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Check out the incredible brickwork completed by robots in Shanghai

The stunning facade of a new art gallery in Shanghai could only be achieved by way of computer software, which was used to program robots that carefully and precisely placed each brick in its rightful position.
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No need to stare at a screen: Kickstarter robot teaches kids to code using cards

Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Plobot is a coding robot that teaches kids as young as four the basics of programming and computational thinking using physical command cards.
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Cigarette-puffing robot simulates the effect of smoking on your lungs

Researchers working to discover more about how smoke impacts people’s health have developed an artificial human lung airway-on-a-chip and smoking robot to carry out more accurate tests.
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Robotic tutor detects emotional state of young students to better motivate them

A new research project involves a computerized tutor that’s capable of detecting emotional states in primary school-age kids -- and giving them appropriate encouragement to improve learning.
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Like a circus performer, SIMbot balances on a ball, and it only has 1 moving part

SIMbot is a tall, slender robot that moves around by balancing on a hollow iron ball that's a bit smaller than a bowling ball. Not only can it easily move in any direction, but it hints at some interesting use-cases with humans.
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Ghost Minitaur is a 4-legged, affordable robot that can traverse almost any terrain

A robotics startup has created a four-legged, direct-drive robot called the Ghost Minitaur that's capable of running and jumping on tough terrain, reorienting itself after falls, and even climbing fences.
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Friendly educational robot designed to help kids with autism

Robots could be used help kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new research project carried out jointly by a university and a robotics startup. Here's how it works.
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Forget Asimov's Three Laws, the U.K. issues official ethics guidance on robots

Forget Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics -- the British Standards Institution, which is the U.K.’s national standards body, has just produced its first set of official ethical robot guidelines.
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Los Angeles police disarm an attempted murder suspect with a robot

An hours-long standoff in the Antelope Valley ended with police swiping a rifle from an attempted murder suspect using a remote-controlled robot, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
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Processed Pies: Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza ready to offer you dinner made by a robot

The pies from Zume Pizza are made by robots. It is the latest in a new trend within the food industry to increasingly depend upon software and hardware rather than human labor.
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Nemo-inspired drug-delivery robot is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a “nanofish” robot capable of carrying drugs to specific sites of the body. And it's even smaller than a red blood cell.
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Neato’s new vacuum bots cut old prices but keep their sweet features

Neato just launched two new vacuum robots. Botvac D3 and Botvac D5 demonstrate a step forward for a company that has already won plenty of fans for its modernist bots and sophisticated navigation system.