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Cassie the ostrich bot does the bipedal robot chicken walk

cassie_head Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was based on that of birds — specifically, ostriches. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 9th

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Rethink Robotics makes its workplace bots easier to train and redeploy

schramberg-sawyer-1 Robots are invaluable tools in the workplace, but they often still require a specialist to train in anything more than elementary tasks. Rethink Robotics is helping improve that situation with a powerful and intuitive new platform for its Sawyer robots called Intera 5. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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Bat Bot is the biomimetic flying soft robot we deserve

bat bot If you’ve ever seen a bat in flight, you know how impressive their aerial acrobatics can be — so impressive that we have yet to successfully imitate it the way we have with locomotion or even bird flight. This impressive new flying robot is the best attempt yet, though it’s still a long way from the “unrivaled agility” of the real thing. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 1st

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Vespa creator is launching this weird cargo-carrying personal robot

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Ever wish you had more than two hands? Sometimes carrying all your personal crap around every day is just too much for a person to put up with, or at least that's the feeling that Piaggio is going for with its new cargo bot called Gita. Gita is a big round ball with wheels designed to follow you wherever you need to go, and carry all your stuff for you while you get there.

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Mike Wehner

February 1st

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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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