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Audi plans to have robots move cars around in the plant

Audi plans to have robots move cars around in the plant

Audi may have given its human employees to either rejoice or curse advancements in robotics technology. It is announcing the start of a testing phase for driverless transport systems, but this time it will not be the car itself that will be driving around. Instead, it will be a robot named Ray that will be lifting and transporting, not driving, cars that are still in production from one place to another. The car makers hopes that the new technology would make the production and logistics process more efficient, and maybe give their humans a break.

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Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Robotic pets have been around for a while, but the older versions were usually frightening (for example, the Furby). As robotics in general have improved, so have the quality of robotic pets, and while you'd be hard-pressed to find one willing to take a bullet for you, there are some options out there with their own charms. Ringo is one such robotic pet -- it looks like of like a giant metal beetle, and via a load of on-board tech it can "play" with its owner and be altered using different code.

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Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

Robotics researchers like to base the robots they build off living creatures. Those living creatures can be humans, fish, donkies, and even salamanders. The latter is the animal that the Pleurobot is based on. The Pleurobot isn’t only designed to look like a salamander, it's designed to move, and swim like one as well.

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Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony's robot dog, Aibo, is the seminal pet robot of the early 21st century. A new version hasn't been released in almost ten years, but that hasn't stopped collectors from clamoring for the Aibo. Models sold for almost $2000 USD, so the robot dog wasn't really ever accessible by the everyday consumer. Despite its elite following, Sony has officially announced they will no longer offer support for the Aibo. They will no longer offer any maintenance, so users may have to turn to online support forums for new ways to keep their Aibo robot dogs in service.

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Robear robot to take care of Japan’s elderly population

Robear robot to take care of Japan’s elderly population

Japan is known for its love of robots. Japanese inventors have been following a trend of creating a robot for every occasion. One of the newest Japanese robots is the Robear, developed by Riken, a Japanese research group. Just like the name implies, Robear is a robot bear. This bear won't steal your picnic basket. It's been especially designed to take care of the elderly and give them back some of their independence. The growing elderly population has been a rising concern in Japan due to their recent population decline.

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This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

Humans thought they had mastered a lot of skills better than robots, and violin playing is one of them. Automated instruments have come a long way from the days of the self-playing piano and the music box. This is the latest incarnation in mechanical instruments. It was created by Seth Goldstein, and he dubbed it the Ro-Bow. This invention can certainly play the violin better than me, but I've never touched a violin. So, with the right programming, could it play better than an actual violinist?

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Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Only in Japan will you see a robot designed to feed you tomatoes while you are running. Because you can never have enough tomatoes during a marathon. And you can never have enough hands to eat those tomatoes with. Named Tomatan, this robot will sit on the shoulders of one of the employees of Japanese tomato company Kagome, who commissioned the development of the robot, during the upcoming Tokyo Marathon. Good thing the marathon is more about surviving than winning, as the employee probably won't win any races with the contraption on his head.

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Robotic jellyfish: a modern twist for your fish tank

Robotic jellyfish: a modern twist for your fish tank

Fish tanks are pleasant to have around, but they're a decent amount of work, and no matter how much effort you put into it, those little fish are going to go belly up at some point. Fortunately, we live in an age where there's an alternative -- in this case, a robotic alternative. It's a robot jellyfish from Hexbug, and it looks surprisingly like a real jellyfish (only, you know, with mechanical parts and unnatural colors). This 'pet' runs on batteries and swims just like the real thing.

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GuardBot robot ball: an autonomous eye for the military

GuardBot robot ball: an autonomous eye for the military

The military could have a new robotic aid in the future, and it'll come in the form of a large studded rubber ball. Called the GuardBot, this robot ball is able to swim and roll across land, and could prove an invaluable tool in the military, as well in research projects and more. The GuardBot has been previously tested at the Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia, and it is now being tested at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab for potential use in "an operational environment".

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Robotic Extrusion does 3D printing with a robot arm

Robotic Extrusion does 3D printing with a robot arm

A pair of researchers are working on a new robotic 3D printing system that has been dubbed Robotic Extrusion. The process uses a 6-axis robotic arm that is able to print items thanks to a print head attached to the arm. The goal of the project is to eliminate the line between designing and fabricating. For instance, the system could be used by architects to provide something other than flat drawings and construction notes to teams of builders.

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Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Drones can be used for more than just fun, or military purposes. Yesterday, we came across a very hardy and rugged Hiro Action Sports drone that we theorized can be used for rescue scenarios. Now, we get wind of a drone that has actually been specifically designed for such use cases. Flyability's GimBall might not look like any drone you've seen so far, enclosed inside a geodesic cage. But that odd form is precisely what was needed to make the UAV suitable for even the most dangerous environments.

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Sartorial robots sew fashion and robotics together

Sartorial robots sew fashion and robotics together

Move over self-lacing shoes. While you're still bidding your time to fulfill childhood dreams, a fleet of these tiny robots might already be busy zipping up clothes. Adam Whiton from MIT's Personal Robots Group is introducing a new kind of robot, one that does not fly, does not clean, and does not cuddle. These "sartorial robots" have one purpose and one purpose only, to give a more human appeal to robots by incorporating them into one of the most human pursuits of all: clothing.

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