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MIT Brains Work On “Smart Sand” Robots MIT Brains Work On “Smart Sand” Robots

Researchers at MIT are working on a project that could bring sci-fi fantasies to reality. But, then again, when aren’t they? Nowadays, if you want something built, you take wood or other materials and build or cut it out of …

New DARPA Grand Challange For More “Human Like” Robots New DARPA Grand Challange For More “Human Like” Robots

It looks like the United States government is getting back into the human robotics game big time. This time we have DARPA coming out with a new Grand Challenge for robots. The challenge consists of several parts and the winning …

US Navy Unveils New Recruitment Center For Robots US Navy Unveils New Recruitment Center For Robots
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The United States Navy has really picked up research on robotics in the last few years. Recently the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research(LASR) unveiled a 50,000-square-foot complex on the campus of the Naval Research Laboratory. The lab is going to …

Google Isn’t The Only One With Self-Driving Cars Google Isn’t The Only One With Self-Driving Cars

Google has made a lot of headlines with its self-driving cars. Last week, they put out the following video, showing one of the cars driving a blind man to Taco Bell: With that video, Google said its cars had completed …

Amazing Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High Amazing Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High
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Boston Dynamics yesterday posted a video to their YouTube page showing off their “Sand Flea Jumping Robot. The robot appears to be a normal RC car except for one thing: it can pop itself 30 feet into the air to …

Space Robots: Wolfgang Says Collaboration Is Key

If you are a fan of robots and space exploration you can thank the University of Arizona and Wolfgang Fink for the picture above. Fink is an associate professor at the university in the department of electrical and computer engineering. …

Amazon.com to Acquire Kiva Systems For Its Robots Amazon.com to Acquire Kiva Systems For Its Robots
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Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems a leading innovator of material handling technology. “Amazon has long used automation in its fulfillment centers, and Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing …

Angelina: The AI That Builds Video Games (Almost) By Itself Angelina: The AI That Builds Video Games (Almost) By Itself
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Recall those experiments behavioral psychologists like to conduct on rats where the rat is placed inside of a labyrinth and must then make its way through the maze in order to locate the block of cheese at the end. We …

NYC FIRST Robotics Competition uses Kinect NYC FIRST Robotics Competition uses Kinect

FIRST Mega Weekend is a competition amongst some of the brightest young minds in the world. For three days in March, young people from The USA, Brazil, Canada, Turkey and Jamaica gather in New York for team challenges in technology, …

Flying Robots Synced So Well They Play Music Together Flying Robots Synced So Well They Play Music Together
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An amazing display of the synchronous capabilities of flying quadrotor robots was staged at TED today. In an article earlier this month, we discussed the ability of these machines to be programmed to fly in tight formations, including in three-dimensional …

Narrative Science, The Robotic Content Farm, Is Looking At More Languages Narrative Science, The Robotic Content Farm, Is Looking At More Languages
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Have you read about Narrative Science? This is a company that is creating web articles using computers. We’ve referenced them on more than one occasion as a “robotic content farm”. It makes you wonder where we’re headed in terms of …

Narrative Science, The Robotic Content Farm, Generates Articles From Tweets Narrative Science, The Robotic Content Farm, Generates Articles From Tweets
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We first reported on Narrative Science at the height of the big content farm discussion, prior to Google’s release of the Panda Update about a year ago. We asked if the next wave of content farms would eliminate humans, as …

Lego Prosthetic Arm Makes Robots Less Scary, More Kid-Approved Lego Prosthetic Arm Makes Robots Less Scary, More Kid-Approved

Could you really be afraid of a Rise of the Machine-esque future if your robot tormentors were made of Legos? Probably not. Nevertheless, giving you a glimpse of that possible future is this Lego model of a fully mobile prosthetic …

Robots Like Butterflies: New Recon Tools? Robots Like Butterflies: New Recon Tools?

To improve the next generation of insect-size flying machines, Johns Hopkins engineers have been aiming high-speed video cameras at some of the prettiest bugs on the planet. By figuring out how butterflies flutter among flowers with amazing grace and agility, …

Solve For X Event Tied To Google X, Google’s “Secret Robot Lab” Solve For X Event Tied To Google X, Google’s “Secret Robot Lab”
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Google’s Richard DeVaul, who goes by the title, “Rapid Evaluator (mad scientist)” posted on Google+: The “solve for x” conference continues to be really interesting. Today we have had talks on transforming education, 5x improvements in agriculture through better decision …

UPenn’s Flying Robots Called Quadrotors=Skynet? UPenn’s Flying Robots Called Quadrotors=Skynet?

Apparently there are robots preparing to take over the world; it’s a scary time and we all need to band together. Nah, just kidding, but that’d be kind of cool, right? Well, if you’re a lover of robotics and technology …

Flying People Weird Out New York City [VIDEO] Flying People Weird Out New York City [VIDEO]
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Admit it: if you saw what appeared to be people – as in, real human people – flying in the sky without the aid of jets or parachutes or any other assisting apparatus, you’d probably pass out into a puddle …

QBO: Robot Learns To Recognize Itself And Others Of Its Kind [Video] QBO: Robot Learns To Recognize Itself And Others Of Its Kind [Video]

The nightmare robot world of countless sci-fi films and books appears to be getting closer and closer to reality. We’re seeing fascinating and startling advances in robotics all the time. One recent example would be the Nao, we looked at …

NAO: Robots Are Getting Better At Everything NAO: Robots Are Getting Better At Everything
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We continue to see incredible advancements in robots. Thanks to the Internet, these are on display for the world to see in ways not possible in the past. Aldebaran Robotics has a new video out for its NAO robot showing …

This Cat-Brushing Robot Won’t Make You Fear The Robot Apocalypse This Cat-Brushing Robot Won’t Make You Fear The Robot Apocalypse

Guys, they’ve done it. Somebody has created a robot that I don’t want to smash with a bat. The only thing this cute little guy has the chance to enslave is the cat he’s been trained to brush. Let’s back …

Watch A Robot And A Scanner Rock “Little Drummer Boy” Watch A Robot And A Scanner Rock “Little Drummer Boy”
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When you think of all the great versions of the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy,” what comes to mind? Bing Crosby and David Bowie? Bob Seger? What would you say if I told you one of the best versions to …