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Spot Robot Preps for New Testing by Marines
The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.
Future Tech
MegaBots Giant Robot Fight Set for August 2017
MegaBots says the long-awaited giant robot fight between its Mk. III and Team Japan's KURATAS will take place in August 2017. The location of the giant robot fight isn't being released to ensure no further delays.
Self-Driving Cars: No, Detroit Isn’t Beating Silicon Valley
A new self-driving car report says Ford and GM are leading the way. Saying Ford and GM are ahead of Waymo smacks of old-school car industry thinking. Ford and GM might feel good reading this report, but they should not.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
RoboGames: Combat Robots Face Off for 15th Year
RoboGames has grown into the world's largest open robot competition. Combat robotics is still the biggest crowd draw, but other popular events are Sumo, Humanoid and ArtBot challenges.
Education · Robot Competitions
How Deep Learning Could Help Drug Discovery
Researchers at Stanford University show how an advanced form of machine learning called "one-shot learning" can be used to solve problems in drug discovery.
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Best Robot Videos of the Week: Automatic Bullseye Dartboard
A look at the week's best robotics videos for your weekend viewing pleasure, including Mark Rober's Automatic Bullseye Dartboard and Amazon's MARS Conference.
Liquid-Handling Lego Robot Automates Lab Experiments
A liquid-handling Lego robot from Stanford University helps students and teachers create inexpensive automated systems to do biology experiments. Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers.
Education · Future Tech · Science & Technology
Rudy Assistive Robot Helps Elderly Age in Place
The Rudy assistive robot from INF Robotics wants to help the elderly, war veterans and people with disabilities age in place. Rudy will cost $5,000 when it hits the market in 2017, but the company hopes to get reimbursement through Medicare and Medicaid so the robot "will be little to no cost to the user."
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
Androidol U is a new life-like female android developed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Androidol U is a fully autonomous conversational robot that has a more compact air servo system, better voice and body movement coordination and softer body materials compared to previous androids.
Future Tech · Humanoid Robots
Baidu AI Leader Andrew Ng Resigns
Baidu's AI ambitions were dealt a major blow with the news that its chief scientist Andrew Ng is stepping down. Ng will continue his AI work to bring about societal change.
5 Giant Robots Jeff Bezos Will Love
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tested the giant $8 million Method-2 Robot at the MARS conference. Here are five other giant robots Bezos would love to get his hands on, if he hasn't already.
Future Tech · Science & Technology
AutoX Self-Driving Car Uses $50 Off-the-Shelf Cameras
AutoX is a self-driving car startup that has flown under the radar. Until now. AutoX released the first video of its self-driving Lincoln MKZ that uses $50 off-the-shelf cameras from Best Buy to navigate the streets of California.
Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
Top 50 Robotics Companies of 2017
Robotics Business Review unveils its sixth annual RBR50 list of the most influential robotics companies in the world. Consumer robotics companies on the RBR50 include DJI, iRobot, LEGO, Softbank and more.
Jeff Bezos Tests Giant $8M Method-2 Robot
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos got behind the joysticks of Method-2, a 13-foot-tall mechanical robot that appeared at Amazon's private MARS conference.
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Canada’s New Drone Rules Aren’t Flyer-Friendly
If you thought the recreational drone rules were tough in the United States, be thankful you don't live in Canada.
Robot Fun · Drones

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