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mRobo Dancing Robot Looks Innocent Now, But in 2020?

The robot, which is mainly white in color, starts off looking like an average inanimate speaker until it catches you off guard and begins transforming into a fully-fledged humanoid. The Michael Jackson wannabe then starts grooving its body parts to the music as it plays sound through its rumbling stomach.

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Robotic fish designed to patrol harbors for pollution

Recently we wrote about a robotic fish that was designed to mimic the swimming capabilities of a tuna, and could be used for spying and other government-related purposes. Now we have another robot fish, this one is aptly called the “Robo-Fish” prototype.

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Flying Robots Play Catch

A group of Swiss researchers have created a new video putting their high-tech quadrocopter’s flying efficiency to the test. The three flying robots fly back and forth in recognition with each other, whilst each being attached to a three sided net. The intuitive copters can catch incoming balls by flying in formation to move the net accordingly. Once the ball is in the net, they are then also able to launch it upwards by quickly stretching out the net.

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Wall-Ye Robot Helps Inspect Vineyards for Bugs and Other Issues

Robots are invading just about every aspect of modern life. They are helping with noodles, outrunning athletes and even replacing pack mules. This time around, they are making their way to our vineyards as well. French inventor Christophe Millot has created “Wall-Ye”, named after Pixar’s own WALL-E.

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Can a Robot pass a College Exam? Fujitsu Bets it Can

When it comes to entrance exams, few are considered more difficult than the exam presented by Tokyo University. This is why scientists have decided to come together and see how hard the test really is by bringing in a unique student to take the exam- a robot. Fujitsu hopes to create a robot that can easily pass the exam, pushing A.I. Intelligence as far as possible along the way. Fujitsu is teaming up with Japan’s National Institute of Informatics to develop this super-intelligent robot.

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Bow Down to Your Noodle-Making Robot Overlords

At this point in time, robots aren’t very good at tasks that require intuition, common sense or human judgement, but they are fantastic at performing repetitive tasks on a consistent basis. We’ve already seen robots take over many of the functions at many factories, and now there’s a robot chef that is taking over the […]

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Beyond Creepy – Meet Baby Robot, Affetto

Conspiracy theorists are already preparing for the impending Robot Apocalypse and, let’s face it, Baby Affetto doesn’t do anything to ease any tension or worry that some of us have about our robot-filled future.

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Smart Pebble Robots Can Mimic Objects Quickly

The “Smart Sand” project has tons of obstacles to climb over before it truly gets very far off the ground, but it is attempting to use large cubes, 12mm on each side, that can actually bind together to mimic real objects.

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MorpHex, the Walking Rolling Robot

While we have robots like Asimo that attempt to mimic the bipedal nature of humans, robots that take on entirely different forms of locomotion can be so much more interesting. And the cool thing about the MorpHex robot is that it has more than one trick up its sleeve.

OTHER VIDEOS
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Robot Jumps 30 Feet (Video)

A robot on wheels isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world, but the Sand Flea by Boston Dynamics has a very neat trick up its mechanical sleeve: it is capable of jumping a full thirty feet in the air from an absolute standstill.

OTHER VIDEOS
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Robojelly: The Hydrogen-Powered Robot Jellyfish (Video)

What you see in the above picture is Robojelly, a robot jellyfish designed by the researchers at Virginia Tech, which could be very useful in the future for underwater surveillance or search and rescue operations. You might be thinking that there is nothing new about a robot inspired by nature, but the robot jellyfish has a new trick up its sleeve. Theoretically, the Robojelly will go on working without ever running out of energy, as long as it’s in water.

TECH VIDEOS
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Crawling Robots Battle with Awesome Weapons and Armor (Video)

What would you call a remote-controlled, six-legged robot toy (pictured above) for kids that can shoot all kinds of projectiles? Its designer, Jaimie Mantzel, is already calling it “The Greatest Toy in the Universe” (and we think that he might be right there), but he wants you to give it a cool name.

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CES: First Hands-On With Verizon’s VGo Robotic Telepresence

The next time you walk in to a department store, you may not be greeted by a human, in fact, if Verizon Wireless has anything to do with it you’ll be looking at a VGo robot. Presented at CES 2012, Verizon is aiming to enable 4G LTE devices beyond what we would expect with a typical smartphone or tablet.

