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Toyota unveils upgraded version of its humanoid robot

Toyota Motor Corp. recently unveiled an upgraded version of its human-shaped T-HR3 robot. The robot, which is controlled remotely by a person wearing a headset and wiring on his or her arms and hands, now has faster and smoother finger movements because the controlling device is lighter and easier to use.

With each pitch at Series, call gets louder for robot umps

From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park were sure they could tell: Gerrit Cole’s fastball to Victor Robles missed the strike zone. By at least an inch, clearly.

MLB’s top prospects deal with good, bad of ‘robot’ umpires

After about 25 games of the TrackMan at Salt River Fields, there’s something of a consensus: The system has its quirks and problems – particularly on breaking balls low in the zone like the one that frustrated Heyward – but it also has promise.

Mike Schmidt: Computer strike zone good, but check your hearing

A hot topic all year has been the idea of computerizing the strike zone, the rise of the robot umpires. It’s drawn even more attention here in October – we’ve already seen a perfect example of a missed call when Marcell Ozuna was rung up in the ninth inning of Game 3 between the Cardinals and Braves.

Multicare surgeon using robot for chest surgeries

Dr. Jon Boyum of MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute in Spokane has the distinction of being the only surgeon in the area to perform thoracic surgery with the assistance of a robot.

‘Robot umpires’ debut in independent Atlantic League

“Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes, using the system at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

Experiments with robot umps, longer mound distance delayed

Robot umpires will get some more warmup time. Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League say the experiment with radar-tracking technology to call balls and strikes will not be used when the independent minor league starts play on April 25. Instead, the technology will be implemented at an unspecified point later this year. Extending the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate by 2 feet to 62 1/2 feet was pushed back to the second half of the 2020 season.

Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived

In the food industry, it seems, the robot revolution is well underway. Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour – equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company.

Robot janitors to mop floors at some Walmarts

The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines.

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water and sidestepping the high costs of human labor.

Mayor, others push back on proposed robot brothel in Houston

A so-called robot brothel a Canadian company said it wants to open in Houston is getting pushback from local officials and community groups, with the mayor saying the city is reviewing its ordinances to determine if they address public safety and health issues raised by the business.