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Google invests in Savioke robo service start-up

Google invests in Savioke robo service start-up

Google has invested in another robotics firm, with Google Ventures taking a stake in a mysterious new robo startup called Savioke that was launched by the tech guy behind the PR2 robot. Neither how much of the $2m seed finance Google Venture coughed up, nor indeed what Savioke and CEO Steve Cousins plan to do with the cash, have been disclosed, with the startup only saying that it is targeting the service industry.

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iRobot Ava 500 ‘bot offers pricey telepresence

iRobot Ava 500 ‘bot offers pricey telepresence

iRobot's Ava 500 smart telepresence robot has gone on sale, autonomously mapping out your office, industrial facility, or anywhere else, and then allowing you to remotely log in and wander around it chatting to those physically there. Announced last year, Ava 500 blends Cisco's video conferencing with iRobot's autonomous robotic base; unfortunately, that sort of remote intelligence doesn't come cheap.

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Neato Robotics BotVac series to launch in April

Neato Robotics BotVac series to launch in April

There are several different brands of robot vacuum cleaners on the market today and they all promise to do the same things. They will clean the floors in your home without you having to push the vacuum around yourself. You can even set them to clean when you aren't at home so you don’t have to hear the vacuum run.

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Cubestormer 3 Robot sets Rubik’s Cube record

Cubestormer 3 Robot sets Rubik’s Cube record

Before you can finish reading the title of this post and this sentence, The Cubestormer 3 Robot would have solved the Rubik’s Cube puzzle about three times or more. Bazinga! This is no prank, but the honest truth, and those who attended the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK, got a chance to catch the action live. For simple folks like us at home, we do have a YouTube video that shows you how the cube was solved in 3.253 seconds flat.

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E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

Artificial whiskers made of incredibly thin carbon nanotubes could give robots cat-like sensing abilities and allow hair-thin distributed sensors to track weather patterns and more, researchers at Berkeley claim. The new nanotechnology can differentiate as little pressure as a single Pascal - which the team at Berkeley Lab and University of California Berkeley say is about the same as a dollar bill resting on a table - making them around ten times as sensitive as existing sensors.

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Pocket Drone blasts through Kickstarter campaign, offers an eye in the sky

Pocket Drone blasts through Kickstarter campaign, offers an eye in the sky

Drones have been a hot topic in both the tech and the political world, particularly following Amazon's stated goal of delivering products by drone one day. Building upon this and adding itself to the Kickstarter history book is the Pocket Drone, a device said to be the first ever multicopter with enough power to hoist a quality action cam into the air, such as the Go Pro.

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