Robotics

Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin: you may remember him as the bear that haunted your childhood, the robotic toy horror that paved the way for the Furby and a string of other frightening, rudimentary robots. It's fair to presume he's powered by some ancient evil reincarnate, but alas, he's not. How do we know this? Thanks to the work of some brave industrious fellow who cut Teddy open and filmed what lies inside.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

Breakthrough research delivering the sense of touch from a robotic arm directly to the human brain could dramatically change how prosthetics wearers interact with the world in the coming years. The trial, run by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), demonstrated that brain implants could restore the absent sense to a quadriplegic man paralyzed from the upper chest down. Although still in early stages, it could have huge implications for future robotics.

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Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson's first robot vacuum arrives with plenty of fanfare, promising more suction than the competition, more flexible trundling on its tank tracks, and smarter cleaning with vision-based navigation. As with all the British icon's products, however, that doesn't come cheap: the Dyson 360 Eye has the familiar grey, blue, and fuchsia plastic of its manually-operated vacuum siblings, and a similarly hefty $999.99 price tag.

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MIT’s 3D printed ‘skin’ will make more durable robots, drones

MIT’s 3D printed ‘skin’ will make more durable robots, drones

Imagine a robot or a drone that is made with a 'skin' of sorts capable of precise amounts of shock absorption, something tailored to meet the precise needs of the device. That's exactly what MIT researchers have made possible via a new shock-absorbing 3D material for robots that offers all sorts of interesting properties, not the least of which is less bouncy, more precise and controlled landings after a blow.

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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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Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Drones are fun stuff, but most ready to use products are either too pricey to have some rugged fun with or too cheap to even be rugged. On the other hand, building a drone yourself is no walk in the park and requires tinkerers to know how one works even before they start the project. Enter Flybrix, a drone that is both toy and teaching tool that can be built, taken apart, and rebuilt again using the most reusable parts known to man, woman, and child: LEGO bricks.

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Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Robotics researchers and engineers all around the world are working on bipedal and quadrupedal robots for various tasks. We want bipedal robots that can use human tools to help us in daily life and in rescue situations where humans might not be able to go to give assistance. The problem is that many of the available robots today are extremely expensive. Ghost Robotics has unveiled a new robot called the Minitaur and this little quadruped robot has some cool tricks up its robotic sleeves.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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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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Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

We’ve seen dozens of uses of 3D printing, some of them even bordering on the bizarre or the insane. This one, however, probably takes the cake. Or in this case, the drink. Forget 3D printed chocolate car. But while Print A Drink doesn’t exactly print a whole drink for you, it does print out fascinating 3D structures inside them. All while there’s already an existing, drinkable liquid sitting inside the glass, making it almost too wasteful to actually drink the thing.

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