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This Robot Cube Can Walk, Jump And Balance Itself This Robot Cube Can Walk, Jump And Balance Itself

Cubes are relatively stationary objects. You can throw them around, sure, but it’s hard to see them as being autonomous. One robotics lab did just that, however, with its newest invention. Robohub reports that the Institute for Dynamic Systems and …

MIT Is Teaching Robots How To Learn From Their Mistakes MIT Is Teaching Robots How To Learn From Their Mistakes

Students at MIT are teaching robots how to adapt, as discussed in this video. At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, students will be presenting a pair of papers “showing how household robots could use little lateral thinking …

These Robots Will Do Your Gardening These Robots Will Do Your Gardening

Co.Exist ran a piece about nursery bots from Harvest Automation, which gives us a glimpse into the not too distant future where robots are replacing humans for a variety of tasks. The company specializes in behavior-based robotics. “Our intelligent, behavior-based …

Robot Blackjack Dealers Will Always Stack The Deck Against You Robot Blackjack Dealers Will Always Stack The Deck Against You

I love and hate Blackjack. The simplicity of the game means I can actually understand the rules, but the game is always stacked against the players in favor of the dealer. Now a robotics company is removing the last defense …

Inflatable Robots And More Discussed At Google Event [Solve for X] Inflatable Robots And More Discussed At Google Event [Solve for X]

Google hosted its Solve for X Event last week, and has now released the presentations. Solve for X is a gathering of scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators, who come together to present “moonshot” proposals, as Google calls them. These are ideas …

Jon Stewart Thinks the Internet Should’ve Picked the Robot in that Monopoly Vote

Monopoly recently gave the internet (more specifically people on Facebook) the opportunity to kick out one of the old, stale pieces and replace it with a cool, hip new piece. Monopoly made one of the new options a cat. The …

Make Your Own 3D Printed Six-Legged Robot Make Your Own 3D Printed Six-Legged Robot

Have you ever wanted to make a fully autonomous robot? If so, your dreams of kickstarting the robot apocalypse can be fulfilled with just a 3D printer, some simple software and a bit of electrical knowhow. Meet Bleuette, a free …

Why Would You Ever Give A Chainsaw To A Robot? Why Would You Ever Give A Chainsaw To A Robot?

A favorite story of mine growing up was “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” It was an excellent beginner’s guide to the rule of causation. I don’t think Berlin-based echtwald ever read that story because they obviously didn’t take …

This Robot Roach Gives Cheetah Robot A Run For Its Money This Robot Roach Gives Cheetah Robot A Run For Its Money

I was just thinking that cockroaches needed to be faster. And robotic. Here’s a look at a new robotic cockroach from UC Berkley. It’s called the VelociRoACH. According to Wired, it reaches speeds of 2.7 meters per second (compared to …

This Robot Exoskeleton Brings To Mind A Different James Cameron Movie This Robot Exoskeleton Brings To Mind A Different James Cameron Movie

When we think about robots, we often think about the Terminator films (especially the first two), and with good reason considering some of the terrifying models we’ve seen in recent years. This robotic exoskeleton, however, brings to mind the famous …

Look At These Potential Robot Muscles [Video]
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MIT researchers at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Researched have been working on a new material that they say could be used to drive artificial robotic muscles or generate enough electricity to power small electronics. The material, …

This Robot Child Proves Scientists Are Now Competing To Make The Scariest Robot Imaginable This Robot Child Proves Scientists Are Now Competing To Make The Scariest Robot Imaginable
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Confession time: small children terrify me. I can’t see the cuteness that so many other people apparently do. All I see is an overly happy bundle of fear with piercing eyes that stare deep into my soul. With that being …

Robots Perform Ace of Spades; Your Jokes Are Welcome
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I’m not going to make any metal jokes about Compressorhead, the all-robot band seen in the video below playing the Motorhead classic “Ace of Spades.” I’m not going to talk about how metal it is, literally. I’m not going to …

Roboy Will Destroy You With Its Cuteness Roboy Will Destroy You With Its Cuteness

Robots have never been exactly cute. In fact, our metal friends are generally more terrifying than anything else. Some researchers are fixing this by creating the first robot that may be able to pass as being “cute.” Meet Roboy, a …

This Is What Happens When Santa Replaces His Workforce With Robots This Is What Happens When Santa Replaces His Workforce With Robots
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For the past few hundred years, Santa has relied on the physical workforce of his elves and reindeer to help him deliver presents every Christmas. That may change one day as Santa embraces technology and replaces everything with robots. The …

DARPA’s Robot Mule Is Even Scarier Than Before DARPA’s Robot Mule Is Even Scarier Than Before
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Remember DARPA’s LS3 robotic mule from a few moths back. At that point, the robot was just beginning to learn how to walk on rugged terrain and make horrifying noises. Now it’s back and better than ever which means it’s …

Quadriplegic Woman Ushers In Cyborg Revolution By Feeding Herself Chocolate

All too often do we forget to celebrate the little things in life – like having the ability to freely move our bodies. For some, that’s not an option as they’re confined to a bed or wheelchair for the rest …

This Robot Has Human-Like Muscles And Bones This Robot Has Human-Like Muscles And Bones
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IEEE Spectrum uploaded this little gem this week: This is Kenshiro, a new musculoskeletal robot from researchers at the University of Tokyo. They debuted it at the Humanoids Conference this month, and according to IEEE Spectrum, claim to have added …

Watch These Robots Ring In The Holidays With Dancing

The holiday season officially started earlier this week when DMX graced us with an excellent rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Nothing will top that, but the folks at Sphero have something almost as good – dancing robots. The Sphero …

Robots Now Have The Ability To Deceive Each Other Robots Now Have The Ability To Deceive Each Other
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For the longest time, robots have had one vital weakness – they couldn’t lie. You could ask a robot if it was going to kill you and it would have to truthfully answer. It would still kill you, but at …

Functional Battle Mech Provides Preview of Future Warfare Functional Battle Mech Provides Preview of Future Warfare
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Proving once again that the Japanese will almost certainly be the engineers of humanity’s future enslavement by robots, a Japanese company has created a functional mech robot. The device, called Kuratas, runs on diesel fuel and opens to reveal a …