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iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot's Roomba robots already suck: now they can spit, too. The iRobot Braava Jet isn't rude, though, it's actually intended for bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as rooms with wood and laminate surfaces. Cheaper than its vacuum siblings, it's also considerably smaller so that it can dart behind your toilet. I cornered it in a bathroom to see how it worked.

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Stanford researchers create tiny synchronized robots that can pull a car

Stanford researchers create tiny synchronized robots that can pull a car

Researchers at Stanford University have created tiny robots that are able to work in a synchronized form to pull a much larger object. A team of six of the tiny robots that weight a total of 3.5 ounces were able to pull a car that weighs in at 3,900 pounds. The idea is rather like the swarms of nanorobots that were featured in the animated film "Big Hero 6".

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Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Forget Alexa, when it comes to digital companionship Jibo is aiming to make a faint Echo of Amazon's connected speaker. Handiwork of a team of roboticists, animators, and speech recognition specialists, Jibo raised millions with its promise of social robotics: now, the "family robot" is ready to embrace whatever new abilities third-party coders can come up with. I caught up with Jonathan Ross, Head of SDK Development at Jibo, for an exclusive preview of the new developer toolkit ahead of its public demonstration at SXSW this weekend.

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Humans might be too trusting of robots in emergencies

Humans might be too trusting of robots in emergencies

The stereotype around robots is that most humans are afraid of them, either because they'll take over jobs or take over the world. In an almost ironic twist of fate, however, it seems that humans might actually trust this metal creatures in case of an emergency. In fact, they might actually trust them too much, even when all experience and reason tells them not to. That was was the bizarre finding that a Georgia Tech research arrived at when testing human and robot interaction in emergency situations, believe to be the first ever study of its kind.

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Volvo’s drone-guided garbage-lifting robot is now a working prototype

Volvo’s drone-guided garbage-lifting robot is now a working prototype

First announced back in September, Volvo's concept of a small, autonomous robot that picks up and empties trash bins now has a working prototype. The project is dubbed "Roary," for Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, and also involves waste recycling company Renova, as well as universities in Sweden and the US.

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ASPCA parody video highlights robot abuse

ASPCA parody video highlights robot abuse

There are a lot of serious issues in the world. But it's time to talk about one in particular, that doesn't get a lot of attention. We've been warned about the potential future dangers of our actions, but it seems that despite blockbuster movies that show us what could happen if we don't stop, our terrible actions continue. I'm talking, of course, about robot cruelty.

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Mercedes is ditching some robots in favor of human staff

Mercedes is ditching some robots in favor of human staff

Our dystopian all-robot future just got hit with a minor setback: Mercedes-Benz is ditching some of its robot workers in favor of humans, citing the human ability to move faster and perform a wider array of tasks. The reason largely revolves around Mercedes’ increased array of customization options — there are so many different individualization options at the moment that robots aren’t able to deal with them all. Humans, the auto maker says, are saving the company money.

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Sub1 robot solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.887 seconds

Sub1 robot solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.887 seconds

No matter how fast you get at solving the Rubik's Cube, you'll never be robot-fast. The race has been on to build a robot that outperforms other robots, solving the colorful cubed puzzle at record-breaking speeds. It was astounding when a robot solved the puzzle in a little more than two seconds, and especially exciting when a new sub-1 second record was set. Now a creator has published a video of his own results, and it takes things down to a mere 0.887 seconds.

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Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Everyone has something that they're good at. Something that they've practiced for years, and done their best to perfect. And sometimes someone else comes along that's new to whatever that activity is, and puts you to shame. Well, golfers everywhere will be disappointed to see a new robot roll up to the tee and sink a hole-in-one.

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ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

ATLAS robot learns to use a vacuum and broom

The ATLAS robot, when it’s not busy going for an outdoors run or being kicked, is busy living the mundane life — one that involves sweeping the floor, rearranging furniture (well, ladders), and using the vacuum. IHMC Robotics showed off the robot doing these tasks and more in a new video published today. While it won't be replacing your Roomba, ATLAS does make it a little easier to imagine we're nearing the Jetsons age.

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Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars is one of those classic shows that fans of robots, remote controlled devices, DIY, and flailing death machines always wanted. The show was cancelled a while back, but it has been announced that Robot Wars is making a comeback on BBC Two. The show is listed to be a 6x60' series which is presumably six episodes of 60 minutes each.

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WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

The future of robotic pets looks bright, and to help usher it in comes WowWee and its’ newly introduced robotic dog CHiP. Unlike some robotic pets, CHiP is said to come with a dose of realism thanks to artificial intelligence; WowWee describes CHiP as having an “AI personality.” Joining CHiP is LUMI, an indoor drone for playing games, and R.E.V Air, another model in WowWee’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicle lineup.

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