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RoboChop lets you carve foam blocks using a robotic arm via the web

RoboChop lets you carve foam blocks using a robotic arm via the web

CeBIT 2015 kicks off in Germany in March and one of the cool things that will be on display at the show this year is called RoboChop. RoboChop is an industrial robot arm that is controlled via a web app. The arm has a supply of yellow polystyrene blocks that people can carve using the arm from the web. There will be four different RoboChop arms at the show carving out yellow blocks.

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Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Drones were originally designed for less civilian uses but have slowly become consumer products that sports action fans and hobbyists have taken a liking to. Now, however, some drones are returning to their roots. This Hiro drone does pretty much anything your regular personal drone can, but it has one very special property. It is virtually indestructible and can withstand not only the elements but also tremendous amount of force. This makes it the perfect contender BattleBots-like competition called, wait for it, Game of Drones.

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Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robotic vacuums like the Roomba come with a lot of benefits and few downsides, but their autonomous functionality coupled with a relative lack of intelligence means some snafus are bound to happen (though they're usually the owner's fault). We've seen instances of this in the past. In late 2013, for example, a Roomba parked on a counter activated for its scheduled session and rolled its way onto a hot stove where it burnt up into ashes. In the latest incident, a robotic vacuum "ate" its owner's hair while she napped.

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SAFFiR, The Navy’s firefighting Robot is all fired up

SAFFiR, The Navy’s firefighting Robot is all fired up

Automation is the name of the game, and with machines taking over people’s jobs left, right, and centre, many are getting worried about one day receiving that dreaded pink slip. According to some recent research conducted for Forbes Magazine, Robots will take 45% of all jobs in the not too distant future. Well, one job most people won't be too sorry to let go to a machine is fighting fires aboard ships. Considered incredibly dangerous, this job will soon become a lot safer for humans, courtesy of the US Navy's very own SAFFiR.

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DALER: vampire-inspired robot can fly and walk

DALER: vampire-inspired robot can fly and walk

This robot can crawl around on all fours - and it can fly. If you're terrified at the possibility that the future will be run by a robot race that's far superior to humankind thanks to their ability to both walk and fly, turn back now. What we're seeing here is the future of transformer-like technology, bringing LIS, EPFL, and NCCR Robotics together to bring home the gold with a winged metal creature that can crawl. This is DALER, otherwise known as the Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot, and it's been inspired by a vampire bat.

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Panasonic Rulo robot vacuum cleans even unreachable corners

Panasonic Rulo robot vacuum cleans even unreachable corners

Robot vacuum cleaners seem to be going through a shape evolution. The very first ones were little more than fancy and thick cylinders that roamed around your house cleaning almost every nook and cranny. Them some got classier and started sporting a more industrial, box-type body. Now someone is trying to go with a triangle. Yes, Pananosic's upcoming Rulo robot vacuum cleaner has a rather odd triangular chassis, but don't be so quick to pan that as a gimmick, as it has been thoughtfully designed to reach even corners.

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Care-O-bot 4 is a multi-purpose robot launching later this year

Care-O-bot 4 is a multi-purpose robot launching later this year

Robots are the next big thing, and we've seen more than a few examples in the recent past. There's the Personal Robot, for example, and there's the hotel-centric Botlr that satisfies customers' most basic desires. Joining them is an update to the Care-O-bot, bringing it up to version 4, and with the update comes some big improvements thanks to the technology that has been developed over the last several years. Care-O-bot 4 looks like something out of Wall-e, and it can do everything from bring you a flower to use a laser pointer integrated into its arm.

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YouTube videos teach robots to cook

YouTube videos teach robots to cook

When it comes tasks like cooking, humans naturally know all the little steps that are required for doing something as simple as taking a cup out of the cabinet and filling it with milk. Robots on the other hand have to be taught all the little motions and steps like opening and closing cabinet doors, setting the cup down, opening the milk, pouring, and then closing the milk and putting it away.

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Slackbot Bot is a robot crafted from a Roomba and tornado siren

Slackbot Bot is a robot crafted from a Roomba and tornado siren

If you've an old Roomba lying around and a desire to tinker, the Redpepper team has demonstrated how far you can take your little robotic vacuum. Using the aforementioned Roomba, as well as a tornado siren, a Raspberry Pi, and a bit of creative ingenuity, they cobbled together the Slackbot Bot, which rolls around following commands like giving someone a high-five and making announcements like "it's taco Tuesday". We've got a video of it checking bathroom occupancy, playing music, and more after the jump.

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DARPA Atlas Robot keeps the feet, upgrades the rest

DARPA Atlas Robot keeps the feet, upgrades the rest

We've been following along with the development of the Atlas DRC robot with Boston Dynamics and DARPA now for some time. What we're seeing this week - today, in fact - is a much-improved release. This robot no longer need to be plugged in to the same degree it did in previous releases - it's also 75% redesigned. Only the lowest bit of the legs and the feet have been kept from the original design - everything else has seen significant change since the last time we saw this amalgamation of power.

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