MIT's RoboRaise bot will mimic your bicep curls

Do you even lift?

Robots are pretty good at carrying out specific actions, provided we give them specific instructions first. But could robots and humans work together more seamlessly if the machines were able to take their cues from human movement, say like a furniture removalist might be guided by the motion of their co-worker? Scientists at MIT believe that they might, having developed an impressive robotic arm that is controlled by the movements of a human counterpart.

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Consumer Reports flags "serious safety concerns" over Tesla's Autopilot

Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot allows autonomous lane changing on the highway, but not everybody is convinced ...

Last month, Tesla introduced an update for its Autopilot self-driving software designed to allow the car to complete lane changes on its own. But independent testing by consumer-focused non-profit Consumer Reports has uncovered a few shortcomings in the technology, even stating that it could "create potential safety risks for drivers."

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DJI's new consumer drones to feature built-in airplane and helicopter detectors

DJI will build helicopter and aircraft detectors into new consumer drones from next year

Keeping drones from colliding with other airborne objects and crashing to the ground is a complex challenge for the aviation industry, and one with no single answer. But adding to the growing mix of drone safety solutions is a new measure from industry giant DJI, who has committed to incorporating helicopter and airplane detectors into new models from next year onward.

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Spotify introduces voice assisted in-car device to test users habits

The voice-controlled Car Thing device will be offered to a select group of US Spotify Premium ...

Music streaming giant Spotify has made its first foray into the world of audio gear with a new device built for listening on the road. Simply called "Car Thing," this first piece of hardware isn't intended for consumers, but is intended to help the company understand its users' listening habits when behind the wheel.

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Chevy's new seat belt feature stops teens taking off unless they're buckled up

According to Chevrolet, teen drivers are far less likely to use a seat belt

According to Chevrolet, teen drivers are far less likely to use a seat belt, so it has incorporated some new technology into vehicles to encourage safer habits. Called Buckle to Drive, the new feature adds to Chevrolet's Teen Driver mode and will temporarily prevent teenagers from taking off until their seatbelt is secured.

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US Postal Service starts testing self-driving mail trucks

TuSimple's self-driving trucks will be used as part of a two-week trial for the US Postal ...

The US Postal Service (USPS) and its mail delivery operations are set to gain a helping hand courtesy of self-driving startup TuSimple, with the agency enlisting the company's autonomous trucks for a two-week trial.

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Drone uses swiveling propellor arms to become a robotic car when it hits the ground

The FStar could be put to use in a variety of scenarios

We've seen a few versatile drones now that can adapt themselves to different modes of transport, with the AquaMav that dives in and out of the water like a seabird turned flying fish one particularly impressive example. Equally so is a new quadcopter developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, which flies like a regular quadcopter but turns its propellor arms into wheels to keep moving once it hits the ground.

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Google's AI for lung cancer diagnosis proves more accurate than radiologists in early trial

Google describes the early results of the AI it developed to detect lung cancer as "encouraging"

Like all forms of the disease, an early diagnosis of lung cancer can greatly improve a patient's chance of survival but, like all cancers this is much easier said than done. A Google research initiative aimed at harnessing artificial intelligence to better model and predict lung cancer has shown promise in a newly published study, with the technology even outperforming certified radiologists in some regards.

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