse work, and recently ordered 30 more.

 

 

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Robo-logistics company Magazino raises $25M for its warehouse bots

 


A Floating ‘Brain’ Will Assist Astronauts Aboard the Space Station

The crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) will soon welcome a new member — one that is 3D-printed from metal and plastic and is described by its creators as “a kind of flying brain.”

It goes by the name CIMON, short for “Crew Interactive Mobile Companion.” Built by the aerospace design company Airbus in collaboration with IBM, CIMON houses artificial intelligence (AI) in an autonomous, spherical body that would “float” in the space station’s microgravity environment, with a screen that can display data readouts for astronauts — or present an image of a friendly face — as well as a voice shaped by IBM’s AI technology.

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The robot is tasked with supporting the ISS astronauts as a type of assistant, and free-flying CIMON would be the first AI-based mission on the ISS, Airbus representatives said in a statement.

CIMON will only have limited features in its initial voyage into space, which could come as early as next month. Its basic testing will consist of optimizing what are known as GNC algorithms (guidance, navigation and control). But researchers have hopes that it, or some equivalent, would be able to accompany astronauts on longer journeys into space in the future.

 

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Source: https://www.livescience.com/61909-cimon-floating-brain-iss.html

 


Custom carpentry with help from Robots

Every year thousands of carpenters injure their hands and fingers doing dangerous tasks such as sawing.

In an effort to minimize injury and let carpenters focus on design and other bigger-picture tasks, a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has created AutoSaw, a system that lets nonexperts customize different items that can then be constructed with the help of robots.

 

Users can choose from a range of carpenter-designed templates for chairs, desks, and other furniture. The team says that AutoSaw could eventually be used for projects as large as a deck or a porch.

“If you’re building a deck, you have to cut large sections of lumber to length, and that’s often done on site,” says CSAIL postdoc Jeffrey Lipton, who was a lead author on a related paper about the system. “Every time you put a hand near a blade, you’re at risk. To avoid that, we’ve largely automated the process using a chop-saw and jigsaw.

How it works

Software isn’t a foreign concept for some carpenters. “Computer Numerical Control” (CNC) can convert designs into numbers that are fed to specially programmed tools to execute. However, the machines used for CNC fabrication are usually large and cumbersome, and users are limited to the size of the existing CNC tool.

 

As a result, many carpenters continue to use chop-saws, jigsaws, and other hand tools that are low cost, easy to move, and simple to use. These tools, while useful for customization, still put people at a high risk of injury.

AutoSaw draws on expert knowledge for designing, and robotics for the more risky cutting tasks. Using the existing CAD system OnShape with an interface of design templates, users can customize their furniture for things like size, sturdiness, and aesthetics. Once the design is finalized, it’s sent to the robots to assist in the cutting process using the jigsaw and chop-saw.

To cut lumber the team used motion-tracking software and small mobile robots — an approach that takes up less space and is more cost-effective than large robotic arms.

 

Specifically, the team used a modified Roomba with a jigsaw attached to cut lumber of any shape on a plank. For the chopping, the team used two Kuka youBots to lift the beam, place it on the chop saw, and cut.

“We added soft grippers to the robots to give them more flexibility, like that of a human carpenter,” says Lipton. “This meant we could rely on the accuracy of the power tools instead of the rigid-bodied robots.”

After the robots finish with cutting, the user then assembles the new piece of furniture using step-by-step directions from the system.

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Source: http://news.mit.edu/2018/custom-carpentry-help-robots-autosaw-0228

 

 


Mindstorms Forkliftbots Gonna Take Your Job

With every advance in robotics, we get closer to being able to order stuff from Amazon and have no human being participate in its delivery. Key step in this dream warehouse robots, smart forklifts able to control and inventory and entire warehouse full of pallets, without the meat community getting involved.It consists of five LEGO Mindstorms robots working in concert, linked via WiFi to a central laptop. Mindstorms’ native OS doesn’t support WiFi (!!!) so he reflashed the EV3’s ARM9 chip with software developed using Java and running under LeJOS. On the laptop side wrote a C++ application that handles the coordination and routing of the forklifts. We can see a lot of weary forklift drivers ready to kick back and let a robot have the full-time job for a change.

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Mindstorms Forkliftbots Gonna Take Your Job