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Hoverbots Playing Catch

Your robot overlords will play catch with you. If they’re not too busy. And if you ask. Nicely. These robots were made by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and use highly precise positioning sensors to … Continue reading

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Could This Beetle Fight a Battle in a Bottle With a Paddle?

How to control your beetle. Implant a few electrodes in the pupa. Wait. Control your grown-up zombie beetle with a WII. The critter is a bit of a cyborg actually – part june bug, part computer. The man behind the zombie … Continue reading

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Your Robot Overlords Will Have You Rolling in the Aisles

Laugh while you can, monkeyman. Robocomedy. YouTube – Heather Knight: Silicon-based comedy Hat tip to Get Ready for Social Robots!

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The Long Arm of DARPA

DARPA is intent on developing a mind-controlled robot arm.             No, not that one. This one: The arm, which was developed at a cost of over $100 million by DARPA and Johns Hopkins University over … Continue reading

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Your Robot Overlords Will Soon Have Their Own Internet

The better to not let you know what they’re doing. European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world. Called RoboEarth it will be a place that robots can upload … Continue reading

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Robots: The Larval Forms

Better to crawl before you walk. Even if you’re a robot. At the University of Vermont, the robots are learning about their bodies. Bot-tots who come online flat on the floor like babies and then gradually find upright positions, learned … Continue reading

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Quadrocopter Construction Zone

  Construction by Quadrocopter! Very cool video here, of small flying robots building  a tower autonomously! The Rise of the Machines, Redux: Robot Quadrocopters to Build Homes, Maybe Let Us Live in Them | Fast Company Soon to be buzzing … Continue reading

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“Thinking Outside the Laptop”

A slideshow in the NYTimes from the Consumer Electronics Show. Thinking Outside the Laptop at C.E.S. – Slide Show – NYTimes.com Featuring, for example, this Massage Bot! No word on whether they will offer an X-rated version.  

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Slices of Pi

“German artist Nils Völker has managed to do what no high-school geometry teacher can: Make pi kinda’ fascinating. His trick: a quirky little robot, which turns that old Euclidean headache into gorgeous, gallery-ready light paintings.” The image above is a mere … Continue reading

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Your Robot Overlords Will Serve You Now

A restaurant in China has dispensed with human servers, using robots instead. Not very sophisticated ones, really. They simply wheel around on tracks, stop near the customer who takes selects from a tray. You could program more sophisticated behavior in … Continue reading

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