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Smart Robots use RF to Find and Grasp Hidden Objects

X-ray vision may be out of reach for humans, but artificial intelligence is gifting robots with superpower senses that could prove to be vital on the warehouse and manufacturing floors.  

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IoT and Mesh Networking Promise Faster Wildfire Detection

The Department of Homeland Security and SCITI Labs continue their multiphase plan to test sensors for detecting wildfires in the western United States. Meanwhile in Germany, startup Dryad is developing a wireless environmental sensor network based on LoRaWAN. All groups expect IoT technologies to identify fires and provide alerts more quickly than satellites and cameras.    

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Walmart Embraces Store Automation Technology

Online grocery sales are driving traffic to brick-and-mortar stores, which are becoming inundated with shoppers. To combat congestion in the aisles, retailers are turning to automated micro-fulfillment centers, which use artificial intelligence and robots to fulfill orders in record time.  

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Smart Grow-Bots Put to Work on the Farm, Increasing Yield

Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable autonomous robots to grow, analyze, and harvest produce in greenhouse environments. Robots reduce labor costs, increase crop yield, and improve sustainability.  

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Robots Bring Contactless Food Delivery to Urban Areas

Autonomous delivery robots powered by IoT meet changing consumer needs. The robots are contactless and can navigate their environment without help.   

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The Urban Institute Uses AI to Help Fight Inequality in US Cities

IBM and the Urban Institute are using the IBM Cloud Pak® for Data as a Service to identify neighborhoods at risk of community decline or gentrification and enable timely policy proposals to prevent displacement. The project will use deep data analysis to create machine learning models that will shape policy suggestions.  

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City Services Get Smarter With AI

The CityDash platform provides analytics and data intelligence for cities for economic development, urban planning, mobility, transportation, public safety, and more. The technology helps municipal workers and regular citizens make more sense of life and work in multiple cities around the globe, including in one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s smart cities, San Leandro.    

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IoT Lends a Hand in the Beauty Industry

Manicures are time consuming and expensive, so companies are turning to IoT to streamline the beauty treatment. New robots use machine vision and artificial intelligence to produce a simple manicure that is fast, inexpensive, and doesn’t require human interaction.  

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Kroger Builds an AI-based Warehouse that is Sweeter than Honey

Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable robotic shoppers to fulfill online grocery orders in less than 10 minutes. Instead of walking through the aisles, the cloud-based system guides these robots as they make a beeline for each item. AI controls and manages everything from the ordering process to the delivery.  

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AI Solutions Help Identify Water Leaks

Water waste and leaky pipes cost companies more than a drop in the bucket, and often they are unaware of any issues. With the Internet of Things technologies, building operators can improve efficiency and sustainability, prevent damage from water leaks, and save money in the process.  

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