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MeCam delivers hovering, person-following video for $49

MeCam delivers hovering, person-following video for $49

There's a little quad-helicopter device coming to the market relatively soon known as the MeCam, developed and manufactured by the friendly folks at Always Innovating. This little chopper has its own video camera and will connect to your smartphone as well as follow you around automatically while otherwise accepting voice-commands galore. This little monster will also only cost you $49 USD.

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iRobot to unveil new cleaning robots at CES 2013

iRobot to unveil new cleaning robots at CES 2013

Out of the many head-turners that will show up at the pool this summer, one new gadget will certainly catch the eye of any geek getting his tan on. iRobot will be unveiling the Mirra 530 pool-cleaning robot at CES next week, along with the Looj 330 gutter-cleaning robot, both of which provide the same great robot-cleaning technology from the makers who brought you Roomba.

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Quadriplegic uses mind-controlled robotic arm to eat chocolate bar

Quadriplegic uses mind-controlled robotic arm to eat chocolate bar

Jan Scheuermann, a 36-year-old mom of two, was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration after slowing losing the ability to move her limbs. Now, more than a decade after becoming a quadriplegic, Ms. Scheuermann was able to feed herself a piece of chocolate via a robotic arm that she controlled with her mind. In doing so, she proclaimed, "One small nibble for a woman, one giant bite for [brain-computer interface technology]."

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Navy to retire its mine hunting dolphins by 2017

Navy to retire its mine hunting dolphins by 2017

The United States Navy has been using specially trained dolphins for a number of years to find mines in waterways around the world. Currently the Navy has 24 specially trained dolphins that can find mines and warn Navy personnel. The Navy has 80 dolphins in total within its $24 million Marine mammal program.

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Toshiba reveals four-legged Fukushima robot explorer

Toshiba reveals four-legged Fukushima robot explorer

Toshiba has revealed a new robot intended to explore the radioactive mess of Japan's Fukushima No.1 reactor in Tokyo, a four-legged beast that can birth a second, separate robot to squeeze through narrow spaces. The tetrapod 'bot - which resembles a Toshiba-branded coolbox on spindly legs, and carries both a camera and a dosimeter - is remotely controlled by a wireless operator, and has clever onboard intelligence that allows it to totter across uneven terrain without tumbling.

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Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum gets smartphone app and control over your TV

Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum gets smartphone app and control over your TV

Sharp has revealed a new part of its Cocorobo smart home system, the RX-V60 robot vacuum cleaner, which can not only get rid of dust-bunnies under your couch, but send before/after photos to your smartphone. The smaller 'bot is now 29.7cm in diameter - 4.7cm less than the model it replaces - for easier scooting between table legs, and now works with a "Cocorobo Square" app that can be used to lay out floorplans, sketch precise cleaning patterns, and review photos while you're away from home. Meanwhile, an optional remote attachment, the Cocorobo Navi, can give the RV-V60 control over your TV and other appliances.

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Sphero robotic ball now available in the UK

Sphero robotic ball now available in the UK

Playing with some types of balls in public can be troublesome and irritating to onlookers. We've all seen guys in public standing around throwing a football with no respect to people trying to walk by. However, if the balls you're playing with happen to be the robotic Sphero type, odds are other people will join in the play thanks to the easy to control nature. If you happen to live in the UK, you'll be glad to hear that you can now get your hands on your own robotic balls.

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