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Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Earlier this month, comedian Rob Delaney caught attention after tweeting an image of a man performing an, shall we say, invasive exam on a robotic butt positioned in front of a large monitor displaying a virtual doctor's examination room. The tweet provided no details about the image, and not being content with making ample backside jokes, some industrious folks have hunted down the story behind the intriguing image.

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iRobot Roomba 800 Series vacuum introduced with AeroForce

iRobot Roomba 800 Series vacuum introduced with AeroForce

iRobot has introduced its latest Roomba vacuum, the Roomba 800 Series. With this latest iteration of the cordless, self-operating vacuum, the company has elected to get rid of bristles in favor of AeroForce technology, which is said to pick up 50-percent more dirt and other trappings than previous Roomba models. There are two rotors in place, each made of rubber with treads, that spins to break up and grab debris. We've got a video of the system in action after the jump.

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Robots trained to not stab people by Cornell University researchers

Robots trained to not stab people by Cornell University researchers

It doesn't take long for humans to learn knife safety. From an early age, parents drill into the kids that knives are sharp and if you aren't careful you can cut or stab yourself. One significant cut with a knife also serves as a significant learning experience for most people. Robots don't benefit from parenting so it's up to researchers to help train robots how to use knives safely around humans.

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iStruct robot ape evolves upright as robo-spine research eyes space

iStruct robot ape evolves upright as robo-spine research eyes space

What took humans millions of years to achieve, Germany's robotic ape has done in moments, with a research project into artificial spines showing how a quadrupedal 'bot can evolve into a bipedal one. Three months ago, DFKI's iStruct robo-ape was wandering around on all-fours as engineers experimented with human-inspired skeletal systems for potential space exploration. Now, it's able to stand up and move around on two legs.

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NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may be the agency's latest space-faring rover, but their newest wheeled robot was recently deployed in the cold depths of Greenland. Called the Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research rover (GROVER for short), NASA took it out into the cold weather to complete a round of tests to see how it would fare in negative 22-degree Fahrenheit weather.

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Hallucinating AIs could produce the perfect robot maid

Hallucinating AIs could produce the perfect robot maid

Robots that hallucinate humans to better understand a 3D space could one day lead to artificial intelligence not only better equipped to cohabit with us, but to autonomously navigate and interact with new environments. The research, "Hallucinating Humans for Learning Object Affordances" by the Personal Robotics Lab team at Cornell, posits that, for robots to understand the environments they're deployed in, they must model how humans use them. By mapping in imaginary humans - sitting, standing, and in other common poses - the robots showed they were better able to organize objects in the best ways for people to use them.

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iRobot and Cisco Ava 500 dispatches robot reps around your workplace

iRobot and Cisco Ava 500 dispatches robot reps around your workplace

Despite everything Apple is expected to unveil at WWDC today, a corridor-mapping human scale telepresence robot probably won't be on the agenda; for that, we'll have to wait for iRobot and Cisco's Ava 500. Built on the iRobot modular Ava platform, the video collaboration 'bot mounts a Cisco EX60 telepresence screen - complete with HD webcam - on top of a semi-autonomous robotic stand, which can navigate the office and bring remote workers into meeting rooms.

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tim-E robotic iPhone alarm clock may make you want to get up

tim-E robotic iPhone alarm clock may make you want to get up

Kickstarter always seems to have some interesting project underway that I want to own. The latest project to surface is yet another device that I would like to have in my house called the tim-E, and it is designed to work with your iPhone. The device is a robot alarm clock and bedside companion that uses your iPhone or the iPod Touch for its head and face.

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