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Study finds robotic Paro seal is therapeutic for dementia patients

Study finds robotic Paro seal is therapeutic for dementia patients

A study conducted by Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing has found that therapeutic robots — in this case, Paro the robotic seal — can help calm and comfort elderly individuals afflicted with dementia. The study observed 920 instances where Paro provided some type of therapeutic effect for dementia patients, “improving the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and reducing the usage of psychotropic medications,” said Paro designer Dr. Takanori Shibata.

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Sphero BB-8 toy will watch “The Force Awakens” with You

Sphero BB-8 toy will watch “The Force Awakens” with You

Today is the big day for Star Wars fans, the latest film in the franchise "The Force Awakens" is landing on video today. If you happen to own the Sphero BB-8 toy based on the new droid in the film, there is a cool update for that toy designed to keep kids playing with it and to make you want to watch and enjoy the film at the same time. It's a nice bit of marketing for the toy and the film.

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Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Just like selifes, selfie sticks have become a fact of life, despite being ridiculed, banned, or even branded as very lethal contraptions. Since selfies are probably never going away now, we might as well try to make taking them a whole lot safer. And what can be safer than having a robot take the selfie for you. And by robot, we mean a fully automated, unmanned, flying robot. In other words, a drone. ROAM-e just happens to be one of the latest in a new fleet of drones whose purpose in life is nothing more than to recognize and follow your face everywhere.

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This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

What you're seeing here is not a professionally made piece of robotics to be used in an upcoming Hollywood movie, nor is it a detailed prop used to showcase some new AI program. This is a home-made robot, built from scratch, by a Hong Kong man over the last year and a half. It is clearly made to resemble the actress Scarlett Johansson, even though the maker won't directly say so, something that only contributes to the fact that it is creepy as hell.

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Domino’s Australia will soon have robots delivering pizzas

Domino’s Australia will soon have robots delivering pizzas

It is perhaps a science fiction dream come true. Or a pizza delivery boy's (or girl's) worst nightmare. Domino's Australian outfit has gotten the ball, or in this case robot, rolling on a delivery system that employs self-driving robots to get your meal to your doorstep in time, still warm, and with less costs. While governments around the world are still on the fence about self-driving cars, Brisbane's local authorities have already approved this meal-serving robot whose cuteness is sure to be a magnet for people of good and bad will.

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Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google parent Alphabet is exploring a sale of Boston Dynamics, the specialist creator of creepy robot dogs and humanoids, after failing to come up with a way to turn a profit from the high-tech team. The company, which has worked on various robotics projects with DARPA, the US military, and numerous other firms, was acquired by Google in late 2013, after former exec Andy Rubin decided the company would be a perfect fit for his robot ambitions, a project dubbed Replicant.

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SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

Quadrotor drones can perform all sorts of tasks from monitoring air quality to performing surveillance. The catch is that the limited battery life means that they can only perform their assigned tasks for short periods of flying. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a quadrotor drone aircraft that is able to extend its useful life by saving its batteries with the ability to perch like a bird in a place where it can still perform its assignment and save battery power.

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iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot's Roomba robots already suck: now they can spit, too. The iRobot Braava Jet isn't rude, though, it's actually intended for bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as rooms with wood and laminate surfaces. Cheaper than its vacuum siblings, it's also considerably smaller so that it can dart behind your toilet. I cornered it in a bathroom to see how it worked.

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Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Forget Alexa, when it comes to digital companionship Jibo is aiming to make a faint Echo of Amazon's connected speaker. Handiwork of a team of roboticists, animators, and speech recognition specialists, Jibo raised millions with its promise of social robotics: now, the "family robot" is ready to embrace whatever new abilities third-party coders can come up with. I caught up with Jonathan Ross, Head of SDK Development at Jibo, for an exclusive preview of the new developer toolkit ahead of its public demonstration at SXSW this weekend.

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Hilton and IBM shows off Connie, an IBM Watson enabled robotic concierge

Hilton and IBM shows off Connie, an IBM Watson enabled robotic concierge

IBM and Hilton worldwide have announced a team up that brings to the hospitality industry the world's first robotic concierge. The little robot is called Connie and is the first IBM Watson-enabled robot concierge. Connie is able to use knowledge that Watson and WayBlazer have to give guests information on tourist attractions, dining recommendations, hotel features and amenities.

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Aido home robot plays with kids and controls smart appliances

Aido home robot plays with kids and controls smart appliances

Aido is a new personal robot that has turned up at Indiegogo and looks a bit like Wall-E's girlfriend Eve if she were much taller and had a hunched back. Aido is designed to do all sorts of things for you inside your home and is packed with sensors, microphones, and can have a projector. The bot has six different microphones to help it hear and understand voice commands in noisy environments.

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Researchers create robotic octopus skin that’s soft, stretchy, and changes colors

Researchers create robotic octopus skin that’s soft, stretchy, and changes colors

A team of scientists at Cornell University have developed a skin-like material that is not only soft, flexible, and capable of stretching to six times its original size, but features robotics such as color-changing displays and pressure sensitivity. If you've had a fear of robot octopuses before now, your nightmares are coming true. With cephalopods as their inspiration, the engineers imagine the technology could not only lead to soft, adaptable robots, but to stretching and folding display screens.

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