1. Robotic arms holding TV monitors greet attendees of Amazon re:MARS conference
2. Robotic manufacturing arm
GRAPHIC: Amazon is hosting high-tech enthusiasts this week at its 're:MARS' expo in Las Vegas.
The goal: innovation across several tech sectors.
3. Spider robot grabs plate of food
4. Robot moves boxes
5. Robot delivers beer
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President:
"The title of the conference is 're:MARS' and MARS stands for machine learning, automation, robotics and space. We really think that these are four really exciting domains of science that are moving forward really fast and we wanted to put together a conference that brought the best and brightest around those areas together to see if they could inspire each other."
7. Robot stacks cups with help of operator wearing remote tactile gloves
8. Operator controls robotic arms by wearing remote control gloves
9. Close up of operator carefully moving hands
10. Operator remotely controls robotic hands using Rubik's Cube
"This is the first ever tactile tele robot. We've got a pair of robot hands with fingertips with the sensitivity of the human hand, controlled by the power gloves with feedback to let you touch things. We're doing this over a distance of mere inches but you could run this over the far side of the world. You can put the robot in a dangerous place to do a job you didn't want to do."
12. Man walks on treadmill wearing open source robotic prosthetic leg
13. Close up of robotic leg walking on treadmill
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Elliott Rouse, University of Michigan Robotics Institute:
"This is a new open source robotic leg. One of the greatest challenges in robotic prosthetic legs today is control. Fortunately we have many different researchers around the country studying how to build control systems. But each person does so with their own custom robotic hardware. So it's very inefficient. People are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in years developing these before they can even investigate a control system."
The online retailer and shipping giant is focusing more attention on advancing new technologies.
To highlight some of those advancements and to encourage new innovation, Amazon is hosting a new conference focused on artificial intelligence.
The re:MARS conference, which stands for machine learning, automation, robotics and space, takes place in Las Vegas this week.
"We really think that these are four really exciting domains of science that are moving forward really fast and we wanted to put together a conference that brought the best and brightest around those areas together to see if they could inspire each other," said David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President.
At Tuesday night's opening gala, robots literally took center stage...and even delivered food and drink to the attendees.
Other robots showcased at the event included one controlled remotely by an operator wearing special haptic gloves and a new open source robotic leg which makes it easier for users to customize.
iRobot, which pioneered the robot vacuum cleaner more than two decades ago, unveiled the latest versions of its popular Rhoomba device, including new floor-mopping and lawn mowing robots.
Amazon's conference comes as the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission starts an antitrust investigation into big tech companies over their aggressive business practices.
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