May 2015

The Henn-na hotel will open its doors next summer at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The hotel features the latest advanced technology, various roboticized services, and a facial recognition system that will replace room keys.

April 2015

Audi AG has begun testing its new “Chairless Chair” technology in its factory in Neckarsulm in Germany. It is a light exoskeleton made of carbon fibre which allows employees to be supported while they stand, and to sit, anytime and anywhere, without having to have a conventional chair. The “Chairless Chair” has been developed in partnership with the Swiss start-up Nonee AG.

April 2015

Coinciding with Automate 2015 taking place in Chicago, two of the principal makers of collaborative robots have presented new models. Universal Robots is adding the UR3 to its UR family. And for its part, Rethink Robotics has launched the Sawyer, a 1-arm robot, heir of the Baxter from the same company.