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Jibo Music Brings iHeartRadio to Social Robot

Social robot Jibo is adding music to its repertoire of skills. Jibo and iHeartRadio have teamed up to launch Jibo Music that will stream iHeartRadio Original stations through the two speakers atop the robot’s head. The Jibo Music skill will be available to all robots on December 18 via a free, over-the-air software update.
Source: Robotics Trends

MIT Engineers 3D Print a ‘Living Tattoo’

MIT engineers have devised a 3D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells. The cells are engineered to light up in response to a variety of stimuli. When mixed with a slurry of hydrogel and nutrients, the cells can be printed, layer by layer, to form three-dimensional, interactive structures and devices.
Source: Robotics Trends

Japanese Startup GROOVE X Goes Viral as Teaser for LOVOT Robot

As a teaser for its groundbreaking LOVOT companion robots, scheduled for release in 2019, Japanese start-up GROOVE X has adopted a guerilla approach, placing billboards in strategic locations with the aim of taking its promotion viral. One of these billboards was placed outside of SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as a gesture of respect for SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
Source: Robotics Trends

Organismal engineering: Toward a robotic taxonomic key for devices using organic materials

Engineers are often inspired by the behavioral flexibility and robustness seen in nature. Recent advances in tissue engineering now allow the use of organic components in robotic applications. By integrating organic and synthetic components, researchers are moving toward the development of engineered organisms whose structural framework, actuation, sensing, and control are partially or completely organic. This review discusses recent exciting work demonstrating how organic components can be used for all facets of robot development. On the basis of this analysis, we propose a robotic taxonomic key to guide the field toward a unified lexicon for device description.

Source: Sciencemag.org – Science Robotics Latest Content