Roomie Bot is the first Spanish speaking robot for home usage

Roomie Bot is the first Spanish speaking robot for home usage

Sep 22, 2017

According to Conacyt news webiste, a group of Mexican entrepreneurs created Roomie Bot, a robot for home use, that in addition to identifying the faces of the people with whom he lives, it also uses artificial intelligence to control the electrical devices of the house. Although home control robots are already a global trend, Roomie Bot is the first for the Latin market since its base language is Spanish, said the engineer in Computer Science and Systems, Aldo Luévano Ibarra. He detailed that this robot has the ability to control intelligent devices like locks, blinds, doors, windows and even television. “One of the challenges we proposed was not only to be a virtual assistant, but to see a physical entity, which technically complements the functionality that can be granted by a virtual assistant.” In an interview with the news agency Conacyt, the engineer commented that a camera allows Roomie Bot to recognize people who are programmed in its system, and in case of detecting someone unidentified, it issues an alert. Source:...

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Sep 22, 2017

Amazon.com is preparing to open a 1 million square-foot warehouse near Mexico City, sources familiar with the project said, part of an effort to boost its presence in Mexico’s nascent e-commerce industry. The new warehouse is slated to be built in the Tepotzotlan municipality about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Mexican capital, according to four Mexico City real estate professionals familiar with the plans. Expected to be completed next year, the facility would triple Amazon’s distribution space in Mexico, home to around 120 million potential customers. Amazon’s Mexico push comes amid talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could benefit the Seattle-based retailer if the United States persuades Mexico to raise a $50 limit on the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free. Amazon is a relative newcomer to Mexico; it opened its Kindle e-books site to Mexican customers in 2013 and expanded into sales of physical goods just two years ago. But it is growing much faster than rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores, and is already the nation’s third-largest online retailer. Amazon posted $253 million in sales in Mexico last year, more than double the year before, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. Sharing a nearly 2,000-mile long border with the United States, Mexico would seem a logical place for Amazon to expand. But duplicating the company’s U.S.-style success could prove tougher. Online shopping comprises nearly 3 percent of all retail sales in Mexico compared with over 10 percent in the United States. Some Mexican shoppers are wary of online fraud and many do not have credit cards. Some analysts believe Amazon is willing to take the risk as it races to bulk up in foreign markets to compete with fast-moving global competitors such as China’s Alibaba. “Amazon is not afraid to plow into a new market in a very big way, take a big hit, but say, 10 years down the line, this is going to be big and profitable,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at the GlobalData Retail research firm. Amazon spokesman Julio Gil declined to comment on plans for a new warehouse in Mexico. He said the company’s Mexican unit is aiming...

Mexican college student creates Mars helicopter

Mexican college student creates Mars helicopter

Sep 7, 2017

At the age of 22, María Regina Apodaca, an eighth-year physics student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, developed a scale model of the helicopter that will fly across the skies of Mars in the year 2020. At a press conference, she explained that it was developed during her research internship at NASA, which lasted four months and began in February of this year. Its name is Mars Exploration Helicopter, and its mission is to fly over and document the surface of the so-called Red Planet. She specified that the actual dimensions of the helicopter will be 1.2 meters in diameter in the blades, the central hub of the device will be 15 centimeters by 15 centimeters and should have a maximum weight of 1.5 kilos, while the expectation is one kilogram. “The reason for this is that with Mars having a much thinner atmosphere, the heavier it is, the harder it will be for the helicopter to fly,” he said. “The helicopter was to be thrown into the rocket underneath the Robert … the helicopter can close its blades in such a way that it saves a lot of space,” María added. The purpose of the device, she said, is to be part of the NASA Rover expedition team and take graphics to bring information back to Earth, although it is not yet defined where the camera will be placed and she also indicated that she can not report on the material that will be used to build this aircraft, since it is NASA’s classified information. “What we want to demonstrate is that it is possible to fly on another planet and our mission is that this helicopter will be able to take off, actually fly and amartize at least 10 times during the expedition,” María Regina concluded. Click here for full article on Reforma...

