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This Week In Bots: Japan's Post-Fukushima Robot Innovations

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Bot Vid: Emotional Iuro As mentioned over at the Automaton blog, one of the more unusual robots that recently got shown at the IROS robot convention was Iuro, or the Interactive Urban Robot. A product of Accrea Engineering, the robot is designed to cope with some of the trickier pavement...
This Week In Bots: Japan's Post-Fukushima Robot Innovations

Post-Apocalyptic Strawberry Shortcake Leads 80s Toys' Rebellion [Art]

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Strawberry Shortcake and a mute WilyKit prepare their 80s-toy troops for the battle against Brainy Smurf, aka The Brain. Check out the brilliant story behind Tom Kyzivat's twisted art, and see if you can name each "after the fall" toy. Tom Kyzivat's page over at Deviant Art, under the pen...
Post-Apocalyptic Strawberry Shortcake Leads 80s Toys' Rebellion [Art]

Robot Horse Will Stalk You, Fall Down, Get Up, and Keep Stalking

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The next logical plot twist in the long history of mechanical horses If you were going to make a list of the "Most Awesome Robots" from the past several years, near the top of that list would probably be this: the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3 -- the...
Robot Horse Will Stalk You, Fall Down, Get Up, and Keep Stalking

Robot uses glue gun to make tools, hopes to ace Survival Skills 101

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Looking through Engadget's annals of robotic achievements, we see droids juggling, dabbling in competitive sailing and even manning prisons. Cool as they are, those functions aren't going to mean a thing when Mr. Automaton is lost in the wilderness, damaged and without a helping human hand in sight. Researchers...
Robot uses glue gun to make tools, hopes to ace Survival Skills 101

These Cheery Robots Want to Know Your Most Intimate Secrets and Will Probably Get Them

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Auteurs. (Photo: instagram.com/smile_to_me/) Upon our arrival at Storyscapes, the Tribeca Film Festival’s transmedia showcase, we made straight for the table with covered with cardboard cutie-pies, the automaton-cinematographers of Robots in Residence. “It’s the first documentary film done entirely by a robot,” explained Tina Davar, who works with Blabdroid, the group...
These Cheery Robots Want to Know Your Most Intimate Secrets and Will Probably Get Them

This week's new games

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Fez, Xbox 360Our hero Gomez lives in a resolutely 2D world, which is why his discovery of a mysterious third dimension proves amusingly unsettling to fellow inhabitants. It also means that every scene in the game can be rotated to shift perspective, reducing cavernous gulfs to nothing and letting Gomez...
This week's new games
This Week In Bots: Robo-Crime And Robo-Punishment

Samsung submits patent application for speech-recognizing robot

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Samsung will soon launch its Siri-style S Voice software on the Galaxy S III, but in the more distant future it could bring speech recognition technology to standalone robots. A patent application from the company details an automaton that can adjust its voice detection capabilities to account for ambient...
Samsung submits patent application for speech-recognizing robot

This Week In Bots: Digging For Moon Water, Droids Going Mobile, And Swarming RoboBees

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Bot Vid: NASA's Exoskeleton Exoskeleton innovation is happening around the world for a couple of reasons--the first being military-related use. But a far gentler and more humane exoskeleton project has just been outlined by NASA, destined to help astronauts in space. The X1 is based on the tech behind NASA...
This Week In Bots: Digging For Moon Water, Droids Going Mobile, And Swarming RoboBees
Wall-mounted interactive robot mimics emotions, follows you around, wants to be friends (video)

Cubify's 3D-printed toy robots take cues from Lego, sport interchangeable parts

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If the urge to create a robot petting zoo of your own hasn't subsided since Maker Faire, 3D Systems' new Cubify toy robots might help fill that void in your droid-loving heart. The 3D-printed bots may not boast electronic innards, but their LEGO-like swappable parts allow for some Frankenstein-inspired...
Cubify's 3D-printed toy robots take cues from Lego, sport interchangeable parts

This Week In Bots: More Human Now Than Machine

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Bot Vid: Hopping For A Better Robot Hopping robots make use of the relative efficiency of hopping versus other modes of locomotion, especially flying, but as the Automaton blog points out Georgia Tech researchers have just come across a clever way to make hopping bots ten times more efficient still....
This Week In Bots: More Human Now Than Machine
This Week In Bots: Saluting The First President Of The Robot Epoch

Verizon’s ‘Droid Does’ campaign is back (Video)

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“Droid Does” is back, but this time Verizon ditched the tentacle robot arm and synthesized automaton voice for a wholesome commercial featuring a soothing voiceover with cute and giggly kids in the introduction, which are followed by panning scenes of hard-working, cheeky folks who find the devices ever-so useful...
Verizon’s ‘Droid Does’ campaign is back (Video)

