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This 3-D Printed Robot Moves Using Muscle From a Sea Slug

If you’ve ever enjoyed those horror movies that involve organ harvesting, you may be pleased to know that scientists are one step closer to using organic matter to power robots. Sea slugs are getting first honors though.

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Angela Chen

July 19th

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SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

swagbot_feat Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating machines. SwagBot is the vanguard of our incoming steer-driving overlords, its independent all-wheel drive churning carelessly the mud in which once toiled our manly forbears and their snorting charges. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 14th

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The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

_X3A9216 The mad roboticists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have produced another biomimetic mechanoid — this one based on the lithe locomotion of the salamander. “Pleurobot” imitates the amphibian’s ambulation with its own articulated vertebrae, allowing it to slither along on land or at sea. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 28th

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Tend.ai trains your robot to operate dozens of 3D printers and laser cutters at a time

robot_and_3D_printers If you’ve got more than a handful of 3D printers or other devices running at a time, it’s a full-time job keeping them going — removing and packaging products, tweaking settings, pushing “OK” after minor errors, that sort of thing. Why not have a robot do it for you? Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 22nd

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Airobotics raises $28.5M to pursue autonomous drone platforms for heavy industry

airobotics drone Drones have numerous applications in security, inspection, and other major roles at industrial facilities, but in many cases manual control is still the standard. Tel Aviv-based Airobotics aims to automate the process as an alternative to costly and involved human pilots, and has raised $28.5 million to do so. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 21st

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That runaway Russian robot was probably a PR stunt

Robot Run: Fake Promobot Escape
Yesterday, the internet went slightly crazy for the story of Promobot, a Russian-made "runaway robot" that escaped its handlers and caused a traffic jam on a suburban Russian street. It's a story perfectly set up for viral success: out-of-control machinery, Russian dashcam footage, and a cute little robot is a YouTube traffic-maker from the heavens. The only little niggle? I'm personally pretty sure that the entire thing was fabricated to generate publicity.

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Chris Mills

June 17th

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‘Solar Voyager’ autonomous boat looks to make history in sun-powered journey across the Atlantic

00160_Solar-Voyager-Autonomous-Boat-at-sunset About 200 miles due east of Boston, a robotic boat is putting along at a walking pace on what could be an historic journey across the entire Atlantic. “Solar Voyager,” built by two friends in their spare time, would be the first autonomous vessel to cross that ocean — and the first one to cross any ocean using solar power alone. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 8th

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Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians

jackrabbot It’s hard enough for a grown human to figure out how to navigate a crowd sometimes — so what chance does a clumsy and naive robot have? To prevent future collisions and awkward “do I go left or right” situations, Stanford researchers are hoping their “Jackrabbot” robot can learn the rules of the road. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 2nd

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This is the droid your household has been looking for

ASUS New Zenbo Robot
For as much as people talk about (and rightfully get excited about) smartphone advancements, we don't often hear about technological strides in the field of robotics. Truth be told, this has always struck me as odd given that many robots today possess capabilities that have seemingly been lifted from science fiction novels. Boston Dynamics, of course, famously has a lineup of impressively capable and equally terrifying robots, many of which are designed to look like and act like animals. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the ASIMO robot from Honda, a technological marvel that Honda touts as the "world's most advanced humanoid robot." The most recent entrant onto the list comes from ASUS, of all companies. Earlier this week, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage at Computex and introduced the world to Zenbo, a $599 household robot that looks and acts like a real-world version of Wall-E.

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Yoni Heisler

June 1st

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Robots date, mate, and procreate 3D printed offspring in ‘Robot Baby’ project

robot-baby-BGW-1 Researchers in the Netherlands claim to have created the world’s first “robots that procreate.” What does that mean exactly? Well, child, when two robots’ fitness evaluation algorithms come to a successful conclusion, something beautiful happens. You’ll know when you’re older — or if you scroll down. “This breakthrough is a significant first step… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 31st

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