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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Robots’

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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Boston Dynamics’ WildCat Is Another Galloping Terror

Boston Dynamics, the company that’s singlehandedly trying to hasten the fall of humankind with its incredible robot technology, has just unveiled the WildCat – the next generation of its Cheetah robot. “WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding …

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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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DARPA’s Atlas Robot Gets A Training Montage

Remember Atlas? The robot that can walk like a man and withstand being hit with 20 pound weights is back and better than ever. In fact, Atlas is now hard at work training for the annual DARPA Robotics Challenge. In the latest video, we get to see Atlas’ fulfill its promise of being able to traverse rough terrain. The engineers …

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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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First Talking Robot In Space Sends Earth A Message

Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the moon will forever be taught in history books around the world. Will history be as kind to the first talking robot in space? You may recall that the University of Tokyo and Toyota sent a robot named Kirobo into space earlier this year to live on the International Space Station. He speaks fluent …

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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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This 3D Printed Robot Can Flatten Itself

What’s up with 3D printed robots being based on bugs? Our last 3D printed robot was a creepy spider, and now the University of California, Berkeley has created a 3D printed insect robot that can flatten itself to fit under doors. In the UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, four men have created what they call the STAR, or Sprawl Tuned …

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This Robot Can Express Itself In Watercolor

Over the years, robots have proven to be proficient in a number of activities. They can run, balance and even play baseball; but can they paint? That’s what one child prodigy set to find out. Sylvia Todd, a 12-year-old with a passion for robots, has created what she calls the WaterColorBot. It’s a robot that looks a little like a …

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DARPA Robot ATLAS Has More Coordination Than You

Whenever there is news about strides in artificial intelligence, or a futuristic robot capable of performing various feats in the cycle, inevitable jokes about Terminator, Cyberdyne Systems, and the Matrix’s robot revolution are soon to follow. However, after watching ATLAS, a disaster-response robot built by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, jokes are no longer applicable because the future …

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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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