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ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

The ATLAS robot, when it’s not busy going for an outdoors run or being kicked, is busy living the mundane life — one that involves sweeping the floor, rearranging furniture (well, ladders), and using the vacuum. IHMC Robotics showed off the robot doing these tasks and more in a new video published today. While it won't be replacing your Roomba, ATLAS does make it a little easier to imagine we're nearing the Jetsons age.

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Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars is one of those classic shows that fans of robots, remote controlled devices, DIY, and flailing death machines always wanted. The show was cancelled a while back, but it has been announced that Robot Wars is making a comeback on BBC Two. The show is listed to be a 6x60' series which is presumably six episodes of 60 minutes each.

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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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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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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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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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Formula E reveals ROBORACE driverless EV series for 2016

Formula E reveals ROBORACE driverless EV series for 2016

Could driverless racing ever as exciting as events where there's meat behind the wheel? Formula E believes so, with ROBORACE expected to kick off during its 2016-17 season. Billed as part of the support package for the FIA Formula E Championship, the races will see autonomous electric cars going up against each other as teams compete to hone the best AI.

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NASA donates two robots for DARPA Mars research and exploration

NASA donates two robots for DARPA Mars research and exploration

Two university groups receive their very own Valkyrie robots from NASA as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. NASA calls these robots the Valkyrie or "R5" models, as revealed earlier this year as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. These robots and their intended purpose are important to the future of beyond-Earth exploration. Both are humanoid so that they're able to "help or even take the place" of astronauts that'd otherwise be working in extreme space conditions and environments.

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Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

A walking robot equipped with four legs has set a new “longest distance walked” record at 134 kilometers. The record was announced by Guinness World Records this week, which reports the robot was created by a team from China’s College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. All in all, the robot walked just a touch over 83 miles in 54 hours, beating the last record holder.

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Starship pits self-driving delivery bot against drones

Starship pits self-driving delivery bot against drones

With all the advancements of drones in the last year, it might seem like they are well on their way to becoming the standard delivery method in the near future. However, Starship Technologies has a different idea in mind: small autonomous robots that can drive along sidewalks to make deliveries. The little rovers are electric-powered, travel at an average speed of 4 miles-per-hour, and can carry up to two grocery bags worth of items, up to 20 pounds.

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