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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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DARPA begins testing LS3 robot pack mule

DARPA begins testing LS3 robot pack mule

DARPA has begun real world testing of a quadruped robot that can traverse all sorts of terrain and act as a pack mule for soldiers. This semi-autonomous robot is called Legged Squad Support System (LS3) and is developed from Boston Dynamic's Big Dog and Alpha Dog robots. The agency has released the first field test video of the LS3 navigating an outdoor terrain.

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DARPA Crowdsourced UAVForce robots begin to fly

DARPA Crowdsourced UAVForce robots begin to fly

There's a project going on at the moment with DARPA in which teams are asked to create their own unmanned aerial vehicles, and it's time for proof-of-flight time in the field. The first robot in this group of groups that's being tipped as the leader at the moment is the GremLion UAV from the National University of Singapore. This little monster is a four-wheeled machine with a pod that opens up and deploys propellers that allow it to lift straight up off the ground and land precisely as it jumps.

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Nano Quadrotor robot swarm video is mesmerizing, terrifying

Nano Quadrotor robot swarm video is mesmerizing, terrifying

If you fear the rise of intelligent, collaborative robots swarming together and gathering human prey for the battery tanks, look away now: the Nano Quadrotors have taken to the skies and they're terrifyingly adept. The handiwork of researchers in the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, the latest-gen Quadrotors can not only handle being tossed, inverted or generally batted around without crashing, but fly in formation.

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Danger, Will Robinson! B9 Robot voice Dick Tufeld dies

Danger, Will Robinson! B9 Robot voice Dick Tufeld dies

"Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!" Sad news this week as it's confirmed that the second-half of the famous B9 Robot from classic sci-fi series Lost In Space, voice actor Dick Tufeld, died at the weekend. Known for providing the distinctive authoritative voice of the B9 as it helped the Robinson family - and the dastardly Dr. Zachary Smith - as they explore deep space.

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Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Pop fop Justin Bieber's show-stopping CES 2012 appearance is believed to have cost toy manufacturer Tosy a six-figure sum, according to insiders, meaning the firm will have to sell plenty of $200 robots just to cover the singer's fee. Exact details of the Tosy deal have not been revealed, but Bieber apparently pocketed more than $100k for the brief appearance alongside the mRobo Ultra Robot, The Daily was told.

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