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LG Rolling Bot hands-on: for talking to your cats

LG Rolling Bot hands-on: for talking to your cats

LG Rolling Bot provides what may be the most enticing cat-person device yet made. We've had the opportunity to go hands-on with the LG Rolling Bot this week at MWC 2016 using the new LG G5 smartphone as a remote, and let me tell you: it's not just strange. It's inspirational. This isn't just what the BB-8 by Sphero could have been in a different dimension, it's what you, cat person, can experience here in this dimension. Soonish!

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Forget the mini BB-8, get a life-size one this year

Forget the mini BB-8, get a life-size one this year

Sphero's BB-8 toy was the must-have item last year for Star Wars fans, with the droid's rolling sphere body and head that stays upright perfectly replicated in miniature form. This year, however, a new form of BB-8 is going to take homes by storm, and this time it's life-size. At the 2016 New York Toy Fair this weekend, toy-maker Spin Master has unveiled a life-size BB-8 from The Force Awakens, and not only is it controlled via remote, but it will respond to voice commands too.

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Robo-roach takes search & rescue tips from maligned pest

Robo-roach takes search & rescue tips from maligned pest

Cockroaches may not sound the most likely of search & rescue heroes, but robots borrowing the pests' ability to squeeze through the tiniest cracks might revolutionize post-disaster triaging. Researchers at the PolyPEDAL Lab at UC Berkeley are taking the roaches as inspiration, cooking up prototype rescue-bots that can compress their bodies down without impeding their ability to move.

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This robot chameleon changes colors faster than the real thing

This robot chameleon changes colors faster than the real thing

The future of color-changing body armor may be here, and it's in the form of this chameleon-shaped robot. Researchers from China's Wuhan University took a 3D-printed model (which also resembles a cat, but let's not split hairs) and covered it in plasmonic displays, which can produce colors and rapidly change between them by detecting the background with light sensors.

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Fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot does it under two seconds

Fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot does it under two seconds

Building robots that are able to solve the Rubik's Cube puzzles from the '80s is a past time for many folks who are always after a world record with their name on it. Two guys named Jay flatland and Paul Rose have built what they claim to be the world's fastest robot for solving the puzzle cube.

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Toshiba robot is designed to remove fuel rods from Fukushima reactor

Toshiba robot is designed to remove fuel rods from Fukushima reactor

Toshiba has unveiled a remote controlled robot that will be used to remove fuel-rod assemblies from the spent fuel pool in the reactor 3 building at the Fukushima no. 1 nuclear plant. The robot will begin the work of removing 566 fuel rod assemblies in fiscal 2017. Toshiba was the company that built reactor 3 and recently gave a demonstration of the remote-control crane-like device.

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ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

The ATLAS robot, when it’s not busy going for an outdoors run or being kicked, is busy living the mundane life — one that involves sweeping the floor, rearranging furniture (well, ladders), and using the vacuum. IHMC Robotics showed off the robot doing these tasks and more in a new video published today. While it won't be replacing your Roomba, ATLAS does make it a little easier to imagine we're nearing the Jetsons age.

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This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This BUDDY robot we're about to tell you about was found at CES 2016 appearing to scurry around with a terrifying, sobbing face. That was when we first saw it. We later realized it was probably mad, maybe a little bit annoyed. He, if we're going to be so presumptuous as to give it a gender, seemed to be angered by the fact that he had to roll around the floor while his cohort, another robot, was allowed to sit on the table.

The one on the table was happy.

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HyQ2Max robot can stand back up when knocked down

HyQ2Max robot can stand back up when knocked down

There’s a new four-legged robot on the block, and it doesn’t care if you kick it over — the quadruped can stand back up on its own in just a few seconds and continue on its merry way. This is in stark contrast to most other four-legged robots we’ve seen, and makes it especially suitable for rough terrains, such as rocky landscapes where footing isn’t reliable and travelers — including robots — are likely to stumble every so often.

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DARPA’s BigDog robot put to pasture for being too noisy

DARPA’s BigDog robot put to pasture for being too noisy

It is probably a sad day for the robotics community. LS3, more popularly known as "BigDog" or even "AlphaDog", is practically being shelved. The quadruped robot, built by Boston Dynamics (before it was bought by Google) for DARPA, will no longer be the US military's dreamed pack mule in the field. Despite having all the flexibility, agility, strength, and even autonomy they'd want in a robot, BigDog apparently failed in one very critical criteria: it was just too noisy, making it dangerous to have around you in a hush hush operation.

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Thimble delivers DIY electronics to your door monthly

Thimble delivers DIY electronics to your door monthly

Thimble is a way for adults and children alike to learn about electronics and build small projects together that will get kids interested in science and engineering. Thimble isn't one kit that you build and walk away from, it's a monthly service that ships new projects to your door to explore. The very first project from Thimble is a WiFi enabled robot.

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Boston Dynamics sends Christmas greetings with robo-reindeer

Boston Dynamics sends Christmas greetings with robo-reindeer

We're just days away from the Christmas holiday, and to help usher it in is a new video from Boston Dynamics, the company behind robots like Spot the 'dog'. Its' new video doesn't give us a creepy glimpse of the future, though, or reveal a new type of robotic hellhound. Rather, it gives us a real-world twist on classic Santa imagery: a sleigh being pulled by three robotic reindeer.

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