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Nearly all of the Fukushima clean-up robots have been destroyed by radiation exposure

Not even robots can survive the nuclear winter of Fukushima. Five years after their deployment to the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown, the remote-controlled robots have "died" a mechanical death.

Sony’s Xperia Agent is the cute little robot that could. But will he?

Sony's globe-headed little concept 'bot, the Xperia Agent, wants to turn on your lights, tell you the news, and beam your video calls to your breakfast table. But will it ever make it off the ground?

Meet the man building Herb, the closest thing we have to Rosie the Robot

Sidd Srinivasa, associate professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has been working on Herb, a robotic butler, for the past 11 years. He tells Digital Trends where he hopes home robots will be in the next five…
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A 19-year-old kid built this free robo-lawyer, and it has already appealed over $3M in parking tickets

This free robotic lawyer has appealed more than $3 million in parking tickets, and was built by a 19-year-old British programmer named Joshua Browder. Future versions of the robot could appeal parking tickets in other cities or help Syrian…
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Will computerized voices ever sound human?

As an increasing number of devices begin speaking to us -- from Apple's Siri to Amazon's Alexa to our GPS system, it's becoming increasingly important for machines to have voices we actually want to listen to.
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This super-flexible search and rescue robot was inspired by the American cockroach

A prototype for a new kind of safety robot was inspired by the flexible exoskeleton of the American cockroach. The robot will report to search and rescue experts about survivors trapped under rubble, and inform extraction plans…
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Give up, humanity. This robot can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 1 second 0:50

There's a new arms race going on in the world, and this one involves robots. Far more entertaining than the Cold War, this supercharged and super fast competition involves a bunch of robot makers and a bunch of Rubik's cubes.
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This room-service robot is a real hit with hotel guests

A room-service robot called Relay is proving a hit with hotel guests with a penchant for high-tech gadgets. Currently trundling around the corridors of 12 hotels across the U.S., the bot-on-wheels delivers a variety of items and doesn't…
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A robot golfer just nailed a hole-in-one for the first time ever

A robot golfer called Eldrick – yes, it's name after Eldrick "Tiger" Woods – dazzled the crowd at a Phoenix Open event on Thursday with a spectacular hole-in-one over 163 yards, making it the first bot ever to achieve such a…
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This new soft robotic gripper can gently pick up objects of practically any shape

Robots aren't exactly known for their delicate touch, but soon, the stereotype of the non-gentle machine may change. Scientists say they have managed to develop a robot with "a new soft gripper" that uses electroadhesion.

Trends with Benefits: Detroit-style pizza, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, robot back rubs

KBIS brings us bear-proof glass, glow-in-the-dark toilet seats, and pizza ovens, Caleb's eagerly anticipating 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, Google build a drone to take deliveries from other drones, and Softbank's Pepper robot will sell you a phone…
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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…