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Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

When the robots finally come to harvest us, they'll probably descend from the skies and then scuttle, spider-like, into our homes and shelters, just like MadLab Industries' terrifyingly ominous Hexa. The combined horror of a six-bladed hexacopter and a 6-legged hexapod, the omnidirectional robot can either tackle terrain on-foot or take to the air to avoid obstacles, then using the multipurpose legs as a grapple to snatch up objects (objects that, it has to be said, are roughly the size of a human baby's head in MLI's demo video).

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Robot archaeologist discovers new chambers under Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Robot archaeologist discovers new chambers under Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Archaeology can be both challenging and dangerous. A lot of the archaeological finds take discovers underground, where they are forced to squeeze through very narrow passages that are at times to narrow for a human to crawl through. Archaeologists working in Mexico near the Pyramid of the Sun have begun using a robotic archaeologist to explore caverns and tunnels underneath the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The caverns are too small for a normal human to explore.

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Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics has introduced its Wave Glider SV3, which is touted as the first unmmaned ocean hybrid wave unmanned ocean robot that is solar-propelled. Because the ocean robot is unmanned, it can be sent out to areas that would be too tricky to send individuals, whether due to position or weather or some other factor. Because of the way the robot is powered, it can be used without stop for thousands of miles.

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FTC selects two winners in Robocall Challenge, gives each $25,000

FTC selects two winners in Robocall Challenge, gives each $25,000

Back in October 2012, the FTC decided to make the battle against annoying robocalls public, tasking the hivemind with a challenge to develop technology for dealing with the calls. The incentive was a $50,000 award, in addition to a trip to Washington D.C. where the solution would be presented. Now, nearly six months later, the challenge is over and the winners have been selected.

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High school engineers construct disc-shooting robots for competition

High school engineers construct disc-shooting robots for competition

High school students from all around New York competed in the FIRST Robotics Regional Championship at the Javits Convention Center. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." These students constructed robots and competed with each other in order to take the 1st place spot and secure their position at the FIRST Robotics National Championship in St. Louis. These events are meant to show students the importance of science and technology.

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Mars Curiosity rover is no longer in safe mode, says NASA

Mars Curiosity rover is no longer in safe mode, says NASA

On March 1, we reported that NASA's Mars Curiosity rover had experienced its first big problem, an issue with a corrupted on-board computer that prevented the robot from going into sleep mode. Fortunately, the machine has a secondary backup computer, but the malfunction prompted Curiosity to be put into Safe Mode as a precaution. NASA announced earlier today that it has been transitioned back into its active status.

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Neato Robotics XV Signature vacuums debut

Neato Robotics XV Signature vacuums debut

Neato Robotics has unveiled the new XV Signature series robot vacuum cleaner. The company has also unveiled the XV Signature Pro with both new models featuring the company's square front, low-profile design. The robotic vacuum cleaners are both designed to be able to go under furniture and into corners to pick up the most dirt and pet hair possible.

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