Robotics

DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI, one of the most trusted names when it comes to drones, has some new toys to show here at CES 2016. But if you were thinking of something completely new or extraordinary, you might walk away disappointed. Or at least half disappointed. What DJI has, instead, are refreshed drones. For example, a DJI Inspire 1 now available in stealthy black. But perhaps more interesting is a new Phantom 3, which looks almost exactly like the old Phantom 3. But as they say, looks can be deceiving as this Phantom 3 4K, as you might have already guessed, can shoot 4K video.

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WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

The future of robotic pets looks bright, and to help usher it in comes WowWee and its’ newly introduced robotic dog CHiP. Unlike some robotic pets, CHiP is said to come with a dose of realism thanks to artificial intelligence; WowWee describes CHiP as having an “AI personality.” Joining CHiP is LUMI, an indoor drone for playing games, and R.E.V Air, another model in WowWee’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicle lineup.

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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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HyQ2Max robot can stand back up when knocked down

HyQ2Max robot can stand back up when knocked down

There’s a new four-legged robot on the block, and it doesn’t care if you kick it over — the quadruped can stand back up on its own in just a few seconds and continue on its merry way. This is in stark contrast to most other four-legged robots we’ve seen, and makes it especially suitable for rough terrains, such as rocky landscapes where footing isn’t reliable and travelers — including robots — are likely to stumble every so often.

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Washington DC’s “no drone zone” extended to 30 miles

Washington DC’s “no drone zone” extended to 30 miles

If you live near DC and received a drone for Christmas, you might want to think twice before taking it outside. While there has been a ban on drones in a 15-mile radius around the nation's capital for some time, the FAA recently expanded that area considerably.

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Disney’s VertiGo robot will drive you up a wall

Disney’s VertiGo robot will drive you up a wall

We've seen a lot of upgrades to remote-controlled flying machines over the last few years. So much so, that it seems like everyone has a drone or a quadcopter these days. However, the RC car seems to have been left in the dust. After all, who wants a toy that is limited to driving on the ground? Well, Disney is working on a new car that will take you to new heights.

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DARPA’s BigDog robot put to pasture for being too noisy

DARPA’s BigDog robot put to pasture for being too noisy

It is probably a sad day for the robotics community. LS3, more popularly known as "BigDog" or even "AlphaDog", is practically being shelved. The quadruped robot, built by Boston Dynamics (before it was bought by Google) for DARPA, will no longer be the US military's dreamed pack mule in the field. Despite having all the flexibility, agility, strength, and even autonomy they'd want in a robot, BigDog apparently failed in one very critical criteria: it was just too noisy, making it dangerous to have around you in a hush hush operation.

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Boston Dynamics sends Christmas greetings with robo-reindeer

Boston Dynamics sends Christmas greetings with robo-reindeer

We're just days away from the Christmas holiday, and to help usher it in is a new video from Boston Dynamics, the company behind robots like Spot the 'dog'. Its' new video doesn't give us a creepy glimpse of the future, though, or reveal a new type of robotic hellhound. Rather, it gives us a real-world twist on classic Santa imagery: a sleigh being pulled by three robotic reindeer.

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LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ weds AR and security cameras

LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ weds AR and security cameras

If it seems that the world of "living room" robotics have moved away from the likes of the Roomba, LG might have a word or two to say about that. Coming to CES 2016 is a trio of new vacuuum cleaners from the consumer electronics maker. And one of them is practically a smart robot. It even looks like a Roomba. What makes this cleaner different is how users can employ augmented reality to control the vacuum and the way it also doubles as a security guard as well.

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Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Four months after Google announced its new Alphabet parent, we're still seeing former Google projects and divisions trying to find their proper place in the new, grander scheme of things. And for those that can't, there's always Google X. The seed bed of many experimental and moonshot projects, Google X has formally become an Alphabet subsidiary in October and is now welcoming into its fold two equally amorphous Google experiments, the still unrealized dream of robotics and Google's foray into the skies with drones, both Titan and Wing.

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New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

Japanese company Innophys has unveiled a new wearable exoskeletal-like harness that can reduce the weight something being lifted by as much as 30 kilograms (66 pounds). Dubbed the Muscle Suit, the harness features hydraulically controlled attachments that pair with a wearer's arms and legs, essentially adding artificial muscles that provide additional strength when lifting heavy loads. It doesn't actually lift objects on its own, but it does make them seem much lighter than they are.

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Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Quadcopters are fun, especially given how many miniature-sized versions are now on the market. The problem is safety — though some designs have taken steps to protect people from the rotors, many drones still pose safety risks. Improper use or a simple accident can end catastrophically. That’s where Fleye comes in — it is a drone in the broadest sense, but not like any drone you’ve seen before. Its’ makers call it a ‘personal flying robot.'

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