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Coordinated quadrocopters perform live light show at Cannes

In Futurama, robots follow 'Bender's Law,' not Asimov's

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Isaac Asimov's 21st century robots followed laws prohibiting harm to humans. By the 31st century in Matt Groening's Futurama universe, however, robots have become a bit more open-minded. [Read more]...
In Futurama, robots follow 'Bender's Law,' not Asimov's

Curiosity rover to stay in 'safe mode' for days while NASA tackles glitches

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NASA's Curiosity rover has mostly had smooth sailing since it touched down on Mars last year. Unfortunately, it's in a more precarious position as of this past Thursday. After noticing corrupted memory files on the robot's primary computer, overseers have kicked Curiosity into a "safe mode" with a backup...
Curiosity rover to stay in 'safe mode' for days while NASA tackles glitches

Now you too can watch Valve's Gabe Newell and Bad Robots' J.J. Abrams talk about storytelling

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For some reason or another, Valve head Gabe Newell and Bad Robot head J.J. Abrams' DICE 2013 keynote wasn't available via livestream or on Variety's YouTube channel last week. We're guessing it's because they're both such nice gents that they wanted to give everyone else some time in the...
Now you too can watch Valve's Gabe Newell and Bad Robots' J.J. Abrams talk about storytelling

Ant abilities could aid robot design

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A study showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search and rescue robots, say scientists....
Ant abilities could aid robot design
Facebook Says Blocking Viral 'Reasons My Son Is Crying' Tumblr Was a 'Mistake'

Fast Company Vs. The Throwbots [Video]

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iRobot, makers of the Roomba, just stopped by Fast Company's offices. They let us play with their new surveillance robot that you operate by throwing. Here's what happened. Boston-area firm iRobot is best known as the creators of the Roomba, the beloved floor-cleaning robots found in middle-class homes worldwide....
Fast Company Vs. The Throwbots [Video]

Autodesk's new 123D Design app turns everyone into 3D modellers

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The Next Web was recently privy to a pretty cool demo of Autodesk‘s latest 3D apps, designed to let iPad, Mac and PC users create and order 3D models entirely of the user’s own design. These apps officially roll off the Autodesk conveyor belt today, and they’re aimed squarely at...
Autodesk's new 123D Design app turns everyone into 3D modellers

Let's All 3D Print Our Houses, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Artist’s rendering. Is there anything 3D printers won’t wholly revolutionize? There’s the gun trade and illicit narcotics market, there’s the fine art of burrito making, and now, Atlantic Cities reports, a USC professor is working on a means of using them to wholly disrupt the construction business. That’s right–he proposes that...
Let's All 3D Print Our Houses, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Robots sniff out body stench

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Japanese researchers unveil two robots that tell users if their breath stinks or if their feet reek, highlighting advances in electronic nose tech....
Robots sniff out body stench

Robots from outer space are somehow less terrifying

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According to research conducted by the Ars Electronica Futurelab museum in Austria, people are much more receptive to the Telenoid R1 when told it's from outer space. [Read more]...
Robots from outer space are somehow less terrifying
iRobot Releases New Versions Of Its Vacuuming Robot And Its Gutter Cleaning Robot

Platypus airboats have a Nexus S for a brain, we go eyes-on (video)

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Here's another extremely cool offshoot of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Platypus LLC build autonomous robotic airboats that can be deployed for a wide range of usages including environmental data and monitoring hard-to-reach spots after natural disasters like flooding. The hull of the boat looks a good deal like...
Platypus airboats have a Nexus S for a brain, we go eyes-on (video)

Watch This Anthropomorphic Robot Strut to 'Stayin' Alive'

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Boston Dynamics' PETMAN robot finally gets the soundtrack it deserves from video editor Tim Trusler. PETMAN was developed to test "chemical protection clothing," so it can walk, crawl and perform "a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents." No wonder the bot's got moves.  Check out a slightly longer version...
Watch This Anthropomorphic Robot Strut to 'Stayin' Alive'
$10 Robot Design Challenge hopes to make robotics accessible in schools around the world

Robots in Cars Could Beckon Brave New Technology World

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The major car companies -- including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, GM, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Volvo -- all have advanced self-driving car projects in the works, as does Google, many universities and even the Pentagon....
Robots in Cars Could Beckon Brave New Technology World

Lockheed Martin Stalker drone stays airborne 48 hours using laser power, all-seeing eye gets literal (video)

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Aerial drone designers have been pushing hard to get devices that can stay airborne for days. After all, what's the point of having an observer that routinely lets its guard down? Lockheed Martin must have this question forever etched in its collective mind, as it just completed tests of...
Lockheed Martin Stalker drone stays airborne 48 hours using laser power, all-seeing eye gets literal (video)

DailyDirt: National Robotics Week -- Save The Bots!