This Week In Bots: Roboplayers, Robodancers, Robowarriors, And The Delicate Ethics Of Robosex

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Would you love your Roomba more if it had rat-like whiskers? How about if it saved people's lives in post-disaster situations? Yeah, us too.RobohockeyTeaching robots to play sports is a clever way to advance the science of robotic movements, environment sensing, and artificial intellgence all in one swoop. That's because...
This Week In Bots: Roboplayers, Robodancers, Robowarriors, And The Delicate Ethics Of Robosex

Insert Coin: Troller 1D, the transforming robot that won't ruin your garden

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. A crawling robot that, at the touch of a button, curls...
Insert Coin: Troller 1D, the transforming robot that won't ruin your garden

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop robot that takes inventory, helps you find aisle four

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Fed up with wandering through supermarket aisles in an effort to cross that last item off your shopping list? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing have developed a robot that could ease your pain and help store owners keep items in stock....
Carnegie Mellon researchers develop robot that takes inventory, helps you find aisle four

Environmentally friendly robots will feed the flowers they trample

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Dr Jonathan Rossiter, a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol's Department of Engineering and Mathematics, has snagged a two-year research grant of over £200,000 to develop robots that decompose once their mission if complete. This means instead of our automaton friends rusting away, devoid of purpose, they could...
Environmentally friendly robots will feed the flowers they trample

Play-i building educational, programmable robots for kids

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We've seen software and even TV shows that teach younger kids about technology, but we haven't really seen ready-made educational robots for that age group -- and no, AIBO and Furby don't count. Play-i, a new startup involving former Apple and Google employees, thinks it's time that the younger...
Play-i building educational, programmable robots for kids
19th century automaton mimics bird songs with chirpy precision

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Hey Clock Fans: Here's probably the most amazing Automaton we've ever seen. It's a brilliant mechanical show... http://bit.ly/9garFj

This Week In Bots: Nothing's Gonna Stop Them Now--The Robot Revolution Is Everywhere

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Quadrocopter Swarms Go TinyIf you're a fan of This Week In Bots you'll be exquisitely familiar with quadropters--the technology is blooming right now because the battery, motor, and control technology is ubiquitous and the stable flight platform offered by the design promises so much for the future of aerial robotics....
This Week In Bots: Nothing's Gonna Stop Them Now--The Robot Revolution Is Everywhere
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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind @horse_ebooks

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In The Wizard of Oz, the all-knowing wizard creates a magnificent illusion. Surrounding himself with smoke and flames, he appears to Dorothy and her pals as a floating, omnipotent green head. He concocts his magic behind the curtains, far from human view. But when Toto opens the curtain, the Wizard...
Pay No Attention to the Man Behind @horse_ebooks

Biotech Startup Transcriptic Receives $1.2M In Seed Funding Led By Google Ventures And FF Angel

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Startup biotech company Transcriptic has raised $1.2 million in a seed funding round from a wide group of investors led by Google Ventures and FF Angel (Founders Fund‘s seed stage arm), and private investors Mark Cuban and Naval Ravikant. Notably, more than 60 accredited investors contributed $150,000 through a partnership...
Biotech Startup Transcriptic Receives $1.2M In Seed Funding Led By Google Ventures And FF Angel

The Writer By Jaquet Droz: Getting to Know an Over 200 Year Old Android

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Europe in the mid to late 18th century was not as backwards as some people may believe. In fact, much of the developed world was at a point of incredible intellectual advancement. In Switzerland, for example, a man named Jaquet Droz and his team were building real, honest-to-HAL robots....
The Writer By Jaquet Droz: Getting to Know an Over 200 Year Old Android
This Week In Bots: Are You Ready To Be More Machine Than Man And/Or Woman?

This Week In Bots: The Robots We Build To Kill For Us

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Bot Vid: Inflatable-Arm Army Robot iRobot's been working with DARPA on what seems like a very unlikely piece of military hardware: A warbot with an inflatable arm. One would think that inflatables are incompatible with a battlefield, but the design the robot makers have pursued means the arm can be...
This Week In Bots: The Robots We Build To Kill For Us

This Week In Bots: Print Your Own Robot To Play With

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Who needs the holidays? Bring on the printable droid pets! Bot Vid: Terminator's Arm Is A Good Thing Blade Runner aside, Robotics isn't just about cold-hearted tech. It's also, for example, informing some very heart-warming developments in the very human world of prosthetic limbs. In the news this week...
This Week In Bots: Print Your Own Robot To Play With
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