Robotics

Watch this Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot dance to Bruno Mars

Watch this Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot dance to Bruno Mars

By now, most of us are probably familiar with the SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics. The SpotMini has been the subject of quite a few videos where Boston Dynamics flexes its robotics know-how, but the video that was published today is quite unlike any other we've seen so far. In it, we get to watch the SpotMini dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

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Amazon picker robots tipped to do heavy lifting in warehouses

Amazon picker robots tipped to do heavy lifting in warehouses

Amazon is developing robots that can pick items from inventory in fulfillment centers, according to a new report. These robots will allegedly perform the same job as human "pickers," retrieving items ordered by customers and moving them to packaging for shipment. The report indicates these robots may eventually replace many human warehouse workers.

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics has published another video showcasing its Atlas robot and the new skills it has acquired. This video, simply called "Parkour Atlas," shows the company's Atlas robot perform a fairly basic parkour activity -- quickly ascending three large steps -- with a level of agility that is life-like.

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Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

There's a robot out there in the wild made by UBTECH that's aiming to ramp up female interest in STEM research. While the idea is questionable that the color purple and a fanciful unicorn form will entice girls any more than any other sort of robot, the robot itself remains pretty neat. The full product name is "JIMU Robot Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit" and it's basically just hit stores this morning.

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MobiLimb gives your phone a finger to stroke your wrist with

MobiLimb gives your phone a finger to stroke your wrist with

Most of us at one point probably wished we had another pair of hands. Our smartphones probably wished they had one too. Barring that, maybe they’d settle for a finger. If so, then maybe this MobiLimb prototype might be the best gift you can give your smartphone this Christmas. Or this Halloween for that matter. Because what better way for your smartphone to show your affection by gently stroking your wrist in the middle of a phone call.

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Sony aibo Review (2018): Robot pup charm

Sony aibo Review (2018): Robot pup charm

Sony's aibo is back, and after more than a decade the robotic dog is smarter, more talented, and generally more adorable than ever. Now promising to be more lifelike and to tap into the potential of the cloud, aibo's 2018 return is a long way from the original, faintly-Terminator-esque robots that first introduced the name back in 1999. What hasn't changed, though, is the premium price tag, or indeed the suspension of disbelief required to truly understand the aibo experience.

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Sony aibo 2018 released for sale in USA: Robot dog returns

Sony aibo 2018 released for sale in USA: Robot dog returns

Sony released the aibo 2018, the "First Litter Edition" to the United States today for the first time. This robot dog was made available for order and shipping to every one of the 50 United States except for one: Illinois. We don't know why Illinois, just yet, but we're certainly aiming to find out. Everyone else can get their robotic puppy shipped to them by mid-December, 2018.

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JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

Revealed today was the new JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. It's a box of blocks and power pieces that exist to introduce kids to STEM learning. In the box is "over 400 parts" that can potentially create two unique robots - DozerBot and DirtBot - as well as countless other unique robot oddities.

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Dyson 360 Heurist robot vacuum can see at night

Dyson 360 Heurist robot vacuum can see at night

There's a new robot vacuum in town, and it's only the second Dyson's ever made. This is the Dyson 360 Heurist, and it can see in the dark. It's got LED-assisted vision and it's smarter than its predecessor by a significant margin. This robot can be monitored from its companion app - and it can be controlled by voice assistant, dependent on region.

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Sphero BOLT robot returns the focus to education

Sphero BOLT robot returns the focus to education

Sphero's licensed products have received the lion's share of attention in recent years, but today, the company is making something of a return to form. Today, Sphero announced the BOLT, a round robot that immediately brings to mind images of the SPRK and the original Sphero for those who remember the company's roots. With the BOLT, the focus is back on education, as this new little robot is all about STEAM learning.

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Aflac robot therapy ducks for hospitals help comfort kids with cancer

Aflac robot therapy ducks for hospitals help comfort kids with cancer

Earlier this year, insurance company Aflac introduced a robot designed to comfort children undergoing extensive medical treatments. Called the "My Special Aflac Duck," the device is exactly what it sounds like: a robot shaped like a duck, which is fitted with a soft pelt and paired with large tokens that control its mood. Now, months later, Aflac has started deploying its therapy duck in hospitals around the US.

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App-Controlled Batmobile LEGO Review : One Powered Up Dark Knight

App-Controlled Batmobile LEGO Review : One Powered Up Dark Knight

The LEGO remote controlled Batmobile is an exercise in beastly looks, battery-powered rumbling motor action, and a new Batman. For some, the new Batman minifig for August of 2018 is enough incentive to own. Even without that Batman - even if this set came with a super old Batman - this set remains a pretty tight box of LEGO bricks and elements.

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