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The Drone That Will Never Stop for Directions [Drones]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Until now, MAVs found their way from A to B with one of two methods—GPS navigation or a human pilot. Problem is, both of those rely on external systems to guide the robot. For a more autonomous MAV, the quad-copter must see for itself. More »


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Polaris’ pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Polaris' pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive

It’s been almost exactly a year since Zodiac Pool Systems last expanded its line of Polaris-branded pool-cleaning robots, and it’s now back with two more additions that fill out the top and bottom end of its lineup. That includes the company’s most advanced robot to date, the $1499 Polaris 9400 Sport (pictured above), which adds four-wheel drive for the first time, as well as the company’s new accelerometer-enhanced ActivMotion Sensor technology — something Polaris says allows the robot to continually sense where it is in the pool and optimize its cleaning action accordingly. The 9100 Sport, on the other hand, gets neither of those new additions, but it’ll “only” set you back $799, and will still clean pools up to 40 feet long in about two hours. You can get a closer look at those, as well as the company’s existing offerings, at the source link below.

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Polaris’ pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The World’s First Bionic Foot Mimics Flexion to Aid Gait [Video]

Friday, April 20th, 2012
Mobile apps let you play chess with someone anywhere on Earth, but these robot chess boards remotely connect two players over the internet. So while you still can’t stare down your opponent, you still have the pleasure of physically moving your pieces. More »


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These Guys Want to Build an Arena for Mech Death Matches [Video]

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The First Astronaut-Robot Handshake in Space [Video]

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
There’s nothing like a good, firm handshake. Especially when it’s with a robot, and you’re in space. Yesterday, NASA’s Robonaut completed its systems checks aboard the International Space Station — and celebrated with a handshake. More »


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The Mini Crab Bot Will Crawl Down Your Throat to Cure Your Cancer [Monster Machines]

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Harvard-designed ‘soft robot’ shows you how low it can go (video)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

It’s the stuff of slow-moving robopocalyptic nightmares: a ‘soft robot’ designed by a team of Harvard scientists that draws inspiration from invertebrates like worms and starfish. The wired ‘bot is made from a flexible elastomer material that allows it to squeeze into spaces that are inaccessible for more traditional robots. Inside are chambers that inflate and deflate, allowing the thing to undulate forward. Definitely check out the robot in action after the break.

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Harvard-designed ‘soft robot’ shows you how low it can go (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android.com easter egg has the robot doing the moonwalk (video)

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

It’s Easter in November! At least over at Android.com. The website’s latest refresh brought us a whole lot of Ice Cream Sandwich, but the real treat’s a bit of a hidden gem. Google’s new site’s packing an easter egg in the lower-left hand corner that has the little green robot doing the moonwalk, waving hello and juggling among other things. You can check it out in the video after the break, but the real fun awaits you at the source link below.

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Android.com easter egg has the robot doing the moonwalk (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Robot Polar Bear Is Gentler Than Your Spouse, Tickles You When You Start To Snore [Video]

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
A pillow to the face is a good way to silence the snorer you sleep with. Unless you’re the snorer. In that case you’d probably prefer to share a bed with Jukusui-kun, a robot polar bear that doubles as an intelligent pillow, gently waking you by tickling your face so you’ll roll onto your side. More »


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New high-precision eye surgery robot helps doctors stay sharp

Friday, October 28th, 2011

A researcher at the Netherland’s University of Technology has invented a new type of eye surgery robot designed to steady the ophthalmologist’s hands and minimize error — always a good thing when it comes to having needles and knives near your peepers. Kind of like an Igor to a mad scientist, the robot is considered a “slave” to its “master” doctor, who controls the automaton’s arms using two joysticks. The doctor is still in charge of the cuts, but the technology makes sure the MD jabs that needle in at the exact same entry point each time without shaking to minimize ocular marring. Another notable feature is the robot’s ability to switch between tools quickly, ensuring that if this whole doctor thing doesn’t work out, it’ll at least have a job at Hibachi waiting. Jump past the break to check out the full PR.

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New high-precision eye surgery robot helps doctors stay sharp originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Navy’s Robot Jet Fighter Goes for Its First Cruise [Video]

Friday, October 28th, 2011
UAV’s are big, but they’re not jet big—something the Navy’s trying to correct with its X-47B, which aims to replace traditional fighters. Y’know, the ones with humans in them. Watch the drone killer stretch its wings a little. More »


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