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DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

Consumer drones have become such a problem and legal grey area that people have started taking matters into their own hands. Some go as far as shooting them down and ending up in trouble themselves. While there are a few products or experiments that try to deal with drones, many of them result in damaging the drone. DroneShield proposes a better, less violent solution, though you probably wouldn’t guess it from the way it looks. The DroneGun unabashedly looks like some heavy duty rifle, but it can safely make a drone land or retreat, without firing an actual explosive shot.

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Root robot teaches coding in three stages of fun

Root robot teaches coding in three stages of fun

A new robot is on Kickstarter called Root and the purpose of this robot is to teach anyone from age 4 to 99 how to code using a fun and simple approach. Root is designed to drive on walls, tables, and magnetic surfaces and is able to make games and coding challenges that will reinforce computational thinking. Root can be programmed to perform all sorts of tasks.

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TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

Robots might be thought of taking over human’s jobs or, in the future, the world, but their first real-world uses were in areas too dangerous for humans or for tasks that human physiology just isn’t equipped for. Such is the job of TIM, the Large Hadron Collider’s “security” robot. But unlike what you might think of a security bot, TIM doesn’t protect the LHC and its humans from external threats. Instead, it prowls the innards of the facility, monitoring for environmental dangers to one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific equipment.

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Jibo delayed to 2017 as social robot hits more hurdles

Jibo delayed to 2017 as social robot hits more hurdles

Delayed robotic companion Jibo will miss yet another launch promise, with the release of the ambitious crowdfunded project now pushed back into 2017. The robot, first revealed in mid-2014, is intended to package the power of the cloud in a voice-controlled, face-recognizing body blessed with lifelike movements taught by former Disney animators. Instead, however, it has run into problem after problem.

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Ballu is part blimp and part robot

Ballu is part blimp and part robot

The robotics researchers at the UCLA Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory have created a cool new robot that looks very different from the fancy and complex robots we are used to seeing researchers kick out. This robot is called Ballu and that stands for Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit. It has a body made using a helium balloon and that balloon stands on a spindly pair of legs that look like a crane's legs.

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Robots “skin” uses warmth to identify objects

Robots “skin” uses warmth to identify objects

It’s unavoidable that, for the foreseeable future, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will remain the butt of jokes when it comes to literally hot electronics. After all, heat and electronics don’t make for a good combination. Heat and organics, however, is important, from sustaining life to making sense of the world around us. Roboticists from Georgia Tech are trying to take advantage of the latter to give robots the ability to better identify objects. And they are doing so by giving these robots a “warm skin”.

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Omate Yumi is an Android, Amazon Alexa powered home robot

Omate Yumi is an Android, Amazon Alexa powered home robot

Omate made a name for itself back in the heyday of smartwatches, bucking the trend by putting a full Android OS inside the tiny wearable. Just recently, it made another pioneering effort by putting Amazon’s Alexa front and center, almost literally, of its Limited Edition of the Omate Rise smartwatch. Now with smartwatches believed to be in a slump, Omate is breaking out into new territory, combining everything it has learned so far. The result? An unexpected venture into the niche “family robot” market with Yumi, which puts a face and body to Alexa.

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NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

A NASA robot began smoking and then exploded earlier this year due to a faulty lithium-ion battery, marking the latest instance of this battery technology being, at times, less than stable. The affected robot was NASA's RoboSimian, which had its old battery swapped out for a new one. The battery was charging at the time of the explosion. No one -- except the robot, that is -- were injured.

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Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Forget wearable devices. In the future, you might be using wearable robots instead. No, you’re not getting into a robot suit, of course, but your suit might instead have tiny robots rolling and crawling all over. At least that’s the idea behind “Rovable”, a roving robot “wearable” developed by researchers from MIT and Standford University. While it seems to give a whole new meaning to “creepy crawlies”, the robots’ purpose isn’t whimsical. The goal is to eventually developer robots that can perform anything from activity tracking, notifications, calls, and perhaps even wardrobe repairs.

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Anki Cozmo rolls out to stores to charm kids, robot lovers

Anki Cozmo rolls out to stores to charm kids, robot lovers

Anki is probably better known for its OVERDRIVE set of AI-powered racing car robots. But a few months ago, the company revealed a different, less competitive, and more educational product: Cozmo. Now the robot truck with a personality is being made available for everyone to purchase, whether for fun, for learning, or simply for mucking around with advanced technologies in a playful form. Because more than just a toy, the Cozmo robot is artificial intelligence, computer vision, and development platform rolled into one, made friendly, and made more affordable. Relatively.

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Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin: you may remember him as the bear that haunted your childhood, the robotic toy horror that paved the way for the Furby and a string of other frightening, rudimentary robots. It's fair to presume he's powered by some ancient evil reincarnate, but alas, he's not. How do we know this? Thanks to the work of some brave industrious fellow who cut Teddy open and filmed what lies inside.

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Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson's first robot vacuum arrives with plenty of fanfare, promising more suction than the competition, more flexible trundling on its tank tracks, and smarter cleaning with vision-based navigation. As with all the British icon's products, however, that doesn't come cheap: the Dyson 360 Eye has the familiar grey, blue, and fuchsia plastic of its manually-operated vacuum siblings, and a similarly hefty $999.99 price tag.

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