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PostBOT delivery robot helps German mail carriers with deliveries

PostBOT delivery robot helps German mail carriers with deliveries

The German town of Bad Hersfeld has been chosen as the test location for a new delivery robot dubbed PostBOT that will be used to help mail carriers make their deliveries. The robot will carry mail items for the mail deliverers on their routes to make delivery of items easier. PostBOT has enough space inside to carry up to six post trays.

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This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

Researchers with UCLA and the University of Washington have created a faux skin that gives robots a sense of touch, enabling them to better grasp objects and more. This fake skin, which is described as a flexible sensor, can be stretched over robotic parts or a prosthetic limb, giving the device a sense of vibration and shear force.

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The first ever Giant Robot Duel is as epic as it sounds

The first ever Giant Robot Duel is as epic as it sounds

After two years of preparation, tons of metal, and undoubtedly no small amount of money, the world was treated to its first ever fight between two giant robots. Forget clashing Roombas, this is full on MechWarrior-esque battle. Well, almost. Hopes and spirits were high when Japan's Suido bashi and US' MegaBots finally met in the arena and while the results were pretty impressive, it’ll probably be a while before it becomes the next Robot Wars reality show.

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Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Smart home speakers are the in thing in tech these days and Sony is jumping in as well but in a different way. Back when it redefined its Xperia brand last year, it introduced a few new non-phone smart devices, including a certain Xperia Agent. Formerly a prototype, that stationary robot butler has just become a full-fledged commercial product to take on the likes of Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod. Meet the Xperia Hello! And, yes, the punctuation is part of its product name.

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Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

One glance at the Laikago robot and if you have ever laid eyes on a Boston Dynamics quadruped you will see the resemblance. The builder of the Laikago robot isn't afraid to say that he is a big fan of Boston Dynamics, Xing Wang will tell you that Marc Raibert is his idol. Raibert is the founder and president of Boston Dynamics.

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Samsung’s Star Wars robo-vacs use the (suction) Force

Samsung’s Star Wars robo-vacs use the (suction) Force

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mania is upon us, and if you haven't watched the new trailer and bought your limited-edition R2-Q5 droid, maybe you could start by cleaning up. Samsung has unveiled a pair of new Star Wars limited edition robot vacuums, based on its POWERbot. The new Samsung VR7000 comes in two finishes, both with a Star Wars theme.

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Gundam Haro AI-powered talking robot can be yours next year

Gundam Haro AI-powered talking robot can be yours next year

There is no shortage of consumer-oriented robots these days, whether for entertainment, security, or even health. They come in all shapes and sizes, including some cute, dancing ones. Curiously, there very few of them seem to take advantage of the fact that science fiction and pop culture already has tons of such kinds of intelligent automatons to use as inspiration. Filling up that gap, Bandai Namco has teamed up with IBM and VAIO to bring one such robot, Gundam's Haro, to life, as well as to the market next year.

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Honda E2-DR robot prototype is designed for disaster scenarios

Honda E2-DR robot prototype is designed for disaster scenarios

Honda has showcased a prototype robot called E2-DR, and it is designed for disaster scenarios. There are certain requirements a disaster response robot must meet, dexterity being among them. Honda's new robot prototype demonstrates such abilities, performing actions like a climbing a ladder on video for everyone to see.

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Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero's attentions may have been on Star Wars lately, and its incredible R2-D2 robot, but the company still found time to make a new 'bot of its own, Sphero Mini. Condensing much of what makes its smartphone-controlled spherical robot great into a roughly billiard ball size, it's the new entry-level model in the company's range. Best of all is the price.

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Knightscope K7 takes robot guard off-roading

Knightscope K7 takes robot guard off-roading

Robo-cop might still be fictional, but Knightscope continues to push its robot guards with the reveal of a new, four-wheel model, the K7. Unveiled this week in California, the Knightscope K7 adopts a new form factor for the company, in response to user requests for a robot able to cover much larger areas and with bigger payloads of sensors.

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Japanese invent robot dog to sniff out stinky feet

Japanese invent robot dog to sniff out stinky feet

We've probably all seen the commercial on TV for Febreze that talks about going nose blind. My son has this problem, his room smells like an armpit's, armpit and will make your eyes water whilst he happily plays Destiny 2 oblivious to the stink. At least if your room stinks, you can leave, but if your feet stink the smell follows you around.

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Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

We may only be heading into September, but I'm calling it: you're looking at Sphero's R2-D2, and it's going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars "Force Friday" event, the remote-control R2-D2 - and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero's new BB-9E droid - looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they're kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero's most popular robot to-date.

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