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Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

It was a bit of a man versus machine competition at the recent American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York City, and this time around, man won. More precisely, 140 humans did better than a computer program designed specifically to solve the mind-bending puzzles. It sped through some, but others, like one where competitors had to spell given words backward, threw it for a loop.

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CaddyTrek robotic golf caddy is awesome technology for a boring product

CaddyTrek robotic golf caddy is awesome technology for a boring product

The CaddyTrek is a pretty cool product. It's designed so that you don't have to carry your golf clubs around an entire 18-hole golf course. Instead, your bag is carried by an autonomous wheeled contraption that can sense your movements from behind and follow you from hole to hole. It is a way to reduce the physical demand of what is already one of the least physically demanding sports out there.

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Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

There are a bunch of awesome video games on the market today including games like Battlefield and Mass Effect 3. When the games we haven't seen in a while that was always one of my favorites was the MechWarrior franchise. I keep hoping someone will make a new game in the universe but until then this scale real-life air soft version might be as close as we get.

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Costa Concordia gets search help from robotics

Costa Concordia gets search help from robotics

Italian authorities have confirmed that they will be using robotic equipment for the kind of tasks that it does best - maneuvering through areas that humans can't successfully navigate. And there are, as you might expect, a number of those areas on the capsized cruise liner the Costa Concordia. The mission will be to track down the seven bodies that are still believed to be on the ship.

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Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft has released its Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4), helping robot builders integrate Kinect into their DIY hardware, while a reference hardware platform, Eddie, has also been launched. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced its ten finalists of the Robotics@Home competition. The RDS4 toolkit includes simulators so that users can create virtual 'bots without any actual hardware to hand, but the real fun starts when you plug a Kinect into a laptop and some servos.

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Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

A firefighting robot is actually not that new of an idea. When you think about the benefits of building a robot, sticking it into places where humans cannot safely traverse is pretty much the first concept. However, creating a robot that can put out fires and actually walks around like a normal human is something that could be revolutionary.

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New York scientists prove robotic fish can fit in

New York scientists prove robotic fish can fit in

One of the most widely known but not fully understood processes in the animal kingdom is when fish swim together in a pack, or as it's more commonly referred to, a "school." A pair of researchers at New York's Polytechnic Institute decided that building a robotic fish and manipulating the way it moves would allow them to create controlled experiments to figure out why seeing a school of fish is so common.

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Paleontologists use 3-D printed bones to create robot dinosaurs

Paleontologists use 3-D printed bones to create robot dinosaurs

Oh heck yeah! This is one of the coolest things I've read in a long time. Paleontologists at Drexel University are using a 3-D printer to turn fossilized dinosaur bones into robotic dinosaurs, how freaking awesome is that! This team of paleontologists was fed up with using the traditional tools of the trade, which include things like plaster, burlap, and pickaxes. These guys wanted something modern to give them a better understanding of how dinosaurs lived and moved.

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