Contact Tracing, Machines, And Civil Liberties

Already five regions within New York State have reopened for business, ushering in a new reality of “test, isolate, and trace.” The United States estimates it will hire close to 300,000 people to become contact tracers, identifying potential spreaders of the virus. Governor Cuomo has appointed former New York City … Read More

Promobot Pivots From Whimsical Buddy To Social Distancing Enhancer

Driving over the Whitestone Bridge, looking out at the magnificent view, I pressed the accelerator a bit harder, speeding away from the skyline. Now in a remote location, missing the urban action, I await orders from the Governor on reopening. If there are any certainties in this age of coronavirus, … Read More

COVID-19 Lockdown Day 50: 3D Printing Vital Equipment

Living in the epicenter of the coronavirus plague is a surreal experience. Outside my window, New York City appears serene – devoid of its former noise, bustle, and loud citizenry. However, a few blocks north, south, and east it is literally a war zone with fatalities piling so high that … Read More

Blue Ocean Robotics Leads The Way In Combating COVID-19

Reporting from America’s novel coronavirus hot spot provides little comfort. Let me share with you the reality of life in the Big Apple. The City that never sleeps is quiet, very quiet. I seldom see cars driving outside my windows (but on a plus side, parking is substantially more available). … Read More

The Cambrian Intelligence Case Study And The New Normal – Virtual Offices, Schools, And Manufacturing

The stock market plummets, schools and houses of worship shutter, businesses order employees to stay home – all because of microscopic droplets. As Corona takes on a new meaning, beyond a cold one, global anxiety of the virus has unified the world in fear. If there is one silver lining this … Read More

Don’t Worry About Coronavirus, There’s A Bot For That…

Sitting in New York’s former Engineer’s Society, I spoke with Oleg Kivokurtsev of Promobot and discussed his latest service bot creations that are being deployed across the globe in hotels, office buildings, and hospitals. Fay-Louise Hayden of VentureOut (his New York mentor) shared a vignette of her experiences last month as the imposing humanoid diagnosed … Read More

Augean Robotics: Mechanizing Food Production From Farm To Table

It spanned over 120 feet and took up a considerable area inside the already overpacked robotics section of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving many to wonder, ‘What on earth is a tractor doing at CES?’ Ever the since the acquisition of the artificial intelligence startup Blue River Technologies for … Read More

NASA Prepares The Nation For Flying Taxis?

Last month, the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash shocked the world. As families across the country paused to reflect on their own mortality, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) diligently dug through the rubble in search of clues. While the media awaits for the official NTSB report, what is … Read More

It Takes A Village To Deploy A Tactile Telerobot

Observing MLK Day, I followed in the footsteps of Katherine Johnson at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her memory still looms large over the Mission Control room that launched Apollo 11’s successful lunar landing fifty years ago. This historic milestone could not have been achieved without the mathematical genius … Read More

CES 2020: A Smart City Oasis

Like the city that hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) there is a lot of noise on the show floor. Sifting through the lights, sounds and people can be an arduous task even for the most experienced CES attendees. Hidden past the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center … Read More