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Buddhism is embracing technology with a cute little Buddha-bot

In a fascinating marriage between tradition and technology, a Buddhist temple in China has welcomed a robot monk into its order, with the hopes of attracting new practitioners with a tech-forward approach.
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This DIY robot on Indiegogo hopes to spur kids’ inegenuity

A DIY robot named Antbo is geared toward teaching children and teenagers how to program in an interactive manner. The robot aims to "specifically target maker, design, and coding enthusiasts to help foster their skills."
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Touchy-feely: New force-detecting synthetic skin gives robots a sense of touch

A simple, cheaper smart skin developed by Chinese engineers may help robots – and people with prosthetic limbs – get in touch with the world around them.

Get your wallet ready: Sharp's adorable little robot phone costs a not-adorable $1,800 3:16

Sharp is developing a new smartphone called RoBoHon, except it looks nothing like a traditional phone. Instead, RoBoHon is a small robot friend who does everything your phone can, but with added cuteness.

This robot makes sure no drop is wasted when you water your lawn 1:05

Watering the grass with a hose takes both effort and water. Unless, of course, you have Growver. Growver is a connected robot that basically roams your yard, watering your lawn. Plus, it saves water by only watering where needed.
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Robot waiters get fired after disastrous performance

In an illuminating display of the limitations of technology, a fleet of error-prone robots has caused the downfall of two restaurants in China. The robots proved unable to fulfill the function of waitstaff.
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This giant orb drone uses a chameleon-like tongue to snatch small objects 1:57

Festo has created autonomous spherical drone with a robotic gripper arm that can pick up and deliver any object. FreeMotionHandling flies without a pilot, thanks to eight propellers, two body-mounted cameras, and an indoor GPS.
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This new robot can keep its balance on beach rocks

Google subsidiary Schaft has shown what the future looks like in Tokyo, Japan. It can trudge through forests, find its way on slippery foliage, and keep itself balanced on a rocky beach.
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Hong Kong man spends 1.5 years, $50K to build his own female robot

A 42-year-old product and graphic designer in Hong Kong spent a year-and-a-half and more than $50,000 to build a female robot that’s meant to resemble a Hollywood actress whom he doesn’t want to name. (It’s Scarlett Johansson.)
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Domino’s has built a self-driving pizza delivery robot 3:21

Domino's has developed a self-driving robot for delivering pizza. The not-snappily-named "Domino's Robotic Unit" has separate compartments for hot and cold items, can reach speeds of 12 mph, and has built-in cameras to deter…