robots

Researchers break robot’s leg, teach it to walk again

Researchers break robot’s leg, teach it to walk again

Our future robotic neighbors will be as vulnerable to injury as their human counterparts, and as such will have to learn to adapt to compensate for whatever goes wrong until someone gets it fixed. To do this, some researchers in Paris deliberately broke a robot's leg to teach it an important lesson.

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2020 Robot Olympics planned for Tokyo

2020 Robot Olympics planned for Tokyo

Japan is looking to trump the long-running RoboCup, planning to host a Robot Olympics event in Tokyo in 2020. The event would take place alongside the summer games, with prime minister Shinzo Abe saying it would demonstrate the current state of robotic technology.

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Old Spice’s latest ad campaign ushers in Mandroid

Old Spice’s latest ad campaign ushers in Mandroid

Old Spice, noteworthy for its odd commercials (particularly those featuring Terry Crews), has rolled out a new ad campaign, this one with a man who isn't quite human. The Mandroid, as he calls himself, is as much wires and hydraulics as he is artificial flesh, awkwardly finding himself in fortunate situations.

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2014 RoboCup will pit robots against robots on the soccer field

2014 RoboCup will pit robots against robots on the soccer field

If the FIFA World Cup isn't enough to satiate your soccer needs, the upcoming 2014 RoboCup just might be. The latest in what has become a long-running event will take place on July 19, pitting robot teams against each other on a soccer field entirely remote-free.

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When Google finishes Skynet, only two will survive

When Google finishes Skynet, only two will survive

Google is building Skynet — that much we know. Robotics, location awareness, even self-driving cars. They’re in your home, in your pocket, and will soon be just about everywhere you turn. So, when the machines become self-aware and begin reasoning outside of interactions with humans, who lives? Two people, and only two people.

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SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

As LEGO has proven over the past several years, there’s no limit to what this interchangeable interlocking brick system can do in the way of super simple buildings to extra-complex robots. They’re building pieces, after all, and open systems like the SBRICK - or SmartBrick - are coming in to expand the system even further than LEGO has already imagined. Here we’re going wireless with LEGO robotics and remote control.

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U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

It is not unusual for Hollywood to refer to the US Military personnel for realistic movie plot, but this time it is the other way around. Legacy Effects, the company known for designing props for movies such as Iron Man and RoboCop has been hired by the U.S. Military to design a war suit to protect soldiers in the field.

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Pacific Rim 2 headed for cinemas April 2017

Pacific Rim 2 headed for cinemas April 2017

Pacific Rim and Del Toro fans should mark their calendars as early as now, or first get a 2017 calender in advance. The director has just announced the the sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi hit will be hitting theaters in April three years from now. Oh, and it will be preceded by an animated series as well.

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Japan’s new robot newscaster cruises the uncanny valley

Japan’s new robot newscaster cruises the uncanny valley

Robots are all after our jobs! If you're not convinced entirely yet, then Japan's latest technological marvel just might. Japanese scientists have revealed to the public a new kind of eerily human-looking android that will be announcing news, arriving in real-time, in near pitch-perfect and fluent Japanese.

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SoftBank Pepper emotion-sensing robot headed to retail

SoftBank Pepper emotion-sensing robot headed to retail

SoftBank plans to sell an emotion-sensing humanoid robot, Pepper, in Japan next year, putting the sensor-toting 'bot into customer services duties in stores from this week. Expected to go on sale from February 2015, Pepper can track the emotions of the humans around it through their expressions and voice tones, and then react accordingly depending on what apps and cloud-data are available.

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MIT researchers use robotic arms to assist with heavy lifting

MIT researchers use robotic arms to assist with heavy lifting

A group of MIT researchers have set out to make you a bit more robotic, adding a few extra limbs along the way. Their design offers up robotic arms, which sit on your body like a backpack. The goal is not to take the place of your arms, or replace limbs in any way. Instead, the concept is to give yourself a helping hand with heavy lifting and the like.

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Raptor robot channels its inner velociraptor

Raptor robot channels its inner velociraptor

Robotics has seen many substantial developments over the past few years, not the least of which is due to DARPA efforts. One of the newest ones is from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, more commonly called KAIST, that has developed a sprinting robot dubbed the Raptor.

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