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Tech-loving fraternities (and sororities) can now indulge in robot beer pong 2:12

Pongbot is a robotic cup holder that turns your run-of-the-mill beer pong into a game of moving targets. If Terminator’s T-800 wanted to pledge a fraternity, this Kickstarter project would be part of his application.
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Another human job bites the dust: Robot apple-picker suctions the fruit off trees

The California-based Abundant Robotics company is working on a robot apple-picker which literally sucks the fruit off trees at a rate of one per minute. Expect to see these everywhere in two years.
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Meet Marty, the friendly robot that will turn your kid into a master coder

Marty is a friendly, fully-programmable walking robot that hopes to get kids into STEM by making programming, electronics, and mechanical engineering a fun and engaging process for them.
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Just for kicks: this robot will absolutely destroy you in a game of foosball

A robot developed at the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is capable of competing against -- and beating -- humans at foosball. “Our specification was to be both faster and stronger than a person," says…

NXRobo’s Big-I is the robotic butler you’ve always wanted around the house

Capable of learning a near-infinite amount of skills via voice commands and gestures, NXRobo's Big-I robot is the perfect smart home companion for any family. Plus, it sort of resembles Star Wars' fan-favorite droid R2-D2.
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Would you let a robot give you a tattoo? This crazy French guy did

A team of students from well-known Paris design school ENSCI Les Ateliers had an idea that could change the face of tattooing. Their idea? An industrial robot that could autonomously create a tattoo from a database of images.
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Watch a giant house-building robot lay 1,000 bricks per hour

Fastbrick Robotics wants to shake up the world of Bob the Builder with a new bricklaying machine that can build a house four times faster than a human. Don't believe it? Check out this time-lapse video of the robot in action.
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FarmBot DIY agriculture robot promises to usher in the future of farming

FarmBot is a DIY, open source agriculture robot that is completely adaptable to any precision farming setup. It lets the environmentally conscious create sustainable farming solutions in their own backyards without industrial equipment.
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Odd new robot does ‘the worm’ to dance its way over sand, gravel, mud, and water

Researchers have created a bio-inspired robot which moves by “continuously advancing” transverse wave. To put it in less scientific terms, it’s a worm robot that moves by doing the worm dance.
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Reading coverage on the RNC? It might be coming from bots

It's only Day 2, but the Republican National Convention already seems to have solidified its position as the most dramatic political event in recent memory. And at both the Washington Post and Buzzfeed, coverage is coming from robots.
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'Biohybrid' robot built with sea slug tissue could be used to find toxins, black boxes

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have created a “biohybrid” robot using tough tissues from a sea slug and 3D-printing technology.
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Obi is a robotic dining companion that aids disabled diners

Technologies don’t come more potentially transformative than Obi, a robotic arm which allows people with physical disabilities to feed themselves: restoring an important sense of dignity that otherwise risks being lost.