Robotics

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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Tate After Dark releases robo-tourists into museum

Tate After Dark releases robo-tourists into museum

Think "Night at the Museum" but with robots: the Tate Britain gallery may be open to human visitors during the day, but it's populating the darkened halls with remotely-controlled robots at night as part of an interactive art installation. For the next five nights, a flock of four telepresence 'bots will be let loose among the gallery's halls, controlled from afar by live-stream viewers as part of the After Dark project.

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