5 Ways Robots Will Change Your Life

by Carolyn Nicander Mohr
The Wonder of Tech is pleased to welcome back Ben Allen as a guest author. Ben previously wrote 10 Amazing Uses for Virtual Reality Beyond Gaming for this site and is back to let us know about the future of robots in our lives. While we are still decades away from a Jetsons-style future, the days of robots in our lives isn’t far off.Read the full article

Amazon Prime Air

We're excited to share Prime Air - something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab. The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations. This is footage from a recent test flight. See page at http://amzn.to/PrimeAir

Cute Baby Seal Robot - PARO Theraputic Robot #DigInfo

DigInfo - http://www.diginfo.tv 29/7/2010 AIST PARO PARO is a therapeutic robot, developed by the AIST and available from Intelligent System Co., Ltd. PARO, modeled on a baby harp seal, displays emotional responses to external stimuli which are input via a range of tactile, light, audio and temperature sensors. PARO is designed to have a positive psychological effect on people who interact with it. In long-term trials by medical institutions, it's been confirmed that PARO has similar effects to animal therapy. Major results have been observed in three areas: psychological, physiological, and social effects. PARO is priced at 350,000 yen with a one-year warranty, and 420,000 yen with a three-year warranty. In Japan, 1,300 PARO robots are already in use. Care facilities in Denmark and other European countries have also started to introduce PARO. In America, PARO has been approved by the FDA, and will be introduced this year.

Move over Jetsons, your personal robot awaits @ CES 2016

I’ve just spent the afternoon with a robot who’s the closest thing to Rosie from The Jetsons that I’ve ever seen. Pepper is a social robot who’s here to keep you company. (Some people call it a “he,” but the voice, and overall “feel” was more “she” to me, so that’s what I’m going with here.) One of her creators, Rodolphe Gelin, explained that she’s more of an emotional robot now, but could someday be a functional one, too. “We’re thinking of a little engine that takes care of you and your home, and because she knows you so well, can guess what you need,” Gelin explained. So no, she doesn’t vacuum or do the dishes (yet), but she’s built to recognize your emotions by reading your expression and body language, as well as listening to what you say and how you say it. She knows you’re happy when you laugh and can tell you’re unhappy when you frown. She’ll even try to cheer you up when you’re in a bad mood by playing your favorite music or telling a joke. I was already impressed by CHiP the robotic dog, but Pepper is a lot smarter (though the jury’s still out on who’s cuter). Pepper’s not controlled by a remote like CHiP and doesn’t just respond to specific commands like Siri: she’s an all new level of intelligent. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at http://usat.ly/1SEv8B5 *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1xa3XAh Like USA TODAY on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usatoday Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/USATODAY Follow USA TODAY on Instagram: https://instagram.com/usatoday/

PARO: Therapeutic robot baby seal for people with dementia

PARO is a therapeutic robot in the form of a baby seal, developed in Japan to respond to touch, light, sound, temperature and positioning. PARO has been shown to have a positive psychological effect on people living with dementia, improving their relaxation and motivation. It can also improve the socialisation of patients with each other, and with caregivers. PARO responds to sound and can even learn common words over time, such as its chosen name. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is now lending PARO to facilities to test with their residents. For more information, contact Phoebe Lindsay on 03 9816 5750 or phoebe.lindsay@alzheimers.org.au