Miuro – a robot for your iPod

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It seems like there is a dozen new iPod accessories released every day, but what we haven’t seen so far is a robot. Well, the long wait is over. Miuro is a Japanese robot designed around your iPod, because who hasn’t wished they had a dancing boombox on wheels? The machine (kinda looks like a […]

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Robot store to open in Japan

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Having trouble finding a reliable place to buy your robots and robot-related items? Move to Japan. The world’s first store dedicated entirely to the sale of robots will be opening in Nagoya in October. The futuristic retail complex will be part of a new robot museum, so you can be educated at the same time […]

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D2V-ZN: programmable robot on the move

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Here we have another programmable robot out of South Korea. This one has a not-at-all catchy name, D2V-ZN, and it’s from D2E Robotics. Still, if looks are what you’re after, you can do a lot worse than this one, which resembles nothing more than one of those giant blasting monoliths that the Empire wielded on […]

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USRobotics unveils two new Skype phones

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USRobotics has come up with a couple more ways for us to easily use Skype, but the two new phones that they unveiled both lack a catchy name: the USR9602 and USR9601A. The USR9602 is also known as the USB Mini Internet Phone. You can plug it into either the USB 1.1 or 2.0 ports […]

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Robonova robot army walks, flips, dances

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Ally McBeal may have had a dancing baby, but you can now get your hands on a much more techie version in the form of the Robonova robot. While a pre-made model is available, you can also choose to build it yourself, in 6 to 8 hours, using nothing more than a simple screwdriver. They […]

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Land Walker: 10-foot-tall ‘armed’ robot

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We’re getting a Star Wars vibe from this one, specifically on the ice planet of Hoth. This is something that mere mortals can operate, although it weighs almost a ton. It’s the Land Walker, and it’s more than 10 feet tall. You sit in the cockpit, or the robot’s “brain.” You can control the movement […]

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Genibo: the robot dog returns

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It didn’t take the robot aficionados long to get a new pet dog. This sounds a lot like Aibo, but it’s not really. It’s Genibo, which is a combination of the words Genius and Robot. He’s a clever little creature, one that can understand up to 100 voice commands. You can pet him and watch […]

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Doctor Nemo, a nanorobot to swim through your veins

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Sounds like something out of a Jules Verne story. A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon have released word of a micro-sized robot that they anticipate being able to swim through your veins. That sort of device can go where microscopes and needles can’t, giving doctors new opportunities to not only examine the inner workings […]

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R7 robot provides a different sort of walkabout

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Not sure how many uses you can find for this one, but there it is all the same. It’s the R7, a walkable robot out of South Korea. The seat you sit in is certainly plush, and the robot’s feet do all the work. The movement is supposed to be not too traumatic, so maybe […]

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4WD robot flaps circles around the competition

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Check this out: a ground robot that has four-wheel drive, and that’s just the beginning. It’s called the Spybot 4WD, and its made by MacroSwiss. Making a a name for itself at the recent European Land Robot Trials, the main new feature of the bot was its Flapper Wheels, which are a sort of cross […]

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Robots could flap paper wings and fly

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Can paper move a robot? Researchers in South Korea think so, and they are out to prove it. A team at Inha University has discovered that electricity can make cellulose bend. Cellulose, of course, is the main ingredient in paper. A set of recent experiments has resulted in treated cellulose that is lightweight and inexpensive, […]

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Samsung to release pair of robot room cleaners

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Some people enjoy cleaning, but I am definitely not one of those people. With the advances in technology these days, we’re already seeing some rather impressive robots on the market that can do what we do, and maybe even do it better. The VC-RS60 and VC-RS60H may look like little boomboxes to bring tunes with […]

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Microsoft strides into robotics fray

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Microsoft is getting into the robotics game, with a whole toolkit of Windows-based resources and a fistful of funding for a research group to support it all. The idea, according to the folks at Microsoft, is to create a starting point for commercial and individual developers. Tandy Trower, general manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group, […]

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A school tale of two robots

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Isaac Asimov would be proud. A New York teenager isn’t letting his stay in a hospital get in the way of his schooling. Using a unique combination of robotics, Achim Nurse, a 13-year-old from Valhalla, is keeping up with his studies despite being miles away in a hospital bed. Mr. Spike and Mrs. Candy do […]

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Robot controlled by brain waves

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Maybe you’ve seen an episode of a science fiction show in which a person has wires connecting his head to a machine. The suggestion is that the guy is giving the computer or robot or whatever it happens to be, instructions via brain waves. If the good folks at Honda have their way, that fiction […]

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