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Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

One of the things that places a limit on how far a military patrol can roam is the amount of gear like food, water, and ammo they can carry with them. The military is working on getting some devices like robots into the field that will be able to carry packs and supplies for soldiers over any terrain. A company called Boston Dynamics has previously unveiled the Big Dog four-legged robot that was sufficiently creepy.

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iRobot Seaglider unmanned robot gets updated

iRobot Seaglider unmanned robot gets updated

Anytime I hear the iRobot name I always think about the line of robot vacuum cleaners for the home. iRobot makes a lot more than just vacuum cleaners though. The company has announced that it has updated its Seaglider unmanned underwater vehicle. The photo here of the Seaglider is the previous version; images of the new updated robot are not available at the time of writing. The new robot has a payload capability that is doubled compared to the previous generation.

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Roombas take on Video Game costume [Video]

Roombas take on Video Game costume [Video]

If you're a lover of either Mario Brothers or the Legend of Zelda, you're in for a tiny bit of a treat. There's an art show that goes on every year around this time going by the name iam8bit, this year going by the name SUPER iam8bit. This show features over 100 artists showing off works of all mediums from electronic to flat out paint covering 80's video games in their own loving way. The video you're about to see shows a set of roombas with hats commissioned by the iam8bit core team and fabricated by artist/designer Kelice Penney. Cool beans!

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Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Remote controlled cars have come a long way in just a few short decades, and here in Orbotix' Sphero we've got the new benchmark for awesome. This device is indeed a sphere with bright lovely lights inside of it that can be controlled with a variety of smartphone-based apps that you can run on either your iPhone or your Android handset. And what's mot than that, you can use your iPad, your iPod Touch, and essentially any variety of Android device to make this ball go - all you need are the official apps and bluetooth connectivity. What we got to see this week, courtesy of the CEO of the group that's created this lovely device, Paul Berberian, is a hands-on experience with the near-final product in all its glory.

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Java creator James Gosling ditches Google for robotics firm after less than 6 months on the job

Java creator James Gosling ditches Google for robotics firm after less than 6 months on the job

In March of 2011, Google hired James Gosling, the father of Java for an unspecified position. We naturally assumed that Gosling was going to work on Android in some capacity. Strangely, at the time Gosling landed at Google, it and Oracle were in a legal battle over the alleged use of some Java code in Android. Gosling is no longer working at Google and the reason for leaving isn’t noted. I wonder if it had anything to do with the Google/Oracle fight over Java.

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Grabby robot satellite could clean up space junk

Grabby robot satellite could clean up space junk

Space may look cavernously empty, but in actual fact there's a growing cloud of debris surround the Earth from previous manned and unmanned missions, progressively presenting an increasing risk to further exploration. Now scientists have come up with the space equivalent of a Roomba, only instead of sucking up junk it would grab it, glue a rocket to it, and then send it hurtling to the Earth's atmosphere where it would - so the theory goes - harmlessly burn up on re-entry.

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Willow Garage PR2 SE robot available for $285,000 with one arm

Willow Garage PR2 SE robot available for $285,000 with one arm

A few days back I talked about the MIT student that took the expensive PR2 robot and taught it how to make cookies from scratch. If you thought you would like your own cookie baking robot Willow Garage has now announced that the robot is available for the tidy sum of $200,000 with no arms apparently. Sure, the bot costs more than a nice home in many areas, but your house can’t bake cookies for you.

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Robot created by MIT grad student bakes cookies!

Robot created by MIT grad student bakes cookies!

Robots are pretty cool when they can do stuff on their own. I'm impressed to see robots that can vacuum or help people do simple things around the home. When the robot can do more complex things like make a recipe with multiple steps, I am even more impressed. When after the recipe is complete I can eat the cookies said robot makes I am ready to get my own robot.

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Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

We have talked about the cool little Qbo robot before. The little crowd sourced robot can be tweaked to do all sorts of cool stuff. Last time we mentioned the little bot it had been tweaked to recognize objects held in front of it. The bot has turned up in a new tweak that allows it to be used as a music player that will speak the name of your tracks and can be controlled with hand gestures.

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Learning robot can guesstimate & glean [Video]

Learning robot can guesstimate & glean [Video]

Foxconn may be looking to replace human workers with robots but they'll at least need some flesh & blood nursemaiding; if the Hasegawa Research Group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has its way, future 'bots won't even require that. The team has developed a so-called self-replicating neural network that recreates the educated guesses that the human mind is capable of. Called SOINN (Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network), it means the robot can learn from previous experience, understand its own limitations and figure out possible solutions.

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