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Pepper the robot gets sales training, ready to sell phones in its own store

Pepper the robot is keen to show how well it can read people's emotions, and will put its skills to the test in its own phone retail store, which will be staffed entirely by Pepper 'bots. It's a world-first, and opens in Japan for a limited…
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This robot manages to solve a Rubik’s Cube in a second

So much for the glory of man. Absolutely obliterating the current human record for solving a Rubik's Cube (4.904 seconds), a robot managed to crack the code to the famous puzzle in a mere 1.019 seconds.
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Killer robots may be on the horizon, and are perhaps more dangerous than we think

We've heard plenty about how robots are endangering our jobs, but now, it's more than our careers that may be at stake. At this year's World Economic Forum held in Davos, killer robots drew quite the debate.
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Toshiba’s robot arms called in to help with hazardous Fukushima clean-up

A variety of robots have so far helped out inside the debris-strewn and radiation-filled reactor buildings of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The latest, from Toshiba, is a giant, remotely operated three-armed crane designed…
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Meet Drinky, the robot that means you’ll never have to drink alone again

If you like the idea of drinking with your buddies but somehow they're always "busy" whenever you invite them around, then Drinky the robot may be your best chance to avoid drinking alone.
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Cerevo’s recently-announced Tipron is the robotic cyclops of projectors

Cerevo's Tipron is a transformable, robotic projector that's ready to roam around your home and beam an 80-inch screen whenever and wherever you see fit. YouTube connectivity is just an added plus.
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The secret to Disney’s gravity-defying, wall-climbing robot? Not sticky wheels

They can just about walk on water, and now, robots can walk on walls too. A new robot named VertiGo is the latest to come out of Disney Research, and with its ground-wall transition capabilities, it’s one of Disney’s coolest…
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Boston Dynamics Spot robot takes center stage in holiday greeting

Boston Dynamics'recent holiday greeting takes a high-tech spin on Santa, upgrading jolly Saint Nick's fleet of reindeer with a trio of the company's quadrupeds that are led by Rudolph the Red Nose robot.
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FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that 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. FarmBot lets the environmentally conscious create sustainable farming solutions in their own backyards without industrial…
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The Tinder True Love Robot Reads Your Body to Swipe Left or Right

An NYU graduate has built a robot that works with Tinder to make its users' selections on the app. It works using sensors to recognize skin responses, including sweat, on the user's palms.
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Australia built a $225K robotic water cannon to keep human firefighters out of harm’s way

TAF 20 is a firefighting robot that keeps human rescue workers safer by neutralizing dangerous situations where firefighters would be at great risk. It is being tested in New South Wales, Australia and helped put out its first…