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University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a flying robot meant to be used indoors called DRAGON. That stands for Dual-Rotor embedded multilink Robots of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformation." They really wanted to use that DRAGON name.

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Disney shows acrobatic Stickman robot doing a mid-air somersault

Disney shows acrobatic Stickman robot doing a mid-air somersault

Researchers with Disney Research have been exploring the possibility of creating robots that can perform acrobatics, the company has revealed. During the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the team introduced Stickman, a robot shaped like a "z" that can perform select acrobatic tricks. Joining that is a newly published video showing the robot in action.

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Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog sales start in 2019

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog sales start in 2019

Boston Dynamics is upgrading from merely terrifying us with the sight of its lifelike robots to actually selling them, with sales of its dog-like 'bot expected to start next year. The company is currently owned by SoftBank, which has already launched robots of its own, though none quite as advanced as those Boston Dynamics has developed over the years.

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Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot go for an untethered jog outside

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot go for an untethered jog outside

Boston Dynamics has released a couple new videos featuring its robots, chief among them being one of the humanoid Atlas running outside without a cable tether. In addition to running on camera, Atlas also leaps over an obstacle, demonstrating how much progress the team has made over the past few years. This is the same robot that once struggled to simply walk outdoors.

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Misty II personal robot recognizes faces and supports DIY skills

Misty II personal robot recognizes faces and supports DIY skills

Misty Robotics has unveiled a new personal robot called the Misty II, a model with a fun design and the ability to recognize faces, among other things. Misty II is currently being funded through a crowdfunding campaign where early adopters can get a unit for pledging at least $1,499 USD. The first model was revealed back in January.

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Starship has big campus plans for its robot delivery fleet

Starship has big campus plans for its robot delivery fleet

You may soon be sharing a campus sidewalk with an autonomous delivery robot, with Starship Technologies launching a fleet of its six-wheeled self-driving 'bots in California. The startup had been operating residential trials in the US and Europe, with the robots delivering take-out food and more.

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Rumored Amazon robot is the Alexa evolution we’re not sure we want

Rumored Amazon robot is the Alexa evolution we’re not sure we want

Amazon has already worked its way into homes around the world with Alexa, but now the company might be thinking bigger. New rumors today claim that Amazon is looking to launch something technophiles have dreamed about for decades: a consumer robot for the home. Many companies have tried and failed to create domestic robots before, but if there's one company that might have the resources to pull it off, Amazon definitely tops the list.

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Electrolux Pure i9 triangular robotic vacuum maps rooms in 3D

Electrolux Pure i9 triangular robotic vacuum maps rooms in 3D

Electrolux is planning to launch a new robotic vacuum in the US market, one said to trump competing models in multiple ways. Called the Pure i9, this vacuum sports a triangular shape that better enables it to clean corners, for example. As with other robotic vacuums, the Pure i9 is equipped with a variety of sensors and software that enable it to analyze the environment around it. However, this model promises to take things up a notch with the use of 3D Vision.

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MIT SoFi soft robot swims in the ocean like a real fish

MIT SoFi soft robot swims in the ocean like a real fish

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has unveiled SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can swim in the ocean using realistic movements, enabling it to get up close and personal with real sea life. SoFi was tested in the Rainbow Reef, where it was able to swim at depths down to 50ft, taking on ocean currents while capturing videos and photos using a built-in camera.

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected robot vacuum launches with Alexa control

Neato Botvac D7 Connected robot vacuum launches with Alexa control

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected robot vacuum announced last year is now available to purchase in North America and Europe. As with other robotic vacuums, the Botvac D7 Connected takes the work out of vacuuming floors by using smart tech to do it automatically. Unlike many alternatives, though, the new Botvac model is compatible with Google Home and Amazon's Alexa personal assistant.

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Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Technology has invaded the fashion industry and not just because of smartwatches or smart jackets. Many humans have feared that robots would one day replace them, but that idea probably never entered the minds of runway models. That is, until Dolce & Gabbana’s Sunday show did exactly that. Well, there were still plenty of room for humans strutting outlandish but totally fashionable outfits, but it was clear to the show’s audience who the real stars were, despite being the cause of a terribly late start. D&G has just given a whole new meaning to the term “wardrobe malfunction”.

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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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