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MIT gel robot is nearly invisible underwater, fast enough to grab fish

MIT gel robot is nearly invisible underwater, fast enough to grab fish

Researchers at MIT have created a new robot using hydrogel that, when placed underwater, is nearly invisible to the naked eye. Despite being made of transparent gel and powered by water, the robot is capable of reasonably fast movements, including grabbing a live fish, holding on to it, and then releasing it safely back into the water. Such a precise but gentle touch could one day have many applications, including surgical assistance.

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Bat Bot is the drone you probably want to but can’t fly

Bat Bot is the drone you probably want to but can’t fly

If you think that flying robots are still science fiction, that’s probably because you may have not realized that the popular quadcopter drones are, technically speaking, flying robots. If that doesn’t meet your criteria of a robot and would prefer something less industrial looking, then you might be interested in B2 instead. Short for “Bat Bot”, B2 is a robot that tries to mimic, and learn from, the flying capabilities of bats, resulting in a contraption that is both fascinating and yet creepy at the same time.

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Boston Dynamics’ Handle is a two-legged robot with wheels

Boston Dynamics’ Handle is a two-legged robot with wheels

Boston Dynamics is a name well-known in the Robotics field for its self-balancing, self-correcting robot “dogs” that don’t look anything like dogs. It is also well-known for robots that, in all honesty, look more like post-apocalyptic nightmares. While parent company X (of Alphabet) has cut loose its robot dogs, that doesn’t mean the company has given up on its dreams, as this leaked video so clearly shows. Meet Handle, a robotic nightmare on two legs and two wheels.

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Raspberry Pi, Lego solve a Rubiks cube together

Raspberry Pi, Lego solve a Rubiks cube together

Back in the analog days, the geekiest expression of creativity and engineering have been Lego blocks. These days, it’s the Raspberry Pi. Of course, LEGO has caught up with the times and you can even mix the two together for best results. That’s exactly what a certain Francesco Georg has done, combining the flexibility of Lego’s free-form blocks with the brains of a Raspberry Pi. The result? A homemade robot that can solve a Rubiks cube in less than two minutes.

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Starship’s robot-couriers start US trials with Postmates and Doordash

Starship’s robot-couriers start US trials with Postmates and Doordash

Your next lazy meal might show up on your doorstep inside a robo-cooler-on-wheels, with news that two on-demand companies in the US are kicking off trials with Starship Technologies' delivery robots. The company's robots look more akin to miniature moon rovers, with their squat bodies and six wheels, and Postmates and DoorDash will take advantage of their autonomous navigation to make deliveries where previously human couriers would be relied upon. However, the trials will be fairly low-key, at least initially.

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Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic is getting in on the current robot craze, revealing new real-world trials for its HOSPI Autonomous Delivery Robot that will kick off this month. Set to be loosed upon the corridors of the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita hotel, as well as Narita International Airport, the robot - which resembles an armless Dalek of sorts, albeit one with a friendly face rather than an appetite for murdering Time Lords - has already been adopted by a number of Japanese hospitals. Now, Panasonic is curious to see how it does outside of medical settings.

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ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

The company Intuition Robotics has introduced a new home robotic device that helps the elderly stay connected with their friends and family, only without the confusing aspects of using a smartphone or tablet. The system is sort of like Amazon Echo, in that it speaks and can be spoken to. However, it works with a dedicated tablet device and also provides the owner’s family or caretakers with things they may need to know, such as whether the house is too hot or cold.

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Grillbot Pro debuts with Bluetooth 4.0 and grill cleaning cartridge

Grillbot Pro debuts with Bluetooth 4.0 and grill cleaning cartridge

There’s a new cleaning robot on the market, and it is called the Grillbot Pro. Building upon the previously launched Grillbot, the Grillbot Pro features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for advanced grill-cleaning powers, enabling the robot to connect to your mobile device where you can then utilize certain elements of control. The new Grillbot Pro also features a grill cleaning cartridge said to improve the robot's cleaning abilities.

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Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Amazon's Alexa continues its march across the smart home, showing up next in Hubble's Hugo, an eyeball-like motorized camera that can also figure out your mood. Part-security camera and part-robot, Hugo is a spherical lens atop a moving base, and actually looks quite a bit like 'bots from Jibo and LG. What those robots can't do, though, is tell when you're furious just by glancing at you.

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Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

While Sphero might have the tiny remote-control ball market cornered, it would seem that Leka is aiming for the next size up. Leka is a robotic companion ball aimed at children. While it might be aimed specifically at children with special needs, we couldn't help but be entranced by the possibilities in everyday mobile play. This ball has a face, after all, and far be it for me to deny the joy of chasing a cartoon robot creature across the floor.

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LG sires a dancing Alexa Home Hub ‘bot and an airport Dalek

LG sires a dancing Alexa Home Hub ‘bot and an airport Dalek

LG is thoroughly obsessed with robots, not that we can blame them, bringing a variety of robo-helpers large and small to its CES 2017 press conference today. In addition to domestic robots, which the company hopes will offer a more personal interface for its connected appliances, there are larger versions intended for public spaces. Your next flight check-in might be courtesy of a friendly Dalek.

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Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Gently I stroke the top of the robot's head and, with a delighted bloop, he comes alive, eyes smiling as he looks up at me. I may be a cynical British tech journalist but I still catch myself grinning in response, and anyway, I can't blame myself too much for anthropomorphizing the latest attempt at a robotic family companion to grace CES. Kuri's creators, Mayfield Robotics, have put personality front and center in their efforts to crack a surprisingly stubborn segment.

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