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Robots may one day head into Mars underground

Robots may one day head into Mars underground

The NASA Curiosity rover is currently scouring the surface of Mars, looking for evidence that the planet could have one time supported life. While looking at the surface is currently the best we can do to find out more about the Red Planet, it may not be long before we have robots that can actually go underground to look for more clues there. Discovery News reports that recently discovered "skylights" - sinkholes which lead to caverns and inactive lava tubes beneath the surface of Mars - have scientists thinking of ways we can get down there and have a look around.

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Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

You remember Suidobashi Heavy Industries, don’t you? The company previously created a 12.5ft tall mech prototype, that was partially controlled using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It wasn’t quite ready back in April, but the company showed off a completed version of the Kuratas recently in Japan. On top of that, Suidobashi has created a video detailing how to use the Kuratas, which you’ll be able to purchase down the line for a cool $1.3 million.

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Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Playing a game of real life paper toss just got way simpler, all thanks to a new trash that can swiftly move across a room to catch any airborne piece of trash you toss past your shoulder. The Smart Trashbox actually uses Kinect technology that operates on a wheeled base and is configured to an integrated circuit board. And even though this sort of thing was likely designed for lazy people or people with bad aim, we're pretty sure it could be used purely for entertainment purposes too.

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Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

iRobot, the creators of the popular Roomba cleaning robot, have created a medical assistant dubbed RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) aimed at being used in hospitals. RP-VITA is the result of a $6 million investment in InTouch, with the robot able to navigate hospitals using a myriad of sensors, such as sonar, a laser range finder, and two cameras. The robot is also able to intelligently create a map of the designated hospital, although it’s primarily navigated using a joystick by a remote doctor.

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Scientists develop most advanced robotic legs yet

Scientists develop most advanced robotic legs yet

Scientists from the University of Arizona have developed the most accurate robotic replication of human legs that take it beyond just human-like movement. The robot, which can walk just like a human, will be able to help them understand how human babies start learning how to walk and how to better treat spinal related injuries.

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DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

Researchers at DARPA are working on robots with hugely increased power efficiency, chasing human-style actuation that would prolong battery life and significantly extend robotic runtime. The M3 Actuation program has set an ambitious 2,000-percent increase in power-transmission and application in robots, improving performance not only in areas like search & rescue and drones, but advanced prosthetic limbs and other fields.

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Shimi is an Android smartphone-enabled robot that can dance

Shimi is an Android smartphone-enabled robot that can dance

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology have created a one-foot tall robot that does nearly everything that a real DJ can do. The robot--called Shimi--is an interactive “musical buddy” that acts as an Android smartphone docking station. Once Shimi gets access to the music library stored on your Android device, the bot can offer song recommendations, pick up the beat of the music, dance along to it and play songs based on feedback.

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iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

Everybody is probably familiar with the Roomba, offered by iRobot. Set it down and it’ll begin its merry journey of cleaning your floor while avoiding obstacles and perils along the way. While it’s intelligent enough to work around objects, users could never tell the robot exactly where to go, but iRobot has fixed that with the new Roomba model introduced today, the Roomba 790.

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i-SODOG robotic canine obeys your smartphone

i-SODOG robotic canine obeys your smartphone

Major Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy is developing a new breed of robotic dogs. Similar to the company's i-SOBOT humanoid robot, the i-SODOG also features several joints fitted with custom designed servo motors and comes with a dedicated remote control. However, the i-SODOG can also be controlled via your smartphone.

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