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Steve Crowe
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Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.

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Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans
November 21, 2017 · Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control system, an HTC Vive VR headset, "data glove" and torque servos to mimic the movements of a human user.
SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
November 14, 2017 · Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The new SpotMini has a whole new look, ditched the manipulator robot arm and added 3D vision cameras for obstacle avoidance.
Watch a Sawyer Robot Give out Halloween Candy
November 2, 2017 · Georgia Tech's Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning Lab used a Rethink Robotics' Sawyer cobot to hand out 1,000 pieces of candy in three hours to trick or treaters.
Toyota Finds ‘Extreme’ Test Site for New Self-Driving Car
October 31, 2017 · Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will test its Platform 2.1 autonomous driving system at California’s GoMentum Station. TRI said "GoMentum’s varied terrain, and real-life infrastructure including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of" autonomous vehicles.
Pros & Cons of Trump’s Drone Expansion Program
October 30, 2017 · Jonathan Rupprecht, a leading aviation lawyer who specializes in drones, weighs in with pros and cons of President Trump's plan to expand drone use.
Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
October 27, 2017 · Pepper, the popular humanoid robot from Softbank, is adding facial recognition technology to its repertoire. SoftBank will use Ever AI's facial recognition platform in hopes of bringing new levels of personalization to Peppers interactions.
‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
October 27, 2017 · Ford's "Robutt" robot mimics human buttocks to help the company design better car seats. A KUKA industrial robot arm lifts Robutt in and out of a seat 25,000 times over a three-week period to help design seats that will help passengers remain comfortable for longer.
Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899
October 26, 2017 · Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.
Autonomous Snake-like Robot to Support Search-and-Rescue
October 20, 2017 · Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.
Love Writing About Robotics and AI? Robotics Trends is Hiring!
October 20, 2017 · Robotics Trends and sister site Robotics Business Review are growing and adding to their stable of analysts, writers and industry experts. If you have experience writing about artificial intelligence and robotics, connect with us today!
WiBotic PowerPad Wirelessly Charges Drones
October 18, 2017 · WiBotic’s PowerPad wirelessly charges everything from large industrial drones to smaller commercial drones. The PowerPad can wirelessly charge a typical commercial drone battery in the same amount of time as plug-in charger
Flirtey Wants Drones to Deliver Defibrillators in Nevada
October 11, 2017 · Flirtey and REMSA have partnered to use drones to delivery automated external defibrillators to victims of cardiac arrest in Nevada. Before the partnership can take off, however, the companies need to get regulatory approval.
How Many Robots Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
October 11, 2017 · Watch a Fetch robot with a custom soft robotic gripper use a screwdriver, screw in a lightbulb, remove a bottle cap and more.
NVIDIA: Drive PX Pegasus AI Computer Powers Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles
October 10, 2017 · NVIDIA introduced its Drive PX Pegasus AI computer that it claims can power Level 5 autonomous vehicles. Will Pegasus help show a path to production for the automakers and tech companies working on fully autonomous vehicles?
Aibo Robot Dog Returning in 2018
October 9, 2017 · Sony is launching a refreshed version of its Aibo robot dog in 2018. The new Aibo will feature artificial intelligence (AI), internet connectivity, voice control, and the ability to control connected devices throughout its environment.
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