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  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More

  • TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to… Read More

  • Botlr The First Hotel Robot

    This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More

  • The Vertwalker Is A Robot That Draws Abstract Artwork

    The Vertwalker Is A Robot That Draws Abstract Artwork

    As cities reach new heights, artists Julian Adenauer and Michael Haas want to explore the vertical in a more dynamic way — art. The Vertwalker is a lightweight robot they built with 3D printed materials that can walk up vertical surfaces. The patented robot, which looks like a Roomba, has a vacuum on its bottom with two computer fans, two wheels and has an Arduino-based custom… Read More

  • Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Robots are everywhere, including wandering around your hotel. Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. in their Palo Alto Aloft Hotel. Read More

  • This Piece Of Paper Folds Itself Into A Robot

    This Piece Of Paper Folds Itself Into A Robot

    Imagine a ream of flat sheets sent into space, folding themselves to form a satellite, or a flat robot sent into a collapsed building to assemble itself and perform its function. That could very well be a reality in the future, as the world saw the first robot to fold itself and start working yesterday without human intervention. Read More

  • Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    If you haven’t yet noticed, robots are kind of taking over the world. They’re writing quarterly earnings reports for the AP. They’re reportedly building the next iPhone. And, of course, they help run Conan O’Brien’s office. The late-night comedian explained that robots have been around in his office for quite some time, and that there are different robots for… Read More

  • Jibo Family Friendly Robot Aims To Give Artificial Intelligence A Cutesy Face

    Jibo Family Friendly Robot Aims To Give Artificial Intelligence A Cutesy Face

    Jibo blinks. Jibo winks. Jibo swivels hither and thither. Jibo is chipper. Jibo is polite. Jibo is cute as a button. Never mind its swiveling head turns all the better for algorithms to monitor the faces of your family so it knows exactly who’s in the room and what they’re saying. Read More

  • Boston Dynamics’ Robot Treks Through Rough Terrain With The USMC

    Boston Dynamics’ Robot Treks Through Rough Terrain With The USMC

    In this 1-minute YouTube video, Marines field test the Google-owned Boston Dynamics’ LS3 robot in Hawaii with team members of the Legged Squad Support System at the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, a multinational maritime exercise. Read More

  • Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Drones are great, but for the most part, they can get old pretty quickly. A new Kickstarter project wants to throw some additional variety into the mix with a programmable, “intelligent” drone that acts as a platform for apps, too. The Tokyo-based project features hardware you’ll likely find familiar – it’s a quad-copter model, but in a smaller package that… Read More

  • The Soloshot Is A Robotic Cameraman For Your Video Selfies

    The Soloshot Is A Robotic Cameraman For Your Video Selfies

    Sometimes you just need a robotic cameraman at your side and when you do, the Soloshot is the gadget for the task. Just set it up, strap on a wristband, turn on your video camera and go surf, bike or ski. As long as you’re within about 2,000 feet of the device, it will automatically track all of your movements and capture them for posterity (or your next YouTube hit). Read More

  • Diffbot Raises $2 Million Angel Round For Web Content Extraction Technology

    Diffbot Raises $2 Million Angel Round For Web Content Extraction Technology

    Diffbot, the super-geeky/awesome visual learning robot technology which aims to “see” the web the way that people do, is today announcing a new infusion of capital. The company has closed $2 million in funding from a number of technology veterans, including EarthLink founder Sky Dayton; Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems; Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media… Read More

  • Autom The Diet Robot Now Shipping In Time For Nog Season

    Autom The Diet Robot Now Shipping In Time For Nog Season

    I’ve been following Autom for years now, first interfacing with this happy little robot in China and then watching her grow into a young, intelligent diet robot. What does she do? She’s designed to help you lose weight by talking to you every day and getting to know your habits and peccadilloes. Autom sits on your counter and asks what you’re eating. You tell her, through… Read More

  • Stripped Of Its Rubber Skin, Sarcos Dances For His Creator's Pleasure

    This robot, made by the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, is named Sarco. He is a human analog that can move just like a human being while balancing on two legs. In the video above, Sarco dances for his creator by mimicking a motion captured session. Sarcos is not happy about this but is not yet sentient and so will remember the indignity of this moment but will not act on it until he is… Read More

  • This Is Not An iPad Post. It Is About A Robotic Seal

    Shhhh…. sit down. Relax. Take off your shoes. That’s right. Just unclench that fist. Ok. Ok. That’s right. This is not an iPad-powered robotic seal. No, don’t worry. Sit back down. Ok. Look. This seal plays basketball. I know, right? Swish! Nothin’ but net! Read More

  • KeepOn Dancebot Now Available For $40

    The KeepOn, if you recall, is a tiny robot that dances in time to music and cuddles. It was made as part of the CareBots initiative to design robots that for special needs patients. This little $40 robot isn’t as smart as the original KeepOn but it is still pretty cool. [This robot] captured the essence of the Keepon character while replicating the robot’s most engaging… Read More

  • SIL-BOT, The Little Robot That Tangos

    This is, my friends, the SIL-BOT, an odd robot from Korea designed for telepresence teaching and assistance with dementia patients. Not only does it look like a sassy little lady bug, they can dance, too! Click through to watch him tango. Read More

  • Hanging With Nexi, The Friendly Face-Loving Robot

    Nexi is kind of old news but she’s getting some new friends in the form of a Mark III robot that is being built at MIT’s Media Lab. Nexi here follows your eyes and can sense who you are via RFID. She is very scary. Click through for video. Read More

  • Hands On With The Sarcos XOS 2 – The Real Life Iron Man

    http://player.ooyala.com/player.swf?embedCode=JhYW1xMTpv_-XezigxCCVrpwww6ZlcsV&version=2 I recently went to fabulous Salt Lake City to the Raytheon Sarcos facility to see the real life version of the Iron Man suit, the XOS 2. And while this suit isn’t powered by some futuristic kind of reactor embedded within a person’s chest, it’s still very impressive. Read More

  • Egg-Bot Machine Threatens To Put The Bunny Out Of Business

    Meet the hottest geek dad device of next Easter: the Egg-Bot. Developed by the wacky inventors at Evil Mad Science, the Egg-Bot will draw repetitive geometric shapes on any round or egg shaped surface. Think of this as a high tech version of the stencil kit you used to color eggs as a kid, without the colored water and wire egg lifters. Read More

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