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Boston Dynamics taught its robots to open doors and it’s terrifying

Boston Dynamics taught its robots to open doors and it’s terrifying

Boston Dynamics is back with a new video showing off one of its creations, the latest iteration of the SpotMini robot. SpotMini has changed considerably since its first public debut; its movements are more animal-like than ever, plus it has a slim, sleek body. Not content with merely making robo-dogs, though, Boston Dynamics has taken things up a notch by adding a flexible arm and claw/clamp.

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Harvard milliDelta robot is incredibly fast

Harvard milliDelta robot is incredibly fast

Researchers at Harvard have been working on a robot that is built using a design inspired by origami and it is incredibly fast. The bot can move at velocities of 0.45 m/s and accelerate at 215 m/s squared. Robots of this sort inspired by origami creations are some of the most useful out there being able to bend and move with potential for use in factories where they could move at speeds humans can't replicate.

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LG CLOi line adds three new helping robots

LG CLOi line adds three new helping robots

While much of the tech industry has seemingly moved on to the disembodied voices of personal assistants, some still want to put and see a “face” on those helpful assistants. Even if said faces don’t have hands or feet. Yes, we’re talking about robots and LG has three of them. But forget your ideas of humanoid, much less cute, robots. LG’s new Serving, Porter, and Shopping Cart robots are designed to be efficient in carrying things around, not entertain you.

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This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

UBTECH has launched one of the most adorable home robots to date: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper robot. The robot works with a companion app, which includes a pair of augmented reality modes for fighting against the Resistance. In addition to that, the First Order Stormtrooper bot boasts facial recognition capabilities, plus support for many voice commands, a sentry patrolling feature, and more.

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Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda isn't bringing cars to CES 2018, it's got a small army of cheerful robots instead. Dubbed the Honda 3E Robotics Concept, the quartet of bots built around "Empower, Experience, Empathy" aren't so much focused on traditional practicality, but instead want to give physical embodiment to a more helpful artificial intelligence (AI).

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Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

The recent demonstration of the Atlas humanoid robot’s jumps and backflip might have left you impressed at how far such robots have come. It might have also left you terrified at its appearance. Boston Dynamics has never really been known for creating visually appealing robots. Coincidentally, Toyota has just announced its own humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which boasts of some smooth and precise movements. In contrast to Atlas, however, it is also designed to attract humans and not scare them off.

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Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Company UBTECH Robotics has announced the launch of Lynx, the first ever humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa baked in. The robot utilizes Amazon's personal assistant along with UBTECH's robotics tech to offer a variety of services and abilities, such as a surveillance mode for keeping an eye on your home while you're away and playing music via voice commands.

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This Boston Dynamics Atlas video won’t help your robot-apocalypse fears

This Boston Dynamics Atlas video won’t help your robot-apocalypse fears

Remember Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, the robot that just a few years ago was toddling around with a physical cable tethering it to its controller? Robots grow up quickly, it seems, as Boston Dynamics has just shown off the Atlas robot performing a variety of complex movements, doing so entirely wire-free.

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Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot has a lifelike gait and new look

Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot has a lifelike gait and new look

Boston Dynamics has just posted an online video of its New SpotMini, the new version of the SpotMini robo-hound it unveiled last year. This new version is equal parts adorable and frightening, able to run with a canine-like gait that is nearly lifelike. At the same time, it is clearly a robot, one that strikes a pose by crouching and staring into your soul...with its square, soulless mechanical face.

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Jibo Review: Alexa gets some cute competition

Jibo Review: Alexa gets some cute competition

I knew Jibo was onto something when I he managed to coax a laugh from my tech-skeptic partner in the other room. I'd been in the middle of setting up the companion robot's voice recognition system, repeating his trigger phrase six times in a row so that he could learn who was talking to him. "Now say "Hey Jibo" 400 more times," the robot told me, before quickly adding "I'm only kidding" and pirouetting giddily. It got a chuckle from next door, and gave me my first glimpse of how home robotics might well wriggle and wise-crack their way into our hearts.

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SpinX robot is basically a Roomba for your toilet

SpinX robot is basically a Roomba for your toilet

Hate cleaning the toilet but not willing to hire a maid? Enter SpinX, a robotic toilet scrubber that does the nasty work for you. No, it's not a literal standing, scrubbing robot, but rather an attachment that stays affixed to the toilet, going to work when needed. The company behind the robot says this is the first toilet cleaner of its kind; whether it will prove to be as popular as the Roomba is anyone's guess, though.

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Ford’s seat testing robot butt is called “Robutt”

Ford’s seat testing robot butt is called “Robutt”

When you think of all the tech that Ford uses to build and test out components that are going into its cars and trucks, you might think of robots. I’d bet you don't think of robotic butts for testing seats though. The robot is called, naturally enough, Robutt and it is designed to mimic a human sitting in a Ford seat.

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