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5 Bizarre Uses for 3D Printing

Applications for 3D printing continue to evolve. Here are five uses cases that might surprise you.
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Aldebaran NAO Robot
By RT Staff · 19 December, 2014 • NAO is a humanoid robot, intended to be a friendly companion around the house. He moves, recognizes you, hears you and even talks to you! Since 2006, he has been constantly evolving to please, amuse, understand and love you. In short, to one day become your friend.
Anki DRIVE Starter Kit
By RT Staff · 19 December, 2014 • Part toy, part video game, Anki DRIVE offers a 3-dimensional racing experience complete with robot cars and a series of challenging tracks to test your skills.
10 Best Robots of CES 2014
By Caroline Saba · 19 December, 2014 • A look back at the 10 best consumer robots that we met at the 2014 International CES
For the Cat with Everything: A Robotic Mouse
By Jim Dallke, ChicagoInno · 2 December, 2014 • Startup, Petronics, is on their way to crowdfunding the first robotic cat toy, Mousr, as a means of aiding in the cat obesity problem.
NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
By Jeff John Roberts, GigaOM · 2 October, 2014 • After shooting down his neighbor's camera-equipped drone, the man was arrested on unlawful weapons charges. The incident highlights an emerging issue as more drones take to the skies: how to balance the rights of drone owners against people's rights to privacy and self-defense.
3-Year-Old Receives 3D Printed, ‘Iron Man’ Hand for Free
By RT Staff · 2 October, 2014 • A three-year-old Hawaiian boy was born with fingers missing on one of his hands. But thanks to a non-profit company and 3D printing, he received an Iron Man-like robotic hand for free.
Anki Drive Robotic Cars Adding Android Support
By Nicole Lee, Engadget · 18 September, 2014 • Anki Drive has been iOS-only since its launch, but starting in October 2014 Anki will support Android. However, there is no cross-platform play, meaning iOS users can't race against Android users.
Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
By Jason Dorrier, Singularity Hub · 14 August, 2014 • Momentum Machines' burger robot can make a burger in 10 seconds. The company says the burger bot also reduces liability, management duties, and overall food preparation footprint.
Woman Makes Quadcopter/Drone Out of Chocolate—and It Flies!
By Kate Pearson, Co-Founder, MakerFlux · 24 July, 2014 • A newlywed and her husband decided to have the best of all worlds with their hobbies. Frozen chocolate forms the base (FYI, they also did a similar AUV all out of ice; presumably that's their high-summer drone) and it seems to work out beautifully ... make that deliciously.
Drones Can Automatically Set up Photography Lighting
By Judith Pfeffer · 17 July, 2014 • Researchers from MIT and Cornell University have co-developed small, light-equipped robots that automatically position themselves to create the best lighting for pictures.
Children’s Book to Teach about Robots, Physics and Diversity
By Judith Pfeffer · 3 July, 2014 • The book's premise is a future society in which modern robots have outclassed their more primitive original incarnations. But then a disaster occurs that prompts the old-school 'bots to step up -- and society as a whole to learn to appreciate everyone, regardless of era, ability or technology.
Meet Barobot: The Open Source Robot Bartender
By RT Staff · 22 May, 2014 • Barobot features more than 1,000 cocktail recipes and an option to create your own drink. It comes with an app to remotely select drinks.
How a Robotic Mouse Could Solve Cat Obesity
By Mike Koon, University of Illinois · 24 April, 2014 • Petronics has a prototype robot mouse that senses a cat's movements and react the way a real mouse would, resulting in playtime for the cat.
Anki Drive Adds New Cars, Tracks, Race Mode
By RT Staff · 16 April, 2014 • Anki Drive, the game featuring artificially intelligent robotic cars is expanding with new racing tracks, two new cars, and new game-play mode.
MIT Developing Paper Robots People Can Print at Home
By Dylan Love, Business Insider · 10 April, 2014 • MIT's Ankur Mehta is lead researcher on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home

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