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Latest DARPA Grand Challenge is for humanoid robots

Latest DARPA Grand Challenge is for humanoid robots

DARPA has issued another Grand Challenge and this time it's for humanoid robots. The details aren't final just yet for the competition. However, unofficial details on the competition are available. These unofficial details come from Dr. Gill Pratt's talk at DTRA Industry Day. According to his details, the challenge is for preferably bipedal robots.

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MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

A new project led by MIT researchers envisions a future where you can three-dimensionally print your own custom robot at a "Robot Kinkos." These robots could help with household tasks or be great for keeping pets or children busy. And you don't need to be a robotics expert to make your own. A program with templates and task categories would help you design a robot to suit your needs.

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Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

The Qbo robot may be open-source, but open-casing is what creators TheCorpora have been showing recently, stripping the sensor-studded 'bot down and then reconstructing it in a new timelapse video. Intended to be straightforward for robotics tinkerers to put together themselves, the footage shows the 168 minute build from the basic Qbo frame up to the various ultrasonic sensors, PC mainboard, camera-toting head and more.

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2,100 piece LEGO R2-D2 yours for £150 this May

2,100 piece LEGO R2-D2 yours for £150 this May

If you’re a LEGO fan, this may very well be the droid you’re looking for. LEGO are set to release a version of R2-D2 as part of their Ultimate Collector’s Series. R2 is made from over 2,100 individual pieces, and the attention to detail the designers have displayed is admirable.

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Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Open-source robot project Qbo has gained a new set of sensors, in the shape of a custom ASUS Xtion tiara that allows the 'bot to 3D map his environment, autonomously navigate and - most importantly - avoid obstacles. While Qbo already has twin HD webcam eyes and four ultrasonic sensors (two up front and two on the back), adding in the Xtion Pro Live sensor bar augments the robot's awareness of its environment, layering 3D on top of the 2D mapping it was already capable of recording.

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iRobot Scooba 390 cleaning ‘bot gets serious

iRobot Scooba 390 cleaning ‘bot gets serious

Grubby floors beware; iRobot has introduced a new floor washing 'bot, the Scooba 390, a full-size version of the Scooba 230 that demands less prep work by its human owners. Where the 230 could wash your tile, linoleum or hardwood floor but first insisted that you manually brush it, the Scooba 390 includes a rotating brush to scoop up any obvious dirt before it gets down to more intensive cleaning.

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Robonaut shakes hands with ISS commander for the first time

Robonaut shakes hands with ISS commander for the first time

Our robotic pal Robonaut has finally been completely put together up on the ISS. Robonaut has been in orbit for a long time now, but he spent most of that time packed up in his fancy container. The astronauts on the ISS have finally unpacked Robonaut and connected his legs and arms. Robonaut and the ISS commander were able to shake hands for the first time yesterday.

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Ecobot-III Food-Consuming Robot project inventors receive PR boost

Ecobot-III Food-Consuming Robot project inventors receive PR boost

Over in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory there's a robot that's capable of not only running on organic matter it consumes, but of pooping out the waste as well. This robot has been created in the never-ending quest to create a robot that's able to sustain itself, of course, and may well be the next step to a human poo-powered robo-maid if they don't gain a conscience before they learn to clean our houses. As it stands now, the "Ecobot-III" can consume masses of its own food and water from its environment, including human feces if you let it, and "craps" out what it can't use into its own litter tray..

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