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Tomorrow's doctors will learn to check prostates using a robotic anus

“What we’ve created is a simulator which combines robotics and haptics technology to create a physical model, alongside virtual reality where 3D rendering is used to replicate the internal anatomy,” Dr. Fernando Bello tells Digital…
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This robot salamander can swim and crawl, just like a real amphibian

Robotics researchers have built a 3D-printed robotic salamander capable of both swimming and crawling -- and perhaps one day saving lives, too. The robot features 27 motors and 11 spinal segments, making it significantly simpler…
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Cozmo is like a lovable Pixar character come to life on your desk

Anki has created the robotic companion of your dreams: Cozmo, an AI-powered companion that's capable of conveying realistic emotions. It can play games, too, and entertain itself with dice-sized blocks.
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This adorable robot with AI is going to be the hottest tech toy ever

If Disney’s Wall-E were to come to life and become your pet, it would be Cozmo, an extremely interactive robot who displays emotion and loves to play.
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Meet Toru, the German robot that’s picking through your packages

German Robot Toru is designed to navigate warehouses, identify single objects, such as an envelope or book, and use an artificial “tongue” and “arm” to hold surrounding objects in place as it picks the desired parcel from the shelf.
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Duke University engineers just built a robot that’s 10,000x faster at planning motion

“Motion planning seems easy for humans because we do it so fast,” co-creator George Konidaris tells Digital Trends. “But that’s deceptive; like a lot of problems in AI and robotics, just because it's easy for us doesn't…
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An artist built a robot that stabs humans just to make a point

“People don't realize how much of a visceral reaction like that a robot can give you,” creator Alexander Reben tells Digital Trends. “The anticipation, fear and hesitation are really strong; one person told me the last time…
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UK council's latest staff member is an AI called Amelia

This week the UK’s Enfield council in London announced that it has acquired a new AI program called Amelia, which will be used to answer the questions of local residents.
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Russian robot escapes from lab, disrupts traffic, causes chaos in the streets

“It’s not every day that people meet a robot, I guess,” Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s co-founder, tells Digital Trends. "There was a small traffic jam and one person called the police."
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Teach your kids how to code with Root: a playful, programmable drawing robot

The idea behind Root is simple: the easiest way to get kids to understand something as abstract as coding is to provide a means of making it relevant in the real world
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Spring-loaded robotic roach can leap over five feet high

A little robot called JumpRoach can scurry around, flip itself upright, and leap over five feet into the air with the help of eight latex bands, a DC motor, and knee-like mechanism.

Asus wheels out Zenbo, a cute home robot that seems too good to be true

With great gusto and showmanship, Asus chairman Jonney Shih on Monday unveiled Zenbo, a home robot that will only cost you $600. The talented machine can perform a myriad of functions and promises to be the "robot of your dreams."