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Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

From car accessory/companion to a surrogate baby. That’s a rather big leap for such a small robot. And yet that seems to be one of the new missions of the Kirobo Mini, the baby version of Toyota’s astronaut robot of the same name,sans the “Mini”. The little and, for most perhaps, cute robot that can fit inside a car cupholder is finally slated to launch in 2017, more than a year after it was first unveiled. And with it are the hopes that Japan’s population problem will soon come to an end.

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Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Roomba it ain't, but if you’re either pressed for cash or have a tinkerer’s itch, then you’d probably be more comfortable building your own robotic butler, er, vacuum cleaner. Electronics today has reached a point where it almost too easy to assemble something together in no time flat, whether it be an intruder alarm, face-recognizing security system, or, in this case, makeshift iRobot or Roomba. And really, all you need is a spare vacuum cleaner, the portable kind, an Arduino, a few off the shelf sensors, and a sense of adventure.

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Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

The list robot vacuums out there seems to be getting longer every day, but Pyle Audio is hoping its new Smart Robot Vacuum can catch some attention in the already crowded space. The Smart Robot Vacuum comes outfitted with a built-in HD camera and supports six different cleaning modes, while also offering up a companion app for iOS and Android.

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Now you can buy an actual, real car-sized transformer

Now you can buy an actual, real car-sized transformer

If the bewildering success of the last decade of Transformers movies have proven anything, it's that deep down in many of us there's a fascination with the idea of a full-sized car turning into a robotic being that can move on its own. When not watching them on the big screen, we've had authentic toys to play with, sure, but now it's time for the real thing. Turkish company Letvision seems to agree, as they have successfully created a working prototype, and now plan to sell these transforming vehicles to buyers.

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Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

One of the biggest Star Wars-related products to be released last year in the build-up to The Force Awakens was the robotic BB-8 toy from Sphero. The device could move around on its own in an automated mode, or be controlled via smartphone, but in January the company revealed a new Force Band accessory. When paired with BB-8, the wristband allows users to control their bot with mere hand gestures. And it will finally be available later this month.

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Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Scientists and researchers have created a cool autonomous robot that is modeled after an octopus called the octobot. The reason that the team modeled the robot after an octopus is because the octopus has a soft body that allows the cephalopod to squeeze into the tiniest of spaces to escape predators or catch its prey. Octobot is about the size of the palm of your hand and is made from silicone.

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Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel keeps pushing RealSense as a product family, not just a depth-sensing camera, and its latest products - including the brand new, extra-skinny Camera 400 - push the system into robotics, drones, and autonomous cars. At IDF 2016 today, the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA, Intel demonstrated its latest cameras and previewed a self-contained RealSense computer in a box the size of a candy bar.

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Delayed Jibo cancels robot preorders outside of North America

Delayed Jibo cancels robot preorders outside of North America

Robot companion Jibo is seriously limiting who it will be friends with, after unexpectedly informing preorder customers and crowdfunding backers that it now won't be shipping outside of North America. The news took customers by surprise this week, with the Jibo team blaming latency problems and a knock-on impact on performance for the decision to only fulfill purchases of the robot made in the US and Canada.

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Your next tattoo could be inked by a robot

Your next tattoo could be inked by a robot

If the thought of getting a tattoo is already scary enough for you — the pain, the needles, etc. — then having one done by a robot probably isn't going to be any more appealing. On the other hand, if you already have experience getting inked, and are really good at remaining perfectly still, the steady, precise "hands" of a robot could result in an interesting, detailed design. On the other other hand, if you just want to watch someone else get tattooed by a robot, check out the video below.

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Riley roving camera is a home sentry robot

Riley roving camera is a home sentry robot

A company called iPatrol has a new HD camera robot called Riley. The little bot cruises around your home on two-rubber tank-tread like strips. It is able to see in the dark with night vision tech and can alert the homeowner when motion is detected.

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Lockheed Skunk Works Spider finds tiny pinholes in airship envelope

Lockheed Skunk Works Spider finds tiny pinholes in airship envelope

Lockheed is working on something it calls a hybrid airship, which is essentially a massive blimp, designed for lifting and hauling heavy cargo into areas where there are no roads. The big benefit of this is that the hybrid airship is able to haul large loads but moves in the air faster than vehicles or ships move on land or water. These airships aren’t as fast as helicopters or aircraft though. The challenge for Lockheed is inspecting the envelope of these massive airships requiring a crew of people inside and outside the envelope of the airship.

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Obi robot helps disabled diners eat

Obi robot helps disabled diners eat

Robotics company Desin has introduced a device called Obi, and it’s designed to help disabled individuals eat independently. Using a robotic armature with a spoon attached, a bowl with four sections, and some carefully designed buttons, the contraption serves as a diner’s hands when his or her own may have failed them. Obi was created to help individuals with conditions like multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons, and other conditions.

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