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Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

A walking robot equipped with four legs has set a new “longest distance walked” record at 134 kilometers. The record was announced by Guinness World Records this week, which reports the robot was created by a team from China’s College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. All in all, the robot walked just a touch over 83 miles in 54 hours, beating the last record holder.

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Starship pits self-driving delivery bot against drones

Starship pits self-driving delivery bot against drones

With all the advancements of drones in the last year, it might seem like they are well on their way to becoming the standard delivery method in the near future. However, Starship Technologies has a different idea in mind: small autonomous robots that can drive along sidewalks to make deliveries. The little rovers are electric-powered, travel at an average speed of 4 miles-per-hour, and can carry up to two grocery bags worth of items, up to 20 pounds.

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Soft Cube robot jumps around using metal springs

Soft Cube robot jumps around using metal springs

MIT researchers have created a new robot that is able to jump around using springy sticks of metal that protrude from its side. The metal springs are very tongue-like and give the bot the ability to move itself around the environment. The little square bot has a pair of motorized rotors inside that are connected to the four flattened lops of spring steel sticking out of the bot on the outside.

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Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

You've seen self-driving cars before. How about self-driving motorbikes? While autonomous cars can practically be considered robots themselves, Yamaha's latest spectacle actually has a robot driving a motorbike. So yea, no room for human riders. Dubbed the Motobot, because what else would you call it, Yamaha's creation still uses training wheels at the moment and drives at a rather safe speed. But the company hopes that the robot will soon learn how to fulfill its prime objective, which the robot itself ominously says is to surpass humans.

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Tensegrity robot can crawl into air ducts to clean them

Tensegrity robot can crawl into air ducts to clean them

By now, robot vacuum cleaners are no longer the oddity or novelty they were a few years ago, but despite their hi-tech functionality, they are mostly limited to cleaning the ground you walk on. Trying to keep ventilation and air ducts clean is an impossible task for these robots, given the cramped spaces and vertical elevations involved in the process. Enter DuCTT, or the Duct Climbing Tetrahedral Tensegrity robot, taking lessons learned from NASA's robotics research to keep the indoor air you breathe clean and healthy.

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Pepper robot’s first stop outside Japan is France [UPDATED]

Pepper robot’s first stop outside Japan is France [UPDATED]

Given the growing number of more human-looking robots as well as those that are supposedly "emotionally intelligent", there is once more a resurgence of debates surrounding these hi-tech computers encased in humanoid form. Despite that, it seems that Softbank's own Pepper is doing quite well in a limited Japanese market, well enough that Japanese telecom giant has taken the robot outside of the country for the first time. Sadly, it's not the expected US debut just yet. Instead, Pepper's first destination is France.

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Researchers give robot simulated neurons for travel

Researchers give robot simulated neurons for travel

Humans and animals alike are able to travel around in familiar places without using a map or getting lost; put the GPS away and pay attention to your surroundings, and you’ll quickly form a mental map of whatever unfamiliar place you’re visiting. This ability is due to two neuron types: grid cells and place cells, as they’re called. Scientists have recently used simulated versions of these cells to help a robot navigate.

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Algorithm teaches robots how to fall gracefully

Algorithm teaches robots how to fall gracefully

If you have ever watched video from humanoid robot competitions, chances are you have seen a robot fall. Watching toddlers can tell you that it can be hard for humans to keep their balance, but we all have built in instincts to put our hands down to brace the fall and protect ourselves from injury. Robots don't have instincts, so they have to be taught how to fall gracefully and that is where a new robot algorithm comes in.

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Researchers create jumping robot inspired by jumping spiders

Researchers create jumping robot inspired by jumping spiders

When most of us think of spiders, we think about little bugs that live in a web and try to catch bugs to eat. Not all spiders make webs though; some of them hunt their food and then jump to grab it. These jumping spiders are the inspiration behind a robot constructed at the University of Cape Town in South Africa called LEAP.

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Four-legged robot uses drone companion for trouble-scouting

Four-legged robot uses drone companion for trouble-scouting

Teams of robotics designers and researchers around the world are working hard to develop four legged robots with the aim of carrying equipment and supplies for workers and troops in the field. Part of designing those robots is devising a way that the bots can handle rough terrain without causing more harm than good for the humans working with them. A team of robotics designers from ETH Zurich's Autonomous Systems Lab has a new bot that pairs two systems for scouting terrain ahead.

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Sharp RoBoHoN is a robot with smartphone functions that can walk

Sharp RoBoHoN is a robot with smartphone functions that can walk

People like smartphones and they like robots so Sharp figured it would combine the two to create a strange device called the RoBoHoN. The device is a mobile phone robot that was created jointly with Tomotaka Takahashi's robot creators. The robot is able to walk on two legs and is dubbed the "next generation of mobile information communication terminal."

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Harvard’s robotic bee gets swimming ability

Harvard’s robotic bee gets swimming ability

Harvard’s robotic bee, aptly dubbed RoboBee, has been updated with new powers, in this case, swimming. The device is smaller than a paper clip and equipped with wings that allow it to fly around like an insect. It’s not the first tiny robot we’ve seen, but it is quickly becoming one of the most functional. Recently the researchers working on RoboBee revealed that it can now swim in water, making it suitable for at least two types of environments.

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