Robotics

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs now have their own sniper rifle, hinting at the future of autonomous and remote-controlled warfare. The weapon comes from SWORD Defense Systems, which says its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) can be used with various remote-controlled "unmanned platforms." The company recently showcased the rifle mounted on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

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Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson has a robot vacuum they'll likely release this year to roll up on Roomba. Appearing in an FCC filing this week, the Roomba robot vacuum shows a collection of features that make this device seem at least as powerful as the previously-released (internationally, anyway), Dyson 360 Heurist. This new device sports a shocking blue (as all good Dyson vacuums should) and assurance that it works with a brand new Dyson Hyperdymium motor.

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“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

Amazon knows you're probably skeptical about "Alexa on wheels," but it's making its Astro robot anyway. Announced today, the latest iteration of the retailer's smart assistant cuts the cord completely - well, for as long as the battery lasts, anyway - in a way the rotating Echo Show 10 could only dream of, though there's still an uphill struggle if Astro is to convince us that it's a household necessity.

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Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon has unveiled its first robot, Amazon Astro, combining Alexa on a motorized platform that can roam around the home. Astro has a pop-up periscope camera on top, a moving screen on the front, and a cutesy expression to make it more appealing to families.

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Hyundai Factory Safety Service Robot puts Spot on factory patrol

Hyundai Factory Safety Service Robot puts Spot on factory patrol

Boston Dynamic's first "BigDog" robot may have been the stuff of robotic nightmares, but its smaller Spot has received mixed feedback both from people and companies. The quadruped's more streamlined appearance still doesn't easily remind one of a dog (or any living creature for that matter), but it has become more approachable and a teeny bit more affordable to the point that companies, hospitals, and even governments have put it to some use. The latest to join that list of clientele is the Hyundai Motor Group, employing Spot as a late-night safety officer.

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Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway may be best known for its balancing scooters, but its latest wheeled product is happy on the ground where it can focus on keeping the lawn trimmed. The Segway Navimow is the company's first robotic lawnmower and, while it may not be the first option in the space, it does promise a much easier setup with no need for a perimeter wire.

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Bionic arm communicates with the brain of the wearer

Bionic arm communicates with the brain of the wearer

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic have taken a bionic prosthetic arm and rewired it to communicate with the brain of an amputee. The goal was to create a prosthetic that functions more like a natural limb and provides the user with feeling. Researchers on the project constructed their prosthetic device using an off-the-shelf product.

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Tesla Bot humanoid robot is Elon Musk’s latest obsession

Tesla Bot humanoid robot is Elon Musk’s latest obsession

The illustrious Elon Musk can be credited for many things, but the tech luminary has also been criticized for some rather unorthodox ideas, projects, and even statements. Best known for Tesla EVs, SpaceX rockets, and a Boring company, Musk is now setting his sights on what could be his most eccentric project to date, excluding the Neuralink brain chip. The man who has been publicly distrustful of AI has just unveiled the makings of a humanoid robot that, when taken together with the Starlink constellation of Internet-bearing satellites, would probably make some people worry about the future.

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Boston Dynamics’ latest robot parkour demo is more than just bragging

Boston Dynamics’ latest robot parkour demo is more than just bragging

Boston Dynamics may have new owners, but that hasn't slowed the robotics' teams work at teaching Atlas new skills: this time on a custom parkour course. The bipedal 'bot has been showing off its human-like talents for half a decade now, but while recreating the sort of gymnastics that goes viral on TikTok might seem like an odd focus for Boston Dynamics, in fact the company argues it has plenty of real-world applications.

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LEGO Education SPIKE Essential set for STEAM also aims for social skills

LEGO Education SPIKE Essential set for STEAM also aims for social skills

This week LEGO launched a new primary school STEAM teaching system with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential. This newest release is part of the greater LEGO Learning System and is aimed at enriching both STEAM skills and social skills. The first product in this series is the LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Set, and it'll go on pre-order starting this week and shipping starts on August 31, 2021.

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MIT’s inflatable robotic hand is a next-generation prosthetic

MIT’s inflatable robotic hand is a next-generation prosthetic

MIT has created a soft, inflatable robotic hand that it hopes will give amputees back the tactile control that's lost with a traditional prosthetic device. Engineers on the project aim to help more than 5 million people worldwide who have undergone amputation. Many prosthetic devices in use worldwide are nothing more than metal hooks or fake plastic hands that don't move.

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Royal Navy tests robotic unmanned boat to explore uncharted waters

Royal Navy tests robotic unmanned boat to explore uncharted waters

The UK's Royal Navy has detailed work with a robotic unmanned boat called Otter Pro, one recently tested as a remote-controlled option for surveying uncharted waters. The testing was conducted by the Royal Navy's Project Hecla team at the Defense Diving School. Thanks an array of sensors, Otter Pro is able to gather information about objects located on the seabed, as well as the waters around the remote-controlled boat.

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