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First ever ‘soft’ robot is frighteningly cool

First ever ‘soft’ robot is frighteningly cool

Robotics seem like a great idea, but there’s always that Terminator scenario in the back of our minds. “What if the machines really do become self-aware?”, we ask silently while grinding our teeth to avoid bawling like scared children. If the machines someday do push us to the brink of extinction, it might be this one that ultimately seals our fate.

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Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

The idea of domestic robots isn't new, but Intel and Trossen Robotics are aiming to make it actually happen with the 3D-printed Jimmy powered by the chip firm's new Edison development board. Trossen has been offering the original Jimmy for some time now, a $16,000 'bot powered by an Intel Core i5 chip, but its new little brother - the HR-OS1 - promises to come in at a tenth of the price and, so the theory goes, open up the space to those who aren't adept at robotics programming.

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Canadian National Defense summons iRobot with $9.6M in contracts

Canadian National Defense summons iRobot with $9.6M in contracts

Remember the words of warning given to use by the wise Weird Al Yankovic, for today, Canada’s Department of National Defense is summoning iRobot with defense contracts. They’ll be working primarily with 20 iRobot 510 PackBot CBRN Recce Systems, each of them working to detect Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives.

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Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner sees all

Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner sees all

Dyson is finally entering the robotic age. Giving credence to our speculation last month, the vacuum cleaner maker has indeed come out with its own Roomba rival. Ominously named the 360 Eye, this robot doesn't look like any of the robot vacuum cleaners you've set your eyes on, and that starts with the robot's own eye.

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This robot bird of prey is designed to scare real birds

This robot bird of prey is designed to scare real birds

Unless you look really close, this robot peregrine falcon would almost look like the real thing from a distance, especially while flapping its wings high above the sky. That resemblance to a real avian predator, however faint, might just be enough to scare away other birds that would other wise ruin crops or even endanger human lives.

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Futurist warns robots may one day kill us all as an act of kindness

Futurist warns robots may one day kill us all as an act of kindness

Our robotic future, so full of promise, could be our undoing. So says futurist and CEO of Poikos, Nell Watson, who recently spoke at The Conference in Sweden about all things robots. The issue lies in artificial intelligence and a robot's acquisition of knowledge, and the lack of understanding about ethics that are present in both.

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Is Dyson Project N223 a robot vacuum cleaner?

Is Dyson Project N223 a robot vacuum cleaner?

Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson could be working on a Roomba rival, if a new teaser video is anything to go by, as the British firm prepares for a new product launch next month. Details on Dyson Project N223 are scant, with nothing but a product's-eye-view of the engineering team to go by.

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RoboBrain: a cloud-based hivemind for robots

RoboBrain: a cloud-based hivemind for robots

Robots, each an individual entity, could one day all operate under the same cloud-based hivemind. Such is the goal of RoboBrain, a single online network that aggregates data from thousands of sources into something any robot can tap into. While still in development, RoboBrain aims to provide robots not only with vast amounts of data, but also systems that can be merged together to give the robot a more complex understanding of the world around it.

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Tate After Dark releases robo-tourists into museum

Tate After Dark releases robo-tourists into museum

Think "Night at the Museum" but with robots: the Tate Britain gallery may be open to human visitors during the day, but it's populating the darkened halls with remotely-controlled robots at night as part of an interactive art installation. For the next five nights, a flock of four telepresence 'bots will be let loose among the gallery's halls, controlled from afar by live-stream viewers as part of the After Dark project.

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A.L.O Botlr will bring robotic concierge service to Aloft Hotel

A.L.O Botlr will bring robotic concierge service to Aloft Hotel

Behold our robotic future: the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino will be introducing the A.L.O Botlr, a robot butler that provides concierge service to guests. The robot is the brainchild of Savioke, and was backed by Google ventures and AME Cloud Ventures.

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Watch this: Robot assembles itself, then crawls away

Watch this: Robot assembles itself, then crawls away

Robots are typically very complicated devices, full of parts that need a long assembly time and a myriad of hands working on them. A new concept may change that, as researchers at Harvard and MIT have been working on a robot that builds itself. Like a Transformer lying in wait, this one can morph into a new shape.

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Are we ready to embrace robots in everyday life?

Are we ready to embrace robots in everyday life?

Sentient machines have long been considered an inevitable part of our future, and every year we come a little closer to seeing that belief become reality. DARPA has resulted in an impressive array of powerful machines, and researchers across the globe have tasked themselves with ever-improving our mechanical counterparts. Though there's still a long way to go before humanoid bots are working alongside us, the reality of interacting with robots in our everyday life has never been closer, and that poses a serious question: are we ready?

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