robots

BeeWi KickBee Bluetooth Mini Robot can play soccer or sumo

BeeWi KickBee Bluetooth Mini Robot can play soccer or sumo

I'm a sucker for robotic remote control toys and a company called BeeWi has a new toy that like-minded geeks might find interesting called the BBZ150 Bluetooth Mini Robot. This little robot is very small measuring in at 6.5 cm x 6.2 cm x 7.7 cm. The bot is controlled via a smartphone application rather than an external control.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

If you thought the unboxing of the DROID Ultra was amazing, you'll need to sit down to watch the unboxing of the Atlas robot provided by DARPA to MIT. This robot is a humanoid piece of machinery made to work on developing next-generation solutions to dangerous situations where a human-sized being is needed, but it'd be much safer to use a robot. This is all part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge initiated earlier this year.

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Tesla Model S factory tour shows Elon Musk’s robot army

Tesla Model S factory tour shows Elon Musk’s robot army

We've been hearing and seeing a lot about Tesla's Model S sedan, which is an all-electric car that looks to break all stereotypes about the greener technology, with CEO Elon Musk proving that electric cars don't need to be small compact go-karts. However, we've never seen the inside of the Tesla factory where they make the Model S, until now.

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NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may be the agency's latest space-faring rover, but their newest wheeled robot was recently deployed in the cold depths of Greenland. Called the Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research rover (GROVER for short), NASA took it out into the cold weather to complete a round of tests to see how it would fare in negative 22-degree Fahrenheit weather.

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

As the next generation in computing springs forth, so too does the robots world - and with it, replacements for human beings in dangerous situations. What the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge this year is doing is filtering out challengers from across the globe - first from 100 entrants, then down to 26 entrants, then down to a select few or only one team that'll gain the highest prize.

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Ford using robots to stress test new vehicles

Ford using robots to stress test new vehicles

Vehicles being driven by robots is nothing new. We've seen that in Google's self-driving cars, as well as prototypes from Lexus and Audi. However, Ford is putting the technology to a different use. They're using autonomous robots to operate new vehicles for the sole purpose of stress testing them on Ford's race course.

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UN denounces killer autonomous robots

UN denounces killer autonomous robots

The United Nations spends a lot of time considering things that could be used against humans during times of war. One of the things that the UN has been considering recently are the use of automated robots with weapon systems on the battlefield. The UN is strongly against any use of autonomous robots with the ability to end human life.

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Harvard’s robotic insects fly for the first time

Harvard’s robotic insects fly for the first time

They're a source of fascination for some and paranoia for others - robot insects, which are about the size of your standard house fly and capable of flying in mostly the same fashion. This week the first flight of robotic insects in a Harvard lab was detailed in the journal Science, along with an image of one of the tiny creatures in action, which we have after the jump.

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Bank of Canada reveals polymer note decked out with robot arms

Bank of Canada reveals polymer note decked out with robot arms

Leave it to Canada to roll out an awesome design you can carry on every ($5) bill in your pocket. Earlier today, the Bank of Canada announced its new $5 and $10 polymer bank notes, which are not only among the most secure bills Canada has ever issued, but the lesser denomination also features Canada's awesome robot arms and was unveiled in part by Commander Chris Hadfield of the ISS.

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Driving Miss dAIsy: What Google’s self-driving cars see on the road

Driving Miss dAIsy: What Google’s self-driving cars see on the road

We've been hearing a lot about Google's self-driving car lately, and we're all probably wanting to know how exactly the search giant is able to construct such a thing and drive itself without hitting anything or anyone. A new photo has surfaced that demonstrates what Google's self-driving vehicles see while they're out on the town, and it looks rather frightening.

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Japanese scientists build baseball-playing robot with artifical brain

Japanese scientists build baseball-playing robot with artifical brain

Researchers and scientists at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have built a robot with quite the sports prowess, although you probably won't see it take the field anytime soon. The robot is able to swing and hit at plastic balls, and can improve its swing over time.

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New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

Baby sea turtles have an interesting way of moving across sand and into the ocean, and scientists have been studying these little creatures for quite a while. So much, in fact, that engineers are designing and building robots that replicate the movements of a baby sea turtle in order to better understand the origins of these animals.

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