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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Robotics’

Vacuum Maker Not Impressed With Google’s Driverless Cars

Neato Robotics put out a fun late Friday press release asking what the big deal is about Google’s driverless cars. As you’ve probably heard, Google has been showing off a new prototype for the future of automobiles, which goes so far as to remove the steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals. “What’s the big deal? We’ve had a self-driving …

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You Can Now Build Your Very Own 3D Printed Humanoid Robot

Are you lonely? Can’t find a partner and/or pet to make the journey we call life more bearable? Would a humanoid robot buddy make living less of a chore? If so, you can now build your own with a 3D printer and some off-the-shelf parts. Inria Flowers Lab has just recently revealed its latest creation – the Poppy humanoid robot. …

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This 3D Printer Can Print On Any Surface

Despite being around for over two decades, the 3D printer hasn’t really changed all that much. You still have an extruder that moves in straight lines across a bed to create a 3D printed object from the bottom up. What would happen then if we turned that concept on its head with a 3D printer that can print on any …

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The Future of The Battlefield Has Robots With Legs

Imagine a battlefield. Your back is pressed against the wall of a crumbling and shaking building, dust collects in your face, and your ears ring from repetitive explosions that never stop. As you tuck your head in from the bullets that zip past you, you look through squinted eyelids and see something galloping closer and closer: This little baby is …

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That Cheetah Robot Is Back With No Wires Attached

In September of last year, DARPA introduced the world to its cheetah robot. It can run at speeds up to 29 MPH, but it posed no threat to humanity as it was confined to a treadmill and the connecting wires that powered it. Now that very same robot has been set free. DARPA and Boston Dynamics introduced WildCat to the …

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Prosthetic Legs Are Becoming Even More Incredible

Prosthetics are slowly but surely moving into the world of robotics. Earlier this year, a man was able to control a robotic hand by simply using his mind to send it commands. Now the same feat has been accomplished with a robotic leg. Nature reports that an unnamed 32-year-old man lost his knee and lower leg after a motorcycle accident …

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Watch This Robot Perform Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up comedy is an art form that not many people will ever perfect. For every Louis C.K., there’s a thousand Last Comic Standing rejects. That’s why it’s all the more impressive that a robot can not only do stand-up comedy, but actually be kind of good at it. NewScientist reports that there’s a new stand-up comic on the scene named …

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Here’s Another Look At DARPA’s ATLAS Robot

Last week, DARPA introduced the world to ATLAS – a robot that walks like a man, and can regain its balance after being hit by a 20 lb. wrecking ball. The original video may not have instilled enough terror into you, however, so here’s another to make sure you understand the ramifications of DARPA creating a nigh invincible robot. IEEE …

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This Robot Can Survive Being Hit By A Wrecking Ball

I thought that maybe DARPA would hold off on making killer robots for a while, but the defense contractor is back at it again what it calls “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built.” The humanoid robot in question is named ATLAS. It’s 6’2″ and weighs 330 lbs. It can walk up steps, adjust itself after putting one …

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This Robot Cat Has Dreams Of Becoming A Cheetah

What’s up with researchers making robots that mimic terrifying animals? MIT has already doomed us all with its cheetah bot, and now researchers in Switzerland want to finish the job with a small robot cat that will worm its way into our hearts before tearing it out. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL for short, is developing what is …

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MIT Now Has Their Own Super Fast Robot Cheetah

In September of last year, Boston Dynamics introduced the world to a cheetah robot that you could never hope to outrun. With a max speed of 28.3 mph, the robot would even be able to catch a sprinting Usain Bolt. Now MIT has made their own robot cheetah that’s not quite as fast, but it’s fast enough to catch you. …

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This Baseball-Playing Robot Is Leading The Charge In Artificial Brain Reearch

Super Baseball 2020 predicted a future where robots and cybernetically enhanced humans competed on the diamond for our enjoyment. Now some research at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo is starting to fulfill part of that prophecy. Wired reports that researchers have built a baseball-playing robot learns more about the game as it plays. In other words, it will miss …

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