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Coming Soon: Personal Robot Carrier

No more tired arms or back from carrying your groceries home, the Gita cargo robot promises to help you carry any load (up to 40 pounds) without pushing, pulling or exerting any energy other than simply watching it do the heavy lifting for you! Read more about this autonomous carrier in the following article from foxnews.com.

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Photo Courtesy Piaggio Fast Forward

Check out this personal cargo robot from the maker of Vespa scooters

By Trevor Mogg

As manufacturer of the Vespa, Piaggio already has plenty of experience making stylish two-wheeled vehicles.

Now, an off-shoot of the firm — Piaggio Fast Forward — is hoping to score another success, this time with a soon-to-launch autonomous personal cargo carrier.

Called Gita (pronounced “jee-ta,” which in Italian means “short trip”), the diminutive robot resembles a large blue ball with what appear to be two bicycle wheels attached.

In a further nod to the more famous part of its business, Piaggio Fast Forward explains that Gita has been “designed and engineered with the same attention to safety, braking, balancing, and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle.”

Designed to follow a human operator or move autonomously in a mapped environment, 66-cm-tall Gita includes obstacle-avoidance technology to ensure a bump-free journey from A to B. It can handle a decent weight, too — up 40 pounds — with its consignment secured inside a decent-sized compartment that comes with a lockable lid.

Gita’s zero turning radius and top speed of 22 mph make it both nimble and quick, so whether you’re a fast walker or on your bike, this particular robotic companion shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up as you head home from the supermarket with your freshly bought supplies.

At first glance, battery-powered Gita seems like the kind of robot you might actually like to have alongside you when you can’t be bothered to carry a stack of stuff between locations. It certainly looks more stylish than this autonomous basket-carrying helper.

“The transportation and robotics industries tend to focus on optimizing tasks and displacing labor,” Jeffrey Schnapp, CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward, said in a release. “We’re developing products that augment and extend human capabilities, instead of simply seeking to replace them.”

To begin with, Piaggio Fast Forward wants to offer Gita to businesses for trials aimed at refining its design, but it also plans to offer a version to the likes of you and me before too long. So if the idea of your own robot butler, then stay tuned.

Gita’s official unveiling takes place at Piaggio Fast Forward’s Boston headquarters on Thursday, at which time we’ll hopefully find out more details such as pricing and availability.

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New Updates Coming for Samsung Notebook 9

Check out this quick article from techcrunch.com to learn about some new updates expected to come with the new Samsung Notebook 9 line:

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Photo courtesy Samsung press release and techcrunch.com.

Samsung’s slim Notebook 9 line gets a boost

By Brian Heater

Samsung’s gone the simple route with its latest notebooks – right down to the Notebook 9 name, which likely unintentionally invokes a very Cat’s Cradle vibe. Less then a year after launch, the line’s 13- and 15-inch models are getting a refresh, because the company just couldn’t wait the few extra weeks for CES.

The laptops are getting a new design, one that, from the press photos, at least, looks a bit like a Chromebook that made a wish upon a star to become a full-fledged laptop. It’s a model of minimalist efficiency that includes an extra-thin bezel and a display that swivels back to 180-degrees.

More impressively, the laptops are quite light, with the 13.3-inch version coming in at 1.8 pounds and the 15-incher weighing in at 2.17. Samsung also claims the little notebooks are fairly durable as well, with thermal and shock-resistant shells. The laptops promise seven hours of battery life (a notable step down from the former promise of 12 hours), coupled with quick charging, which should give users a full charge in 80 minutes.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port onboard, along with some souped up processing power with seventh-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM. No word yet on pricing and availability, but probably don’t plan on getting one for Christmas this year.

Click here to see more from techcrunch.com.