Robotics

Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Drones are fun stuff, but most ready to use products are either too pricey to have some rugged fun with or too cheap to even be rugged. On the other hand, building a drone yourself is no walk in the park and requires tinkerers to know how one works even before they start the project. Enter Flybrix, a drone that is both toy and teaching tool that can be built, taken apart, and rebuilt again using the most reusable parts known to man, woman, and child: LEGO bricks.

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Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Robotics researchers and engineers all around the world are working on bipedal and quadrupedal robots for various tasks. We want bipedal robots that can use human tools to help us in daily life and in rescue situations where humans might not be able to go to give assistance. The problem is that many of the available robots today are extremely expensive. Ghost Robotics has unveiled a new robot called the Minitaur and this little quadruped robot has some cool tricks up its robotic sleeves.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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Now you can buy an actual, real car-sized transformer

Now you can buy an actual, real car-sized transformer

If the bewildering success of the last decade of Transformers movies have proven anything, it's that deep down in many of us there's a fascination with the idea of a full-sized car turning into a robotic being that can move on its own. When not watching them on the big screen, we've had authentic toys to play with, sure, but now it's time for the real thing. Turkish company Letvision seems to agree, as they have successfully created a working prototype, and now plan to sell these transforming vehicles to buyers.

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Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

We’ve seen dozens of uses of 3D printing, some of them even bordering on the bizarre or the insane. This one, however, probably takes the cake. Or in this case, the drink. Forget 3D printed chocolate car. But while Print A Drink doesn’t exactly print a whole drink for you, it does print out fascinating 3D structures inside them. All while there’s already an existing, drinkable liquid sitting inside the glass, making it almost too wasteful to actually drink the thing.

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Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Prodrone, a Japanese UAV company, has taken the wraps off its new PD6B-AW-ARM, a drone that contains a pair of robotic arms for grasping items from the air, among other things. The drone was recently showcased at InterDrone in Las Vegas, and it hints at a future where drones are for more than just aerial photography.

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Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Ubuntu” and “drones” are probably not two words you’ll come across often, even though both are quite popular in their respective areas. So when Parrot, one of the most famous drone makers, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, come out with a special product, it’s hard not to take notice. Painfully spelled as S.L.A.M.dunk, short for “Simultaneous Location and Mapping”, this “drone development kit” piggybacks on a drone, from Parrot preferably, like a Remora fish on shark, giving any drone some autonomous navigation capabilities of its own.

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Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

The hype around unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, may have died down a bit, but neither Alphabet nor Amazon are forgetting their ambitious dreams of populating the skies with such robotic delivery personnel. In fact, Google’s parent company will be conducting tests this month to bring it a step closer to that goal. But instead of jumping, or flying, directly into delivering ordered goods, Alphabet’s research arm X will instead simply try to food some lucky students and staff at Virginia Tech with what else but burritos.

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Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

If you have ever seen the show "Battlebots" that airs in the US, you know that most of the robots used are set on destroying the competition literally rather than simply pushing them out of the ring. Robot Wars here in the US is also a competition that is as much about the humans who are controlling the robots via remotes as it is about the capabilities of the robots themselves. Japan has a robot sumo wrestling competition that is very different from what we see here in the US.

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Lowe’s robot workers heading to stores in San Francisco

Lowe’s robot workers heading to stores in San Francisco

Lowe’s has introduced the ‘LoweBot' robots and says it plans to roll them out in stores in San Francisco soon. The LoweBot is a NAVii autonomous robot designed for retail service by Fellow Robots, according to Lowe’s, which says the robo-workers will roll out in a total of 11 stores located in the San Francisco Bay Area this autumn. The company says its previous OSHbot tests, which we detailed in late 2014, were successful.

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Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

This week the folks at Neato have revealed two new robotic home vacuums, one called Botvac D3 Connected, the other the D5 Connected. Both devices have Wi-Fi connectivity and work with the Neato app. Both devices are self-charging and have automatic charge and resume functions. Both devices are able to work with Scheduling, and both have Neato's own Combo Brush to make homes clean.

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Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum sucks, but in a good way

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum sucks, but in a good way

Xiaomi is mostly about smartphones and tablets, but that isn't all the company has up its sleeve with the unveiling of a new robot vacuum cleaner. The device is called the Mi Robot Vacuum and it has lots of cool tech inside that will allow you to get clean floors without any effort. The device has LDS intelligent path planning, ultra-high 1800Pa air pressure suction, smartphone controls, and real time cleaning status.

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