CETYS engineers win third place at international Robotics competition in China

CETYS engineers win third place at international Robotics competition in China

Aug 29, 2017

Mexicali, B.C. August 25, 2017.- Most people have the perception that Mexico is a country with poor technological development, however, three students of Engineering of CETYS University, Campus Mexicali, were part of a team that represented Mexico in the “Robot Challenge 2017” held in China, obtaining the bronze medal in this international competition. Enrique García, Silvia Arámbula and Valeria Núñez students of Engineering in Mechatronics, Electronic Cybernetics and Renewable Energies respectively, are part of the “Fox Robotics” team that traveled to Asia where they competed in 3 categories : robot “sumo” wrestling, robot collection and line follower, obtaining the third place; and demonstrating their knowledge in this field. “Traveling to China was an incredible experience, there you have the perfect opportunity to test yourself as a human being, student and future professional, as you must overcome a series of challenges. Working as a team is something that we have been encouraged to do at CETYS and being part of “Fox Robotics” brings out our passion for engineering” said Valeria Núñez, fifth semester student of Engineering in Renewable Energies. Enrique García a seventh semester student of Engineering in Mechatronics, explained that it was very gratifying to realize that the robots made by young people in other countries, are not so different from those that are being made in Mexico. Meanwhile, Silvia Arámbula, coordinator of Fox Robotics and student of Cybernetics, explained that a factor that characterizes the CETYS engineers, is their vision to fulfill a real objective within an international...

1,069 dancing robots break the Guinness World Record in China

1,069 dancing robots break the Guinness World Record in China

Aug 26, 2017

Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is a bigger threat than North Korea. Bill Gates has suggested that it will be necessary for companies to pay a “robot tax” as they increasingly replace workers with automation. But the rise of machine intelligence isn’t all bad. Case in point: it’s made possible a robot dance party which is … oddly captivating to watch. Recently, Chinese company WL Intelligent Technology Co. broke the Guinness World Records for the most robots dancing simultaneously. There were 1,069 in all who made it through the dance routine. A couple toppled over and they weren’t counted, according to a statement from Guinness World Records. (Video below.) The robot dance off, held in Guangzhou, Guangdong, was actually a business strategy — a public relations move by WL Intelligent Technology Co., the creators of the humanoid bots. It hosted the event as a way to show off its robot technology, according to a statement from Guinness World Records. Clearly, their public relations strategy worked. The Guinness World Records YouTube video already has hundreds of thousands of views. The robots in the dance party are called “Dobi” and retail for $329.99. In addition to dancing, the Dobi robot can also do push ups and respond to voice commands. To take the top spot, WL Intelligent Technology Co. outstripped Chinese tech company Ever Win Company & Ltd, which previously held the record with 1,007 robots dancing simultaneously. That record was set in July 2016. (Video below.) Source: CBS News...

UNAM students successfully conclude analogue mission to Mars

UNAM students successfully conclude analogue mission to Mars

Aug 20, 2017

The activities of the Mexican team consisted of two simulations: Moon phase and Mars phase According to El Universal, the Mexicans who participated in the analogue mission to Mars successfully concluded their activities. Carlos Salicrup, Danton Bazaldua, Juan Carlos Mariscal, Yair Piña, and Betel Martínez, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) students, along with Carmen Félix (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education) and Walter Calles(National Polytechnic Institute) contributed with the humanity’s dream to reach a new planet. While it is true that, literally, the red planet is located 54,600,000 kilometers away from the Earth, every scientific contribution and the unmistakable message that if “we work together everything is possible” enable us to conclude that after the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017 (PMAS), Mars is closer than ever. “Mexico’s participation was the biggest during this mission” recognized the Space Generation Advisory Council. The activities of the Mexican team consisted in two different simulations: Moon phase and Mars phase. In the Lunar phase, there was real time communication with the crew. The analogue astronauts got used to the habitat and developed previously planned experiments: radon measurement, rock and spectroscopy and sample collection. In the Martian phase, delay communication (15 minutes approximately) was contemplated to resemble a real mission to Mars. A solar storm emergency was simulated and the corresponding protocol was followed. Six analogue astronauts were part of the mission: João Lousada (Portugal), Poonam Josan (India/US), Yael Kisel(Israel/US/Mexico), Jennifer Pouplin (France), Axel García(US/Puerto Rico) and Cody Paige (Canada). As back up astronauts, there were Pierre-Yves Girardin (France), Sweety Pate (the Netherlands/India) along with Carlos Salicrup and Yair Piña ( Mexico). The Mexican students contributed with the projects “Vital signs remote monitoring” (vest) elaborated by Danton Bazaldua and Walter Calles and the Rover vehicle of exploration and recollection, designed by UNAM Space’s team....