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This giant manned robot might patrol the North Korean border

December 27th, 2016

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 …

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

December 26th, 2016

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 …

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Watch this huge combat robot play with real cars for fun

December 22nd, 2016

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, …

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Watch these potential Mars robot designs endure the Utah desert

December 18th, 2016

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 …

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Parkour robots can do tricks you’d only dream of

December 8th, 2016

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 …

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Meet the professor who will help robots learn common sense

October 31st, 2016

Sergey Levine is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley whose research is focused on the thing our parents used to make such a fuss over, whenever we made stupid mistakes or should have known to avoid this or that and how on earth we could be so clueless. He has a keen interest in teaching …

Robot patrol: Israeli Army to deploy autonomous vehicles on Gaza border

September 1st, 2016

Israel is planning to bolster its high-tech arsenal by deploying fully autonomous military vehicles along the country’s dangerous border with Gaza. “This is the future — the border is a very dangerous place,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told, citing the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels. …

Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot

August 25th, 2016

Meet the octobot, a unique new creation out of Harvard that the university says could be the first step in a new kind of bot. This totally soft robot has eight movable legs, just like its flesh-and-blood marine cousin, which was the inspiration for the device. Created partially through 3-D printing, the octobot is autonomous, …

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Meet the robots that will help us win the wars of the future

August 19th, 2016

If former Marine and entrepreneur Sean Bielat has his way, the law enforcement officer tentatively approaching a vehicle in the future after making a traffic stop won’t be an officer at all. Rather, those are the kind of interactions — fraught with uncertainty, potentially dangerous — that seem to him to make perfect sense for one …