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Delivery Bot Impulsively Bursts Into Flames In California

A self-directed food delivery bot burst into flames this week on a California walkway, as per media reports. Kiwi, the firm that manages and makes one 100-strong fleet of bots, launched a statement to claim that the fire was rapidly brought under control by a passerby before the fire department of the city arrived and covered the robot in foam. No one was injured due to the incident.

Kiwi stopped its service till it was capable of finish its investigation. It claimed that it though the fire was due to human flaw, when a defective battery was manually equipped into the bot, ultimately leading to thermal runaway—the same error that led to the recall of Galaxy Note 7 handsets by Samsung. Kiwi claims that a new element of software will “thoroughly observe the state of every battery” to avoid anything like this incident to occur again.

Kiwi claimed the incident led to “some minor flames and smoke.” But video taken at the event displays the bot engulfed in the kind of violently burning fireball classically related with fires caused due to battery.

Speaking of robots, new 3-D printed robots can jump over trip wire, squeeze in tight spaces such as a wall crack of a cave, or crawl below a car. These are all difficult Army-pertinent functions, which are impossible for humans to conduct securely.

Researchers at the Army’s ISN (Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies), situated at MIT, have designed a 3-D printing service that can allow both the design and modeling of complicated magnetically-actuated machines. The new method uses a 3-D printing service equipped with a new kind of 3-D printable ink and an electromagnet nozzle infused with magnetic particles. Their outcomes could result in new on-demand supple material systems for incorporation into Soldier systems, new biomedical applications, and innovative magnetic ink used to reinforce soft robotic functionality.