Germany’s Kuka plans move into world of personal assistant robots

Kuka, Germany’s largest maker of industrial robotics, plans an ambitious move into the world of personal assistant robots with the help of Midea, the Chinese appliance maker that acquired it for €4.5bn last year.

Till Reuter, Kuka chief executive since 2009, told the FT he sees potential to draw on Midea’s consumer expertise to create robots that would help out on household tasks.

Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place – Robotics Trends

Meet the Rudy assistive robot from INF Robotics that wants to help the elderly, war veterans and people with disabilities age in place and cut down on recurring hospital visits.

INF Robotics, a startup in Fairfax, Virginia, tells Washington Business Journal the Rudy assistive robot will be available in 2017 in the Greater Washington area.

The future of home delivery: Pedestrians and robots will soon share the pavements | The Economist

WHO would be a delivery driver? As if a brutal schedule, grumpy motorists, lurking traffic wardens and the risk of an aching back were not bad enough, they now face the fear of robots taking their jobs.

Vespa’s new robot will carry your groceries

Vespa, best known for its stylish scooters, is trying something new.

The Italian company is opening a Boston-based division, called Piaggio Fast Forward, to focus on the future of mobility. Its first creation is Gita, a robot designed to carry cargo, such as groceries, and follow around a pedestrian or cyclist.

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