What's happening in the robotics field for February 2023? Welcome to the 36th installment in our monthly series, What's Trending in Robotics News! We cover all the breaking news, hot issues, trending stories, and cool stuff that's happening — or has happened — in the robotics industry.
There were plenty of amazing things happening in the robotics industry throughout February. Let's see what caught our attention this month with the trending news in robotics for February 2023.
Yahoo Finance has the fascinating story of a new Starbucks patent, this one for a "robotic barista" that could eventually fulfill all of your morning coffee runs. It's a fun article to read, especially because it goes beyond the rather bland patent description to include an AI-generated robot barista straight out of I, Robot or Ex Machina.
Beyond the general wonder of "how will it get there from here," it's worth considering how people will view this increasing encroachment into culinary preparation. Is there some sort of human-generated touch that will always make it a tiny bit better than robots... or can robots truly make things like your morning coffee just as good (or even better)? Something to think about on your next trip out for a double-mocha latte.
There is a lot of news out there, but these stories caught our eye this month. If we could give one big theme for the month, it would be "nature." Once again, this month reminds us that robotics takes much inspiration from the animal kingdom for its innovations. We see a "flying spider robot" ready to take to the skies over Tokyo and a "flying fish" drone that combines the best aspects of birds and aquatic life to explore both realms. Where do you think the next burst of animal-robot inspiration will come from?
The bottom line: robotics, as a whole, is on a roll. It applies to nearly every aspect of our lives and touches every element of our actions — from how we eat to where we will go as a species. Every month, it's a wonder to see where robotics has gone — and to imagine where the technology will go.
One more thing, readers — if you know of anything we should add for the next edition, tell us about it! What caught your attention in the robotics world throughout February? Comment below, and we might feature it in our next issue!
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