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12.5ft tall mecha partially controlled by Kinect

12.5ft tall mecha partially controlled by Kinect

Everyone is trying to find all sorts of creative uses for Kinect: 3D mapping, motion controls... but what about as a glorified remote control? Suidobashi Heavy Industry is building a 12.5 foot tall robot weighing 4.9 tons that partially relies on Microsoft’s Kinect system. The robot itself utlizes the V-SIDO system for controls, but the Kinect is used in the cockpit, detecting the pilot’s head movements and turning the body accordingly.

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Robot butt is creepy and terrifying and no

Robot butt is creepy and terrifying and no

Japan, we need to talk. It’s not me, it’s you. I love that you’re into this whole robot thing, but don’t you think you’re taking it a step too far? The latest development from the Land of the Rising Sun is a pair of robot buttocks called Shiri, designed to “represent emotions with visual and tactual transformation of the muscles.” The robot ass can detect when it’s been touched (or slapped) with the “muscles” responding accordingly.

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The driverless cars that want to run Google off the road

The driverless cars that want to run Google off the road

Google gets a lot of digital ink for its driverless car program, which recently got the go-ahead to expand its testing to Nevada highways. But Mountain View isn't the only horse in this race. New start-ups and old standbys are preparing the cars of the future, and they all want a piece of the driverless car market. Here are five competitors to Google's program, all trying to be king of the road.

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Panasonic testing Head Care Robot at salon

Panasonic testing Head Care Robot at salon

Panasonic has begun testing a hair washing and scalp massaging robot in Japan. This so called Head Care Robot is currently being trialed at the Super Hair Seo salon in Nishinomiya, near Osaka, where customers can go try out the robot until June 10.

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Watch this: Prometheus viral introduces us to David

Watch this: Prometheus viral introduces us to David

We’re not going to lie to you: we’re stoked for Prometheus, the upcoming prequel to the Alien movies, directed by franchise helmer Ridley Scott. We saw the first viral video back in February, a TED talk by Weyland Industries set in 2023, and the latest has been released today. The video, entitled “Happy Birthday David!”, shows an interview with David (played by Michael Fassbender), a predecessor to the androids seen in Alien and Aliens.

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Scientists build robot with muscles and joints

Scientists build robot with muscles and joints

The next time you see someone doing the dance "The robot," it might not be accurate in the world of modern robotics. Scientists at the University of Sussex, the University of Belgrade, and the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the University of Zurich have been working on a new humanoid robot that has muscles and joints, just like real humans. This means their movements won't be as rigid as everyone has come to expect from robots.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

We know that you’ve all be waiting for the adorable little Qbo robot, and you could have one in your hands very soon. The open source robot will be available for pre-order on April 18th on the TheCorpora website (the store will go live on the same day). The robot is designed to be tinkering and experimented with, being powered by Linux and some x86 internals.

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Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

The US Navy is planning to deploy robot helicopters to help scan the seas for pirates. The Office of Naval Research recently detailed the new system it calls Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), which involves high-definition cameras and sensors along with 3D imaging laser-radar, or LADAR, technology.

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Drexel University students create robotic Beatles band

Drexel University students create robotic Beatles band

If you ever wondered what classic Beatles tunes would sound like if they were played by entities that show no human emotion, you could always just listen to Paul McCartney. Nah, but seriously, a group of students at Drexel University's Music and Entertainment Technology Lab (MET-lab) have created an autonomous group of robots that can not only play instruments in time to a musical score but can also sing in synthesized English speech.

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MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

A new project led by MIT researchers envisions a future where you can three-dimensionally print your own custom robot at a "Robot Kinkos." These robots could help with household tasks or be great for keeping pets or children busy. And you don't need to be a robotics expert to make your own. A program with templates and task categories would help you design a robot to suit your needs.

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