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Behrens Concept Device For A Biofuel Generating Robot

Living in a world where gas and oil prices are certainly on the rise, Rudolph Behrens has come up with a theoretical solution for preparing/gathering biofuel. He has begun raising funds at Kickstarter for a 26×14 foot robot that uses a wind turbine with radial blades on top and a PV panel.

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Surrogates More Than Just A Movie, Thanks To Advances In Robotics?

It turns out that “Surrogates”, staring Bruce Willis, might not have been just a movie after all. For those who haven’t seen it, in the near future when people don’t interact with the environment themselves and instead have human-looking robots they control remotely do everything for them. Telesar V might not be nearly as sophisticated as the robots in Surrogates, yet the concept is still pretty similar. Telestar V is a telexistence robot system being researched by a group at the Keio University led by Professor Tachi. The idea behind the technology is having a robot you can remotely control.

TECH VIDEOS
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Groundbot 3D Surveillance Robot Rolls Along Sand, Water And Mud

Rotundus Groundbot, a dual-camera security bot which provides a 3D video feed is a new easy to manipulate automated surveillance tool presently being tested by government. Its interface is kept free from clutter to make the operation less complicated and this bot will roll around the ground spying on everything around it.

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Meet OLogic’s Android controlled robotic music player

The most recent robot controlled by a smartphone is the Automated Music Personality (AMP) robot launched by OLogic. AMP is a two-wheeled, self-balancing robotic music player that can only be operated by an Android smartphone. OLogic has plans of shipping the robot for around $400 or less.

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Handroid robot hand by ITK is remote controlled with a glove

The Handroid is a robot hand developed by a Japanese company called ITK. It’s a fully articulated robot hand with the same kind of dexterity as a human hand. Each finger can move independently and the hand as a whole is meant to be “sensitive” enough to be suitable for touching humans or handling fragile objects.

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Creepy singing robot head has long years of service ahead of it

Artificial Intelligence may not be contained to the manufacturing industries forever. In fact, it might not be long before human customer service workers and receptionists are a thing of the past. Chyi-Yeu Lin and colleagues at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology have built a singing, disembodied animatronic robot head that will someday put every last unskilled desk clerk and Walmart greeter in the unemployment line once and for all.

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Japanese robot can think, fetches ice for your drink

If you thought that robots are nothing more than humanoid thoughtless piles of iron that are controlled by real humans, well, you’re wrong. Future robots could be even smarter than some of us. And who else could create such a robot if its not Skynet? The Japanese!

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Wall-E Robot Brought To Life With LEGO

Montreal-based maker Marc-André Bazergui has created his own Wall-E robot using a set of motors and a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kit. It took Bazergui over 250 hours to build the 20cm tall toy, but it’s sure worth the effort, since the robot moves and transforms just like the animated character.

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Futuristic Surgical Robots To Teach Super Surgeons

How do you train a resident surgeon to remove an appendix? As much preparation they get in school, they can’t master how to remove an appendix until they’ve done it. The problem is that unlike the board game Operation, you’re dealing with real people who don’t have multiple lives. So how do you give residents hands-on practice when human lives are hanging in the balance? How do you get busy, experienced surgeons to take the time to teach them? How can surgeons watch and effectively evaluate a resident’s performance in the operation room, when tensions are high and a patient’s life is on the line? These are questions being considered by a surgical robotics team at Johns Hopkins University.

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Omnidrectional rover robot uses screws to move

Rovers are key to exploring planets that are too far and expensive for manned missions, but they have their limitations. NASA rover “Spirit” scaled a mountain the height of the Statute of Liberty, but couldn’t maneuver its way out of a sand bog. In 2009 Spirit became stuck and in NASA controllers’ attempts to free the rover, the wheels only sank deeper. Lack of sun in the rover’s current location meant Spirit went into low-power hibernation mode, and on May 25 2011 NASA made their last communication with Spirit.

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iRobot 110 FirstLook Throwable Sentry Bot

When I hear the name iRobot, the first thing that comes to mind is that silly Roomba. Yeah, it’s pretty clever how they can get a vacuum to roam around a room on its own, but the iRobot 110 FirstLook looks like it could be infinitely more useful.