Robotics

SpinX robot is basically a Roomba for your toilet

SpinX robot is basically a Roomba for your toilet

Hate cleaning the toilet but not willing to hire a maid? Enter SpinX, a robotic toilet scrubber that does the nasty work for you. No, it's not a literal standing, scrubbing robot, but rather an attachment that stays affixed to the toilet, going to work when needed. The company behind the robot says this is the first toilet cleaner of its kind; whether it will prove to be as popular as the Roomba is anyone's guess, though.

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Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony's aibo is back and, more than a decade after the robot dog project was shuttered, there's a newer, smarter version to steal your heart. Benefiting from the latest in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud, the new aibo it wraps the cutting-edge in a seriously cute design. Read on for the five big things you need to know.

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Sony aibo robot dog returns, finally looks, moves like a dog

Sony aibo robot dog returns, finally looks, moves like a dog

Tech giants might be scrambling to put smart speakers in your living room, but Sony is more interested in letting a smart robot dog roam around instead. It may not have changed the name, but its new aibo (not spelled as Aibo this time) is so different from its predecessor it should have been given a different name. But, then again, it was a name that many have fallen in love with and, by the looks of it, they will fall in love with the new aibo all over again.

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Walmart robot scans shelves to find items and check inventory

Walmart robot scans shelves to find items and check inventory

Walmart has a new robot that is helping do the hard work typically reserved for store employees. This robot is shaped something like a carpet cleaner with a tall tower on it, but it is designed to roll around shelves while scanning the items they contain. The robot is only being tested in a small number of Walmart stores for now, but it could become a permanent fixture for the company.

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New Jibo ship date drops social robot into Alexa’s new world

New Jibo ship date drops social robot into Alexa’s new world

Remember Jibo? The social robot promised to be your family's best houseguest ever al the way back in 2014, with its lifelike movements and witty quips. Delays followed, of course, but now the company says it's finally - finally - ready to launch.

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Sony Aibo tipped for 2018 reboot (robot dog, smarter than ever)

Sony Aibo tipped for 2018 reboot (robot dog, smarter than ever)

A second edition Sony Aibo was tipped to be in the making for those that miss their original robot dog. The Aibo robot dog was a relatively massive hit when it was first released in the year 1999 - but Sony's restructuring several years later made the dog go the way of the dodo. Now it may be time for this electro-puppy to pounce again.

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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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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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