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One Litterer’s Trash is This Robot’s Teaching Tool
11/20/13 — Picking up litter and putting it in its proper place, whether that's the trash can or the recycle bin, ought to be second nature for all of us by now, but it's obvious that there are still a lot of litterbugs trashing our planet. So aside from trying to educate…

What SociBot Lacks in Limb Is Made Up for in Personality
11/13/13 — Full-bodied humanoid robots are undeniably fascinating, but why pay for the lower part of the body if you don't need it? For that matter, why pay for the arms if you don't need them, either? That's the thinking behind the SociBot and SociBot-Mini interactive robots, which we just "met" at the International…

‘Ender’s Game’ Stars Current Robot as Surgeon of the Future
11/06/13 — University of Washington doctoral student Hawkeye King walked upstairs to get coffee on an ordinary spring morning in 2012. Blake Hannaford, his adviser and a UW electrical engineering professor, was ahead of him in line. “Did you hear about the Hollywood thing?” Hannaford asked. King recalls saying, “No, but I’m in.” Hannaford went…

Play-i 3D-Printed Robots Crack Open Coding for Kids
10/30/13 — Robots created with 3-D printers are coming and they’re going to teach kids how to code. While this may sound like the trailer for an upcoming sci-fi flick, it’s actually the brainchild of a tiny Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup packed with dads who just happen to be former execs from the…

Anki Drive Rolls Out to the Public
10/24/13 — There's something about controlling a racing robot with a smartphone in your hand that makes you forget everything else around you. Isn't that what games are supposed to do? With Anki's new "Drive," you pretty much zone everything else out, as you race your car around the track, shooting your competition, which…

New Robotic Stroller, Swing, and Car Seat for Your Baby
10/16/13 — High-end baby products maker 4moms has been hinting all year about new products in its pipeline, and this week at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, CEO Rob Daley finally revealed the big secret — a swing, a car seat and a smaller stroller. For those unfamiliar with the company, 4moms is the Strip…

Make a DIY Robot with the Moti Smart Motor
10/09/13 — Here’s another project aiming to make DIY robotics as easy as child’s play. Moti is a smartphone-controlled smart motor, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, that can be attached to everyday objects like cardboard boxes or more elaborate 3D printed creations to let kids (or big kids) build robots that are controlled via a smartphone app. Think…

Robots, the New Classroom Helpers
10/09/13 — Something cute and pocket-size is showing up in schools all over the world this fall. No, it’s not Flat Stanley. It’s Sparki, the newest robot from ArcBotics . In 2011, ArcBotics co-founder Joe Schlesinger decided to develop relatively inexpensive robots as teaching tools. First off the drawing board was Hexy the Hexapod, which, among other…

You Can Now 3D Print and Customize Your Very Own Robot
10/02/13 — Robots are part of our everyday lives, but they're boring — relegated to menial jobs likescrubbing your floor, vacuuming it or just zig-zagging all over it. Sure, droid-like mechanical humans like the Asimo pop up now and then, but they're big, expensive corporate toys, not something everyone can buy. Where are our household robots? The 21st…

Step Into the Future with this Robotic Exoskeleton
09/25/13 — Imagine strapping an exoskelton strength enhancer to your ankle like a shoe. That's exactly what you will to be able do from 2015, thanks to Yaskawa Electric. The Japanese company plans to be the first in the world to sell exoskeletons to the general public from 2015. The first device…

Tesla Working Towards 90 Percent Autonomous Car Within Three Years
09/18/13 — Tesla Motors has somehow managed to make a car that's miles ahead of anything else  by virtue of its innovative technology. Instead of being content with that, Elon Musk has decided that the next step is to go autonomous. Or at least, mostly autonomous. As with most of Elon Musk's awesomely crazy…

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
09/18/13 — I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious. He makes noises while he cleans that make me feel as if he’s communicating with me, which contributes to the fact that I have assigned him a sex. He exists in a liminal space between animate and inanimate, but…

Texas Instruments Powers New LEGO Robotic Platform
09/11/13 — Texas Instruments has announced that Sitara processors, along with TI connectivity and analog solutions, have been selected to power the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics platform that is now available. The robotics tool kit contains hardware and software to create customizable and programmable robots and features a programmable brick computer powered…

3-D Printing, Meet Same-Day Delivery: Amazon’s New Model
09/04/13 — 3-D printing could someday help Amazon achieve same-day delivery without requiring that huge inventories sit in regional warehouses across the country. But plenty of experts say 3-D printers still have a long way to go before they can make a serious dent in the supply chain that connects businesses to…

Flying House-Cleaning Robot Designed for Competition
08/28/13 — If you've ever wished your house would automatically clean itself, so you could get a little free time — you're not alone. An industrial-design student in Colombia has conceptualized an automated cleaning system in which flying robots would do all the dirty work. Designer Adrian Perez Zapata came up with "Mab," which…

The Triple Threat: Roomba, Scooba, and Now Braava
08/28/13 — iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, recently announced the release of a floor mopping robot, the Braava. The company has sold over 10 million home robots worldwide since their 2002 launch of the Roomba vacuum. With such busy lives, where typical lunches last only 30 minutes and…

Robotic Work Zone Flagger Prevents Accidents
08/21/13 — Synergy Technology has launched the Automated Flagger AF-100 robotic work zone flagger, which is a trailer-mounted signal light with a gate arm that raises and lowers to direct traffic around a single lane work zone. Deployment of two radio-controlled signal trailers allow road crews to provide high-visibility traffic signals and…

Cute Owl Robot Makes Learning a Hoot
08/14/13 — Life’s busy—but children still need active engagement & attention Many parents struggle to balance their time between their children and other tasks. Household chores, work, the thousand other big and little things that take you away from your kids: you just can’t spend all your time with them. And there…




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