I was last week in Central Europe driving car and watching basketball european championships. Automation and robotics are progressing but at the moment interests me the most is how the new technology will last.
Eg. In Germany are toilets at service stations largely automated but they do not work very well. Bowl washing system stuck or water flows constantly. It may be that in next year the automatic toilet has been replaced by a conventional toilet.
I will come back later on this devices not working problem.
News from elsewhere:
Robot Car can freeze easily and cheaply, says Popular Science. This is a large security risk.
RoboticTrends lists 10 robots suitable for the beginners. These have a good starting point to robotics.
The BBC follows artificial intelligence stuff the whole week 38. This article covers some artificial intelligence applications.
Here are some of the most important robot news in week 37. The next weekly report will appear on 21/9/15