McGill University robotics remove man’s prostate

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Over at McGill University, a team of surgeons have successfully removed a patient’s prostate without the use of human hands. Instead, a couple of robot surgeons did the real work on the guy going under the knife. Part of the surgery team included the da Vinci robo-surgeon and the McSleepy robot anesthesiologist.

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Windoro window cleaning robot to the rescue

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Slap a pair of Roomba’s on a pane of glass, with a slight variation in cleaning utensils, and you’ve got the Windoro. It almost sounds like a spanish sword-fighting nobleman here to clean our windows.

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South Korea deploys grenade launching robots at border

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Anyone planning on illegally crossing the North/South Korean border better think twice, the government has deployed a couple sentry robots that can sense heat and motion and deploy 40mm grenades at the target, or just fire off a couple thousand rounds of ammunition its way. Audio and video is sent back to the command center allowing them to make the call on whether or not the response requires such offensive action. Check the video below for a peak at the command UI.

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GM and Nasa build the Robonaut 2 humanoid robot

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GM and NASA are working together at the Johnson Space Center in Houston under the Space Act Agreement to develop more sophisticated robots and related technologies that will be used in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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Robot-Looking 3D Webcam from Minoru

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While you can find a webcam on the market with pretty good resolution these days, they largely restrict you to just two dimensions of imagery. You’ll need an adequately-equipped display, but if you pick up this Minoru 3D webcam, you can effectively send your likeness in three dimensions. The styling of the webcam itself reminds […]

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Sega i-spin Robot Speaker Dances To the Music

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Is there seriously a market for doo-dahs like this? Sega has already released the i-Dog, i-Cat, and i-Platypus (okay, maybe not the last one), so I guess they figure there’s money to be made in robotic speakers for our portable music players. The latest offering from Sega is the i-spin, and it appears to be […]

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Video: Robot Gets Remotely Controlled by Nintendo DS

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The touchscreen-equipped portable gaming machine from Nintendo never ceases to amaze me. When I first picked up a DS Lite, I was enthralled by multiplayer sessions of Tetris DS and Mario Kart DS, but it was only after I discovered the homebrew possibilities that the DS really started to shine. And the development has just […]

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Rovio – a robot that can find its own way

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Robots just keep getting smarter and smarter. I’ve seen a movie or two about how this can go awry. Evolution Robotics hasn’t taught robots to cry, but they have come close. With their new NorthStar 2.0 System robots can be truly aware of their surroundings, and can even perform tasks on their own. The system […]

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Robot firefighters – not as sexy as the real thing, but still cool

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Robots have been created to do a lot of ridiculous and totally unnecessary things over the years. Here’s one, though, that actually makes sense. A London-based firm has deployed a group of fire fighting robots. Taking after the bomb-defusing robots that we are already familiar with, these robots are being used in a trial to […]

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Life-Sized Robotic Fly For Military Surveillance

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If the movie Transformers has taught as anything, it’s that big robots can cause some pretty massive damage. In an effort to keep things under control, Professor Robert Wood of Harvard University has developed a robotic fly that is actually the same size as a real fly, except, you know, it’s a robot. Boasting a […]

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Remotely Control Your Robot Cleaner Using a Cell Phone

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Too lazy to walk around your 600 square foot bachelor pad with a vacuum cleaner? Yeah, me too. I want to just sit back on my couch and watch some Simpsons and Family Guy. Apparently, SK Telecom is almost finished developing a robot cleaning solution that you control using a mobile phone. The round cleaning […]

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Robotic Hand: Remote Heart Surgery Closer Than You Think (Video)

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Technology, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is advancing at an increasingly expedient pace. What was hot and innovative just a couple years ago is mundane and conventional today. We normally talk about laptops, cell phones, and that kind of thing around here, but let’s take a brief break to check this out. A magnetic […]

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Germans Unveil Titan, World’s Largest Robot

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German efficiency and determination have produced the world’s largest and strongest robot, the KUKA KR 1000. It’s full-on huge, with a height of just over 4 meters and a reach alone of 3.2 meters. The robot, aptly called Titan, has nine motors built into a dynamic yet rock-solid steel base. This kind of machine is […]

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Robotic Caterpillar Can Help Heart Patients

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Not that many legs on this little mechanical medical marvel, but it’s called a “robotic caterpillar” anyway. It’s a creation of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, and its primary task is to crawl across the human heart to help perform bypasses and procedures that would otherwise require stopping the organ, if only temporarily. That […]

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Video: Robot Chicken by Sega, Not Seth Green

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When I first heard about this robot chicken, I immediately thought of the very strange animated series created by Seth Green. Unfortunately, this creation has absolutely nothing to do with quirky cartoons. Fitting somewhere between Tamagotchi virtual pets and a real puppy is the next-generation robot chicken from Sega. The little robots are fuzzy, cuddly, […]

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