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The third annual National Robotics Week is currently underway, if you didn't get the memo. The second week of April was officially designated for robotics in 2010 by House Resolution 1055. If you haven't hugged your robot today, it's about time you did, perhaps. A full calendar of events is...
DailyDirt: National Robotics Week -- Save The Bots!

An Energy Entrepreneur Turns to Inflatable Robots

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And really, who could complain?...
An Energy Entrepreneur Turns to Inflatable Robots

Visualized: a look inside iRobot's gadget-filled 'cool stuff room' (video)

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We've all seen a Roomba at one point or another, be it picking up debris around our feet in a friend's living room or chauffeuring a courageous kitty for an entertaining clip on YouTube. Likely far less familiar, however, is iRobot's gadget-filled Massachusetts headquarters, including the museum-like "cool stuff...
Visualized: a look inside iRobot's gadget-filled 'cool stuff room' (video)

Watch: Beach-walking 'FlipperBot' inspired by baby turtles

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Copying turtle movements, this machine out of the Georgia Institute of Technology teaches how bio-inspired robots can shed light on scientific principles. [Read more]...
Watch: Beach-walking 'FlipperBot' inspired by baby turtles
Sphero robot ball now shipping internationally, two new apps coming soon

Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 gifted with optional flight recorder module and bigger battery

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Marking the first anniversary of the AR.Drone 2.0 since last CES, Parrot has announced that it'll be offering an optional GPS flight recorder module as well as a bigger battery at some point this year. The former dongle simply plugs into the flying vehicle via the USB port, and...
Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 gifted with optional flight recorder module and bigger battery

Watch This Drone Follow Around Chris Anderson Like a 'Pet Robot Bird'

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Drones may not be delivering tacos through your window or following around your kids just yet. But this is one of the building blocks of that future, for good or for ill. On a recent day, not so far from where I'm typing, Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired,...
Watch This Drone Follow Around Chris Anderson Like a 'Pet Robot Bird'

Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with iRobot's Jeff Karlson

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iRobot had a few surprises up its mechanical sleeves this week, including the Mirra 530 pool cleaning 'bot. We'll be speaking with the company's outdoor product manager, Jeff Karlson about that device and the rest of the company's diverse roster of products. January 11, 2013 4:00 PM EST Check...
Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with iRobot's Jeff Karlson

US Navy's Ion Tiger drone leans on liquid hydrogen for longer-lasting spy flight

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The US Navy's quieter way to spy, the Ion Tiger, just bested its own 2009 flight record with a key assist from liquid hydrogen. The unmanned aerial vehicle had previously relied on 5000-psi compressed hydrogen for fuel, but for its latest flight test the Naval Research team swapped that...
US Navy's Ion Tiger drone leans on liquid hydrogen for longer-lasting spy flight
Moth pilots robot to a (faux) booty call

Lego Mindstorms EV3 intros three new models, ready for summer tour (video)

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When Lego introduced the Mindstorms EV3 earlier this year, it bundled building instructions for five "hero" models, several of which can be seen in our CES hands-on. The complex kit of sensors, modules and bricks can do a lot more than that of course, and Lego community members have...
Lego Mindstorms EV3 intros three new models, ready for summer tour (video)

Q2 and Q4 Xbee controllers have the gimbals to handle your most unwieldy robotics projects

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Yes, we've seen an XBee radio interface with RC robots before, but Quantum Robotics' open-source Xbee handheld controllers have enough gimbals, push buttons and toggle switches to leave us starry-eyed. The Q2 and Q4, both open for funding on Kickstarter, use a XBee wireless transceiver to transfer data and...
Q2 and Q4 Xbee controllers have the gimbals to handle your most unwieldy robotics projects

Robots kick and splash at Korea's Yeosu Expo

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A robot collection at this summer's exposition in South Korea offers lots of entertainment. Crave's Tim Hornyak drops in on dancing bots, fish bots that shoot light beams from their snouts, and more. [Read more]...
Robots kick and splash at Korea's Yeosu Expo
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