Robotics

Roomba outed with custom colors

Roomba outed with custom colors

This week the folks at iRobot have brought forth customization for their official Roomba lineup. You too can make your DJ Roomba ready for the club with a cool set of color combinations in five separate areas throughout the machine. There’s a customization factory online and you’ll be able to begin tapping in today.

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First ever ‘soft’ robot is frighteningly cool

First ever ‘soft’ robot is frighteningly cool

Robotics seem like a great idea, but there’s always that Terminator scenario in the back of our minds. “What if the machines really do become self-aware?”, we ask silently while grinding our teeth to avoid bawling like scared children. If the machines someday do push us to the brink of extinction, it might be this one that ultimately seals our fate.

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Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

The idea of domestic robots isn't new, but Intel and Trossen Robotics are aiming to make it actually happen with the 3D-printed Jimmy powered by the chip firm's new Edison development board. Trossen has been offering the original Jimmy for some time now, a $16,000 'bot powered by an Intel Core i5 chip, but its new little brother - the HR-OS1 - promises to come in at a tenth of the price and, so the theory goes, open up the space to those who aren't adept at robotics programming.

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Ollie Review: Sphero creators double down on remote control

Ollie Review: Sphero creators double down on remote control

The team that created the robotic sphere known as Sphero is back. Sphero was first revealed in 2010 and continues to have no rival - there’s simply no remote-control device on the market like it. Here in 2014, Sphero (formerly called Orbotix) brings Ollie (originally code-named Sphero 2B) to market with a completely new form-factor - a cylinder.

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This robot bird of prey is designed to scare real birds

This robot bird of prey is designed to scare real birds

Unless you look really close, this robot peregrine falcon would almost look like the real thing from a distance, especially while flapping its wings high above the sky. That resemblance to a real avian predator, however faint, might just be enough to scare away other birds that would other wise ruin crops or even endanger human lives.

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RoboBrain: a cloud-based hivemind for robots

RoboBrain: a cloud-based hivemind for robots

Robots, each an individual entity, could one day all operate under the same cloud-based hivemind. Such is the goal of RoboBrain, a single online network that aggregates data from thousands of sources into something any robot can tap into. While still in development, RoboBrain aims to provide robots not only with vast amounts of data, but also systems that can be merged together to give the robot a more complex understanding of the world around it.

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1,024 robot flash-mob is cleverer when swarming

1,024 robot flash-mob is cleverer when swarming

If you've ever wanted to see more than a thousand robots working together to create letters of the alphabet, Sesame Street style, today you're in luck. A robot swarm - the Harvard University team responsible also refers to it as a flash mob, which perhaps sounds a little less ominous - has been created to show how individually dumb 'bots can work intelligently when given the right tools, borrowing methods from biological systems like cells or even termites.

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