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The “Octobot” Is The World’s First Soft Robot

Lets do a little mental exercise. When I say the word “robot,” what image instantly jumps into your head? For older folks it may be Rosie from the Jetsons, others may drum up an image of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Terminator, while many may have a more modern conception of a robot that takes the form of a stiff android-like machine. These aforementioned ideas one may think up when they hear “robot” are all wildly different. But, there is one thing they all have in common:…

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Night Vision Enabled Riley Robot Keeps Your Home Safe

Night vision technology is gradually finding it’s way into more and more products made for the general public. While it has always been employed for mainly military, police or hunting uses, it’s no longer hard to find everyday devices that utilize night vision in some manner. One area that is perfectly suited for night vision is home security and some intrepid inventors are beginning to integrate that into newer systems. A new night vision enabled robot recently launched in the U.S. from iPatrol Inc. that is…

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This Robot Can Teach Itself To Spin A Stick

Not everyone can spin a pencil in their hand, and if you can, you should be proud. It’s no easy feat to coordinate that, and it likely took some practice. Part of the reason why this is no easy feat is because the whole thing has to happen quickly. You move the stick, and the force exerted could cause you to lose control of the pencil. A research group at the University of Washington has created a robot who can pull off this task that…

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6 Newly Designed Ant-Like “Microrobots” Can Move An Entire Car

Teamwork is a powerful force, and no technological innovation proves that sentiment true than the newly created “microrobots” capable of pulling a 3,900-pound car together, but never alone. Designed by a team of researchers from the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University, the “microTug” robots, as they have been dubbed, weigh in at a mere 3.5 ounces each but can move incredible weights. Modelled after the motions and practices utilized by ants and other natural organisms (aka “biomimicry”), the microrobots work as a…

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New Cute House Robot, Robit, Is On The Market

If you’ve seen Wall-E, you know robots can be seriously cute, and while that shouldn’t be the main feature of a robot, it sure helps. Take a look at Robit, the newest little home helper robot on Indiegogo, and try to not fall in love: Of course, Robit is more than just a pretty cute face. He comes with WiFi connectivity, which means you can control him anywhere that has a network, and at $329 USD, he’s cheap, relative to competitor robots. Before even messing…

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Humans Will Lose Over 7 Million Jobs To Robots By 2020

Technological advancement comes at a price. For with the dawn, and eventual rise, of automated technologies and advanced hardware (e.g. 3D printing), a large chunk of the workforce is going to lose their jobs. Their replacement? For lack of a better word, robots. This is what was found in the World Economic Forum’s recently released “Future of Jobs” report, which focuses on the impact of what is being called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The name isn’t grandiose hyperbole either because it seems like the impact of…

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The ATLAS Humanoid Answers Chore-Haters Prayers

I don’t know about you, but whenever my middle school science classes reached the point in the curriculum about robots, almost everyone had visions of a mechanical best friend who would do all the chores you didn’t want to do. It seems like the DARPA Robotics Challenge gave one participating team the chance to realize a similar dream to the one my classmates and I clung to. While the majority of the robots at DARPA face challenges like drilling holes, driving and climbing up and down…

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HitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot, Meets An Untimely Demise In Philadelphia

Hitchhiking has two conflicting sides to it. There is the romanticized version of it that largely existed in the ‘60s and part of the ‘70s, where it was a free and loving way of journeying across the country. And then there’s the dark and nasty side of it, where the danger of traveling alone with a complete stranger in a confined space becomes a nightmarish reality. Unfortunately, this second side is what hitchhiking is most associated with nowadays, as it’s no longer considered safe for…

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Art that stays with you – literally

Imagine if a piece of art hanging on a wall could lose its static nature and actually follow the viewer as they move past it. The ability for art to do that is now a reality with the invention of the Eye Catcher Frame. Developed by researchers at the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London, this frame has a tiny camera hidden in it that can track where a passerby is. It then repositions itself accordingly with…

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The robot takeover is now underway at hotels with the Botlr

It’s clear at this point that we’re headed toward a future where we rely on robots to do all the things we don’t want to do until they eventually turn the tables and enslave us. The Terminator and The Matrix predicted it and it’s coming true. Now the next step in this progression is upon us. Meet the Botlr! At a high-class hotel in Silicon Valley called the Aloft, a new robotic bellhop will soon be starting work. The Botlr will take guests to their…

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