Synthetic Muscles Bring Robotic Powerlifters to the Manufacturing Floor Advances in soft robotics are giving way to synthetic muscles that can change how industrial robots operate. Soft muscular systems will enable robots to support humans in lifting heavy items and make it safer for humans and machines to work side by side.  
The Latest Digital Home Innovation: Smart Fabric with Object Sensing Textile advancements include stain resistance and increased durability. Researchers are now finding ways to enable household fabrics to sense objects and notify users to take action. That could bring the end of lost keys and shift how home cooks approach meals.  
Smart Service Robots Lighten the Workload for Restaurants Robots are joining the wait staff at restaurants across Asia, and the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling interest in food service delivery robots in the US. They offer contactless interaction, promote social distancing, and can lighten the load of restaurants, many of which currently operate with a skeletal staff.  
IIoT and AI Provide the Fuel for Industrial Efficiency at Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce's industrial IoT initiatives have created a big, new challenge for itself: managing the data derived from 70 trillion data points. To do that, it turned to artificial intelligence and is now sharing a framework and toolkit to help other manufacturers apply—and trust—AI.  
Intelligent Warehouse Robots Automate Worker Tasks The pandemic has led to an uptick in ecommerce across the board, and warehouses are struggling to meet demand. Warehouse automation systems are fast, accurate, and safe, giving companies a robotic hand as they respond to the increased need.
Smart Robots Aid Overworked Medical Staff During Pandemic Hospitals in India are deploying robotic assistants to help overworked doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artificial intelligence enables the robots to connect with and help care for isolated patients.   
Planting Seeds of Efficiency: Robots and Drones on the Range The future of farming lies in sensors, cameras, robotics, and automation. Precision farming and Smart Ag 4.0 technologies help growers simultaneously address the increasing demand for food and the labor shortage.  
Improving Asset Management with IoT and Predictive Analytics Asset tracking and predictive asset maintenance takes the guesswork out of equipment upkeep and improves the lifespan of the machinery. The use of IoT shifts maintenance from preventative to predictive and gives companies more control over their assets.  
Banks Use AI to Offer Customers Money-saving Suggestions Artificial intelligence platforms improve customer service, security, and revenue. Now predictive analytics can assess a customer’s spending and saving habits and suggest ways to improve their finances--while introducing new and interesting bank services .  
Athletic Shoe Manufacturers Use IoT FTW Additive manufacturing gives shoe companies flexibility in design and development. Now shoe manufacturers are using IoT and 3D printing to bring tailor-made trainers to the mass market and develop one-of-a-kind shoes for every type of athlete.  

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