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Toyota robots to let people enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a new way

Toyota robots to let people enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a new way

Japan is most famous for its sushi, anime, and, of course, robots so it's only natural that those will have a big presence in next year's biggest international sports events. It's also not surprising that Toyota, who has branched its robotics out into the mobility market is playing a big role in mixing the 2020 Olympics and robots. Don't expect giant mechas and Gundams, though, as Toyota's army of non-frightening robots will work to let people experience the event in a unique way, even from afar.

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Tiny 3D printed robots are nearly invisible

Tiny 3D printed robots are nearly invisible

Scientists are working hard to perfect tiny robots that can work with more of their kind to perform tasks on a larger scale. The tiny robot seen below was created by Georgia Tech and is called micro-bristle-bot. The scientists say that these tiny robots might one day work in groups to sense environmental changes, move materials, and possibly one day repair injuries inside the human body.

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MIT’s artificial muscles could benefit robots and medical devices

MIT’s artificial muscles could benefit robots and medical devices

MIT has taken inspiration from the way a cucumber plant grows to create contracting fibers that imitate the coiling-and-pulling mechanisms that the cucumber plant uses to pull itself upwards to get the most sunlight. The team says that the contracting fibers could be used as artificial muscles for robots or used in prosthetic limbs or other mechanical and biomedical applications.

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US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

The United States Army has announced plans to test robotic combat vehicles starting in March 2020 at Fort Carson in Colorado. During that time, soldiers will participate in an operational test of modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles (tanks) called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds). The test will influence future autonomous vehicle projects conducted by the US Army.

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Tiny robots work together to complete complex tasks

Tiny robots work together to complete complex tasks

Researchers at EPFL have developed a group of small robots that weigh only 10 grams each that are able to work as a group. The small robots are inspired by trap-jaw ants; individually, ants only have so much strength and intelligence. As a colony of ants, they can complete sophisticated tasks and evade larger predators.

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Atlas and Valkyrie robots navigate rough terrain thanks to IHMC software

Atlas and Valkyrie robots navigate rough terrain thanks to IHMC software

When people talk about robots taking over humans' jobs, they're mostly talking about those robots that come in incorporeal, digital-only form. It's going to be a very long while before humanoid or even bipedal robot can pose a fictional threat to humans. They can't even walk on uneven terrain without toppling over. That has been one of the challenges of DARPA's contests and IHMC Robotics may have developed a way for the likes of Atlas and Valkyrie to learn how to step through treacherous land.

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Harvard’s insect-like RoboBee achieves major solo flight milestone

Harvard’s insect-like RoboBee achieves major solo flight milestone

The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has announced the latest version of its insect-like RoboBee 'X-Wing' is officially the lightest vehicle to achieve sustained untethered flight. The solo flight milestone was recorded as a slow-motion video in which viewers see the tiny robot's wings flap rapidly, just like an ordinary insect. The achievement was made possible via a number of improvements made to the RoboBee.

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Toyota basketball robot sets world record with 2,020 free throws

Toyota basketball robot sets world record with 2,020 free throws

Toyota has announced that its CUE humanoid robot has set a new record for the greatest number of consecutive basketball free throws performed by a humanoid AI-powered machine. The robot successfully made 2,020 free throws in a row without missing, earning it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The CUE robot was born as a voluntary project for Toyota employees to work on in their spare time.

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DJI RoboMaster S1 crams education and competition inside a robot tank

DJI RoboMaster S1 crams education and competition inside a robot tank

DJI is perhaps best known for its drones but, at its core, it is a robotics company. It has dabbled in every aspect related to robotics, from computer vision to AI to mechanical engineering. While those have been mostly applied to hobbyist and professional unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs (a.k.a. drones), it has yet to tap one budding market in the robotics industry: education. That changes today with the introduction of the RoboMaster S1, the company's first robot designed for entertainment and education.

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Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Over the past several weeks we've been using the Roborock S6, a robot vacuum made to take on the biggest names in the industry. Roborock does not have the name recognition of the Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot's Roomba, but it's a robot. It doesn't know how popular it is - all it need to know is where to go to clean. With LDS Navigation and suction power equal to that of a Neato Botvac D7 Connected, this machine is ready to pick up all your dust immediately.

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Cassie Cal robot can ride hovershoes

Cassie Cal robot can ride hovershoes

There are two basic types of robots that scientists are working on that include legged robots and wheeled robots. The supporters of legged robots say that bots need two legs to go where humans go. Supporters of robots with wheels point out that their bots are much faster, which can be very important is some scenarios. Some are trying to combine the attributes of legged and wheeled robots to get the best of both worlds. Cassie Cal falls into that last group.

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Harvard researchers create soft robot actuated by air

Harvard researchers create soft robot actuated by air

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft robot that could lead to fully untethered robots for space exploration, search and rescue systems, biomimetics, medical surgery, rehabilitation, and other uses. One key to making the soft robot is that it uses pressurized air to replace multiple control systems with one input.

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