Robotics

A funny thing happened on my way to Maker Faire

Normally on Friday mornings, I’d be winding my way up a canyon in the hills south of San Jose to IBM Research – Almaden, where I work as an advisory engineer and scientist for our research in magnetoelectonics, spintronics and related fields. Instead, thanks to an amazing confluence of my IBM work and my outside […]

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Cognitive machines assist independent living as we age

We’ve all had that so-called “senior moment.” Leaving your wallet at a restaurant. Forgetting where you put your house key. Or maybe it’s physical, like no longer being able to take the stairs up to your office at work. As we age, mental and physical challenges do creep up. And we need assistance to stay […]

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Calling all Makers: Meet TJBot!

IBM is a community of makers, creators and thinkers. By nature we’re a curious group of people – always asking questions about what’s next, and within my team, what else is possible with artificial intelligence. We love teaming up with others who are passionate about the possibilities of technology, whether it be inspiring a new […]

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Building IBM’s inventions

When most visitors tour IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, an hour north of New York City, they are often shown the wall of Fellows, a portrait gallery of every IBM researcher who has earned the company’s highest technical rank, IBM Fellow, since the program started in 1963. But in another part […]

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Bot with wooden body keeps lectures lively

Hand-made telepresence robot helps improve classroom communication “Today’s lecture is about cognitive computing, and its impact on… blah, blah, blah…” The lecturer begins to drone on. And, worse, the students and lecturer are not physically in the same classroom. But such is life in today’s era of remote, video conference-style higher education options. Without a […]

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Bartending Robots & Spintronics

I’m an engineer in the Magnetoelectronics and Spintronics group at IBM Research – Almaden. We explore the physics, materials science and potential technology applications of materials we create one atomic layer at a time with our ultra-high vacuum thin-film deposition tools. But I’ve also been making costumes, props and gadgets since I was eight years […]

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