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This Chinese woman isn’t real

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There's a very special Chinese "woman" who has become a bit of a celebrity over the past year or so, making public appearances and chatting with countless curious fans. Her name is Jia Jia, and she appeared at a prestigious economic event in Shanghai earlier today. She's charming, poised, and adept at conversation. She can dish out compliments and dodge awkward romantic advances. She's also completely fake. 

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Mike Wehner

January 9th

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This giant manned robot might patrol the North Korean border

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Robots can be terrifying all on their own, but stick a human being inside and give them control of the mechanical muscles that provide superhuman strength and you've got a recipe for a horror movie. South Korean robotics firm Hankook Mirae Technology has done exactly that, and its Method-2 robot just took its first steps towards world domination this week.

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Mike Wehner

December 28th

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This iPhone-controlled robot will destroy you… in air hockey

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There are countless games on the App Store that will make you feel inferior to a computer-controlled opponent. Almost all of those apps will beat you with in a virtual game world where your digital enemies have the advantage, but there's one that brings its butt-kicking skills into reality, just for that extra bit of humiliation. It's the Air Hockey Robot EVO app by JJRobots, and it works in tandem with an open source, do-it-yourself robot that is so good at blocking shots you'll feel like you're playing against an air hockey master.

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Mike Wehner

December 26th

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Watch this huge combat robot play with real cars for fun

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Having never build a robot of any kind, I can't say whether it's an enjoyable experience or not. What I can say, and with utter certainty, is that this massive fighting robot sure seems to bring a whole lot of joy to its creators, and for that reason alone its existence must be celebrated. Plus, watching the intimidating beast play with a full-sized sedan like a toy is also a heck of a lot fun.

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Mike Wehner

December 23rd

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Watch these potential Mars robot designs endure the Utah desert

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Testing a vehicle meant to traverse the harsh conditions of another world is pretty difficult here on Earth, but when it comes to putting potential Mars robots through their paces, a dry riverbed in Utah is a pretty decent proving ground. A team of scientists recently gave a pair of cooperative bots a chance to strut their stuff in the desert, and just to make the entire scenario even more accurate, they controlled the bots from a different continent.

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Mike Wehner

December 18th

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Parkour robots can do tricks you’d only dream of

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Few people can say they can master parkour, the art of surpassing obstacles by jumping over or bouncing off of them. It looks all very exciting but it’s very difficult. That’s why it’s exciting to see researchers from UC Berkeley have taught a robot to perform similar jumping tricks which could be used one day to save lives.

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Chris Smith

December 9th

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Oh, the humanoid! Don’t worry, this blimp-bodied robot can’t crash

romela_ballustatic Generally one thinks of robots as powerful, rigid things packed with motors and actuators. But they don’t have to be like that, and in fact it may be freeing for engineers to work outside those constraints. What if, for example, your robot was almost lighter than air? That’s the concept tested in this highly buoyant prototype created by roboticists at UCLA. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 16th

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Oh, the humanoid! Don’t worry, this blimp-bodied robot can’t crash

romela_ballustatic Generally one thinks of robots as powerful, rigid things packed with motors and actuators. But they don’t have to be like that, and in fact it may be freeing for engineers to work outside those constraints. What if, for example, your robot was almost lighter than air? That’s the concept tested in this highly buoyant prototype created by roboticists at UCLA. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 16th

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Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

6h0a3703_1 Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the University of Pennsylvania is one the tiniest yet. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 31st

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Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

6h0a3703_1 Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the University of Pennsylvania is one the tiniest yet. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 31st

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